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About us

  • We join with the OSMF in wishing everyone a Happy New Year for 2018! Your feedback and engagement with OSM Weekly is an important source of motivation for the members of our team.We also welcome bjoern_m and Tordanik as members of the team. Of course, as ever, we are still looking for interested people who want to participate.


  • Bryan Housel asks for feedback on whether self-intersecting lines should always generate an error in the iD editor. You can comment on the GitHub issue here.
  • Volker Schmidt wonders why emergency bays are tagged in a different way from bus bays, even though they are physically very similar.
  • The German forum fails to agree on whether addresses should be tagged on the entrance or the building outline, but in a lively discussion (automatic translation) the various possibilities are mentioned.


  • Daniel Koć asks on the OSM-talk mailing list how to find new contributors for the OSM-carto map style. There is already a list of Issues for beginners.
  • SomeoneElse responds with a blow-by-blow account of what is involved in creating a successful pull request for OSM-Carto.
  • The 6th edition of State of the Map France will take place in Bordeaux, on 1st-3rd June 2018.
  • Researchers from the University of Minnesota have investigated (pdf) the mapping behaviour of OpenStreetMap users. They claim geographical bias of mapping contributions is innate (“born, not made”)
  • James Derrick reflects on how mapping, software & technology have changed in the 10 years he has been contributing to OSM.
  • Joost Schouppe has created an analysis of the OSM Notes. Among other things, he discusses the effects of Maps.me.
  • On Reddit “map_creator” has shared a map of lighthouses mapped in OpenStreetMap in Europe. Some feedback follows about which lighthouses are not mapped yet and who to contact.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The OSMF rejoices about a bitcoin donation of £27k, and refers to this donation path.
  • The OpenStreetMap Foundation welcomes OpenStreetMap France as an official local chapter in France.

Humanitarian OSM

  • In an OSM diary entry, Tasauf, writes about the contributions and impact of the BHOOT (Bangladesh Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Operations Team) that was formed as a initiative of BOIL (Bangladesh Open Innovation Lab) to support HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team) with all their activations supporting all the disasters & emergency humanitarian crisis throughout the globe including Bangladesh.


  • Michael Spreng announces(de) the availability of an OSRM installation on routing.openstreetmap.de, with routing profiles for cyclists, pedestrians and cars. The server is funded by FOSSGIS, the German local chapter of OSMF. Michael emphasizes that this routing service is run by the community, rather than as a commercial operation.
  • On his Github pages, marcusyoung provides a tutorial for OpenTripPlanner, with special reference to the use of isochrones.


  • Mapzen will cease operations at the end of January 2018. The migration guide lists all projects which will continue existing. According to a tweet and the project description, the Valhalla developers are now working for Mapbox (Mapbox already has a routing engine – OSRM).
  • Stefan Keller presented a tool on the Swiss mailing list talk-ch to make it easier for business owners to enter their data on OSM and keep it up to date. He asks for feedback.
  • With its Google Impact Challenge (GIC) program in Germany (international site), Google offers the opportunity (translation) to raise money for a coding project. Deadlines for submissions is January 10th, 2018.
  • OpenStreetMap plans to apply once again as a mentoring organisation in the 2018 edition of Google Summer of Code.

Did you know …

  • … that Belgium and The Netherlands ratified a change in their borders, to align again on river Maas (Meuse), which was straightened back in 1961. It goes without saying that OSM is already up-to-date. The Netherlands gained 13.28 ha. Both countries stand to gain though, as police interventions and land maintenance are simplified.
  • …. the information on the wiki about the 9th German OpenStreetMap and the 13th FOSSGIS conference in Bonn in March 2018? especially the information about OSM Saturday?

Other “geo” things

  • GEOBIA’ 18 will take place in Montpellier on June 18th-22nd. The platform is intended to promote scientific research and development of global Earth problems worldwide, with a particular focus on Big Data Integration and Open Source solutions, and to support selected young researchers.
  • The first open source satellites orbit in space! The system was presented (de) (Google Translate) at the 34C3 (the biggest German hacker conference) in Leipzig.
  • Watson reports about the Swiss Confederation map, which shows all current departures and delays of public transport in Switzerland. The data can be queried using this API.
  • What would the London’s “Overground” railway network map look like if it was designed like the map of Berlin’s S-Bahn? Here you go. It makes a change from everything being orange.

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RomeFOSS4G-IT 20182018-02-19-2018-02-22italy
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PoznańState of the Map Poland 20182018-04-13-2018-04-14poland
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