weeklyOSM 338



New routing possiblities for wheelchairs 1 |


  • Regio OSM, a completeness checker for addresses now checks 1702 communities and many cities in Germany, one of the 11 countries where the tool can be used.
  • An interesting combination of OpenData and OSM to improve the OSM data of schools in the UK. One drawback is that a direct link exists only to iD. If iD is open, however, you can open JOSM from there. 😉
  • Pascal Neis describes in a blog post his tools for QA in OSM
  • Arun Ganesh shows the significance of the wikidata=* tag by an example of the North Indian city of Manali. In his contribution, he also points to possibilities for improving OSM with further information via Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, WikiVoyage and also points out information about using Wikidata with Mapbox tools.
  • The OSM Operations team announced a new feature on the main map page: Public GPS-Tracks.
  • Tom Pfeifer asks, how the quite modern form of cooperation, sharing of workspaces and equipment in the form of the coworking space should be tagged.
  • Chris uses AutoHotKey (Windows) and JOSM to optimize his mapping experience. He demonstrates this in a video, while tracing building outlines.
  • User rorym shows why it is useful not to make mechanical edits but “look at the area and look for other mistakes!”


OpenStreetMap Foundation


  • Klaus Torsky reports (de) (automatic translation) on the last FOSS4G in Germany. He links to an interview (en) with Till Adams the brain behind the organisation of FOSS4G in Bonn.
  • Frederik Ramm invites people for the February hack weekend happening in Karlsruhe.
  • A mapping party took place in Tombuctu took place from 7th to 9th of January.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Kizito Makoye reports on the initiative of the Dar es Salaam City Administration, Tanzania, in the floodplains of poor regions such as Tandal drones. The Ramani-Huria project supports this by implementing the acquired data in OSM-based maps. This and other measures will improve the living conditions and the infrastructure in the slum areas.



  • Uber uses OpenStreetMap. Grant Slater expects Uber to contribute to OSM data.


  • The Wikimedia help explains how to use the Wikidata ID to display the outline of OSM Objects in Wikimedia maps.
  • User Daniel writes a diary on how the latest release of Open Source Routing Machine (version 5.5) has made it easier to set up our own routing machine and shares some documentation related to it.


OpenStreetMap Routing Machine released version 5.5 which comes with some huge enhancements in guidance, tags, API and infrastructure.

SoftwareVersionRelease dateComment
OSRM5.5.02016-12-16Navigation, tag interpretation and the API infrastructure have been improved.
JOSM114272016-12-31No info.
Mapillary Android *3.142017-01-04Much faster GPX fix.
Mapbox GL JSv0.30.02017-01-05No info.
Naviki Android;*3.52.42017-01-05Accuracy improved.
Mapillary iOS *4.5.112017-01-06Improved onboarding.
SQLite1.16.22017-01-06Four fixes.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist.

(*) unfree software. See: freesoftware.

Did you know …

  • … the daily updated extracts by Netzwolf?
  • … your next holiday destination? If yes, then the map with georeferenced images in Wikimedia Commons is ideal to inform oneself in advance.
  • … the GPS navigator uNav for Ubuntu smartphones? This OSM-based Navi-App is now available in version 0.64 for the Ubuntu Mobile Operating System (OTA-14).

OSM in the media

  • Tracy Staedter (Seeker) explained the maps of Geoff Boeing. He calls his visualization tool OSMnx (OSM + NetworkX). The tool can create the physical characteristics of the streets of each city in a black & white grid, showing impressive historical city developments. Boeing says, “The cards help change opinions by demonstrating to people that the density of a city is not necessarily bad.”

Other “geo” things

  • The Open Traffic Partnership (OTP) is an initiative in Manila, Philippines which aims to make use of anonymized GPS data to analyze traffic congestion. The partnership has led to an open source platform – OSM is represented by Mapzen – that enables developing countries to record and analyze traffic patterns. Alyssa Wright, President of the US OpenStreetMap Foundation, said: “The partnership seeks to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of global transport use and supply through open data and capacity expansion.”
  • This is how the Mercator Projection distorts the poles.
  • Treepedia, developed by MIT’s Senseable City Lab and World Economic Forum, provides a visualization of tree cover in 12 major cities including New York, Los Angeles and Paris.

Upcoming Events

LyonMapathon Missing Maps pour Ouahigouya01/16/2017france
BrusselsBrussels Meetup01/16/2017belgium
GrenobleRencontre groupe local01/16/2017france
Manila【MapAm❤re】OSM Workshop Series 7/8, San Juan01/16/2017philippines
AugsburgAugsburger Stammtisch01/17/2017germany
Cologne/BonnBonner Stammtisch01/17/2017germany
LüneburgMappertreffen Lüneburg01/17/2017germany
ViersenOSM Stammtisch Viersen01/17/2017germany
OsnabrückStammtisch / OSM Treffen01/18/2017germany
Osakaもくもくマッピング! #0201/18/2017japan
LeobenStammtisch Obersteiermark01/19/2017austria
UrspringStammtisch Ulmer Alb01/19/2017germany
Tokyo東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第4回 根津神社01/21/2017japan
Manila【MapAm❤re】OSM Workshop Series 8/8, San Juan01/23/2017philippines
BremenBremer Mappertreffen01/23/2017germany
GrazStammtisch Graz01/23/2017austria
BrusselsFOSDEM 201702/04/2017-02/05/2017belgium
PassauFOSSGIS 201703/22/2017-03/25/2017germany
AvignonState of the Map France 201706/02/2017-06/04/2017france
Aizu-wakamatsu ShiState of the Map 201708/18/2017-08/20/2017japan
Buenos AiresFOSS4G+SOTM Argentina 201710/23/2017-10/28/2017argentina

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Peda, Polyglot, Rogehm, SeleneYang, SomeoneElse, SrrReal, TheFive, YoViajo, derFred, jinalfoflia, keithonearth, wambacher.

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  1. Every Saturday morning I look forward to reading my weeklyOSM with a hot cup of coffee! Thank you to everybody who contributes to putting together a highly informative and truly enjoyable read each week.

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