(English) weeklyOSM 378

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The quality assurance tool Osmose now uses vector technology to display the markers 1 | Leaflet | © OpenStreetMap contributors


  • Michael Reichert aka Nakaner has written a proposal for an „expiration date” of the „Validity of Public Transport Route Relations”. Or at least a date by which the route relation should be looked at again, because changes in the schedules might affect the itineraries or the stops served
  • We reported previously on Yuri Astrakhan’s (in OSM, „nyuriks„) proposition to bring in line „wikidata” and „wikipedia” urls, and the discussion about the mechanical edits that he was doing. Yuri’s now created a „Quick Edit” tool to make mechanical edits in general easier. The consensus of the discussion is that this tool, like other similar ones, is governed by the Automated Edits Code of Conduct. The discussion on the talk mailing list is here.
  • The proposal Fire Hydrant Extension to extend and change the hydrant tagging has missed the required majority with 28 'yes’ and 21 'no’ votes.
  • You can cast your vote on the proposal River Classification which wants to add the tag river=major/big/small for rivers. See also the discussion on the Tagging mailing list.
  • Mapping „dog droppings bag dispenser”? Not only in Germany. 😉 Alejandro Moreno asks on the Tagging mailing list how to tag a dog droppings bag dispenser with a trash bin.
  • Following complaints from local mappers, the DWG had to block a number of students from Carleton University in Ottawa due to problems with a student mapping project. There is also a discussion on Talk-Ca mailing list about this. There were a number of issues (including duplication), but the main one seemed to be that it was misunderstood that OSM was a set of live data – if something obviously incorrect is added there, it gets fixed, which made it difficult for students to find their individual submissions.
  • Bryan Housel accepted a pull request for the iD editor which adds a tagging preset for place=plot to the iD editor.
  • Christoph Hormann presents in his blog as a replacement for the name=* tag a concept in which only name:*=* is recorded and the boundary relations specify a formatting formula in the form of a tag, which language(s) should be rendered in which order, so that the usual local labeling is achieved.
  • Nakaner writes a longer article in his user blog why he rejected the Proposal Fire Hydrant Extension.
  • Contributor nammala posted an OSM diary entry describing the latest updates to „OSMCha„. OSMCha was originally written by Wille Marcel; see his diary for details of OSMCha’s new API.
  • On the talk mailing list, Dave Swarthout asks for the best practices for tagging oil fields – both the larger „concession” area as well as the actual infrastructure.
  • [1] The quality assurance tool Osmose now uses vector technology to display the markers (Source).
  • Shirini writes about a mini workshop using a TelegramBOT to translate strings for OpenStreetMap.org at Chennai


  • Last week, first camps of Association Projet EOF „OSM, FreeGIS and opendata” program funded by OIF/DFEN got started in Togo and Niger and a one day event (mixing conference, hands on sessions and mapathon) in Benin, Burkina and Ivory Coast. Since 16-October, 10 similar camps of 5 days have been starting in Dakar, Bamako, Kayes, Ouagadougou, Abidjan, Bouaké, Niamey, Cotonou and Adjara/Porto Novo. To be followed on Twitter through #ActionOifProjetEOF.
  • Michelle Thong reports from her participation at the National Day of Civic Hacking in San Jose on 23rd September 2017. She thinks that Code for San Jose (the local Code for America group) could learn from OSM how to attract new contributors.
  • Geochicas, the OSM Latin American women community, launched a survey to learn about the gender gap in the OSM community. User «code elusive» mentions on Diversity-talk mailing list that the survey uses Google but asks for some personal details. You can find the survey written in EN, DE, ES, FR, PT, AL.
  • Contributor GOwin from Philippines, shares the new interesting initiative the local OSM community has come up with to engage, and expand the community of OpenStreetMap contributors in the country. The concept is that the local community will take care of the pizzas, all you need is mapathons, hacking events and most importantly, passion!
  • PierZen wrote an interesting diary entry with a statistical analysis of the OSM userbase, titled The Pulse of OpenStreetMap Contributors.


  • The San Jose Sidewalk Import (we reported earlier) attracted attention due to its poor quality. Sidewalks were uploaded although they have not been connected to the remaining network. Local mapper Minh, who is one of the primary mappers in the affected area and has mapped
    42% of the sidewalks in San Jose by hand before the import started, replies to the mailing list saying he welcomes this import for a broader, long-term effort to improve OSM’s quality in the area.
  • Frederik Ramm starts a discussion on Talk-US mailing list how to deal with the many junk imports from NHD in future.


  • At FOSDEM in February 2018 in Brussels, a yearly event attracting 8000 developers of Free Software, there will be a GeoSpatial room again. If you want to propose a talk, please do.
  • FOSS4G and State of the Map Argentina 2017 is happening from 23rd-28th of October. Here is the detailed scheduled of the event.
  • Miami’s Department of geography’s mapathon unites faculty and students to help provide aid to hurricane in Puerto Rico.
  • This year’s State of the Map CZ will be held at the Czech OpenAlt conference in Brno on 4th and 5th November. (cs) (automatic translation)
    There will be talks from companies working with OSM data and a talk on the topics that the Czech OSM community is dealing with currently: hiking (cycle,horse,etc..) trails mapping, landuse and building tracking from official registers, photos for mapping support (PhotoDB) or upgrades to the national OSM portal osmap.cz.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is calling to help provide critical data in response to the Mexico Earthquakes, South Asia Floods, Caribbean Hurricanes and West Pacific Volcano threats.
  • OSM contributor Mapanauta writes a brief about Open Humanitarian Mapping in response of Mexico earthquakes.

Open Data


  • Threema can now share the user’s location via OpenStreetMap. The WLAN location determination has to be added as an authorization for this.
  • With Windy Maps, the creators of mapy.cz have released an OSM-based map app for iOS and Android.

Did you know …

OSM in the media

  • Government Tech writes about the importance of maps during disasters such as hurricane Irma, as they’re a „reliable visualization of areas that are likely to be changed by storms.”

Other “geo” things

  • As part of a deal with Parks Canada, Google is now showcasing Street View images of one of the remotest places on the planet – Quttinirpaaq National Park
  • Japan launched the fourth satellite for its regional QZSS (Quasi Zenith Satellite System). All four satellites are on geosynchronous orbits over the Asia-Oceania Region.
  • Lots of people (including CrunchBase) are reporting that SoftBank has invested $164 million in Mapbox, driven amongst other things by the growth in autonomous vehicles. Mapbox’s own blog reports it here.
  • Wired writes about how the crowdsourced mapping efforts on OpenStreetMap are guiding Puerto Rico’s recovery

Upcoming Events

ColoradoBoulder]]State of the Map U.S. 2017, [[Boulder2017-10-19-2017-10-22
KarlsruheHack Weekend October 20172017-10-21-2017-10-22germany
BremenBremer Mappertreffen2017-10-23germany
TaipeiOpenStreetMap Taipei Meetup, MozSpace2017-10-23taiwan
GrazStammtisch Graz2017-10-23austria
DusseldorfStammtisch Düsseldorf2017-10-23germany
Buenos AiresFOSS4G+State of the Map Argentina 20172017-10-23-2017-10-28argentina
LyonMapathon Missing Maps à La Tour Du Web2017-10-24france
NottinghamNottingham Pub Meetup2017-10-24united kingdom
ChurMapping Party Chur2017-10-24switzerland
BernMapping Party Bern2017-10-25switzerland
LeuvenLeuven Monthly Meetup. Topic: Rendering for print2017-10-25belgium
MinskbyGIS meetup2017-10-25belarus
ParisMapathon Missing Maps à l’ESS’pace2017-10-26france
BrusselsFOSS4G Belgium 20172017-10-26belgium
LübeckLübecker Stammtisch2017-10-26germany
RomeIncontro Mappatori, [[RomeRoma2017-10-30
StuttgartStuttgarter Stammtisch2017-11-01germany
MontrealLes Mercredis cartographie2017-11-01canada
DresdenStammtisch Dresden2017-11-02germany
EssenMappertreffen Essen2017-11-02germany
RostockRostocker Treffen2017-11-07germany
HavanaCubaConf, La Conferencia Cubana de Tecnologías Libres2017-11-07-2017-11-09cuba
LimaState of the Map LatAm 20172017-11-29-2017-12-02perú
YaoundéState of the Map Cameroun 2017, lors des premières Journées nationales de la Géomatique2017-12-01-2017-12-03cameroun
BonnFOSSGIS 20182018-03-21-2018-03-24germany
PoznańState of the Map Europe 20182018-04-13-2018-04-14poland
MilanState of the Map 2018, (international conference)2018-07-28-2018-07-30italy

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Nakaner, PierZen, Polyglot, SeleneYang, SomeoneElse, Spanholz, YoViajo, derFred, jinalfoflia, keithonearth, sev_osm.