(English) weeklyOSM 350

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The OSM April fools of 2017

  • The map editor is now also available in a variant for companies with optimized look and feel.
  • weeklyOSM was first to report how OSMF managed to sell our OSM-Data to Google 😉
  • OSM uses WGS84 as a geodetic reference system, which is not coupled to the motion of the earth plates. In order to compensate for the differences between the most recent reference systems, such as the ETRS89 introduced/implemented in Europe, the coordinates in the OSM database are now being corrected. New versions are not created. This was reported on the official OSMF blog.


  • In an answer to a beginner’s question on the German forum, user Galbinus shows (de) very succinctly, how to create a new roundabout using iD. User Polyglot shows how to get the job done using JOSM.
  • A blog post by Marc Gemis on how to add data about immovable heritage structures in Belgium to crowdsourced projects such as OSM (HistOSM and Historic Places) and Wikidata.
  • Multiple German mappers criticize (de) (automatic translation) the app StreetComplete for creating too many changesets. The app aims to add missing tags, but creates one changeset for each changed tag (2 new tags on one object = 2 changesets). Their author is already in touch with the community. See also the bug report on GitHub.
  • John Whelan asks how to deal with landuse=residential within landuse=residential areas that are probably an artefact of the often very rural but nevertheless flatly populated areas, for example in Africa and are reinforced by certain HOT tasks.
  • Grant Slater’s experiments continue with highly accurate GPS measurements based on the OpenSource tool RTKLIB and he inquires if there are other mappers who experiment with Real-time Kinematic (RTK) or offer or need an RTCM stream (GPS correction signals).



  • Approximately 9.8 million building footprints are made available by Microsoft under ODbL licence. On the Talk-US mailing list, there was a discussion on whether this data could be imported into OSM.
  • Christoph Hormann discovered a very questionable MapRoulette challenge for the location correction of islands in polar regions, which degrades data quality. In his user blog (numerous comments) he asks whether such challenges should be treated as mechanical edits.


  • The State of the Map Asia 2017 is looking for a logo.
  • The SotM Working Group starts early to search for venues for the State of the Map 2018.

Humanitarian OSM

  • A letter from Mocoa, Colombia: – Thank you for the collaboration, 48 hours later we have the first results on the map for the work of humanitarian teams on the ground. Now we need your help to sustain our humanitarian mapping unit (UMH) that raises post disaster data on the ground through donations.
  • Benjamin Herfort from the University of Heidelberg has published an article in the GIScience News Blog titled “10 Million Contributions: It’s time for MapSwipe Analytics!”. He refers, among other things, to several activities:

    and a scientific article
    “Towards evaluating the mobile crowdsourcing of geographic information about human settlements.” AGILE 2017 International Conference on Geographic Information Science. ” written by Herfort, B., Reinmuth, M., Porto de Albuquerque M.J. and Zipf, A.

  • The OpenAerialMap project now has a much simpler way to upload new images.
  • Russell Deffner alerts us of the second round of the mapping challenge to eradicate malaria.


  • [1] Michael Schön showed (de) an updated version of the Geopedia in a lightning talk at the FOSSGIS conference, which now also integrates Youtube and contains some new interesting features.
  • Alexander Matheisen explains on the OpenRailwayMap mailing list, why he will remove the experimental support of vector tiles from openrailwaymap.org.


  • Mapbox writes about the new feature launched by Twitter that will enable businesses on it to privately share and request locations from their customers.


  • Osmconvert can now also perform simple tagging changes on OSM extracts. See the changed documentation for more information.
  • Robin Boldt and Emux worked together to create a mobile app for Kurviger route planner. Users can test a public beta release for Android systems.


  • David Valdmann writes in the Mapzen blog about the curved lettering, which were introduced with Tangram.js 0.12.


Software Version Release date Comment
Magic Earth * 2017-03-28 Enhanced audio control, better search, performance improvements and bug fixes.
MapContrib 1.6.1 2017-03-28 Raised the payload limit to 50 MB.
Gnome Maps 3.24.0 2017-03-29 Many changes and improvements, please read change logs.
Komoot Android * var 2017-03-29 Minor enhancements.
Naviki Android * 3.57 2017-03-29 State notification with all connected Smart Bike systems, user interface revised.
Naviki iOS * 3.57 2017-03-29 User interface revised, bugfixes.
OSM Contributor 3.0.4 2017-03-29 No infos.
OSRM Backend 5.6.5 2017-03-29 Some bugfixes.
Jungle Bus 1.1 2017-03-30 Bus Contributer now named Jungle Bus.
SQLite 3.18.0 2017-03-30 12 enhancements and five bugfixes.
Cruiser for Android * 1.4.18 2017-04-02 Graphic updated and various improvements.
Cruiser for Desktop * 1.2.18 2017-04-02 No infos.
JOSM 11826 2017-04-02 See release infos.
Mapillary Android * 3.41 2017-04-02 Record GPX track for every sequence, map option in sequence grid view, camera stability improvements.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist. Timestamp: 2017-04-03 16:21:53+02 UTC

(*) unfree software. See: freesoftware.

Did you know …

OSM in the media

  • A Slate article tries to show why burgers have become so expensive in Paris, using many different maps and visualizations based on OSM and the list of French companies, recently published as open data.

Other “geo” things

  • Google Map Maker is history since the end of March. TURN ON also reported about it and thinks about an alternative if one does not want to provide their information to Google.
  • According to Heise online, the camera vehicles are on the road again in Europe.
  • The flight simulator X-Plane-11 is now available. The terrain is based on a current OpenStreetMap.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
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 Mapathon Missing Maps à Bréteil, Montfort 09/04/2017 france
Rennes Réunion mensuelle 10/04/2017 france
Rome Incontro Mappatori 10/04/2017 italy
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle libre 11/04/2017 france
Nantes Rencontres mensuelles 11/04/2017 france
Munich Münchner Stammtisch 11/04/2017 germany
Taipei OSM Taipei Meetup, MozSpace 11/04/2017 taiwan
Essen Stammtisch 13/04/2017 germany
Paris Paris Mapathon Missing Maps 13/04/2017 france
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 ???????????????????? ?????? 15/04/2017 japan
Manila FEU YouthMappers Mapillary Workshop, Manila 17/04/2017 philippines
Bonn Bonner Stammtisch 18/04/2017 germany
Scotland Edinburgh 18/04/2017 united kingdom
Lüneburg Mappertreffen Lüneburg 18/04/2017 germany
Nottingham Nottingham Pub Meetup 18/04/2017 uk
Moscow Schemotechnika 09 18/04/2017 russia
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 19/04/2017 germany
Portland Portland Mappy Hour 19/04/2017 united states
Osaka ?????????? #05 19/04/2017 japan
Leoben Stammtisch Obersteiermark 20/04/2017 austria
Zaragoza Mapeado Colaborativo 21/04/2017 spain
Kyoto ?????#03????????????????? 22/04/2017 japan
Misiones Charla Mapas Libres en FLISoL, Posadas 22/04/2017 argentina
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 24/04/2017 germany
Graz Stammtisch Graz 24/04/2017 austria
Kinmen Shang Yi Airport Do mapping Kinmen by youself 24/04/2017-25/04/2017 taiwan
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
Champs-sur-Marne (Marne-la-Vallée) FOSS4G Europe 2017 at ENSG Cité Descartes 18/07/2017-22/07/2017 france
Curitiba FOSS4G+State of the Map Brasil 2017 27/07/2017-29/07/2017 brazil
Boston FOSS4G 2017 14/08/2017-19/08/2017 USA
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+State of the Map 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 Nakaner, Peda, Polyglot, Rogehm, Spec80, SrrReal, YoViajo, derFred, jinalfoflia, keithonearth, wambacher.