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.




SoftwareVersionRelease dateComment
JOSM120392017-05-02See release infos.
Mapbox GL JSv0.37.02017-05-02Three new features, eight bugs fixed and two development workflow improvements.
Mapillary iOS *4.6.142017-05-02Three bugs fixed, updated Mapbox.
libosmium2.12.22017-05-03Many changes, please read release info.
OpenLayers4.1.12017-05-03Patch release to fix several minor issues and two regressions in the 4.1.0 release.
Simple GIS Client *9.02017-05-03Processing OpenStreetMap data.
OSMaxx3.10.02017-05-04Please read release info.
PyOsmium2.12.42017-05-04Added Windows support, three changes and three bugfixes.
MapFactor Navigator Free *3.02017-05-05Many extensions and fixes, see release info.
Mapillary Android *3.552017-05-05Support different basemaps.
Naviki Android *3.58.42017-05-05Bugfix version.
Naviki iOS *3.58.12017-05-05Bugfix version.
StreetComplete0.102017-05-06Fix for opening_hours.
Kurviger Free *10.0.232017-05-07Smooth movement option, various enhancements.
Komoot Android *var2017-05-08No 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

PragueWikimedia Prehackathon12/05/2017-14/05/2017czech republic
TiranaOSCAL (Open Source Conference Albania)13/05/2017-14/05/2017albania
RennesRéunion mensuelle15/05/2017france
GrenobleRencontre groupe local15/05/2017france
BonnBonner Stammtisch16/05/2017germany
LüneburgMappertreffen Lüneburg16/05/2017germany
ViersenOSM Stammtisch Viersen16/05/2017germany
FreibergStammtisch Freiberg18/05/2017germany
AugsburgAugsburger Stammtisch18/05/2017germany
MoscowSchemotechnika 1018/05/2017russia
AmstettenStammtisch Ulmer Alb18/05/2017germany
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20/05/2017japan
BremenBremer Mappertreffen22/05/2017germany
GrazStammtisch Graz22/05/2017austria
DerbyDerby Pub Meetup23/05/2017united kingdom
LübeckLübecker Mappertreffen25/05/2017germany
VancouverVancouver mappy hour26/05/2017canada
AvignonState of the Map France 201702/06/2017-04/06/2017france
KampalaState of the Map Africa 201708/07/2017-10/07/2017uganda
Champs-sur-Marne (Marne-la-Vallée)FOSS4G Europe 2017 at ENSG Cité Descartes18/07/2017-22/07/2017france
BostonFOSS4G 201714/08/2017-19/08/2017united states
Aizu-wakamatsu ShiState of the Map 201718/08/2017-20/08/2017japan
PatanState of the Map Asia 201723/09/2017-24/09/2017nepal
BoulderState of the Map U.S. 201719/10/2017-22/10/2017united states
Buenos AiresFOSS4G+State of the Map Argentina 201723/10/2017-28/10/2017argentina
LimaState of the Map LatAm 201729/11/2017-02/12/2017perú

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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.