The OpenStreetMap project will turn 18 on or around Tuesday 9 August 2022. If you have a birthday event to announce or want to post photos from your celebrations you can add them to the wiki page.
An item, in last week’s weeklyOSM, about classifying data quality in OSM triggered a brief discussion on the HOT talking list.
People from TomTom have put together a series of MapRoulette tasks and shared them with the Chilean, Maltese, Slovenian, and other communities. Elsewhere, TomTom’s own editing has been criticised for making incorrect edits.
Patrik_B shared his workflow and tips for validating multiple tasks at once using JOSM and a number of plugins.
The next OSM-FOSSGIS community meeting is planned > to be held on the weekend of 16 to 18 September at the Linuxhotel in Essen. Travel is at your own expense; accommodation and meals will be provided by the the FOSSGIS Association, the German local chapter of OSM.
The OWG, the operational group that manages the OSMF servers, showed the board-approved version of their 2022 (Q3–Q4) budget.
The OSMF Board is running an ‘Ask Us Anything’ at SotM, and is looking for questions.
Local chapter news
OpenStreetMap US’s July newsletter has been published.
OpenStreetMap Poland has signed > a cooperation agreement with the Internet portal gisplay.pl which will promote OSM and modern map solutions based on OSM data.
The OpenSteetMap community in Kerala held their Meetup 2022, which took place on Sunday 31 July in Kochi. Around 30 mappers across Kerala state participated. Presentations and hands-on sections on were devoted to mapping public transport and local government bodies.The meeting was reported by The Hindu, and Florian Lainez, of Jungle Bus, tweeted highlights of the day.
Mohammed Rizwan Khan reported on the development of a lite-mode ohsomeHeX application for smaller-screen mobile devices. Though the application will have limited functionality on smaller screens, it will still allow mobile users to get an overview of current OSM topics on the go.
Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn is cycling from Luxembourg to Saint Maxime, in Provence (over the top of Mont Ventoux!), and he used OpenStreetMap to plan his journey.
New instructions for setting up a rendering server on Ubuntu 22.04 were published when that version of Ubuntu was released. In a diary entry, SomeoneElse explained that setting up replication with osm2pgsql or PyOsmium and monitoring with munin is much easier now, as Ubuntu provides up to date packages for osm2pgsql and osmium, so that a manual build from source is not needed any more.
ChrisPark blogged a Google Summer of Code midterm update for their goal of reintroducing transit to Valhalla, an open-source routing engine.
… we left some options out in last week’s list of tools for contributing to OSM? Go Map!! is available on iPhone (thank you for the kind comments from @Notna M and @Tordans) and OsmApp for Android, iOS and Web. Felipe says on Telegram ‘On Chrome, Firefox and Safari you can download the Progressive App directly from its page’. We also recommend checking Wambacher’s SoftwareWatchlist.
… all the best alternatives to the various Google services? This list > , by the French Clubic web magazine, contains a section about Google Maps alternatives. OpenStreetMap and its ecosystem are placed at the top of the list of alternatives.