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Scouts in Popayán, Colombia learn how to use tools in emergency cases and to share data with rescue workers. 1 | © Photo: Carlos F. Castillo


  • At the FOSSGIS conference, data privacy on OSM was discussed. Frederik Ramm summarizes (de) (automatic translation) some relevant aspects in the German forum. There was also a brief discussion on Talk-de mailing list. Personally identifiable data, such as mapping activities, is still visible to anyone.
  • Voting window for the new tag amenity=courier is open until April 7th.
  • Martijn van Exel is working on a monthly newsletter for MapRoulette. Take a look at the March edition.
  • Following Harry Wood’s idea to upload OSM notes in MAPS.ME, Noémie Lehuby generated a file to spot bus stops with missing names around Paris.
  • Telenav’s mapping team members disappoints the Canadian community by armchair mapping of turn restrictions.
  • Areas tagged landuse=farm won’t be rendered (de) (automatic translation) any longer in our standard map style. In re-tagging these legacies, the NoFarm map might be a great help.
  • Martin Koppenhoefer explained where the center of Berlin is defined, after having recently looked at the history of the city center of Rome.


  • Harald Hartmann asks in the German forum, whether there should be more “gamification” at OSM, for example in the form of virtual awards and rewards. (de) (automatic translation)
  • [1] Carlos F. Castillo aka kaxtillo runs a scout group called ScoutMappers in Popayán, Colombia. The scouts should be enabled to know and apply useful tools in emergency cases and to share data with rescue workers. The group from Popayán will publish their experiences from the past six years on REME to share their knowledge with all the scouts around the world so that every scout can do a good deed every day.
  • According to Spanish OSM, there are many mazes mapped in OpenStreetMap.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • In Belgium, there is currently an OSM local chapter in formation. The charter is still being elaborated.


  • The organizers of the 2018 FOSS4G Conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, are looking for a logo and have launched a competition.
  • This year’s international State of the Map conference will take place in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan. This is a gentle reminder to send in your proposals for talks and/or workshops if you have not already done so. The deadline to submit your session proposal is Sunday, 2nd April.
  • Vincent de Château-Thierry asks (automatic translation) for submissions to SotM France on the talk-fr mailing list. It takes place in June from 2nd to 4th at Avignon.

Humanitarian OSM



  • The OpenStreetMap location monitoring app OsMo is now using MapZen vector tiles.
  • OsmAnd+ offers a 50% discount for the app.



Software Version Release date Comment
QGIS 2.18.5 2017-02-24 No infos.
Komoot iOS * 9.0 2017-03-21 Route planning and search reworked.
Mapillary Android * 3.35 2017-03-21 Allow higher resolution and wider aspect ratio of images.
Osmose Backend v1.0-2017-03-23 2017-03-21 No infos.
OSRM Backend 5.6.4 2017-03-21 Some bugfixes.
GeoWebCache 1.11.0 2017-03-22 No Infos.
Mapillary iOS * 4.6.10 2017-03-22 Two bugs fixed.
GeoServer 2.11.0 2017-03-23 Ten bugfixes and some undocumented enhancements.
Maps.me iOS * 7.2.2 2017-03-23 Bugfix release.
Komoot Android * var 2017-03-25 Minor enhancements.
Potlatch 2 2.5 2017-03-25 Please read release info.
QMapShack Lin/Mac/Win 1.8.0 2017-03-26 No infos.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist. Timestamp: 2017-03-27 18:15:39+02 UTC

(*) unfree software. See: freesoftware.

Other “geo” things

  • Web developer and artist Hans Hack created a map of London and Berlin with collapsed buildings to compare it to the situation in Aleppo.
  • At the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, researchers have pieced together a 17th-century Dutch map that has spent part of its life up a chimney, and part under the floorboards at a Scottish castle.
  • London scientists found (de) (automatic translation) that using navigation aids has a deep effect on brain’s activity.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Mazzano Romano Workshop 2 31/03/2017 italy
Kyoto 【西国街道#02】山崎蒸溜所と桜マッピングパーティ 01/04/2017 japan
Rome Walk4Art 01/04/2017 italy
Rostock Rostocker Treffen 04/04/2017 germany
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 05/04/2017 germany
Helsinki Monthly Missing Maps mapathon at Finnish Red Cross HQ 06/04/2017 finland
Dresden Stammtisch 06/04/2017 germany
Zaragoza Mapeado Colaborativo 07/04/2017 spain
Mazzano Romano Workshop 3 07/04/2017 italy
Fribourg SOSM Annual General Meeting and mapping party 08/04/2017 switzerland
Popayán #MappingPartyTulcan (Scout Mappers) 08/04/2017 colombia
Rennes Atelier de découverte 09/04/2017 france
Rennes Réunion mensuelle 10/04/2017 france
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle libre 11/04/2017 france
Nantes Rencontres mensuelles 11/04/2017 france
Munich Münchner Stammtisch 11/04/2017 germany
Essen Stammtisch 13/04/2017 germany
Manila MapAm❤re #PhotoMapping San Juan, San Juan 13/04/2017-16/04/2017 philippines
Berlin 106. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 14/04/2017 germany
Tokyo 東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第7回 小石川後楽園 15/04/2017 japan
Avignon State of the Map France 2017 02/06/2017-04/06/2017 france
Kampala State of the Map Africa 2017 08/07/2017-10/07/2017 uganda
Curitiba FOSS4G+SOTM Brasil 2017 27/07/2017-29/07/2017 brazil
Aizu-wakamatsu Shi State of the Map 2017 18/08/2017-20/08/2017 japan
Boulder State Of The Map U.S. 2017 19/10/2017-22/10/2017 united states
Buenos Aires FOSS4G+SOTM Argentina 2017 23/10/2017-28/10/2017 argentina
Lima State of the Map – LatAm 2017 29/11/2017-02/12/2017 perú

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Hakuch, Nakaner, Peda, Polyglot, Rogehm, Spec80, SrrReal, YoViajo, derFred, jcoupey, jinalfoflia, kreuzschnabel, vsandre.