Jyri-Petteri Paloposki proposesaeroway=highway_strip for landing strips that are normally used as a highway, but can be closed either for a military exercise or emergency aeroplane landing. Proposal on wiki.
Have you always wanted a better way to add a racetrack? This proposal might be interesting for you.
The proposal for more detailed tagging of saunas and hot baths sparked an international discussion on the tagging mailing list. There is a vote on the wiki until July 9th.
Are you lost when it comes to indoor and underground mapping? Someone asked in the forum for help. There is a rendered indoor map available and the comprehensive wiki page can hopefully push you in the right direction.
OSM US is still looking for an executive director.
Datendelphin proposes adding an icon for OSMF membership on user pages. The technical details are being discussed on GitHub.
Heather Leson, from OSMF board, published a blog post asking for experiences with diversity issues in the OSM community. She named her efforts to raise awareness on gender issues in OSM as „Open Gender Monologues”. Heather Leson together with Kate Chapman, will host a session on this topic at the State of Map in Milan (July 28 – 30, 2018). There are a number of controversial comments below her blog post.
The tagging mailing list is discussing (1, 2) the spin-off of the tagging templates from the Editor iD and the development as its own project. There are contributors who express their perspective around the tagging decisions made for iD editor.
User mapeadora published a diary entry about the perception of gender equality in OSM. While the final results of a survey on this topic will be published later at the SotM in Milan, she already posted some preliminary results. 33 men and 24 women from 14 countries answered the survey. If you want that survey to become more relevant, the survey can be answered in 7 languages.
The International Journal of Geo-Information published the paper „Mapping Urban Land Use at Street Block Level Using OpenStreetMap, Remote Sensing Data, and Spatial Metrics”.
After a long process, the team of uMap Latam successfully migrated and updated the service avoiding the loss of the maps and the need for users to manually migrate their maps at UMAP Latam. This instance of uMap hosts more than 1400 maps for Latin America and the world.
Since the preliminary agenda of the OSMF board meeting on June 21 included the non-public agenda item to discuss rules on the admission of regional representatives, Michael Reichert has asked the board to discuss these criteria with the members before they will be decided.
The minutes of the meeting of the License Working Group on June 14th is now public. Among the topics on agenda, there were the new terms and conditions for openstreetmap.org usage.
FOSS4G Hokkaido was held in Sapporo, Japan on June 22nd and 23rd. The video of the Core day and Tweet summary is online. And some session’s slides are linked from the program table. OpenStreetMap was mentioned in some sessions.
This year’s State Of The Map US will take place in Detroit, Michigan, from October 5th to 7th.
OSM in Zambia has grown from a few mappers in 2016 to hundreds today. As HOT reports, microgrants from HOT and Nethope Device Challenge as well as funding from GIZ and World Bank allowed OSM Zambia to purchase mapping equipment for new contributors. The mapping activity includes the collection of baseline geodata as well as for the Lusaka Sanitation Program, aiming to prevent diseases such as cholera.
The release of version 4.12.0 of the OpenStreetMap Carto stylesheet has been announced on the mailing list. The only major change was the removal of subpixel accuracy for areas. Minor changes include the rendering of tourism=information subtypes and vertical objects rendering and tuning, and the rendering for place=quarter and historic=city_gate.
The OpenStreetMap blog features a detailed article for potential new OSM data users. If you are planning to switch your maps/websites to OSM, make sure to give it a read!
Telenav joins Mapbox and Facebook by publishing their efforts about future of mapping driven by omnipresence of sensors, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. In the same blog post they launched a competition to improve their training data sets, detections and releasing three key components of their OpenStreetCam stack, namely the training set of images, machine-learning technology and the detection results.
K_Sakanoshitaupdated his „Machi-aruki Map maker„. With this tool, you can create a map showing vectors in your favourite stroke and save them as PNG or SVG. The UI is Japanese, but it can be used all over the world. He explains how to use it on his blog.
Nikolai Janakiev continues his data analysis articles with „Compare Countries and Cities with OpenStreetMap and t-SNE” where he takes a closer look at how to use the amenity distributions to compare and cluster countries and cities.
 Nikolai Janakiev wrote a tool for visualizing OSM data through heat-maps using Blender and Python.
Version 2.9.1 of the iD editor has been released. amenity=shelter no longer implies building=yes, instead the preset now includes building as option. Besides a lot of preset changes and additions, two bug fixes, minor usability changes and a walkthrough change, the resolution of Bing Streetside was improved.
The German IT newspaper „Netzwelt” published an article about the advantages of OSM over Google. The key argument, access to the raw data, was bolstered with an OSM-based study from a travel website about the greenest cities worldwide. (Hint: Reykjavík, Auckland and Bratislava are numbers 1 to 3)
Other “geo” things
As reported (automatic translation), Google is updating its data for Germany. Although they improved the cameras on their cars last year, there are no plans to update the Street View images as the German data protection law prevents it according to a statement from Google. Instead they are collecting data for an improvement of street names, road geometries and POI data.
StreetCred, created partly due to the shutdown of Mapzen, is estimating that there are 1 billion POIs across the world. The company announced that they want to build a marketplace to buy POI data from users that collect the data and sell it to companies. The collecting users will be rewarded with a blockchain currency called StreetCred token.
ESRI has published 33 football related statistical maps under the title „The World Cup in 33 Maps”.
Mapbox is celebrating this football World Cup season by hosting the World Map Cup challenge, which is a 4-part competition in June & July. One needs to sign up to compete over the next four weeks to make awesome maps and be eligible to win some cool prizes.
Missing Maps Mapathon
Mannheimer Mapathons (MAMAPA)
Stammtisch Ulmer Alb
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City Mappy Hour
Rencontre mensuelle pour tous
121. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch
厄払い！オープンデータソン in さかい
Cologne Bonn Airport
OpenStreetMap Foundation public board meeting
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City Outdoor Survey / Mapping
More Joy Diversion
State of the Map 2018 (international conference)
Dar es Salaam
FOSS4G & HOT Summit 2018
State of the Map Latam 2018
State of the Map US 2018
State of the Map Asia 2018 (effective date to confirm)