(English) weeklyOSM 301

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Result of a tactile map generated with a hobby CNC machine 1


  • Marek Kleciak worked along with user Cetus on the JOSM plugin CAD Tools. This plugin will be soon available again with advanced features.
  • User Sibo Dolem asks in the German Forum about missing information in the wiki to help map building basements and stairways using 3D tagging.
  • Mapbox’s mappers share techniques for fast mapping like usage of gaming mice (shortcuts) and multiple JOSM windows at the same time to speed up their mapping (to avoid waiting until an upload is finished).
  • Martin Weilandt asks at Talk-Transit mailing-list about how to handle bus stops that have no name.


  • Following their blog post about their mapping efforts with OpenStreetMap, Indie Manufacturing has written an articles about the best practices to be followed while mapping in OpenStreetMap.
  • OpenCage Data Blog talks to Simon Poole about OSM in Switzerland.
  • Pratik Yadav describes the Open Peer review process at Mapbox, where the new QA system for OSM data edits is accessible for anyone to participate.
  • There are crowdfunding efforts from OSM community in Benin to acquire a 275 km² high resolution satellite imagery for Cotonou in Western Africa. The campaign will end on the May 1st, and only a few Euros are still needed to reach the required amount.
  • Stijn Rombauts is the Belgian mapper of the month.


  • Nakaner suggests a mechanical edit removing lcn=yes and rcn=yes in the state of Lower Saxony (Germany), if they have been imported from an official map in 2014. See also the discussions at German forum and Talk-de mailing list. (Forum automatic translation)

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • OSMF is looking for a part-time „administrative assistant”.  As having staff in the OSMF is a highly emotional topic, the idea of hiring is not considered a good thing by everyone.
  • The draft of the Articles of Associations (AoA) of OpenStreetMap UK can be commented on at Google Docs.


  • You can apply for a scholarship to join the SotM 2016 in Brussels, the deadline is Sunday May 21, 2016.
  • Rory McCann suggests giving a talk about Townlands.ie on the State of the Map in Brussels on the Talk-ie mailing-list. Which talk will you give?

Humanitarian OSM



  • Andy Mabbett wrote about Birdtrack on the Talk-GB: „Birdtrack is an online citizen science website, operated by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) on behalf of a partnership of the BTO, the RSPB, BirdWatch Ireland, the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club and the Welsh Ornithological Society”. Birdtrack switched to OSM.
  • Rihards Gailums wants to „create a working prototype of cloud based service” Drivenet Maps. He describes here that this prototype is necessary for autonomous driving projects.
  • Mobify, a Mapbox reseller, which develops store location maps thinks that it has bought an „enterprise subscription” from Mapbox and therefore does not have to attribute OpenStreetMap as data source (i.e. a violation of OSM license). The map of CricketWireless also lacks the OSM attribution. Mapbox had been criticized about this in the past too. The missing attribution in Pieology’s map has been discovered and reported on the Talk-us mailing-list on 13th April and has been corrected in the meanwhile. Mikel Maron from Mapbox replied back on this thread stating that „OpenStreetMap attribution is always required — Mapbox enterprise users can elect to remove only the Mapbox attribution. We here at Mapbox are on this.”

Open Data

  • Gluon announces a new JavaFX component named Gluon Maps for map display.
  • Wikipedia initiated a photo contest „Wiki Loves Earth“. The aim is to collect photos from natural monuments and nature reserves. The contest starts on May 1st.


  • Jochen Topf reports about a new feature in the Osmium tool which can be used to store the actual latitude/longitude values of nodes that are element of a way in a more efficient way and as raw OSM data. Those are optimized for speed when reading.


SoftwareVersionRelease DateComment
MapFactor Navigator Free2.1.972016-04-13Bugs fixed, better alternate route calculation and more
SQLite3.12.22016-04-18Some bugs fixed
OSM Buildings2.4.22016-04-20Updates for CI automation
OsmAnd for iOS1.2.32016-04-21Bug s fixed
Mapillary for Android1.8.52016-04-22Mapbox sdk upgrade for in-camera map
OSRM Backend5.02016-04-22Many API changes and some fixes

provided by the OSM Software Watchlist

Did you know …

Other “geo” things

  • 23 wonderful historical maps of 23 European cities. (automatic translation)
  • The David Rumsey Map Collection (which we already reported about) now offers to 67,000 historic high resolution maps for download. This short video explains how to use the Georeferrencer, a tool that shows the historic map simultaneously side by side (more or less like map compare) with a recent OSM map.
  • CartoDB and Mapzen have announced a technology and commercialization partnership.
  • The GIScience Research Group at Heidelberg University is offering a position as senior researcher or Postdoc (100%, TVL) in Geoinformatics with a specializion in quality analysis, mining, improvement and integration of data from VGI data sources such as OSM or Social Media.
  • Vox.com writes about the expected billion outlay for map data, which probably belongs to companies like Google etc. to enable self-propelled vehicles.
  • Tagesspiegel.de offers an interesting website for visualizing differences in aerial photography of Berlin from recent days and those of 1928.
  • Geographers at the Friedrich-Alexander University Nuremberg/Erlangen investigate in a project about the democratization of cartography based on OSM and WikiMapia in Israel and Palestine. (automatic translation)

Upcoming Events

RennesRencontres à Rennes25/04/2016france
SeattleOSM Seattle Ecuador Mapathon Seattle27/04/2016us
BarcelonaMapathon MSF/Missing Maps Barcelona27/04/2016spain
Metro ManilaMapping Party: UP Village Quezon City30/04/2016philippines
BerlinHack Weekend30/04/2016-01/05/2016germany
TrentinoAla @ library 20:3002/05/2016italy
LiguriaGenova @ Zenzero, via Torti 20:30 with ALID02/05/2016italy
LondonMissing maps mapathon at the Welcome Trust03/05/2016united kingdom
Manila Metro ManilaMapping Party with #MapPHL, Quiapo07/05/2016philippines
BogotáMapping party – Bogota: Usaquén07/05/2016colombia
LyonRencontre mensuelle mappeurs10/05/2016france
TrentinoBesenello @ library 14:00. With support of Portobeseno and the Besenello Municipality14/05/2016italy
Kyoto京都世界遺産マッピングパーティ:第13回 特別編 延暦寺(西塔、横川)(再)14/05/2016japan
Clermont-Ferrand”’State of the Map France 2016”’20/05/2016-22/05/2016france
Rapperswil7. Micro Mapping Party20/05/2016switzerland
Milano”’State of the Map Italy 2016”’20/05/2016-22/05/2016italy
Brno”’State of the Map CZ+SK 2016”’21/05/2016czech republic
Rapperswil”’Swiss PG Day 2016”’24/06/2016switzerland
SalzburgFOSSGIS 201604/07/2016-06/07/2016austria
SalzburgAGIT 201606/07/2016-08/07/2016austria
SeattleState of The Map US 201623/07/2016-25/07/2016united states
TokyoState of The Map Japan 201606/08/2016japan
Bonn”’FOSS4G 2016 Code Sprint”’20/08/2016-22/08/2016germany
Bonn”’Workshops at FOSS4G 2016”’22/08/2016-23/08/2016germany
DerbyDerby23/08/2016united kingdom
Bonn”’FOSS4G 2016”’24/08/2016-26/08/2016germany
Bonn”’FOSS4G 2016 Code Sprint Part II”’27/08/2016-28/08/2016germany
Brussels”’State of the Map 2016”’23/09/2016-26/09/2016belgium
Metro Manila”’State of the Map Asia”’01/10/2016-02/10/2016philippines

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