(English) weeklyOSM 321

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Logo “Where do cyclists cycle? An important question not just for city planners”, stated the German business journal “manager magazin“ 1 | here: London (Photo: Heat created by Strava cyclists. Map provided by Mapbox/Open Street Map)

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  • The Mapbox team now intends to focus on OSM data in French cities. In his English blog BharataHS summarizes his questions to understand French road rules.
  • User BushmanK explains on why he believes that the healthcare=midwife is a poorly designed tag.
  • Mountaineer’s Mailbox has been proposed as a new value for the man_made tag. The proposal was also discussed on the Tagging mailing list.
  • LeTopographeFou suggests an automated correction of typo errors in tag values. To begin with, he has started a voting on typos tunnel = building_passage in the wiki.
  • On the talk-GB, the British community discusses its upcoming quarterly project. Proposals range from opening hours on speed limits to food hygiene ratings. In preparation for these tasks, interesting analysis tools are used.
  • User mapmeld writes a dairy about transliterating place names around the world, with an open source crowdsourcing tool called CityNamer. This project uses OSM data and account details, but does not save edits yet.


  • Gmane website has been off the air for a few weeks, Martin writes about reviving this web interface and get it working.
  • OSM Awards 2016 are the community awards. Have you voted for your favourites in the six categories? The voting ends on September 22nd. Frederik Ramm explained (Deutsch) (automatic translation) in the forum why you should vote. Nakaner presents his view point on the candidates in his user diary.
  • User PeWu from Poland presents OSM History Viewer – a tool to view the history of OSM nodes, ways and relations. In his post in the OpenStreetMap Forum he added some nice examples. (Example1, Example2). The source code and the examples are available on Github.
  • Mapper of the month, SomeoneElse, shares his OSM journey so far and his upcoming work.
  • The Saarländischer Rundfunk, a German TV channel, broadcasted an excellent video (start playing from 16:39 min) by Herbert Mangold on “Mapping with OSM”. This video talks about Mundraub, an OSM based map, how mapping efforts assist in fighting catastrophes like the Ebola crisis in Africa and the importance of local knowledge. Few members of the weeklyOSM team have also been featured in the video! (Deutsch)
  • There is a survey aimed at OSM users who edit in Argentina, in order to learn more about what they think about the project and also determine the possibility to organize task groups and contribute to the enrichment of the map.


  • As a run up to the State of the Map conference at Brussels, there is a call for informal sessions including Birds of a Feather (BoFs). Take a look at some of the proposed sessions.
  • The upcoming week is slated to be eventful at Brussels with five big Geo-events lined up including a hackday and a mapathon! (It surely is Meptember!)
  • Selene Yang writes in her user diary writes about 25th September being the last date for submitting proposals for the State of the Map Latam which is going to be held from 25th to 27th November in Brazil.
  • At this year’s State of The Map conference, members from the various local communities can share their experience during the State of the Local Map and the Local Chapters Congress.

Humanitarian OSM


  • [1] The German business journal ‘Manager Magazin’ illustrates the cyclist routes of the ten major European cities.
  • During ongoing system upgrade, the OSMF Tileserver will be migrated on Mapnik 3. Tom Hughes writes about the same on the Talk-list.
  • Luke Smith writes about grough developing a composite map, which would be a combination obtained by blending OSM data with OS OpenData to fill in the gaps, and using public rights of way data directly from the local authorities which have released it.


Open Data

  • The Array of Things (AoT) is an urban sensing project, a network of interactive, modular sensor boxes that will be installed around Chicago to collect real-time data on the city’s environment, infrastructure, and activity for research and public use.
  • East Africa’s commitment to Open Data is evident from its latest initiatives including the recently concluded East Africa Open Data Conference.


  • When Toursprung found out that a German TV station used their OSM based map, they billed them for it and donated the amount (200 €) to OSM. 😉


  • Mapzen has set up a Personal Package Archives or PPAs for Ubuntu for its routing engine Valhalla. This makes it possible to install Valhalla with a simple apt-get command.


SoftwareVersionRelease dateComment
Komoot Android *var2016-09-05No info
Cruiser for Android *1.4.112016-09-06Routing enhancements, added hill shading
Cruiser for Desktop *1.2.112016-09-06No infos
Merkaartor0.18.32016-09-06Mac OS X, improved download, relation filter and many bug fixed.
Naviki Android *3.47.12016-09-06Fixed bug after pausing recording or navigation.
OpenStreetMap Carto Style2.43.02016-09-06Please read info.
Mapnik3.0.122016-09-08Many changes. Please read changelog.
BRouter1.4.52016-09-10Performance improvements, two bugs fixed.
Komoot iOS *8.3.12016-09-10Two bugs fixed.
Mapillary iOS *4.4.122016-09-10Updated Russian, disconnectable image stabilization
Traccar Server3.72016-09-10No Info
MapFactor Navigator Free *2.22016-09-12Many extensions and fixes, see release info.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist.

(*) unfree software. See freesoftware.

OSM in the media

  • An interesting article in the Melbourne Age, on how economics can make your dinner taste better! They did some analysis and matched review data about restaurants with geospatial data from OpenStreetMap and found that there is a strong negative link between restaurant quality – as defined by star ratings – and proximity to tourist attractions and street corners.

Other “geo” things

  • You do not want to be constantly tracked by Google and hence delete its mapping service on your phone. Would that suffice? Google makes it harder to evade it’s data collection.
  • Here is a video of generating a 3D city model in LOD1 by extrusion, with the software 3dfier developed by the 3D Geoinformation group at TU Delft and partially funded by Kadaster.
  • Japan is mapping its streets in 3D to support their autonomous taxis for the 2020 Olympic Games.
  • Mapbox opened a development office in Detroit.
  • Tanvi Misra published an article on CityLab with the headline “Gorgeous Maps of an Ugly War” about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
  • Owen Powell, a GIS analyst and cartographer, explains his workflow in creating both beautiful and accurate digital 3D maps using Blender and GIS data in great detail.
  • German science magazine “Spektrum” discusses possible effects of the use of electronic navigation aids on our natural sense of direction.
  • User schleuss shares interesting aerial imagery captured during the LA Building import project. A batman landing rooftop, a hexagonal pool and a bunch of green cars are among the weird things seen from above Los Angeles.

Upcoming Events

ZaragozaOpenStreetMap Spain Association at the Wikimedia-ES conference16/09/2016spain
ZaragozaSpanish 10th anniversary mapping party17/09/2016spain
KarnaliTikapur Mapping organized by Kathmandu Living Labs and Practical Action Nepal Tikapur18/09/2016nepal
RennesRencontres mensuelles19/09/2016france
NottinghamNottingham20/09/2016united kingdom
EdinburghEdinburgh20/09/2016united kingdom
BrusselsHOT Summit 201622/09/2016belgium
BrusselsHOT Summit Missing Maps Mapathon22/09/2016belgium
GrenobleRencontre groupe local26/09/2016france
LeobenStammtisch Obersteiermark29/09/2016austria
Kyoto???????????2016 vol.2?????? with ?1???????????????01/10/2016japan
Metro ManilaState of the Map Asia 201601/10/2016-02/10/2016philippines
TaipeiTaipei Meetup, Mozilla Community Space03/10/2016taiwan

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This weekly was produced by Hakuch, Nakaner, Rogehm, SeleneYang, SomeoneElse, SrrReal, derFred, escada, jinalfoflia, mgehling.