- According to a tweet, Pascal Neis has updated his Unmapped Places map. It points to settlements away from large traffic routes. However, tagging errors can also be found in well mapped countries.
- Stefano Maffulli suggests
emergency=fire_alarm_boxon the tagging mailing list for a “device put on public land used for notifying a fire department of a fire”. The proposal is limited to public alarms on the street as compared with boxes inside buildings, which are mainly to be used by and for alerting people inside.
- Toni Erdmann shares about the new quality analysis (QA) tool: PTNA (Public Transport Network Analysis) in the talk-de mailing list (automatic translation) and the forum (automatic translation). This tool will help solve problems related to updating tables related to various train, metro, tram and bus lines by automatically creating these tables and doing a performs target/actual analysis.
- Almost 4 years ago the Bermuda Triangle was mapped with four nodes and one way. Since the OpenStreetMap Inspector has a “long segment” layer, someone added nearly 400 nodes to avoid it to be reported as a potential error. The following changeset discussion gives some more arguments for shortening the segments by adding nodes to the straight ways. The discussion was continued on Slack and apparently the arguments against the additional nodes were stronger as the nodes
disappeared into the Bermuda Trianglewere removed.
- The Finding Missing Roads in the Philippines titled blog post from user Gowin explains his workflow and new validation approach for spotting potential missing roads for completing roads in the Philippines.
- The address quality assurance tool OSMSuspects from user dooley is now available to all users once again. If you log in with your OSM account, you also get to see the metadata.
- Leif Rasmussen suggests adding transport timetable data in OSM in a Tagging-Proposal. As was to be expected, most people don’t agree with adding timetables in their full and intricately complex detail. It’s an enormous amount of data, that changes frequently. It would most likely be constantly out of date and hence difficult to rely on. A simpler proposal involving the
interval tagcombined with conditional
opening_hourscould be worthy of consideration though.
- Simon Poole disagrees with the current practice of splitting tags like
language:<code2>=yes. He considers that this makes it more difficult for data users and editor template authors.
- Opencagedata.com features an interview with Russ Garrett of OpenInfraMap.org. Russ, who met Steve Coast in a pub back in 2005, leads the project OpenInfraMap, which is an OSM-based visualisation of infrastructure, most prominently power networks but also telecommunications, petroleum, and water infrastructure.
- Contributor johnarupire from osmpe.org (automatic translation) writes (Spanish version) about organising a course introducing OSM and its social and humanitarian uses in the prevention and management of emergencies. This course will be held in the Social Sciences Faculty, at San Marcos National University in Lima, Peru, and will focus on participation, community and geographical open data.
- The Data Working Group member mavl reports in his user blog about the first 1000 messages that have been received from the new reporting function on openstreetmap.org. Nearly 60 percent of the reports were about users, followed by OSM notes. Regardless of the object of concern, the main reason for the reports was spam.
- Frederik Ramm, currently OSMF board member and OSMF treasurer, reports the rumour of two unnamed companies that are said to “encourage” their employees to join the OSMF, give them election recommendations and reimburse the membership fee.
- Rory McCann explains on the OSMF mailing list how an employer can tell its employees who they should vote for and how this can be confirmed despite “anonymous” publication of votes.
- We join Michael Reichert and other people’s calls to become a member of the OSMF. Only a broad member base can ensure that the OSMF board will always act in the interests of mappers. If you want to vote in this year’s election, you should join by November 15. In addition, almost all OSMF Working Groups are looking for help.
- The OSMF has been working on modifying the OpenStreetMap API (Rails Port and CGIMap) to be compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation and requests tenders by 15 November.
- The third Czech State of the Map Conference will take place on 17 and 18 November 2018 in Brno.
- The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Erasmus+ Students announced in a tweet, that they had held a week-long course called teaching the teachers. The programme had broad scope with topics including mapping, Overpass, OSM Wiki, communication channels and others, plus Wikimedia-related education. This program has highlighted OSM’s possibilities for humanitarian response and economic development support and pioneering leaders (who are volunteers) on this front.
- HOT needs help over the next few weeks with identifying the number of Venezuelan refugees presently on the island of Aruba.
- The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team has completed mapping lifeline infrastructure, mainly building footprints, road networks, and waterways in Semarang, the fifth largest city in Indonesia.
- The OSM based navigation app Magic Earth Navigation now supports Apple’s CarPlay after a recent update, according to this report (automatic translation).
- Nicolas Bétheuil explained his Overpass-based public transport map with vector tiles on the French mailing list. (automatic translation).
- The JOSM-Template for the Xmas Map was revised by user Negreheb at short notice (automatic translation) and documented in the wiki (automatic translation).
The editorial wishes a nice Christmas time.
- Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, has adopted OpenStreetMap as its official tourist map. User Stereo (Guillaume Rischard) has written a diary post about travelling to Kosovo, meeting the local OSM community, and convincing the Municipality of Pristina to use OpenStreetMap.
- OpenGeoHub announced the first release of LandGIS, a web mapping system similar to OSM, for land-related environmental data with spatial resolution between 250 m and 1 km. The datasets include relief, geology, land cover, land use, vegetation and land degradation indices, soil properties, soil classes and potential natural vegetation and are reviewed in an open process. The project partially overlaps (or in other words competes) with OSM.
- Statistics Canada discusses the Open Database of Buildings, and is working with the community to make the import happen in different regions of Canada.
- Simon Poole writes about the discontinuation of Google Play for Android 2.3 and 3.x in his user diary and what this means for Vespucci, which still supports these Android versions. He also describes how to compile Vespucci for devices with very low built-in RAM.
- Project-insanity shares a post about the steps involved in hosting one’s own Mapbox GL JS vector tiles map.
Other “geo” things
- Justin O’Beirne writes a post about the publication of the new Apple maps and describes how they are different from the old ones by highlighting interesting changes, such as the staggering amount of vegetation detail. Read more about it on his blog.
|Zurich||OSM Stammtisch Zurich||2018-11-12|
|Lyon||Rencontre mensuelle pour tous||2018-11-13|
|León||Dia del SIG 2018 – Universidad de León||2018-11-14|
|Mumble Creek||OpenStreetMap Foundation public board meeting||2018-11-15|
|Pamplona||Mapatón Pamplona – Médicos sin Fronteras||2018-11-16|
|Como||Mapping Party during ItWikiCon 2018||2018-11-17|
|Brno||State of the Map CZ 2018||2018-11-17|
|Bengaluru||State of the Map Asia 2018||2018-11-17-2018-11-18|
|Vantaa||OSM GeoWeek 24h HOT Mapathon||2018-11-17-2018-11-18|
|Wakayama||オープンデータソン in 雑賀崎||2018-11-18|
|Cologne Bonn Airport||Bonner Stammtisch||2018-11-20|
|Reading||Reading Missing Maps Mapathon||2018-11-20|
|Melbourne||FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018||2018-11-20-2018-11-23|
|Alajuela||ES:State of the Map Costa Rica||2018-11-23-2018-11-25|
|Dublin||Monthly Mapping Party||2018-11-24|
|Arlon||Espace public numérique d’Arlon – Formation Contribuer à OpenStreetMap||2018-11-27|
|Reutti||Stammtisch Ulmer Alb||2018-11-27|
|online via IRC||Foundation Annual General Meeting||2018-12-15|
|Heidelberg||State of the Map 2019 (international conference)||2019-09-21-2019-09-23|
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