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Group discussion in Rio Branco BR to identify disaster hotspots with sketch maps, [1] | Spektrum.de

Breaking news

  • The next public video-meeting of the OSMF board will take place on Thursday 25 August 2022, at 13:00 UTC on osmvideo. The preliminary agenda is in the OSMF wiki and this is also where the draft minutes will be added.The topics to be discussed are:
    • Treasurer’s report
    • Initial State of the Map 2022 report
    • Responding to requests for licence enforcement
    • Advisory Board – monthly update
    • Monthly presentation (presenter not set yet)
    • Guest comments or questions.


  • User CharliePlett created a funny infographic to rant about micro mapping by Apple. In his blog, readers seem not to share his opinion.
  • Martijn van Exel raised the question of how best to deal with existing address nodes when adding buildings with RapiD.
  • The following proposals are waiting for your comments:
    • Consistently extend usage of utility=* to service/industrial buildings and cabinets.
    • Deprecate departures_board=realtime and promote instead passenger_information_display=yes.
  • User SK53 wrote about completing the mapping of solar power in Wales.
  • The US Supreme Court decision to overrule a previous court decision permitting abortions prompted some to promote drop boxes for babies as a way to give up newborns anonymously. Similar facilities have existed since medieval times and the tag amenity=baby_hatch is used to map these.


  • Christoph Hormann wrote about his motives for not going to the State of the Map 2022, in Florence this year, having previously attended four SotMs.



  • [2] With Sketch Map Tool, residents can indicate on paper maps where they know there is a risk of flooding. These maps are based on OSM field papers.
  • Silvina Pugliese used OpenStreetMap data and R to plot and compare fuel and charging station availability in three locations, revealing that there are more mapped electric charging stations in Norway than Oceania.

Open Data

  • HOT and its regional Open Mapping Hub Asia-Pacific have announced that they are going to support up to 10 student groups within the Asia-Pacific region in OSM and open-mapping related activities. The application deadline is Friday 26 August, and more information can be found here.


  • Sarah Heidekorn discussedis-osm-uptodate‘, an application that uses the ohsome API as a back-end to accumulate historical OSM data, in the newest entry of the ‘How to become ohsome’ series of articles. As the name suggests, this application allows users to check if the OSM data within their given input boundary is up to date.
  • Tobias Zwick (westnordost, the main developer of StreetComplete) is currently working to improve speed limit detection for OSM-based routing. There is an interactive demonstration to try out the API.


  • Where Should I Eat‘ is an app that gives restaurant recommendations. The authors of the webapp described their lessons learned and how they decided to use OpenStreetMap with the pigeon-maps package.


  • Paul Norman announced the release of OpenStreetMap Carto v5.6.1, which includes fixing the rendering of water bodies on zooms 0 to 4.

Did you know …

  • … if you are using the Greasemonkey Addon for the Firefox browser, there’s a powerful script that gives you multiple ease-of-use changes for openstreetmap.org? You will have direct access to Mapillary and KartaView links that point to the same map area and multiple tools from a sidebar such as OSMCha (for Changesets), OSM Deep History, and Nominatim (for other Objects), or a link to create an overpass history request when you’re looking at a note. Also, when you’re viewing your ‘My Notes’ page, you will have the option to filter only unresolved notes for a better overview. You can see the development process on GitHub, or you can install the script directly into Greasemonkey.
  • … this continuously updated map about developments in the Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory?

Other “geo” things

  • Geomob’s podcast episode 141 discussed the recently announced Grab Maps and its possible effect on Google and OpenStreetMap.

Upcoming Events

FirenzeState of the Map 2022 osmcalpic2022-08-19 — 2022-08-21flag
FirenzeFOSS4G 2022 osmcalpic2022-08-22 — 2022-08-28flag
BremenBremer Mappertreffen (Online) osmcalpic2022-08-22flag
City of NottinghamOSM East Midlands/Nottingham meetup (online) osmcalpic2022-08-23flag
City of NottinghamOSM East Midlands/Nottingham meetup (online) osmcalpic2022-08-23flag
IJmuidenOSM Nederland bijeenkomst (online) osmcalpic2022-08-24flag
[Online] OpenStreetMap Foundation board of Directors — public videomeeting osmcalpic2022-08-25
OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting osmcalpic2022-08-29
San JoseSouth Bay Map Night osmcalpic2022-08-31flag
DüsseldorfDüsseldorfer OpenStreetMap-Treffen osmcalpic2022-08-31flag
Santa Terezinha de Goiás2° Validatona da UMBRAOSM — Brasil. osmcalpic2022-09-03flag
臺北市OpenStreetMap x Wikidata Taipei #44 osmcalpic2022-09-05flag
StuttgartStuttgarter Stammtisch osmcalpic2022-09-06flag
LondonMissing Maps London Mapathon osmcalpic2022-09-06flag
Salt Lake CityOSM Utah Monthly Meetup osmcalpic2022-09-08flag
MünchenMünchner OSM-Treffen osmcalpic2022-09-08flag
ClaixCartopartie à Claix (Isère, France) osmcalpic2022-09-10flag

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