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Night life map developed by Lisa Stolz in her Bachelor thesis. [1]
Night life map developed by Lisa Stolz in her Bachelor thesis. [1]



  • GaiaGPS wrote a tutorial on how to upload GPS traces and use them to improve the data. In a previous blog post they explained how and why you should create an account.
  • Elliott Plack reports about some vandalism (deletions and fictional data from a TV series) in Baltimore, USA. The user got blocked by the DWG, but returned under another login and continued vandalising (twice).
  • Daniel Koć proposes a totally different idea to distinguish between the different types of “footways” in order to make  better rendering possible.
  • Python Argentina “Argentina en Python” collected so much data with OSMTracker for Android, that they cannot process all data by themselves. They set up a website and Dropbox account and are asking the community to help  map the data from the GPS tracks, audio notes and videos they collected.


  • Imre Samu presents his findings to recognise strange imports with the help of taginfo .


Humanitarian OSM


  • [1] Lisa Stolz designed a map specifically for nightlife as part of her bachelor thesis at Hochschule Karlsruhe in collaboration with Geofabrik. Geofabrik provides a temporary map of the new style, but is looking for someone who wants to operate and maintain the new style in the long term.
  • Wikimedia Maps, a tile service of the Wikimedia Foundation has arrived in beta status. It is a basic map style for the projects of the Wikimedia Foundation (eg Wikipedia, Commons, …). Technically it is the vector and raster-tile server of Karthotherian, various Mapbox-components and Mapnik3.


  • Strava switched from  Google Maps (incl. Street View) to Mapbox. Some premium subscribers “remain frustrated“. Many of the complaints, however, have little to do with OSM itself. Often poorer satellite images and the lack of Street View is the problem. We would like to remind you that this was similar to the change of Geocaching.com from Google Maps to OSM.


  • Timo Thalmann hopes to start a discussion about the definition of public tasks in the field of state GIS data. (automatic translation)


  • OSM Buildings speaks WebGL. (Demo)
  • The new Mapbox Studio, currently still in the closed beta, is designed for experts and beginners as well. The map elements can now be easily changed via point and click.
  • Basecamp for Windows  4.5.2 is released.
  • OSRM  version 4.8.0 released – Bugfix release 4.8.1 on September 20.
  • Proj4Leaflet which provides support for projections not contained within Leaflet itself, now has its own project page.(via @liedman)

Did you know …

  • osmservices, the slightly different link collection of Mathis Rinke? Bet you also find something new from the OSM world. 😉
  • [map] BBCode to create some simple BBCode annotated maps?  The JavaScript library can be integrated into popular form. You can test [map] BBCode here and see an example here.

other “geo” things

  • It seems that Apple continues to invest in map technologies.
  • Google Home View was yesterday – today the vacuum cleaner robot Roomba 980 is mapping the apartment “passing by“.
  • Steve Coast starts a project to collect machine readable spatial data. I would be nice to read something about the license of the collected data.
  • The earth’s surface is increasingly under surveillance. More and more start-ups rush into space with their own photo-satellites. Geoawsomeness talks about it.
  • You have a city trip in mind? You should always take along a weather dependent map.
  • Mashable reports about the effects of climate change. The melting of the continental ice and the resulting rise of the oceans.

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