The FAA warns about potential outages of the GPS system in southern California. This seems to be caused by tests of the military.
Mapillary uploaded a tutorial to Youtube about how to use the Mapillary JOSM plugin to edit OpenStreetMap. (via Twitter) Please note: To install the Mapillary JOSM plugin: Edit -> Preferences -> Plugins -> Search: Mapillary -> Select -> OK and re-start JOSM.
Jinal Foflia wrote a blog post about the importance and process of interacting with the local mapping community using OpenStreetMap Notes.
Bryan Housel reports about three new functions that will make editing in iD much more efficient.
The ‘similar image search‘ in the Terrapattern tool can now be tested in an online map of Berlin.
On the Bonn (Germany) mailing list, there is a discussion (automatic translation) about how to tag roads damaged and impassable by recent heavy rainfall.
The Flemish GR organisation (a long distance hiking group) have made their extensive collection of GPX data available in order to improve hiking trails on OpenStreetMap. The participants on the talk-be mailing list are excited but then concerned about the maintenance of long distance relations, not just hiking but also public transport data.
On the talk-at mailing list a long discussion started (automatic translation) about what is the correct capitalisation of a chain store name « TEDi » for the name=* tag and the inconsistency that can be seen via Overpass-Turbo.
Jorge Luis Batista gave a talk at TEDx Havana about how he is looking forward to « put Cuba on the map » (OpenStreetMap that is) despite limited internet access.
Some of the Cuban OpenStreetMappers are trying to activate the Cuban OSM community. More details on the talk-cu mailing list (automatic translation).
The Guardian took maps from Gretchen Peterson’s book « City Maps: A Coloring Book for Adults » and produced a pretty hard Quiz with the title: « can you identify the city from the blank street map »?
This site provides a map for all in accordance with the proposal for highway=via_ferrata (A mountain route equipped with fixed cables, stemples, ladders, and bridges). This map also includes navigation functionality.
German Federal Transport Minister Dobrindt is reported in heise.de (automatic translation) announcing the availability of 100 Million Euro from the « mFund » (automatic translation). These funds will be made available for combining government, public and private data to produce new applications. Examples cited include new navigation, precise weather and sharing platforms.
Mapbox enters the autonomous vehicle market by introducing Mapbox Drive, a software development kit for cars. It is based on raw data from OpenStreetMap. It is also mentioned on techcrunch.com.
locr, a provider of personalized maps, creates a giant world map on super wide EFI inkjet printer. locr uses OSM as geo data source.
Debadityo Sinha writes that the Geospatial Information Bill will deal a body blow to environmental democracy in India. The bill puts severe restrictions on acquiring, using and disseminating of geospatial information.
User mmd investigated the creation of areas in the Overpass-API and showed various ways to improve it. Based on this discovery his optimizations brought huge speed-ups in the creation of areas.
Joachim explains how EOX calculates the curve for labels for geographic features on a map. The code is published on Github.
Zabot, a student of this year’s Google Summer of Code, shows the first results of his work. His further plans can be read on his user diary.
A map, The Great British Public Toilet Map, shows public toilets in central Brixton
OpenStreetMap viewer for Amiga-Systems. This map can be moved around and zoomed, waypoints can be set and recorded tracks or waypoints can be loaded from GPX, TCX, KML or KMZ files.
Other “geo” things
 XKCD has published a cartoon for dating world maps. It seems that OpenStreetMap is current but it is still fun to trace through the many decision boxes around geo-political events…
DLR (automatic translation) has developed a multifunctional crises management system project PHAROS. It is an open and flexible service platform that builds system for satellite monitoring, sensor technology, simulations and various communication techniques. It also uses OSM. This system demonstrates disaster management in forest fires (see video).
Illegal mapping is a « serious » problem in remote areas of western China, according to five annual announcements on typical illegal mapping practices released by the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation (NASG).
For a low-lying, densely populated country like the Netherlands, monitoring subsidence is critical. Until recently, tiny displacements in the ground beneath our feet couldn’t be mapped nationally but, thanks to the Sentinel-1 mission, this is now possible.
The Verge reports that police prosecuting a suspect in a bank robbery in California, USA sought data from Google, used in the Google’s Location History service on Android phones. The reporter speculates about how many requests might have been made of Google for this service that is mainly for geo-targeted advertising.
Gretchen N. Peterson writes about criticism she got on her coloring book citiy maps and also explains on how she produced the maps.