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This year’s participants @ SotM 2016 in Brussels 1 | Picture by Tatiana van Campenhout CC-BY-SA 4.0

SotM 2016

  • During State of the Map in Brussels the 2016 funding drive was started, which shall finance the current cost of the OSMF. This is (not only) including the purchase and operation of the OSM servers. The funding goal is 70,000 Euro.
  • The videos from State of the Map 2016 are available online as full event streams. It will be split by talk shortly.
  • [1] At SotM the winner of the OSM awards were published (number of votes and given votes in brackets): Roland Olbricht (213/665), Lukas Martinelli and Manuel Roth (160/500), WeeklyOSM-Team (377/584), Martin Ždila (186/554), Pascal Neis (306/605), Frederik Ramm (186/576). More detailed results are on the voting platform, and there is a OSMF-Blog post.
  • You can find some pictures from the SotM Brussels with the tag sotm2016 on flickr.
  • At this year’s SotM there had been many wearers of a craftmapper t-shirt. The shirt was distributed at the conference as a reply to Michal Migurskis’s blog post (as reported here earlier). Which created some speculation on twitter.
  • Gregory Marler shares his experience of being a Code of Conduct volunteer at the SoTM Brussels.


  • BushmanK thinks that the RFC status of proposals is not always respected and are not allowed to pass into the voting phase without processing all comments and questions.
  • On the Tagging mailing list, the tag for cenotaph is being discussed. It seems like none of these memorials had been added to OSM.
  • Warin has discovered an eight year old draft of a proposal to tag floodplains (natural=floodplain).
  • Abhishek of the Mapbox data team reports in his user diary about their work to improve the positional accuracy of the road network in Taiwan. (we reported earlier)


  • Bryan Housel suggests in the Github repository of OpenStreetMap to introduce a code of conduct. In Bryan’s simultaneously added pull request there is a discussion about who would be the correct person to address for complaints.
  • About 100 students of the 4th grade of Santa Maria high school of Portugalete mapped the problematic points for people with reduced mobility and suggested more accessible routes so they can reach destinations, which are critical for them. Mapping Portugalete according to the report of this blog (automatic translation) is one of the many actions that were developed since 2014 by the program Ciudades Amigables (Friendly Cities).
  • Yahoo Finance reported, that Telenav on September 22 announced the availability of Open Street View, a free open – source platform, designed to accelerate the development of OSM. The platform includes free iOS and Android apps.
  • Pascal Neis experiments with a presentation of active mappers on a map.
  • Ben Discoe (in possibly the most polite “rant” ever written) commented on Michal Migurskis blogpost “OSM at Crossroads” (which was mentioned in weeklyOSM previously). The issue that he raises is somewhat different however – money!
  • Pratik Yadav asks for the reason to choose a particular username for OpenStreetMap. First answers can be found in the comments.


  • Spencer Gardner tries to find out how the lanes=* tag of oneway streets got “caculated” for streets in Massachusetts during the MassGIS Road Import.
  • The highway milestones became OpenData in France. The community discusses the tags, especially the value for the ref-tag
  • Dewi Sulistioningrum, an member of HOT, is interested in importing “infrastructure” (schools, mosques, hospitals etc.) and boundaries in a part of Indonesia.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The Swiss OpenStreetMap Association is now a recognized local chapter (regional office) of OSMF. More local chapters exist in Italy and Iceland.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Biondi Sima of HOT Indonesia reported about three ways to DRR in Indonesia.
  • The project Healthsites.io that collects medical care centers for humanitarian purposes is now in a ß-status.
  • HOT reports about a week-long pre-assessment trip in Karamoja, Uganda.


  • The OpenCycleMap now supports cycleway: right = track / lane and cycleway: left = track / lane.
  • The Open Transport Net project with 14 European partners involved, opens and visualizes transport data in Europe. The city of Pilsen (Czech republic) visualized the traffic flow before and when major public works were taking place in the center of the city. The Pilsener citizens can see on the web which traffic issues they can expect.
  • Sven Geggus has deployed (Deutsch) (automatic translation) the new German map style, a fork of OSM Carto with German/transliterated labels and “German” road colours, on openstreetmap.de.
  • Yvecai has created a new base layer for OpenSnowMap, which allows good contrast and good visibility for the display of ski slopes.

Open Data


  • Urbica has developed Galton an OSM-data and OSRM-engine based router that shows the areas for any point that can be reached in a fixed time. The source code is on Github. On her blog, the project is described more details.


  • On AWS there’s a new public and free digital elevation model which was created with Mapzen’s help out of different free data sources.
  • Tim Teulings reports about his work on libosmscout during the SommerCamp in Essen.
  • Lukas Martinelli searches for supporters on Kickstarter.com to develop a free style editor for JSON Styles for MapboxGL. The funding target was 4000 CHF and was reached during the SotM weekend.


SoftwareVersionRelease dateComment
Mapbox GL JSv0.24.02016-09-19Eleven new features & improvements, ten bugs fixed.
OsmAnd for iOS *1.2.52016-09-19Bugs fixed.
Geobuf3.0.02016-09-20One important breaking change and one bug fixed.
OsmAnd for Android *2.42016-09-21No actual info.
OsmAnd+ for Android *2.4.62016-09-21Car audio system integration, better routing, bugfixes.
Vespucci0.9.82016-09-21Many changes and improvements, please read relase info.
Mapillary Android *2.402016-09-23Login and signup with OpenStreetMap and Google, fixes for more stable browsing.
QGIS2.16.32016-09-23No infos
Gnome Maps3.22.02016-09-24Added, updated or fixed translations: Persian, Italian, Scottish Gaelic and Ukrainian.
Maperitive *2.4.02016-09-25No Info
Komoot Android *var2016-09-26No info
Mapillary iOS *4.4.142016-09-26Login and signup with OpenStreetMap and Google, preserving EXIF tags.
Maps.me Android *var2016-09-26GPS error fixed, new map data.
OpenStreetMap Carto Style2.44.02016-09-26Please read info.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist.

(*) unfree software. See freesoftware.

Did you know …

  • … the Taginfo report that indicates which tags are used a lot but do not have a wiki page to describe them?
  • VROOM (Vehicle Routing Optimization Open-source Machine)? jcoupey provides an extension for OSMBC.
  • … the ‘Binary Bandits’ are stealing house numbers in Philadelphia, USA? Mysterious thieves steal the zeros and ones of the house numbers in Philadelphia. What drives the ‘Binary Bandits? And what does that mean for OSM? 😉

Other “geo” things

  • Holger Sparr of MacLife lists the best map apps for iPhone/iPad and explains their merits.
  • The web-enabled vehicles from Audi, BMW and Daimler probably will soon be a data supplier for Here.
  • The Spanish magazine NOSOLOSIG reported (Spanish) (automatic translation) in its latest edition that the “Instituto Panamericano de Geografía e Historia (IPGH)” commissioned a study on the quality of geodata in Latin-America.
  • Google explains how to create a custom map style for their vector tiles and therefore tries once more to close the gap with OpenStreetMap.

Upcoming Events

TampereOSM kahvit Tampere29.09.2016finland
EspooOSM kahvit Espoo29.09.2016finland
LeobenStammtisch Obersteiermark29.09.2016austria
StazzemaMapping Party Sentiero Alta Versilia: serata introduttiva al Mapping Party del 2 Ottobre30.09.2016italy
Sarapiquíhttps://fundecor.org: Mapatón v3 UNA Sede Río Frío Distrito Horquetas de Sarapiquí, Heredia30.09.2016costa rica
GenovaMappalonga Mapathon01.10.2016italy
Kyoto京都オープンデータソン2016 vol.2(吉田神社) with 第1回諸国・浪漫マッピングパーティ01.10.2016japan
TrentoMapping party Pieve Tesino01.10.2016-02.10.2016italy
Metro ManilaState of the Map Asia 201601.10.2016-02.10.2016philippines
Stazzema2016 Mapping party del sentiero Alta Versilia: escursione e raccolta dati02.10.2016italy
RennesDécouverte d’OpenStreetMap pour l’humanitaire02.10.2016france
TaipeiTaipei Meetup, Mozilla Community Space03.10.2016taiwan
RostockOSM Stammtisch Rostock04.10.2016germany
ParisMapathon Missing Maps Paris04.10.2016france
FalmouthMissing Maps by ClearMapping (https://twitter.com/clearmappingco/status/780704843786817536)04.10.2016united kingdom
RomaGeobirra Roma04.10.2016Italia
Vienna57. Wiener Stammtisch06.10.2016austria
LyonRencontre mensuelle mappeurs11.10.2016france
LandshutLandshut Stammtisch11.10.2016germany
MunichStammtisch München11.10.2016germany
Berlin100. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch14.10.2016germany
Tokyo東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第1回 哲学堂公園15.10.2016japan
BerlinHack Weekend15.10.2016-16.10.2016germany
FavaraMapping party dei vicoli, cortili, scalinate, archi e orti del centro antico di Favara, Organizzato dalla Molitec, Farm Cultural Park e Tivissima16.10.2016italy
BonnBonner Stammtisch18.10.2016germany
LüneburgMappertreffen Lüneburg18.10.2016germany
NottinghamNottingham18.10.2016united kingdom
ScotlandEdinburgh18.10.2016united kingdom

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