Author: Manfred Reiter

(English) weekly 259-260-261-262 – July

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Campuskarte mit 3d BuildingsCampus with 3D Buildings [1]

About us

  • Since issue #262, Marc Gemis from Belgium has joined the German Wochennotiz team and adds news from Belgium and from the French community.
  • We are also happy to announce that Ruben Lopez Mendoza from Ayacucho, Peru has joined the Spanish weeklyOSM team. Bienvenido Ruben!


  • OSM may continue to use Bing imagery even after the takeover by Uber.
  • SK53 asks on twitter how to tag this new electricity tower design.
  • Martijn van Exel announces a Maproulette challenge about missing railroad crossings in the USA.
  • Mapbox published the internal OSM mapping instructions that are used by their data team.
  • Yandex (a Russian search engine with a map portal) now offers a Street View service. The images (not the map and aerial photographs) may be used for mapping. (automatic translation)
  • OpenHistoricalMap builds maps on its own infrastructure using OSM tools. (via @GuerrillaCarto)
  • On GitHub it has been possible for some time to represent a GeoJSON file via an OSM Layer (example). Now a link to the MapBox “Improve this map” feature has been added to help resolve (via iD or OSM Notes) any map errors.
  • On the talk-fr list there has been a discussion about the border between France and Italy in the Mont Blanc area. This was followed by a discussion on the tagging list about how to map border disputes.
  • Marc Zoutendijk explains how you can find strange tagged POIs with the OpenPOIMap. To do this click in the top right corner of OpenPOIMap “User POIs” and use a query e.g. amenity=shop.
  • In a twelve-part series, Tlatet analysed the quality of POIs in OSM (specifically retail in England).
  • Andreas Weber and Dennis Nienhüser (FZI Karlsruhe) have created a system for use with a Segway that recognises traffic signs so that they can be uploaded it to OSM (Video).



OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The draft minutes of OSMF´s board meeting as of 2015-06-15 is now available in the OSMF-Wiki.
  • On July 20 the first public OSMF board meeting was held. The minutes and an audio recording of the meeting will follow soon.

Humanitarian OSM


  • Users ccalista explains in her blog how current OSM data can be loaded into OsmAnd via Overpass to test the most recent changes with OsmAnd.
  • Andy Allan proposes (in an issue of the OSM Carto project) to introduce a directive to decide what new features are to be included in the rendering of the main style on and which are not.
  • Adrien Pavie published OpenLevelUp!, an online map for watching objects in the specific floors of indoor-mapped buildings
  • The Austrian “Der Standard” reported on the company Pentamap, a spin-off from the Geodetic Institute of the Technical University of Graz. The company works on an off-road routing in the Alps for mountain rescuers and hunters using aerial photography and digital terrain models and OSM data. (automatic translation)
  • [1] The University of Leicester has created a map of the campus based on OSM data and OSM Buildings. (via @GISPowered)
  • The GPSies website hasbeen redesigned. See the blog post here.
  • Mateusz Konieczny presents a new default map style version and asks for feedback (see other diary entries for previous posts on the same topic).
  • On the British OSM mailing list, one topic is a suggestion for a rendering style specifically for the UK.
  • Omar Ureta visualised OSM-based tiles with Stamen-Watercolour style with terrain elevation data of the regional administration.


  • The Vehrkehrsmanagementzentrale (traffic management center) of Lower Saxony published a new website. There are shown traffic jams and construction sites all over Germany. The map display on Tablet and Desktop uses OSM maps.


  • The Austrian Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying (Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen, BEV Österreich) has published all address details with pinpoint accuracy. Thomas Ruprecht is in contact with the BEV, to allow the use of these data and the administrative boundaries for OSM.
  • The Belgian Council of Ministers adopted a new open data strategy. Basically, all the records are to be published from 2020 under CC0 license.


  • Version 1.1.1 of the iOS-Port of OsmAnd was released.
  • The OSM-based and open source Geo Search Engine Photon now also supports “Reverse Geocoding”, i.e. output of address to a transferred X / Y coordinate.
  • User Amaroussi asks on Twitter, how to deal with the imminent end of Flash in respect of Potlatch. Luckily in the future there will still be ID, Level0, Merkaartor, JOSM, Vespucci and, er, Potlatch!.
  • NGA and DigitalGlobe have jointly published Hootenanny. A free and open project to facilitate the handling of large amounts of spatial data. (via un-spider)
  • MapBox published a first release of a minimalist C ++ 11 protobuf de- and encoder. (via @springmeyer)
  • Mapbox has created a node.js and browser Javascript client for Mapbox services (geolocation, routing, etc.). (via @tmcw)
  • The backend code of the OSRM project can now be compiled under Windows as a DLL. (via @tdihp)
  • Omniscale published a tool called Magnacarto, which can convert map styles from CartoCSS format into Mapnik XML or MapServer mapfile.

Did you know …

  • … about the 3D rendering from F4Map?

Other “geo” things