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An eulogy for Mapquest 1 | © Mapquest © Mapbox – Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors


  • Richard Fairhust points out, on the talk mailing list, that most EuroVelo routes are very out-of-date.
  • Toy libraries have been mapped in a very limited way on OSM for several years. Now a proposal to formalise the usage has been made. In the discussion on the tagging list a plea is made to ensure that libraries with facilities for children with disabilities are appropriately tagged.
  • Carlos Brys described the work of the local community following the government of Paraguay’s decision to create 10 new national routes and redefine the existing road network.
  • Where rendering is not (yet) prepared for extensive micromapping, here natural=cliff, it will lead to conflicts (automatic translation).
  • The author of the app GPSLogger, an open-source Android GPS tracker, blogged about his mapping activities during a holiday at Marmari on the Greek island Evia.
  • The voting for traffic_calming=dynamic_bump, intended for the new type of dynamic traffic calming, whose impact depends on the driver’s speed, has started.
  • The question about “structural separation” of roads and their representation as single separated ways in OSM led to a fierce discussion in the forum (de), in a changeset comment (de) and an error note (de). As at time of writing , the discussion, which resurfaces regularly (de), has not led to agreement or other consequences but spilled over to the tagging mailing list.


  • On talk-at the user PPete drew attention (automatic translation) to a changeset in which relation polygons of districts and municipalities in Tyrol and Voralberg were extended with the additional terms “municipality” and “district”. This led to a partly heated discussion and shows that there is currently no consensus. It also showed that the problems are dealt with differently in each country.
  • Habr.com/ru interviewed (automatic translation) Natalya Kozlovskaya. She explains how she came to OSM, suggests why so few women in Russia are active in OSM and tells, at the end, a funny story about the difference between mapping in winter and summer. 😉


  • Russ Phillips asked for the opinion of the local community on the possibility of an import of UK postcode data. As the data in question represent just a mathematically calculated centrepoint for each postcode, he received a lot of opposition.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Working Group on 12 September 2019 have been published. The topics were the Attribution Guideline, a guideline for machine learning with OSM data and a data leak from the iD editor that passes user data to Facebook.
  • The OSM Foundation Scholarship program for 2019 supported 22 scholars from around the world to travel and participate in the State of the Map 2019 in Heidelberg. You can read the Write-Ups about their experiences at this conference and view videos of presentations by some of them.


  • Christoph Hanser invites mappers to the first “Trufithon” (Trufi Hackathon), a mapathon to collect data for and work on the Trufi app, an app for public transport and informal traffic for Cochabamba, Bolivia.
  • If you ever wondered who is who at weekly/hebdo/semanal/semanario/… Betaslb published two photos taken at SotM2019 with the weeklyOSM editors.
  • The 36C3 or 36th Chaos Communication Congress (automatic translation) will take place from 27 to 30 December 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. A space at the Open Infrastructur Orbit is offered to OSM, so volunteers to represent OSM there for the 11th year in a row are welcome. Join the thread (de) in the German forum if you are interested.
  • The FOSSGIS, besides being the meeting for open geodata and software, is Germany’s main local OSM event. It will take place from 11 to 14 March 2020 and has started the Call for Papers (automatic translation).

Humanitarian OSM

  • Felix Delattre informs us about the development progress of the new HOT Tasking Manager and lays out the current roll-out plan.
  • MapSwipe, a mobile app used since 2015 in the humanitarian area for identification of settled places, has introduced two new functions as HOT and MissingMaps have reported. Volunteers can indicate where buildings are inaccurate or of low-quality and a rework in OSM is required following changes on the ground .
  • The USA independent media NPR featured an article from the freelance journalist Joanne Lu about the critical role of OpenStreetMap for the Hurricane Dorian response in Bahamas. The journalist also presented the vision of the Missing Maps Project to support OpenStreetMap before disasters arise. She was pleased to have rapidly mapped buildings and expected experienced contributors to come later and make corrections.


  • [1] Greg Sterling has written a eulogy for Mapquest, which still exists but nobody knows, and what a competitor’s search engine has to do with the decline. Some enterprises can take the correct use of (C) as an example of good behaviour.


  • The Scandinavian gaming website IGN Nordic provides some insight about the upcoming augmented reality game Minecraft Earth. The map in the game is based on OpenStreetMap. Minecraft’s creative director recommends that players join OSM for editing, something that people with Pokémon GO in mind may hear with mixed feelings. The Guardian featured Minecraft Earth in article titled “Minecraft Earth is coming – it will change the way you see your town” and included three sections about OSM.
  • Syna, the network subsidiary of Süwag Energie AG, is providing a new (automatic translation) fault portal through which citizens and municipalities can report faults in street lighting. Until now, the online fault report was just a form. The portal (de) is based on the GIS of Syna; OpenStreetMap is used as background map.


  • MapTiler reports that Vector tiles from #OpenStreetMap in Rijksdriehoekstelsel coordinate system using the latest @OpenLayers v6 are ready to use.


  • With the release of 15390 JOSM has reached stable version 19.09. The new version makes layer handling easier by displaying the layer number, hence, allowing toggling between layers using shortcuts. The new version also includes a lot more medium and minor enhancements.
  • After approximately one year, the open-source relational database management system PostgreSQL has been upgraded to version 12. The new features include: improved performance, particularly of partitioned tables and index rebuilding, additional new functions, such as the SQL / JSONPATH-functions, optimisations of specific queries, and many more.

Did you know …

  • … of the list of OSM-related Telegram-Groups? If you notice a group is missing, feel invited to add it to the wiki.
  • … Martijn van Exel announced that there is a Machine Learning wiki page on the OSM wiki. Machine Learning (ML) is something that is often seen sceptically, for quality reasons as well as from a community building perspective. However, the increased transparency about ML activity in the OSM environment is welcome.
  • … about the Wiki pages with Overpass_turbo examples and Overpass_API examples?

OSM in the media

  • The Austrian Alpine Club compares the four map types: OpenStreetMap, Outdooractive, Topo-Maps and the Alpenvereinskarte/Alpine Club Map used on alpenvereinaktiv.com in the latest issue of Bergauf. You can find it on page 22 of the printed edition, in the version for online browsing (de) or the PDF edition (de).

Other “geo” things

  • Emina Demiri-Watson pointed to an article about the efforts of the British Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to employ satellite data to identify and map disease outbreaks among ash and oak trees.
  • Owen Boswarva reports that a tweet of his concerning an open-source equivalent of What3Words has been removed by Twitter at the request of W3W’s lawyers.
  • Jack Cornish, who describes himself as an Artist-Walker with the goal to walk 2019 miles (3,249 km) in 2019, including every street in London, provided an update on his recent activity.
  • A drone equipped with CrocSpotter AI algorithm has streamed a live video in which it seeks to and identifies crocodiles with 93% accuracy with a latency of under one second.
  • A new tutorial for the 3DGeo’s LiDAR simulation software HELIOS has been posted to the GIScience repository’s wiki page.

Upcoming Events

San JoséCivic Hack & Map Night2019-10-10united states
NantesRéunion mensuelle2019-10-10france
Berlin136. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch2019-10-11germany
Zurich110. Zürcher Stammtisch2019-10-11switzerland
GrenobleVillage des sciences sur le campus de l’UGA [1]2019-10-11-2019-10-12france
PilsenMissing maps Hackathon Pilsen / Hackathon s Lékaři bez hranic2019-10-11-2019-10-13czech republic
BerlinBerlin Hack Weekend Oktober 20192019-10-12-2019-10-13germany
Greater ManchesterJoy Diversion 82019-10-12united kingdom
Santa FeState of the Map Argentina 20192019-10-12argentina
BordeauxRéunion mensuelle2019-10-14france
GrenobleRencontre mensuelle2019-10-14france
TaipeiOSM x Wikidata #92019-10-14taiwan
Cologne Bonn AirportBonner Stammtisch2019-10-15germany
LüneburgLüneburger Mappertreffen2019-10-15germany
ViersenOSM Stammtisch Viersen2019-10-15germany
ArlonEspace public numérique d’Arlon – Formation Contribuer à OpenStreetMap2019-10-16belgium
BerlinMissing Maps Mapathon – Putting the Wolds’s Vulnerable People on the Map2019-10-17germany
KarlsruheKarlsruhe Hack Weekend2019-10-19-2019-10-20germany
NottinghamNottingham pub meetup2019-10-22united kingdom
ŽilinaMissing Maps Mapathon Žilina #62019-10-22slovakia
ArlonEspace public numérique d’Arlon – Formation Les itinéraires balisés et OpenStreetMap2019-10-23belgium
LübeckLübecker Mappertreffen2019-10-24germany
PrizrenState of the Map Southeast Europe2019-10-25-2019-10-27kosovo
Rapperswil11. Micro Mapping Party Rapperswil (OpenStreetMap Mapathon)2019-10-25switzerland
Yosano-chō京都!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第13回 ちりめん街道2019-10-27japan
BremenBremer Mappertreffen2019-10-28germany
DhakaState of the Map Asia 20192019-11-01-2019-11-02bangladesh
BrnoState of the Map CZ+SK 20192019-11-02-2019-11-03czech republic
WellingtonFOSS4G SotM Oceania 20192019-11-12-2019-11-15new zealand
EncarnaciónState of the Map Latam 20192019-11-14paraguay
Grand-BassamState of the Map Africa 20192019-11-22-2019-11-24ivory coast
Cape TownState of the Map 20202020-07-03-2020-07-05south africa

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Nakaner, NunoMASAzevedo, PierZen, Polyglot, Rogehm, SK53, Sammyhawkrad, SunCobalt, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, geologist.