„Where do cyclists cycle? An important question not just for city planners”, stated the German business journal „manager magazin“ 1 | here: London (Photo: Heat created by Strava cyclists. Map provided by Mapbox/Open Street Map)
Do you wish to join the diverse weeklyOSM team or start weeklyOSM in your language? Or are you just curious to know how weeklyOSM works? If so, we’d be delighted to see you at our workshop at SotM. If you look at this map of where weeklyosm is currently produced in, you can see that we are looking for YOU!
The Mapbox team now intends to focus on OSM data in French cities. In his English blog BharataHS summarizes his questions to understand French road rules.
User BushmanK explains on why he believes that the healthcare=midwife is a poorly designed tag.
Mountaineer’s Mailbox has been proposed as a new value for the man_made tag. The proposal was also discussed on the Tagging mailing list.
User mapmeld writes a dairy about transliterating place names around the world, with an open source crowdsourcing tool called CityNamer. This project uses OSM data and account details, but does not save edits yet.
Gmane website has been off the air for a few weeks, Martin writes about reviving this web interface and get it working.
OSM Awards 2016 are the community awards. Have you voted for your favourites in the six categories? The voting ends on September 22nd. Frederik Ramm explained (automatic translation) in the forum why you should vote. Nakaner presents his view point on the candidates in his user diary.
User PeWu from Poland presents OSM History Viewer – a tool to view the history of OSM nodes, ways and relations. In his post in the OpenStreetMap Forum he added some nice examples. (Example1, Example2). The source code and the examples are available on Github.
Mapper of the month, SomeoneElse, shares his OSM journey so far and his upcoming work.
The Saarländischer Rundfunk, a German TV channel, broadcasted an excellent video (start playing from 16:39 min) by Herbert Mangold on „Mapping with OSM”. This video talks about Mundraub, an OSM based map, how mapping efforts assist in fighting catastrophes like the Ebola crisis in Africa and the importance of local knowledge. Few members of the weeklyOSM team have also been featured in the video!
There is a survey aimed at OSM users who edit in Argentina, in order to learn more about what they think about the project and also determine the possibility to organize task groups and contribute to the enrichment of the map.
As a run up to the State of the Map conference at Brussels, there is a call for informal sessions including Birds of a Feather (BoFs). Take a look at some of the proposed sessions.
The upcoming week is slated to be eventful at Brussels with five big Geo-events lined up including a hackday and a mapathon! (It surely is Meptember!)
Selene Yang writes in her user diary writes about 25th September being the last date for submitting proposals for the State of the Map Latam which is going to be held from 25th to 27th November in Brazil.
 The German business journal 'Manager Magazin’ illustrates the cyclist routes of the ten major European cities.
During ongoing system upgrade, the OSMF Tileserver will be migrated on Mapnik 3. Tom Hughes writes about the same on the Talk-list.
Luke Smith writes about grough developing a composite map, which would be a combination obtained by blending OSM data with OS OpenData to fill in the gaps, and using public rights of way data directly from the local authorities which have released it.
The Array of Things (AoT) is an urban sensing project, a network of interactive, modular sensor boxes that will be installed around Chicago to collect real-time data on the city’s environment, infrastructure, and activity for research and public use.
An interesting article in the Melbourne Age, on how economics can make your dinner taste better! They did some analysis and matched review data about restaurants with geospatial data from OpenStreetMap and found that there is a strong negative link between restaurant quality – as defined by star ratings – and proximity to tourist attractions and street corners.
Other “geo” things
You do not want to be constantly tracked by Google and hence delete its mapping service on your phone. Would that suffice? Google makes it harder to evade it’s data collection.
Here is a video of generating a 3D city model in LOD1 by extrusion, with the software 3dfier developed by the 3D Geoinformation group at TU Delft and partially funded by Kadaster.
Japan is mapping its streets in 3D to support their autonomous taxis for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Tanvi Misra published an article on CityLab with the headline „Gorgeous Maps of an Ugly War” about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
Owen Powell, a GIS analyst and cartographer, explains his workflow in creating both beautiful and accurate digital 3D maps using Blender and GIS data in great detail.
German science magazine „Spektrum” discusses possible effects of the use of electronic navigation aids on our natural sense of direction.
User schleuss shares interesting aerial imagery captured during the LA Building import project. A batman landing rooftop, a hexagonal pool and a bunch of green cars are among the weird things seen from above Los Angeles.