(English) weeklyOSM 477

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Development Seed announced the launch of mapping.team, a tool to coordinate mapping and build communities. 1 | © kamicut, Development Seed

About us

  • In our last issue we reported on the vacancies on the OSMF Board of Directors. A late update is that four posts will be available for election, not three as we reported. Heather Leson is retiring from the board before the end of her term.


  • OpenStreetMap Guinea announces in a tweet the collection of data on illegal dumping points in the Commune of Ratoma in Conakry, which are visualised on a thematic uMap map.
  • Ruben suggests extending opening_hours by an additional value for amenities which require an appointment.
  • Jeremiah Rose suggests footway=indoor for marking indoor routes within a building mapped with Simple Indoor Tagging but has not so far provided the distinction to the existing highway=corridor.
  • Andrew, from Apple’s Maps team, has uploaded potential road and routing related issues in Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda to MapRoulette.
  • SK53 tried to unify the tagging for showgrounds and posted the various inconsistent approaches he found in the UK.
  • A German-specific discussion concerns a dispute as to how many lanes a road has if there are no markings. A article in the Zeit Online provides (de) (automatic translation) arguments for mappers who think the number of lanes is determined by the physical width.
  • Lyft, an on-demand transportation company based in San Francisco, USA, reports about its efforts to detect, fix and report map errors in OSM.
  • Miami University students and geographic information systems (GIS) professionals have started a „Bahamas Mapathon” to help the Bahamas after the devastating Hurricane Dorian.


  • Ireland’s OSM community has submitted an application to become a local OSMF chapter for mappers in both parts of the Irish Island, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. All, except one, welcome the idea of a local chapter for mappers in the two countries.


  • Brian M. Sperlongano would like to import the boundaries of the Census-designated places (CDP) in Hawaii. However, there are uncertainties about tagging, as CDPs do not meet the criteria for boundary=administrative.
  • At SotM US 2019, Facebook demonstrated their computer vision software to detect buildings suitable for import into OSM with RapiD.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Nuno Caldeira has noticed a new button on Facebook maps that can be used to report map errors. Unfortunately the error report process does not credit OSM, instead referring to „Facebook maps”. Nuno had already reported the incorrect identification to Facebook a year ago and three months ago asked the OSM Foundation to persuade Facebook to attribute it correctly.
  • OSMF’s trademark policy is still a current topic on the mailing list and not everyone agrees with the current procedures.
  • With the Annual General Meeting of the OpenStreetMap Foundation impending, Michael Reichert provides a reminder (automatic translation) about how to renew one’s membership, with some hints to make life easier for the Membership Working Group. He also calls on others to join the Foundation.


  • This year’s State of the Map conference was sold out on 6 September 2019. If you missed out you’ll be able to livestream or watch the recordings, see the programme for details.
  • The Einfachbahn (de) (automatic translation) initiative organised (de) (automatic translation) a mapping party (de) in Frankfurt am Main on 12 September. Two groups practised the acquisition of railway-related geodata in Frankfurt-Höchst and Frankfurt-Rödelheim stations and subsequently edited with JOSM. In addition to mapping, there was a lively exchange of information on railway geodata.
  • FOSS4G SotM Oceania is looking for a host for next year’s event.
  • The next French-German cross-border OSM community meetup will take place (automatic translation) on 28 September 2019 in Strasbourg.
  • The SigInfoLibre blog talks about (automatic translation) the sub-regional workshop for leaders of OpenStreetMap communities in French-speaking Africa. The workshop is being held at the University of Lomé in Togo with the support of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. On the menu: participants talk about OpenStreetMap Governance, project engineering, communication techniques, and free digital mapping techniques.
  • You often hear of the University Rapperswill, Switzerland, in the context of innovative OSM technologies and applications. So it makes perfect sense that Rapperswill has applied to host the next State of the Map conference from 19 to 21 June 2020.
  • The FOSSGIS 2020 (automatic translation) conference, the annual meeting for open source geo-software and OpenStreetMap in Germany, will take place from 11 to 14 March in Freiburg. As usual, the last day is always a Saturday and dedicated to OSM.
  • Missing Maps is organising another mapathon at the Médecins Sans Frontières offices in Brussels. The Save the World – Map it titled event will take place on 24 September 2019.
  • Ilya Zverev reports from SotM-US – Wednesday (automatic translation) – Thursday (automatic translation) – Friday (automatic translation). (ru)


  • CartONG, a French NGO specialising in mapping and related services for humanitarian and development organisations, is offering a position for a data specialist based in Chambéry (France).


  • Severin Kann reported, via Twitter, that in Krakow OpenStreetMap is used on trams for real-time position display.


  • [1] Development Seed announced the launch of mapping.team, a tool to coordinate mapping and build communities. The diary entry provides a fairly comprehensive overview and recommends that you test the beta version, create an own instance, or contribute code to the GitHub hosted project.
  • Simon Poole has published a feature preview of the upcoming versions of the Vespucci editor for Android devices. The first beta of Vespucci 14 is expected to be released in September.


  • OsmAnd announced the release of version 3.0 of their iOS app. The new version adds a quick action feature to access various map actions from the home screen, the ability to download a missing region map directly from the context menu, and added hints for tags and values to the advanced OpenStreetMap editing screen.

Did you know …

  • … the OSM-Science mailing list? A place to discuss research ideas, to develop surveys, and to communicate with science-oriented OpenStreetMap community members.
  • … there are at least two kinds of gas-driven vehicles? Some run with liquefied petroleum gas (fuel:lpg), some use compressed natural gas (fuel:cng). Don’t get them mixed up when tagging fuel service stations, as the two are incompatible with each other!

OSM in the media

  • LinuxInsider reports on the new OSGeoLive release. OSGeoLive is a Linux distribution that specialises in geospatial applications.

Other “geo” things

  • OpenMaptiler blogs on the highlights from FOSS4G 2019 in Bucharest.
  • Elijah Zarlin from Mapbox presents 15 projects that have been created recently with Mapbox tools.
  • The Pudding have produced a People Map of the US, where city names are replaced by their most Wikipedia’ed resident. There is also a UK for those who prefer to see the other side of the Atlantic.
  • Google Maps now also includes ridesharing offers „for the first and last mile” in its public transport routing in order to save even more footsteps.
  • The North American Datum of 1983 is the Everest of the classical survey art, completed just before the satellite geodesy revolution swept all aside. Tim Burch discusses the four plate-fixed terrestrial reference frames that will replace the venerable NAD83 in 2022. A combination of correcting the 2m offset in NAD83 from the geocentre and dropping the US survey foot and adopting the international foot, will see some points apparently move by up to 4m.
  • It’s nothing new that Pokémon GO players like to cause controversy in the OSM community. The Silph Road shows that some OSM tags prevent Pokémon from spawning in certain areas of the game. Of course, this is not due to OSM itself, but to the processing of the data by Niantic.

Upcoming Events

WuppertalOSM-Treffen Wuppertaler Stammtisch im Hutmacher 18 Uhr2019-09-11germany
LeobenStammtisch Obersteiermark2019-09-12austria
MunichMünchner Stammtisch2019-09-12germany
Berlin135. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch2019-09-12germany
San JoséCivic Hack Night & Map Night2019-09-12united states
BudapestOSM Hungary Meetup reboot2019-09-16hungary
BratislavaMissing Maps mapathon Bratislava #72019-09-16slovakia
HabayRencontre des contributeurs du Pays d’Arlon2019-09-16belgium
Cologne Bonn AirportBonner Stammtisch2019-09-17germany
LüneburgLüneburger Mappertreffen2019-09-17germany
ReadingReading Missing Maps Mapathon2019-09-17united kingdom
SalzburgMaptime Salzburg Mapathon2019-09-18austria
EdinburghFOSS4GUK 20192019-09-18-2019-09-21united kingdom
HeidelbergErasmus+ EuYoutH OSM Meeting2019-09-18-2019-09-23germany
HeidelbergHOT Summit 20192019-09-19-2019-09-20germany
HeidelbergState of the Map 2019 [1]2019-09-21-2019-09-23germany
NantesJournées européennes du patrimoine2019-09-21france
BremenBremer Mappertreffen2019-09-23germany
NottinghamNottingham pub meetup2019-09-24united kingdom
MannheimMannheimer Mapathons2019-09-25germany
LübeckLübecker Mappertreffen2019-09-26germany
StrasbourgRencontre périodique de Strasbourg2019-09-28france
Kameoka京都!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第12回 穴太寺(あなおじ)2019-09-29japan
LondonLondon Missing Maps Mapathon2019-10-01united kingdom
StuttgartStuttgarter Stammtisch2019-10-02germany
BrnoState of the Map CZ+SK 20192019-10-02-2019-10-03czech republic
PrizrenState of the Map Southeast Europe2019-10-25-2019-10-27kosovo
DhakaState of the Map Asia 20192019-11-01-2019-11-02bangladesh
WellingtonFOSS4G SotM Oceania 20192019-11-12-2019-11-15new zealand
Grand-BassamState of the Map Africa 20192019-11-22-2019-11-24ivory coast

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Polyglot, Rogehm, SK53, SunCobalt, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, geologist, keithonearth, roptat.

One Reply to “(English) weeklyOSM 477”

  1. I find it really awkward that Mapbox does not attribute OpenStreetMap at all. Not in the post. Not in the video. Not on the maps. How hard can it be? Maybe their employees just do not know? Would this make it better?