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What driving-time maps say about your city [1]

Events : SotM 2016 Brussels – 23/09/2016 – 26/09/2016

  • Because of the terrorist attacks we considered this week moving the “events” section to the beginning of this newsletter. Our thoughts and sympathy are with the families and friends of the victims of such reprehensible act.The SotM WG announced on Twitter: “Our thoughts are with the friends and families of victims of this week’s attacks. #SotM organizing committee is safe. SotM will happen as planned and are monitoring the situation closely. Safety of attendees is paramount.”


  • User TobWen is very unhappy on the German OSM forum about users who (legally) automatically trace buildings from North Rhine-Westphalia’s WMS without cross-checking using aerial imagery – they have been copying old, already razed buildings from the official dataset. The discussion in the thread covers how to deal with this (set a deadline for rework, reverts etc.). (automatic translation)
  • OSMLab’s Dot-feed tool helps in keeping track of how governments (often departments of transportation – “DOT”) announce road construction projects. Also see this thread on the talk-us list.
  • The 10,000th commit to the JOSM source code has been made about ten years and a few weeks after the release of JOSM 1.0 (22. January 2006) to JOSM’s source code repository. A blog post has been published in celebration of this event. It contains diagrams about the number of code lines, duplicated code lines, code lines covered by unit tests etc.
  • Srividya Bharadwaj from Mapbox writes a blog about JOSM’s validating feature.
  • Arun from Mapbox explains how and why he generated his own multilingual map of India.
  • On the German forum, BeKri wonders why things would be tagged “note=fixme” – is this some “hip new tagging”? (automatic translation)
  • Now you can find all the recent OpenStreetMap mapping series blog posts by Mapbox by using this link.
  • From the OSRM (“OpenSourceRoutingMachine”) project there is now a map service for debugging purposes that displays the internal routing graph of OSRM and the computed average speed that is needed for travel time calculation.
  • Mapzen’s blog contains an article about the transit lines in OSM and how useful it is to add relevent colours to them. Also – before clicking on the link – can you guess which capital city has the most transit route relations?
  • Stamen’s blog contains an entry about “turning bad social data into good information helps parks, the open mapping community, and salmon”. A 3rd-party report of this caused something of a controversy. See also this followup and caliparks.org. No salmon have yet commented on the debate, however.


  • Creating applications with QGIS web mapping. “qgis2web” is a tool that can export QGIS projects to web maps such as OpenLayers 3 or Leaflet (it automatically creates HTML, Javascript and CSS files). (automatic translation)
  • Joost Schouppe has kind words in his user diary about all the things that make OpenStreetMap splendid and unique, with many examples. Other users agree!
  • Martijn from Telenav reports about the ImproveOSM project, that evaluated GPS data and was sponsored by the Brazilian Environment Ministry.
  • Jothirnadh from the Mapbox team writes a blog about expanding turn lane coverage in OpenStreetMap.
  • An interview with mapper “Kilkenni” was posted on the OpenCage Data Blog and discusses OpenStreetMap in the Ukraine.

Humanitarian OSM

  • A paper with the title: “Combining Human Computing and Machine Learning to Make Sense of Big (Aerial) Data for Disaster Response” has been published in the journal “Big Data”.
  • Erin Blakemore wrote an article in the Smithsonian’s magazine about the possibilities and potential offered by DIY mapping in OSM to different communities. Several successful projects around the world are described.
  • Potential use cases of drones for mapping in Humanitarian contexts are discussed in five short case-study write-ups.


  • Gisela is your new “location-based assistant”. She will help to find places near you that you need for daily life. Read this for more. (automatic translation)
  • [1] These isochrone maps driving maps of the world offer an interesting look at the similarities and differences in road design and their effects on travel for different cities of the world.
  • A user from Germany spent some time and made a “printed MAPS.ME” version of his city.

Open Data

  • ClusterGIS publishes a global model of relief with a resolution of 15m/px that is CC-BY licensed.



  • bbbike.org has created a new Garmin map style “Onroad” that uses only 1/10 the space of normal OSM based map files, especially designed for older Garmin devices.
  • Mapzen publishes the beta of “eraser map”, an app for users specially focused on privacy.
  • Cesium publishes (pdf) the slides for their 3D tiles talk at the opengeospatial technical and planning committee meeting. (via CesiumJS)


  • Dennis Nienhüser is looking for programmers interested in Marble (KDE) to take part in Goggle Summer of Code 2016
  • Hartmut Holzgräfe provides a vagrant-container with a MapOSMatic installation, available on github.
  • mapfig have created a new project OpenTileServer, which provides an installation script to set up an OSM tile server on an Ubuntu Linux system in a very easy way – think “switch2osm” but without the editing. Users choose what data to load, and whether they want OSM’s “standard” map style or “OSM bright”. Example OpenLayers and Leaflet pages are also included.
  • machinalis.com reports about using the programming language Python for geospatial data processing.
  • Salzburg Research has published the VGI Analytics Framework, which analyses Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) datasets. Currently, the tools can handle historic OpenStreetMap datasets. Read more on this paper.


Software Version Release Date Comment
Locus Map Free 3.16.0 2016-03-14 “Stop tracking” button and some more eehancements
iD 1.9.2 2016-03-18
OSRM Backend 5.0 2016-03-18 Cleanup, fixes and enhancements

provided by the OSM Software Watchlist

Did you know …

  • the Open Station Map which displays detailed POI even on building levels for several railway stations in the world? See OSM wiki for more.

Other “geo” things

  • Google maps are rolling out “Navigation Bubbles” containing the street and exit names.
  • HERE (formerly part of Nokia) have stopped developing their map apps on Windows Phone and Windows Mobile (primarily formerly “Nokia”).
  • Saman Bemel Benrud reports in Mapbox blog how the in-house cartography team still gets inspired by printed paper maps.
  • Scottish startup eeGeo raises $5 million to 3D-map the world.
  • DuckDuckGo has added directions to their features. This new feature allows users to choose from Apple, Bing, Here, OpenStreetMap or Google Maps to get directions.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Bordeaux Missing Maps mapathon 31/03/2016 france
San Francisco AAG Mapathon 31/03/2016-01/04/2016 united states
Sankt Gallen 2016 SOSM Annual General Meeting 02/04/2016 switzerland
Sankt Gallen Mapping Party following AGM 02/04/2016 switzerland
Brasília Encontro OSM Brasília 02/04/2016 brasil
Buenos Aires FOSS4G Argentina 05/04/2016-09/04/2016 argentina
Berlin Hack Weekend 30/04/2016-01/05/2016 germany
Clermont-Ferrand State of the Map France 2016 20/05/2016-22/05/2016 france
Brno State of the Map CZ+SK 2016 21/05/2016 czech republic
Edinburgh Edinburgh 14/06/2016 scotland
Salzburg FOSSGIS 2016 04/07/2016-06/07/2016 austria
Salzburg AGIT 2016 06/07/2016-08/07/2016 austria
Seattle State of The Map US 2016 23/07/2016-25/07/2016 united states
Tokio State of The Map Japan 2016 06/08/2016 japan
Bonn FOSS4G 2016 Code Sprint 20/08/2016-22/08/2016 germany
Bonn Workshops at FOSS4G 2016 22/08/2016-23/08/2016 germany
Bonn FOSS4G 2016 24/08/2016-26/08/2016 germany
Bonn FOSS4G 2016 Code Sprint Part II 27/08/2016-28/08/2016 germany
Brussels State of the Map 2016 23/09/2016-26/09/2016 belgium

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