(English) weeklyOSM 316

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Logo Fault lines on the Philippines on an OSM Map 1 |


  • The University of Washington wants to import sidewalks into OSM. They therefore try to discuss a new tagging scheme presented in a proposal that is supposed to expand upon existing tagging schemes. There’s plenty of criticism on the list, and only limited response to that, but there is more discussion on the wiki.
  • The quarterly task „schools” in UK continues – the „dramatic jump in relations” was Christian Ledermann’s „find a school near you and map it” tool.
  • Manohar from Mapbox writes about adding turn restrictions in Canada and shares the work-flow used for it.


OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The OSM Awards is calling for nominees in six categories – Core Systems, Innovation, Writing, Mapping, Community and the Ulf Möller Memorial Award. The awards will be presented at State of The Map conference (SOTM) 2016. The Source code of the website is open for improvements and translation.


  • Users SB79 reminds everyone about the Elbe-Labe-Meeting that takes place from 07th until 09th of October in Dresden (Germany).
  • INTERGEO, a trade fair for Geodesy and Geoinformatics takes place in Hamburg between 11th-13th October.

Humanitarian OSM

  • The Guardian reports about MapSwipe, and almost (but not quite) manages to avoid mentioning Pokémon Go in the article.
  • Ann Mei Chang reports about the American initiative against the spread of malaria. For an effective defence, good maps are essential. The OSM Group YouthMappers contributes as an example in Mozambique.


  • The well known guides lonely planet launch an app with offline maps using Mapbox’s mobile SDK.
  • The desktop app, GNOME Maps, stopped working when MapQuest discontinued unrestricted tile access to their maps. Mapbox has now stepped in as the data provider for GNOME Maps (one of the most importantant features desired apparently was Latin alphabet „Western” names, even of places not natively using the Latin alphabet).
  • Walter Nordmann complains that for weeks the German-French border is damaged near Luxembourg in UMAP. He thinks it looks like „nobody cares„.


  • The information portal Marine Traffic now uses OpenStreetMap to visualize the recent locations of the vessels. (Via twitter)


  • Due to the discussion about the replicas of the map style Mapbox Streets (in JSON format of Mapbox GL) between Mapbox and the OSM2Vectortiles project. Steve Gifford writes about Mapbox GL Style Sheets of the WhirlyGlobe toolkit for version 2.5. Styled Layer Descriptor format support is coming soon. As Steve says: „Not as cool, but a nice safe OGC standard.”


  • Door2Door, a Berlin based startup working in the area of Public Transport is hiring for the position of a GIS Software Developer.
  • Pepijn Schoen describes how he created a Docker container to display on a map the routes he has travelled by railway.


SoftwareVersionRelease dateComment
QGIS2.16.12016-07-29No infos
Locus Map Free3.18.62016-08-03Changes in internal cache, many fixes
OpenStreetMap Carto Style2.42.02016-08-03No infos
GeoServer2.9.12016-08-04Some improvements and 41 bugs fixed
libosmium2.8.02016-08-04New EWKT support, some improvements and bugs fixed
OSRM Backend5.3.12016-08-042 bugs fixed
Magic Earth7.1.16.372016-08-05Bug fixes and stability improvements
BRouter1.4.32016-08-06Changes in the profiles and a bugfix
Cruiser for Android1.4.102016-08-07Various improvements, updated map and routing engines
Cruiser for Desktop1.2.102016-08-08No infos
PyOsmium2.82016-08-08Adjustments to libosmium
SQLite3.14.02016-08-0819 Improvements and enhancements, 3 bugs fixed

provided by the OSM Software Watchlist

Did you know …

Other “geo” things

  • The online journal NOSOLOSIG (Spanish) is pubilshed, the recent edition has an essay on the origin of the term „Cartography” (automatic translation) and a how-to to use Stamens (terrain watercolor or toner) in gvSIG.
  • Uber invested US$ 500 million in a mapping project to reduce its dependence on Google Maps and to prepare for autonomous driving.
  • [1] The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology presented the interactive web app „PHIVOLCS faultfinder” to use different maps (including OSM) to display fault lines in the Philippines.
  • AJ Dellinger reported about the research of Prof. Guevara Noubir of Northeastern University in Boston, where an application could use the accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass to track location without being granted access by the user via the typical location permissions process.
  • Simon Mikkelsen writes about the Ricoh Theta S spherical camera in the context of Mapillary.

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