weeklyOSM 352


Changeset Map

Changeset example on Sajjad Anwars changeset map 1 | © Contributors OpenStreetMap CC-BY-SA 2.0


  • There is a discussion on the OpenStreetMap Forum about Bing rolling out new aerial imagery for Darmstadt, Germany.
  • A question by wolfbert about grouping buildings and terrain of castles leads (de) (automatic translation) to an amusing discussion. The results are on the wiki.
  • Levente Juhász writes in the Mapillary Blog on how to map hiking routes in OpenStreetMap and Mapillary.
  • Micah Cochran invites comments on his modified proposal concerning improvements to toilet tagging.
  • On the talk-fr mailing list, Florian Lainez suggests using the upcoming French presidential election as a good opportunity to map electoral billboards. A wiki page has been set up and questions are raised on polling stations tagging.
  • A question is raised on the tagging mailing list about restaurants that allow customers to bring in their own alcoholic drinks.
  • Some mappers wonder why thoroughly mapped amenities like schools, churches and other buildings do not show up as expected. This was discussed (de) (automatic translation) in detail on the German forum, and on the Tagging mailing list.
  • Manohar Erikipati (manoharuss) writes about OpenStreetMap Changeset Analyzer (OSMCHA) and how to use it to review recent changes in your area using filters.


  • Steve Coast launched a Kickstarter campaign to fix and stabilize OSM Stats and already reached his goal of 1000 USD. However, it also received some criticism.
  • Mapbox Cities is a mentorship program for cities. For research projects on public sector open datasets and OpenStreetMap, Mapbox wants to learn about the local government datasets that are most interesting for you to import, the pain points that you face while interacting with government open data stakeholders, and more on your experience with local government contacts. If you are interested in answering these questions, please take up the survey for OpenStreetMap Contributors and there is one for local government officials too.
  • Mikel Maron publishes his notes on the Local Chapter Congress that took place during SotM 2016.
  • Joost Schouppe publishes his analysis of the most frequently used OpenStreetMap editors.
  • Tyumen Oblast is small region in Western Siberia. The evolution of local mappers in this region is analyzed by user mavl in his blog.


  • Ivan Garcia wants to import borders in Indonesia on behalf of HOT.
  • User ff5722 suggests in his user diary to import the treecover2010 dataset by USGS outside of Europe. Vincent de Phily, Christoph Hormann and SK53 explain in their comments what the issues of this dataset are and why it should not be imported.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • OSM UK has officially applied for Local Chapter. Paul Norman asks for comments on the British request.


  • The call for papers of FrOSCon conference (Free and Open Source Conference) in Siegburg, Germany is open (and will close on 23. May). FOSSGIS e.V., the German de-facto local OSM organisation, cooperates (automatic translation) with the organizers for GIS and OSM related topics.

Humanitarian OSM

  • The HOT board was renewed. Meet the members. Melanie Eckle from HeiGIT / GIScience Research Group Heidelberg was elected along with Ahasanul Hoque and Pete Masters.
  • ‘The Conversation’ discusses the role of social media in the improvement of human life, and also addresses the ‘Missing Maps’ project.
  • A new Missing Maps Hosting Tool helps mapathon organizers register the event and contact other volunteers.
  • The HOT Mapathons in Belgium were not as successful as hoped, judging by the statistics on continued participation. However, Joost Schouppe writes that they were more successful in other aspects – they have united the community and recruited volunteers while organizing SotM (2016) last autumn.


  • OpenStreetMap Carto released version 3.2.0, and landuse=farm will no longer be displayed.
  • Michael Spreng presents the Swiss map of CHFreeWiFi which is based on OSM. The WeeklyOSM editors do not issue any political opinion.

Open Data

  • ChristianSW points out that this year Wiki Loves Earth will take place in May. It is an annual photo competition for nature conservation and natural phenomena. Images can be uploaded to Wiki Commons.
  • The twitter account openOV claims that the timetable data of the integrated transport authority of Aachen, Germany, is public domain.


  • [1] Geohacker writes about preparing accurate history and caching OpenStreetMap changesets.


  • User pathmapper asks on GitHub what will happen with Maputnik in the future because Lukas Martinelli joined Mapbox. Lukas responds that he is looking for a new maintainer.


Software Version Release date Comment
PyOsmium 2.12.1 11/04/2017 Four extensions, two changes and three bugfixes.
Mapbox GL JS v0.35.1 12/04/2017 Five bug fixes.
Maps.me iOS * 7.2.4 12/04/2017 No info.
Locus Map Free * 3.23.1 13/04/2017 Bugfix release.
Mapillary iOS * 4.6.13 13/04/2017 Two bugs fixed.
OpenJUMP 1.11 13/04/2017 New features and bug fixes.
osm2pgsql 0.92.1 13/04/2017 Two important bugs fixed.
OpenLayers 4.1.0 14/04/2017 Many changes, please read release info.
Traccar Server 3.11 14/04/2017 SMS support added.
Mapillary Android * 3.48 15/04/2017 Tuning GPX processing, some bugs fixed.
MapContrib 1.7.7 17/04/2017 Some smaller changes.
Maps.me Android * var 17/04/2017 100,000 objects added. Incl. restaurants, shops and POI.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist. Timestamp: 2017-04-17 18:40:55+02 UTC

(*) unfree software. See: freesoftware.

OSM in the media

  • The Euronice trendblog writes (de) (automatic translation) about the possibility of HERE and OpenStreetMap as viable alternatives to Google Maps.

Other “geo” things

  • Descartes Labs are developing a geo-search engine to search for similar objects in satellite images. Currently, the record is limited to the US.
  • Marketwired reports about Helsinki Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s New Journey Planner being an interactive map and is based on OpenStreetMap.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Cochabamba Taller Hrrmtas. digitales de mapas para estudiantes de Psicología (UMSS) 20/04/2017-24/04/2017 bolivia
Kyoto 【西国街道#03】桜井駅跡と島本マッピングパーティ 22/04/2017 japan
Misiones Charla Mapas Libres en FLISoL, Posadas 22/04/2017 argentina
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 24/04/2017 germany
Graz Stammtisch Graz 24/04/2017 austria
Kinmen Shang Yi Airport Do mapping Kinmen by youself 24/04/2017-25/04/2017 taiwan
Zaragoza Mapatón Humanitario – Mapeado Colaborativo y Dpto. Geografía de la Universidad de Zaragoza 25/04/2017 spain
Viersen OSM Stammtisch Viersen 25/04/2017 germany
Dusseldorf Stammtisch Düsseldorf 26/04/2017 germany
Leuven First Leuven Monthly OSM Meetup/Missing Maps 26/04/2017 belgium
Antwerp Missing Maps at IPIS 26/04/2017 belgium
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 27/04/2017 germany
Urspring Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 27/04/2017 germany
Heidelberg Semester Start Missing Maps mapathon for World Malaria Day 2017 27/04/2017 germany
Vancouver Vancouver mappy hour 28/04/2017 canada
Ouro Preto Mapatona Estrada Real 01/05/2017 brazil
Rostock Rostocker Treffen 02/05/2017 germany
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 03/05/2017 germany
Helsinki Monthly Missing Maps mapathon at Finnish Red Cross HQ 04/05/2017 finland
Dresden Stammtisch 04/05/2017 germany
Passau Mappertreffen 08/05/2017 germany
Taipei OSM Taipei Meetup, MozSpace 08/05/2017 taiwan
Rome Walk4Art II 08/05/2017 italy
Avignon State of the Map France 2017 02/06/2017-04/06/2017 france
Kampala State of the Map Africa 2017 08/07/2017-10/07/2017 uganda
Champs-sur-Marne (Marne-la-Vallée) FOSS4G Europe 2017 at ENSG Cité Descartes 18/07/2017-22/07/2017 france
Curitiba FOSS4G+State of the Map Brasil 2017 27/07/2017-29/07/2017 brazil
Boston FOSS4G 2017 14/08/2017-19/08/2017 USA
Aizu-wakamatsu Shi State of the Map 2017 18/08/2017-20/08/2017 japan
Boulder State of the Map U.S. 2017 19/10/2017-22/10/2017 united states
Buenos Aires FOSS4G+State of the Map Argentina 2017 23/10/2017-28/10/2017 argentina
Lima State of the Map LatAm 2017 29/11/2017-02/12/2017 perú

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