(English) weeklyOSM 304

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The “Import Project INEGI National Geostatistical Framework” finished [1] | go to the blogl


  • The German forum started a large discussion about bi-lingual names in Sorben (Germany) (automatic translation).
  • Mapbox extends its geocoder by supporting of Wikidata information.
  • Martijn van Exel descibes updates to ImproveOSM JOSM plugin for better usability.
  • The planned server outage and the relocation of the OSM servers lead to slow upload speeds and downtimes of the wiki server. As of now, everything is expected to return to normal.


  • The OpenCage Data blog interviews Laura Barroso (an active member of weeklyOSM and the woman in charge of the Spanish edition) about OSM in Cuba.
  • Presentation of the Importation Project: MGN (National Geostatistical Framework) of INEGI in Mexico by members of Telenav: Miriam Gonzalez and Andres Ortiz. Read more here.
  • In his series Mapper in the Spotlight, Escada interviewed Pete Masters from Scotland, a pioneer of Missing Maps.
  • Johnattan Rupire informed weeklyOSM about a professionally made video showing many aspects of OSM. Subtitles are availabe in French and English.


  • Andy Townsend published on the import mailing list a communication by Kate Learmonth (UNICEF Office of the Pacific Iceland Countries) with the DWG for imports after cyclone Winston on the Fiji Islands.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The OpenStreetMap Foundation is hiring an administrative assistant. Applications can be sent in until June 3rd.


  • SotM 2016 Brüssel – important date Saturday May 21st
  • The SotM US program is online.
  • The 6th International Conference on Cartography & GIS will be held on 13th-17th of June 2016 in Albena, Bulgaria.
  • On 10th – 12th June 2016 the Geocaching GIGA-Event Project Glück Auf 2016 will be held at UNESCO’s World Heritage Zollverein. More than 10000 Geocachers are expected to join the event that features many workshops and guided tours.
  • A report to this year’s FOSS4G NA in Raleigh, NC, USA. Interesting is the communication on the Portable OSM (portable OSM server) for mobile-use in disaster areas. Read more here.

Humanitarian OSM

  • HOT is activating to map for support of the relief efforts in Sri Lanka. The first task is already up.
  • Blake Girardot compiles a list of suggestions for improvements to OSM web editor iD. The goal is to help satisfy the needs of the HOT and Missing Maps communities. He is asking for input from the community.
  • Missing Maps in London decided to put more focus on using JOSM.
  • Aline Rosset from the University of Central Asia reported, in a guest post, about “OSM workshops with teachers and high school children of 10 rural villages in Kyrgyzstan” to map the Tien Shan mountains.
  • Blake Girardot searches for an expert in admin boundaries and OSM relations for helping to synchronize data and possibly importing it to OSM.


Open Data

  • Geolode is a catalog to collect open geodata around the world.


  • Aleks Buczkowski from Geoawesomeness explains the legal situations with maps when published on the web.
  • Tarun Vijay, member of the Indian government got interviewed by The Wire about the new draft bill regarding map data. The Times of India publishes a portrait of Mumbai regarding this topic.


  • TrailBehind publishes DeepOSM, a deep learning net to use satellite imagery and OpenStreetMap data to learn classify and to detect features in imagery.
  • Mapzen’s routing software Valhalla now offers multi-modal public transport routing. A blog post introduces the product (for customers), a second blog post explains the technical background.
  • Tom MacWright explains why CartoCSS is defective and how it’s successor is much better for creating maps.


SoftwareVersionRelease DateComment
PostgreSQL9.5.3 ff2016-05-12Update releases fixing a number of issues
Mapillary for iOS4.3.12016-05-15Added Portuguese and Estonian, added descriptions for new users
Locus Map Free3.17.02016-05-16Offline search of addresses and more

provided by the OSM Software Watchlist

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Other “geo” things

  • Google adds new features and detailed maps of the venues to Google Maps to catch up with OpenStreetMap for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Upcoming Events

Milano”’State of the Map Italy 2016”’20.05.2016-21.05.2016italy
Rapperswil7. Micro Mapping Party20.05.2016switzerland
Clermont-Ferrand”’State of the Map France 2016”’20.05.2016-22.05.2016france
Los AngelesL.A. County building import mapathon21.05.2016united states
SaxSax (Alicante) – micro Mapping Party21.05.2016spain
Brno”’State of the Map CZ+SK 2016”’21.05.2016czech republic
Clermont-FerrandMissing Maps mapathon at SOTM France 201622.05.2016france
GrenobleRencontre mensuelle mappeurs23.05.2016france
ToulouseMissing Maps mapathon in Toulouse24.05.2016france
DerbyDerby24.05.2016united kingdom
CuscoSemana de Accesibilidad Cusco 201625.05.2016peru
Mantova2016 Mapping party a Volta mantovana04.06.2016italy
BrusselsMissing Maps Mapathon @Doctors without borders/Handicap international06.06.2016belgium
TrentinoBesenello @ library 14:00. With support of Portobeseno and the Besenello Municipality11.06.2016italy
EdinburghEdinburgh14.06.2016united kingdom
LyonRencontre mensuelle mappeurs14.06.2016france
NottinghamNottingham21.06.2016united kingdom
RapperswilSwiss PG Day 201624.06.2016switzerland
Salzburg”’FOSSGIS 2016”’04.07.2016-06.07.2016austria
SalzburgAGIT 201606.07.2016-08.07.2016austria
Seattle”’State of The Map US 2016”’23.07.2016-25.07.2016united states
BonnFOSS4G 2016 Code Sprint20.08.2016-22.08.2016germany
BonnWorkshops at FOSS4G 201622.08.2016-23.08.2016germany
DerbyDerby23.08.2016united kingdom
Bonn”’FOSS4G 2016”’24.08.2016-26.08.2016germany
BonnFOSS4G 2016 Code Sprint Part II27.08.2016-28.08.2016germany
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
BerlinHack Weekend15.10.2016-16.10.2016germany
KarlsruheHack Weekend29.10.2016-30.10.2016germany

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