(English) weeklyOSM 337

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A motorway island discovered with JOSM 1 | © Andrey Golovin

About us

  • We wish all our readers a peaceful and a happy new year 2017.The German team produced a review of the year’s events with the most important links in our category maps. Unfortunately, the team has had no time to translate it into other languages. But the translations links should be fine in most of the articles. 😉
  • Due to shortage of manpower we have had to drop our Italian version of weeklyOSM. So we will publish in 8 languages in the future. A special thanks to the two remaining editors sabas88 and sbiribizio who tried together to keep the Italian edition alive. For an edition – even if it is just translations – the weeklyOSM requires minimum three editors. We thank them for their willingness to continue as weeklyOSM’s reporters for the Italian community.


  • Brian Prangle has written a guide to help with the collection and mapping of fire hydrants in UK. This mapping effort was prompted by the declaration of fire hydrant locations in the West Midlands of England as “secret” (despite each one being labelled with a highly visible, often bright yellow sign)!
  • Harald Hartmann is looking for the source of the tag maxspeed=DE:rural. (automatic translation)
  • TagaSanPedroAko writes in detail about his latest mapping activity, including power line mapping and adding points of interest, in Batangas City – a place he has been regularly mapping.
  • Zverik analyses the change count of POIs by editor type.
  • Toc-rox reports, that often tracks do not have a tracktype and how this is handled in the “Freizeitkarte” . A disussion about good default values has started. (automatic translation)


  • Tom analyses the building coverage of OpenStreetMap in Austria. (automatic translation)
  • HackerNews user recommends OSM in response to a discussion about Google Maps lite mode, particularly with respect to up-to-dateness regarding roads and speed of loading in comparison with Google Maps.
  • Stumbled upon OpenStreetMap while playing Pokemon Go? Here are some tips to get started with contributing to OSM.
  • On Talk-GB, Brian Prangle shares a list of tentative projects in consideration for this year’s first ‘Quarterly Project’.
  • Andygol shows how to test for a connected net of streets that are still connected at other zoom levels.
  • User escada interviews Philippe Verdy as the Mapper of the Month.


  • User ryebread brings to the community’s attention his efforts to import data from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) for Detroit.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • OSMF provides a recap of 2016, highlighting some of the interesting work done during the past year.


Humanitarian OSM

  • In Tunis young people are looking for a better image of a poor district. The project uses OSM and is financially supported by Switzerland.
  • Tyler Radford announced the successful completion of the fund critical community mapping projects.


  • Greg reported the results of the last quarterly project. The aim was to use UK Food Hygiene Rating System data from the UK Food Standards Agency to improve the density of POIs, addresses and postcodes in town centres. Statistics and tools can still be used.
  • Christian Quest announced the renewed French map style and moved to a new server. See the new map and what was changed.
  • Sven Geggus improved the “German-Map-Style”. Very nice feature: The map shows names in two languages. Sven is looking for help.


  • The TAHUNA app beta version is available (automatic translation) from Google Play Store, adding Teasi navigation tools to your mobile device.


  • Maps.me has integrated an important feature since the new update: traffic information.
  • The Android app OSM for the dyslexic an OSM-based world atlas for dyslexic users. The development is part of the MyGEOSS project.
  • WordPress asks via tweet for beta testers on their upcoming OSM plugin version 3.8.


  • Mike Fricker, the technical director for Unreal Engine 4 at Epic Games, has released a plugin for their popular game engine which can import OpenStreetMap data into their game editor.


SoftwareVersionRelease dateComment
Mapillary Android *3.122016-12-20App install fix, stopping background upload service when finished.
Maps.me Android *var2016-12-26Travel data in 36 countries.
Komoot iOS *8.5.12016-12-27See what month a highlight is most visited.
Maps.me iOS *7.0.42016-12-27Travel data in 36 countries.
Grass Gis7.2.02016-12-28More than 1,950 stability fixes and manual improvements, 50 new addons.
JOSM114252016-12-31Many improvements, see release info.
SQLite3.16.02017-01-0214 enhancements and two bugfixes.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist.

(*) unfree software. See: freesoftware.

Did you know …

  • … the German alternative to Google Maps? Maps.metager.de (automatic translation) of the SUMA-EV and the Leibnitzuniversität Hannover is currently in the beta version and offers only Germany-wide search requests on OSM basis. However, it promises to be one of the safest search engines.

Other “geo” things

  • In an article on L’Obs, the online edition of the Nouvel Observateur, it is once again about how Google adapts the national boundaries according to the states’ view.
  • The Verge reports about the launch of the service toilet-locator from Google and India’s Ministry of Urban Development.

Upcoming Events

Manila【MapAm❤re】OSM Workshop Series 6/8, San Juan01/09/2017Philippines
RennesRéunion mensuelle01/09/2017France
LyonRencontre mensuelle mappeurs01/10/2017France
NantesRencontres mensuelles01/10/2017France
Berlin103. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch01/12/2017Germany
Ulloa1er encuentro comunidad OSMCo01/13/2017-01/15/2017Colombia
RennesAtelier de découverte01/15/2017France
LyonMapathon Missing Maps Avancé pour Ouahigouya01/16/2017France
BrusselsBrussels Meetup01/16/2017Belgium
Manila【MapAm❤re】OSM Workshop Series 7/8, San Juan01/16/2017Philippines
Cologne/BonnBonner Stammtisch01/17/2017Germany
OsnabrückStammtisch / OSM Treffen01/18/2017Germany
Osakaもくもくマッピング! #0201/18/2017Japan
LeobenStammtisch Obersteiermark01/19/2017Austria
UrspringStammtisch Ulmer Alb01/19/2017Germany
Tokyo東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第4回 根津神社01/21/2017Japan
Manila【MapAm❤re】OSM Workshop Series 8/8, San Juan01/23/2017Philippines
BremenBremer Mappertreffen01/23/2017Germany
BrusselsFOSDEM 201702/04/2017-02/05/2017Belgium

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Peda, Polyglot, Rogehm, SomeoneElse, SrrReal, TheFive, YoViajo, derFred, jinalfoflia, keithonearth, kreuzschnabel, seumas.