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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.



SoftwareVersionRelease dateComment
QGIS2.18.52017-02-24No infos.
Komoot iOS *9.02017-03-21Route planning and search reworked.
Mapillary Android *3.352017-03-21Allow higher resolution and wider aspect ratio of images.
Osmose Backendv1.0-2017-03-232017-03-21No infos.
OSRM Backend5.6.42017-03-21Some bugfixes.
GeoWebCache1.11.02017-03-22No Infos.
Mapillary iOS *4.6.102017-03-22Two bugs fixed.
GeoServer2.11.02017-03-23Ten bugfixes and some undocumented enhancements.
Maps.me iOS *7.2.22017-03-23Bugfix release.
Komoot Android *var2017-03-25Minor enhancements.
Potlatch 22.52017-03-25Please read release info.
QMapShack Lin/Mac/Win1.8.02017-03-26No 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

Mazzano RomanoWorkshop 231/03/2017italy
RostockRostocker Treffen04/04/2017germany
StuttgartStuttgarter Stammtisch05/04/2017germany
HelsinkiMonthly Missing Maps mapathon at Finnish Red Cross HQ06/04/2017finland
ZaragozaMapeado Colaborativo07/04/2017spain
Mazzano RomanoWorkshop 307/04/2017italy
FribourgSOSM Annual General Meeting and mapping party08/04/2017switzerland
Popayán#MappingPartyTulcan (Scout Mappers)08/04/2017colombia
RennesAtelier de découverte09/04/2017france
RennesRéunion mensuelle10/04/2017france
LyonRencontre mensuelle libre11/04/2017france
NantesRencontres mensuelles11/04/2017france
MunichMünchner Stammtisch11/04/2017germany
ManilaMapAm❤re #PhotoMapping San Juan, San Juan13/04/2017-16/04/2017philippines
Berlin106. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch14/04/2017germany
Tokyo東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第7回 小石川後楽園15/04/2017japan
AvignonState of the Map France 201702/06/2017-04/06/2017france
KampalaState of the Map Africa 201708/07/2017-10/07/2017uganda
CuritibaFOSS4G+SOTM Brasil 201727/07/2017-29/07/2017brazil
Aizu-wakamatsu ShiState of the Map 201718/08/2017-20/08/2017japan
BoulderState Of The Map U.S. 201719/10/2017-22/10/2017united states
Buenos AiresFOSS4G+SOTM Argentina 201723/10/2017-28/10/2017argentina
Lima State of the Map – LatAm 201729/11/2017-02/12/2017perú

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