Sometimes the notes left by the Navmii users (supposedly to help OSM mappers improve the map) are not very helpful.
All you OpenStreetMappers storing images in Mapillary? Guess what — HERE Maps is going to use them to update their maps too!
A ‘totally confused’ mapper starts a lengthy discussion on the tagging list on how to tag freeway lanes approaching an exit.
Marc Zoutendijk points out an interesting problem in tagging restaurants which offer multiple cuisines. How does one add multiple values to the cuisine key?
The tagging mailing list discussed whether and how speed limits (when there is actually no limit) should be tagged.
Martin Koppenhoefer wonders why name=* tag is used for natural=cave_entrance and suggests using cave:name = * instead.
The official aerial imagery of canton Basel-Stadt (Switzerland), taken in April 2015, is now available for mapping at Mapproxy service of Swiss OSM Association.
Kreuzschnabel gives an example why « armchair » mapping via seemingly good Bing imagery still needs attention in order not to impair our data. (automatic translation
Nammala outlines a way of using Mapillary data to keep OSM turn restrictions up to date.
Falk (if you’re not familiar, think « the German Rand-McNally or Bartholomew ») introduced (automatic translation) their new outdoor navigation device Tiger Blu. It has a Bluetooth interface and offers a range of OSM-based maps covering 31 European countries or regions via Falk Activity Manager.
OpenSnowMap adds a tile usage policy in plenty of time to prepare for the northern-hemisphere winter.
The videos from FOSS4G 2016 in Bonn are now available.
State of the Map Latam (25th-27th of November in São Paulo, Brasil), the annual conference for the Latin America OSM community, invites proposals for talks and workshops. Deadline for submission is September 25th. There are scholarships available and attendance is free.
At FOSS4Gbe (the Belgian edition of FOSS4G), there will be an OSM booth. OSMF is looking for interested volunteers to staff the booth.
For his PhD thesis, Chul Hyun Park has interviewed members from HOT on their roles as volunteers in crisis management.
Doctors Without Borders introduces a mobile app called MapSwipe to enable smart phone users to help map remote regions. MapSwipe is a part of the larger Missing Maps project.
In wake of the recent earthquakes in Italy, European Space Imaging and Planetek Italia provided high-resolution satellite imagery to HOT to map the damaged infrastructure. To support those concerned, volunteers in Italy created a task to help.
Laser Atelier created this detailed laser engraved paper map of Tokyo with OSM data.
Marine Scotland (the Scottish Government department) use OpenStreetMap as their default base map in their National Marine Plan Interactive website. This layer integrates bathymetry data with OSM land data and is provided by Oceanwise, a British company providing Marine GIS services.
Mozilla « breathes a petition of fire » at EU copyright laws, reports the Register. Mozilla Foundation says: « We need to build into the law flexibility, through a UGC exception and a clause like an open norm, fair dealing, or fair use, to empower everyday people to shape culture and conversations online and keep the Internet awesome. »
Arnulf Christl, co-organizer of the Bonn FOSS4G, stated in an interview in Bonner-General Anzeiger the meaning of open source systems for geographical information. The basis for the data required for this is OpenStreetMap. (automatic translation)
Other “geo” things
The (independent) Google Earth blog speculates that Google is threatened by a $15 million penalty due to Indo-Bangladeshi border issues including numerous unanswered enclaves contradicting Indian legislation. These enclaves still show up on Google Maps. OSM has clarified this long ago.
‘Migrations in Motion’, an animated map, shows how different species in North America will migrate as a result of climate change.
With Uber planning to roll out self-driving cars, there is need for better maps and navigation technology to overcome dependence on communication with the rider.
The historic digital maps by Map Edinburgh’s Social History (MESH) project blends the picture of contemporary Edinburgh provided by OpenStreetMap with historical geological and cartographic data.
German radio station Deutschlandradio Kultur discussed (translation) the impact of digitalisation and cross-linkage on general mapping procedures and map usage, emphasizing the growing importance of dynamic, use-oriented mapping based on movement profiling over merely descriptive maps.