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Christoph Hormann blogged about social engineering in OpenStreetMap and how it might be used to influence the course of the project. Mapping for the rendered is also analysed.
Daniel Koć wrote a proposal for waterways classification following last week’s river rendering debate and requests comments. Mark Wagner seems to think this is not the way to go in OpenStreetMap.
Miguel Sevilla Callejo (msevilla00) from Zaragoza, Spain, is currently in Wales. He noticed an inconsistent use of English and Welsh in OpenStreetMap. His email resulted in a readable, long-lasting and controversial discussion on the Talk-GB mailing list (threads in July and August) and comments in an OSM changeset. Nearly the same problem in Switzerland – read the following article. 😉
An official of the Swiss Park Network has requested, via Michael Spreng, that the area be displayed as “Schweizerischer Nationalpark” (German) rather than “Parc Naziunal Svizzer” (Romansch) on OSM. The rationale is that the park is better known by the former name. The ensuing discussion touches on several issues about names in bilingual areas.
Daniel Koć requested comments to the text rendering changes planned for osm-carto.
mmd wrote about a nice prototype demonstrating the power of the around: filter in Overpass API to show how you can download OSM data along a GPX track.
On the Imports mailing list, Äijälä Tero proposed an import of the Finnish “National Registry of Social and Health care Providers” as POIs.
Andreas Bürki has a hackathon in mind for DINAcon in Bern, Switzerland.
The 5th UK OpenData Camp will be held in Belfast on the weekend of 21st and 22nd October. The last two batches of tickets will be released on 9th and 21st of September.
The SotM 2017 takes place at this weekend in Japan. Travellers get valuable information in the wiki. Laura Barroso, weeklyOSM correspondent in Cuba, has provided – as last year in Brussels – an app with the program.
Everything you need to know about this year’s HOT Summit in Ottawa on September 14-15 can be found here.
… the drone innovation of two Afghan brothers to scan an area, detect and destroy anti-personal mines?
OSM in the media
MIT researchers Christopher Barrington-Leigh and Adam Millard-Ball have published (full text-PDF) an analysis of the completeness of road networks on OSM across the globe. They use techniques which do not rely on comparison datasets which are therefore applicable to all countries. For OSM data in early 2016 they estimate the road network to be 81% complete, and in May 2017, 86%.
Other “geo” things
Well, if you don’t know Mercator, then you have to publish a correction. 😉
The city administration of Chicago wants to map the “underground labyrinth” of the pipes and lines in the course of the development of its smart city plan.
Galileo reported on the first GPS signal received on the 40th anniversary of the Global Positioning System.
Refill collects fountains or shops where you can replenish your water bottle for free and presents them on an OSM-based map. It has its own app.
Will White from Mapbox blogged about the new support for full offline navigation embedded in cars.
New Scientist reported that “ships fooled in GPS spoofing attack suggest Russian cyberweapon”.