(English) weeklyOSM 612

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progress-visualizer shows progress of Import/Catalogue/Road import (Norway)/Update [1] © by Mathias Haugsbø | map data © OpenStreetMap contributors (ODbL) |

Breaking news

  • OSM Ukraine is urging everyone to restrain (uk) > en from any mapping in Ukraine while the conflict is still occuring as it fuels the information war.


  • jmapb has published part two of their ‘Using NYC Dept of Buildings Building Information Search’ series.
  • Anne-Karoline Distel’s video this week covers streetlight mapping.
  • The proposal on content=track_ballast is waiting for your comments. The proposed tag describes the content of a container feature such as man_made=storage_tank as track ballast, a term which describes solid material used to fill a track bed on railways.
  • Voting is currently open for:
    • A modified version of the artwork_subject=sheela-na-gig proposal until Wednesday 20 April. This version drops the suggestion of also adding a subject:wikidata tag duplicating the same information.
    • isced:2011:programme=*, to update isced:level tagging to the 2011 version of the International Standard Classification of Education, until Sunday 24 April.


Local chapter news

  • Katja Haferkorn and Pirmin Kalberer from FOSSGIS, the German Local Chapter of OSMF, announced (de) > en the new responsive website for OSM.de (de) > en.


  • René Chalon (fr) > en (user renecha) presented (fr) the OpenStreetMap project during Journée du Libre Éducatif 2022. Hosted in Lyon on 1 April, the event showcased (fr) > en 12 different open-source projects with educational potential to more than 400 visitors.


  • As well as a tool for mapping place name elements (we reported last week), SeeSchloss also offers a map to search street names in France. Unfortunately it’s currently falling foul of OSM France’s ‘attribution is not optional’ campaign, as can be seen by looking at the map.


  • The Ukrainian war crime evidence collection platform uses (uk) > en OSM.


  • AngocA wrote (es) > en a long blog post about ‘Clarifying permission to use CC BY in OSM’.


  • [1] Mathias Haugsbø, from Norway, has created progress-visualizer, a tool that takes OpenStreetMap wiki tables and visualises each project’s mapping progress on a map, making it very simple to create status maps for mapping projects. To date, the tool only covers Norway.
  • The Mapillary team is conducting a two minute user survey (via Facebook), with an option to answer extended questions. The goal is to gather community opinions about satisfaction with the Mapillary apps and platform and to make plans for Mapillary to better fit user needs. Anyone who has used Mapillary is encouraged to share feedback.
  • Pieter Vander Vennet has released a new version of MapComplete, which has support to help in quickly translating the application. His diary post explained how this can be done and invited everyone to contribute translations.
  • AngocA compared (es) > en the features offered by different services/applications/websites that use OSM map notes.


  • Tomasz Taraś (tomczk) presented a few options for importing OSM data into a PostgreSQL database, including a worked example using imposm3.

Did you know …

  • … the liveuamap that links news from different countries of the world (we reported earlier) to an OSM map? There is also a thematic map on epidemics.
  • … the advantages of micromapping traffic signs? The OSM community in Helsinki did just that and discovered all sorts of faults with official signage.
  • … the fastest way to contact the Data Working Group?
  • … web services that offer map tiles are usually free up to a certain limit, after which they charge by usage? At Protomaps, Brandon Liu gave some thoughts on this subject.

OSM in the media

  • On April 5, there was a curious celebration: ‘Read a Road Map Day‘. On the occasion of this day, Saarländischer Rundfunk filmed a short feature at the elementary school in Lebach. Thanks to the OSM veteran Wolfgang Barth and the OSM-connected editor Herbert Mangold, OpenStreetMap is of course also addressed (de).

Other “geo” things

  • Christopher Beddow wrote about his vision for the next generation of maps.
  • Open311 is a ‘collaborative model and open standard for civic issue tracking’. It’s used by the City and County of San Francicso, which has a public services provision problem. Because the data is open, someone has been able to create a map of some of the issues that this causes.

Upcoming Events

OSM World Discord Note Mapathon osmcalpic2022-04-10 – 2022-04-17
Open Mapping Hub Asia Pacific OSM Help Desk osmcalpic2022-04-18
LyonRencontre mensuelle Lyon osmcalpic2022-04-19flag
150. Treffen des OSM-Stammtisches Bonn osmcalpic2022-04-19
City of NottinghamOSM East Midlands/Nottingham meetup (online) osmcalpic2022-04-19flag
LüneburgLüneburger Mappertreffen (online) osmcalpic2022-04-19flag
Open Mapping Hub Asia Pacific OSM Help Desk osmcalpic2022-04-20
Focused Workshop – Editing OSM Data with Street-Level Imagery osmcalpic2022-04-21
DublinIrish Virtual Map and Chat osmcalpic2022-04-21flag
New YorkNew York City Meetup osmcalpic2022-04-23flag
Bogotá Distrito Capital – MunicipioIntroducción a la edición del Wiki de OpenStreetMap osmcalpic2022-04-23flag
京都市京都!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第29回 Re:鹿王院 osmcalpic2022-04-24flag
Open Mapping Hub Asia Pacific OSM Help Desk osmcalpic2022-04-25
BremenBremer Mappertreffen (Online) osmcalpic2022-04-25flag
OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting osmcalpic2022-04-25
San JoseSouth Bay Map Night osmcalpic2022-04-27flag
Open Mapping Hub Asia Pacific OSM Help Desk osmcalpic2022-04-27
Roma CapitaleIncontro dei mappatori romani e laziali osmcalpic2022-04-27flag
[Online] OpenStreetMap Foundation board of Directors – public videomeeting osmcalpic2022-04-28
GentOpen Belgium 2022 osmcalpic2022-04-29flag
Rapperswil-JonaMapathon/Hackathon at the OST Campus Rapperswil and virtually osmcalpic2022-04-29flag
IJmuidenOSM Nederland bijeenkomst (online) osmcalpic2022-04-30flag
LondonMissing Maps London Mapathon osmcalpic2022-05-03flag
BerlinOSM-Verkehrswende #35 (Online) osmcalpic2022-05-03flag

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Lejun, SK53, SomeoneElse, Strubbl, TheSwavu, derFred.

2 Replies to “(English) weeklyOSM 612”

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