weeklyOSM 355


Citylines von Bruno Salerno

Citylines – public transportation in big cities – London pictured 1 | © Mapbox © OpenStreetMap ODbL


  • There is a discussion on Reddit about the level of detail in OSM, using a UK maze as a starting point.
  • The proposal for tagging bus bays is accepted.
  • Paul Johnson wants to propose a better way to map traffic control (stop and yield) and traffic calming devices, by using relations to overcome the “non-directional” nature of nodes.
  • Thilo Haug created a new wiki page for aeroway=spaceport. He is facing criticism because this tagging is not generally accepted. Frederik Ramm notes that tag discussions should take place in the tagging mailing list and not in the wiki itself.
  • Mattias Dalkvist proposed the tag meadow=wooded_meadow and invites comments.
  • Michael Tsang suggests a new tag to mark areas where public transport has no regular stops but can be asked to stop by waving.
  • Manohar writes about the Pokémon related mapping activity on OpenStreetMap, also discussing some features that are mapped specifically for Pokémon “biomes”.
  • Old-style multipolygon relations on OSM are now history. (via twitter)


  • On the OpenCage Data blog, an interview with Mohamed Marrouchi, from Tunisia, was published.
  • OSM-Belgium declared Ben Abelshausen as mapper of the month for April 2017.
  • The call for proposals for the FOSS4G+SOTM Argentina is open until July 31st 2017. The event will take place from October 23rd to the 28th 2017, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • At Oxford University, a temporary position for a “Researcher in Digital Geography” is vacant. Application deadline is June 15, 2017.
  • Continuing the work of the Humanitarian Mapping Unit (UHM) in the first emergency days in the city of Mocoa, the OpenStreetMap Colombia Foundation will conduct a workshop to provide information about activities in case of emergencies. The workshop (automatic translation) is aimed to assess the information and communication needs of participants in the stage of reconstruction after the event and to provide practical tools that may be useful in this respect.
  • Pascal Neis’s change of his extremely useful HDYC site to use OAuth, based on an OpenStreetMap account created a certain amount of surprise. Previously there had been a long discussion about “data security” on the German Forum (automatic translation) (it’s a long but worthy read) and on the mailing list Talk-de (automatic translation). The conversation on talk did move towards a useful sort of discussion about “what OSM data is all about anyway“.
  • Stefan Keller of Hochschule Rapperswil addresses managers and marketers of the tourism industry, with a remarkable initiative for OpenStreetMap. (de) (automatic translation) He will be presenting the possibilities of using OpenStreetMap at the “Swiss holiday day 2017” in Davos to the tourism industry. In doing so, he shares two video clips, a poster, and highlights the opportunity to participate in OpenStreetMap directly, as well as through MAPS.ME.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Data Working Group (DWG) published its Activity Report for the first quarter of 2017, outlining the details of the cases handled by them.
  • OSMF is looking for a UK accountant.
  • Dieterdreist publishes a map of all regular OSMF members. Have you thought about becoming a member?


  • Call for scholarship applications to attend State of the Map Asia 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal, on September 23rd to 24th 2017 is now open.
  • Registration for State of the Map 2017 is now open. Register now for the early bird discount.
  • DINAcon 2017 (automatic translation) is a conference on digital sustainability. The call for proposals is open (automatic translation) until May 20th 2017.
  • SotM-FR in Avignon published their program schedule. You can still register. Most sessions however will be in French, of course.

Humanitarian OSM

  • HOT outlines its mapping efforts in the refugee establishments of Uganda and invites interested agencies to collaborate with them.


  • [1] Bruno Salerno published recently Citylines.co, which is a collaborative platform that helps rebuild transport systems in the cities of the world as well as their evolution. Citylines is free software and uses OSM maps and Mapbox GL technology.
  • Adrien-github reported on linuxfr.org, that marble, the virtual globe, has integrated the French rendering of OSM .
  • The EuroVelo 13, also known as the Iron Curtain Trail, is a cycle path over 7500 km from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea. An official app has been released for the trail, which includes an OSM based interactive map.




Software Version Release date Comment
JOSM 12039 2017-05-02 See release infos.
Mapbox GL JS v0.37.0 2017-05-02 Three new features, eight bugs fixed and two development workflow improvements.
Mapillary iOS * 4.6.14 2017-05-02 Three bugs fixed, updated Mapbox.
libosmium 2.12.2 2017-05-03 Many changes, please read release info.
OpenLayers 4.1.1 2017-05-03 Patch release to fix several minor issues and two regressions in the 4.1.0 release.
Simple GIS Client * 9.0 2017-05-03 Processing OpenStreetMap data.
OSMaxx 3.10.0 2017-05-04 Please read release info.
PyOsmium 2.12.4 2017-05-04 Added Windows support, three changes and three bugfixes.
MapFactor Navigator Free * 3.0 2017-05-05 Many extensions and fixes, see release info.
Mapillary Android * 3.55 2017-05-05 Support different basemaps.
Naviki Android * 3.58.4 2017-05-05 Bugfix version.
Naviki iOS * 3.58.1 2017-05-05 Bugfix version.
StreetComplete 0.10 2017-05-06 Fix for opening_hours.
Kurviger Free * 10.0.23 2017-05-07 Smooth movement option, various enhancements.
Komoot Android * var 2017-05-08 No Infos.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist. Timestamp: 2017-05-08 20:24:45+02 UTC

(*) unfree software. See: freesoftware.

Did you know …

OSM in the media

  • Linux Journal presents a short introduction of editing OSM using JOSM.
  • Technical.ly published an article on the fight against malaria in Zimbabwe by Missing Maps and partners.
  • Techcrunch reports about Mapillary releasing a free dataset of 25,000 street-level images from 190 countries that can be used to train automotive AI systems.

Other “geo” things

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Prague Wikimedia Prehackathon 12/05/2017-14/05/2017 czech republic
Tirana OSCAL (Open Source Conference Albania) 13/05/2017-14/05/2017 albania
Rennes Réunion mensuelle 15/05/2017 france
Grenoble Rencontre groupe local 15/05/2017 france
Bonn Bonner Stammtisch 16/05/2017 germany
Lüneburg Mappertreffen Lüneburg 16/05/2017 germany
Viersen OSM Stammtisch Viersen 16/05/2017 germany
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 17/05/2017 germany
Freiberg Stammtisch Freiberg 18/05/2017 germany
Augsburg Augsburger Stammtisch 18/05/2017 germany
Moscow Schemotechnika 10 18/05/2017 russia
Amstetten Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 18/05/2017 germany
Tokyo 東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第8回 浜離宮恩賜庭園 20/05/2017 japan
Osaka 【西国街道#04】摂津富田の街並みと寺社巡り 20/05/2017 japan
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 22/05/2017 germany
Graz Stammtisch Graz 22/05/2017 austria
Derby Derby Pub Meetup 23/05/2017 united kingdom
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 25/05/2017 germany
Vancouver Vancouver mappy hour 26/05/2017 canada
Avignon State of the Map France 2017 02/06/2017-04/06/2017 france
Salzburg AGIT2017 05/07/2017-07/07/2017 austria
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
Boston FOSS4G 2017 14/08/2017-19/08/2017 united states
Aizu-wakamatsu Shi State of the Map 2017 18/08/2017-20/08/2017 japan
Patan State of the Map Asia 2017 23/09/2017-24/09/2017 nepal
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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This weeklyOSM was produced by Nakaner, Peda, Polyglot, Rogehm, SeleneYang, SomeoneElse, Spec80, SrrReal, TheFive, YoViajo, derFred, jcoupey, jinalfoflia, keithonearth, widedangel.

One Reply to “weeklyOSM 355”

  1. I would love to see dates in the “upcoming events” section (and anywhere else that dates are used actually) be in ISO-8601 format (YYYY-MM-DD). Since this is an international community, if think we could all agree this would be a good thing.