weeklyOSM 329


PIC World Map in Dymaxion Projection 1 | Sérgio’s blog, the file to print, cut, fold glue and have fun



  • The Spanish community plans to send welcome messages to new mappers, mainly because of a few unfortunate incidents in the recent past. The beginner’s welcome tool from the Belgian community is being considered. Joost Schouppe presents in his email the text and process. Upshot: This is a very interesting tool for all communities worldwide.
  • [1] Smaprs writes about 2 possibilities to tinker a paper globe with OSM data using dymaxion projection. Sérgio said to weeklyOSM: „… tell me if you see if school kids (or university ones, or adults too) could do it. Would love to see pictures of World in Dymaxion in many scales and colours. We’re studying how to do some script for converting to a soccer ball shaped globe.“
  • Nathalie Sidibé writes a blog about the digital mapping business, Free & Geographic Information System, entitled “CartoCamp de Segou” which was during 3rd to 7th August 2016, in Segou, by OSM_ML in Mali.
  • Lately there have been lot of discussions about mapping quality in the OSM community. Now in the Spanish mailing list there is a complete thread (strap yourself in, there’s a lot to read) about what they call the user “entrollización” on OSM. (Spanisch) (automatic translation)
  • mtc writes a diary entry saying thanks for the good support by provided by the OSM Help Website.
  • A complete article about an OSM Workshop for high school students by the Ghandalf Association in Galicia, who have being giving talks since 2010 about the use of free software and open data. (Spanisch) (automatic translation)
  • RobJN wrote a summary of the progress of the UK Quarterly Project to improve mapping via comparison against government food hygiene rating data. It includes a number of calls for help. The links in the article are recommended for example FHRS/OSM comparison or top 10 districts for completeness and growth.
  • The Russian Forum has voted for new moderators (automatic translation). The results are presented as a table.


OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The 10th Annual General Meeting of the OpenStreetMap Foundation will be held online in the IRC chat room #osmf-gm on the IRC network irc.oftc.net, at 16:00 UTC on Saturday, 10 December 2016. The agenda can be viewed here: http://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Annual_General_Meetings/16
  • Frederik explains how the confidentiality of donors to OSMF currently works and asks whether this rule should be limited in the sense of transparency.
  • Janet Chapman suggests on the OSMF-talk mailing list, not only to feed newcomers with a single email, but a “welcome pack to new members with a bit more background information about the foundation, its working groups, how you can get more involved, etc..”. weeklyOSM says: “Damn good idea!”.


  • The program of the SotM LatAM is published. SotM LatAM is happening on the 25th to 27th of November.

Humanitarian OSM

  • EchoScience Grenoble reported about a Missing Maps Mapathon that is going to be held on November 24th by MaptimeAlpes in Grenoble. (French) (automatic translation)
  • Pierre Béland wrote to the HOT mailing list about the situation in Haiti, saying that this major crisis is simply forgotten. Part of the problem is the poor quality of the initial response, due to “Hit and Run” mapathons. Pierre documented this problem in his earlier presentation, which he made with data from the earthquake in Nepal.


  • On github there is a discussion about switching from http to https for openstreetmap.org by default.
  • Romainbou, an OSM novice from Avignon, France writes about his first experiences with overpass-turbo.eu. He analyzes the use of the name “Boulevard” in Paris, Lyon and Marseille. (French) (automatic translation)


  • Remster presents his new long distance bicycle route planner named Zikes and asks for feedback.
  • Bryan Housel is asking for support in testing and translation of iD v2.0.


  • Mapillary has released the v2 of its JavaScript viewer, which comes with faster photo loading and decreased amount of data downloaded.
  • Simple Opening Hours is a JavaScript class to parse opening hours and according to its author, it only supports the human readable parts of the opening hours syntax.
  • The size of the OSM-Database is now 6.1 TB. Tom Hughes has published a detailed list of index and table sizes.
  • User Zecke is asking for help on the Overpass mailing list. He would like to install a local Overpass instance. It looks like, that while solving his issue, the documentation has been updated.


SoftwareVersionRelease dateComment
Locus Map Free *3.20.12016-11-01Bugfix release.
Cruiser for Android *1.4.132016-11-03Various improvements.
Cruiser for Desktop *1.2.132016-11-03Various improvements.
Mapillary iOS *4.5.42016-11-03Bugfix release.
OSRM Backend5.4.22016-11-03Bugfix release.
Mapillary Android *3.0.52016-11-04Bugfix release.
SQLite3.15.12016-11-04Three bugs fixes.
JOSM112232016-11-06Many improvements, see release info.
OsmAnd for Android *2.42016-11-06No actual info.
OsmAnd+ for Android *2.4.72016-11-06No info.
Tilemaker1.42016-11-07Please read release info.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist.

(*) unfree software. See: freesoftware.

Did you know …

Other “geo” things

  • Laura Bliss of Citylab in New York reported on the campaign involving 2300 volunteers to catalogue more than 685,000 inner-city trees with many details within a year. These open data, which is valuable to all citizens, have been summarized and visualized on an interactive map.
  • Juc Cerovic wrote a guest post for Human Transit Blog differentiating good or bad urban bus maps.
  • Quartz Africa reports on about how projects such as Missing Maps can fill in the gaps on African maps using crowdsourcing, and make the results available to all OpenStreetMap users.

Upcoming Events

Berlin101. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch11/10/2016germany
ZurichStammtisch Zürich11/11/2016switzerland
Mainz-BischofsheimMappingparty auf dem Rangierbahnhof11/12/2016germany
Ivry-sur-SeineMapathon Missing Maps Ivry-Dianguirdé11/12/2016france
Ambérieu-en-BugeyMapathon Missing Maps SSI11/16/2016france
ColoradoMSU Mapathon for Mongolia Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver11/14/2016us
ColoradoCSU Mapathon for Mongolia Colorado State University, Fort Collins11/14/2016us
BonnBonner Stammtisch11/15/2016germany
LüneburgMappertreffen Lüneburg11/15/2016germany
ScotlandEdinburgh11/15/2016united kingdom
ColoradoHumanitarian Mapathon Front Range Community College, Longmont11/15/2016us
Porto AlegreO dia do SIG11/16/2016brazil
OttawaOSM Founder Steve Coast11/17/2016canada
UrspringStammtisch Ulmer Alb11/17/2016germany
HeidelbergOSM Geoweek Mapathon11/17/2016germany
ColoradoGeoweek Mapathon Colorado State University, Fort Collins11/17/2016us
Kyoto諸国・浪漫マッピングパーティー:第3回 松尾大社、地蔵院(Matsuo-taisha Shinto Shrine and Jizoin Buddhist temple)11/19/2016japan
Tokyo東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第2回 護国寺(Gokokuji Buddhist temple)11/19/2016japan
DerbyDerby11/22/2016united kingdom
LübeckLübecker Mappertreffen11/24/2016germany
Sao PauloState of the Map Latam 201611/25/2016-11/27/2016brazil

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Hakuch, Lamine Ndiaye, Laura Barroso, Nakaner, Polyglot, Rogehm, SomeoneElse, Spec80, TheFive, YoViajo, derFred, escada, jinalfoflia, wambacher.