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Bielefeld map 1 | © bielefeldKARTE Kartenbild, Stadt Bielefeld (CC BY 4.0), bielefeldKARTE Kartendaten, Stadt Bielefeld and OpenStreetMap Contributors CC-BY-SA 2.0


  • The Costa Rican community photomapped the trails in the natural forest reserve of Bosque del Niño in Poás volcano.
  • The Mexican OSM community proposes the use of the hashtag #CallesVioletas to visualize and map the public spaces. This is done by using an inclusive methodology that empowers citizens by generating participatory data from georeferenced photos.
  • User kreuzschnabel asks (automatic translation) in the German user forum how to tag scenery frames.
  • Christoph Hormann cleans up defective multi-polygons and data garbage in the Antarctica region. He wonders why there are so many nodes created with the iD editor.
  • In his draft proposal, user dieterdreist suggests that the key emergency be supplemented by the collection of “dry riser inlet”.
  • Ever wondered why OSM hasn’t adopted a review procedure yet? Read the discussion on responding to vandalism thread in the Talk mailing list. Proponents and opponents share their thoughts.
  • The proposal for drying rooms for sports equipment is under way and Thilo Haug asks for comments.
  • Yuri Astrakhan suggests some features for editors to improve the usage of tags.
  • Tod Fitch thinks that the direction=* tag is used for too many unrelated conventions. The mailing list Tagging discussed some of them.
  • Charlie Loyd from Mapbox, writes a blog about the high-resolution images that are made available in India and can be used for mapping.



  • An import of trees in the West Midlands of England that has mostly ignored the import guidelines has sparked some difficult discussions – some highly respected members of the GB community spoke up against it.
  • There was a discussion about Facebook’s proposed import (based on automatically recognising streets) on the “import” mailing list. It also continues to be discussed on the Thai forum.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The minutes of the board meeting held on 21 February 2017 were published in the wiki of the Foundation. There was a discussion about the transparency of the Data Working Group among other working groups, the necessary profit from SotM and furthermore, the status of the Corporate Membership was presented.


  • Simon Poole invites to the Annual General Meeting of the Swiss OpenStreetMap Association followed by a Mapping Party. This takes place on Saturday, April 8th at the University of Fribourg.
  • The enrollments for SotM France from 2nd to 4th June in Avignon are open.

Humanitarian OSM


  • [1] The “Neue Westfälische” presents a new city map of Bielefeld. (de) This map is based on OSM, cadastral and other sources. It is to be further expanded.
  • Frikart.no offers Garmin Maps with different Norwegian map styles.

Open Data

  • Christian Quest reported that the RTE (the French electricity network operator) published all network data (overground 45 kV to 400 kV, Underground, etc.) and declared it as open data.


  • Update: There is now an official common statement by The OpenStreetMap Foundation and Creative Commons for the compatibility of the CC-BY 4.0 with OSM. If you want to use sources that are under the CC-BY 4.0, you must obtain a waiver from the data provider as to 1) DRM restrictions and 2) format of attribution. Here’s a link to a template waiver form, as well as a link to template waiver forms for CC BY 2.0 and 3.0 data sources.


  • Ilya Zverev proposed a pull request that allows OSM users to communicate their email address to external programs via OSM verification.
  • Michael Spreng tests a new routing frontend at the swiss server. He asks for feedback.
  • Frederik Ramm suggests in the Geofabrik blog, what to do if osm2pgsql crashed on your servers due to the huge collective relation uploaded in Brazil a few days ago. (Reported in our last issue)
  • Mapbox checks the instructions of the navigation software OSRM. They use a tool that translates ASCII art of an intersection to a valid OpenStreetMap extract, then pushes the data for that scenario through the entire engine to make sure it behaves correctly.
  • Rob H. Warren is looking for volunteers regularly fetching planet dumps of OpenHistoricalMap as a backup.
  • Naoliv will distribute gifts to anyone who writes a notification tool, that will notify when there is a change in street name in a particular area.


SoftwareVersionRelease dateComment
Mapillary Android *3.332017-03-14Fix bug in distance mode, upgrade map box map for more stability.
Mapillary iOS *4.6.92017-03-15Added support for future feed items, some bugs fixed.
Locus Map Free *3.22.22017-03-16Bugfix release.
Maps 3D Pro *4.1.42017-03-16Many changes and fixes, please read release infos.
Maps.me Android *var2017-03-16Hotel pages enhanced.
Naviki iOS *3.562017-03-16Integration of smart bike systems, bug fixes.
Traccar Client Android4.12017-03-16Fix some small issues.
Komoot Android *var2017-03-17Minor enhancements.
Mapbox GL JSv0.34.02017-03-17Two new features and three bugfixes.
MapContrib1.62017-03-17Bug fixed.
Naviki Android *3.562017-03-17Integration of smart bike systems, connection to Bluetooth devices revised, bug fixes.
Maps.me iOS *7.2.12017-03-19Fixes for iOS 8.
PyOsmium2.12.02017-03-20Three extensions, documentation fixes and use actual libosmium.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist.

(*) unfree software. See: freesoftware.

Did you know …

Other “geo” things

  • A collection of community created maps of India sourced from different government websites is freely available to all Indians.
  • Boston schools ditch Mercator-based maps for Gall-Peters. (via TeachOSM). The world maps of Arno Peters provide a true to the surface projection and the distortions of the Mercator projection are avoided.
  • An article about Arun Ganesh’s involvement in Wikipedia and OpenStreetMap.

Upcoming Events

PassauFOSSGIS 201722/03/2017-25/03/2017germany
ZaragozaMapping Party #Zaccesibilidad (Mapeado Colaborativo)24/03/2017spain
Louvain-la-NeuveBar meeting24/03/2017belgium
VancouverVancouver mappy hour24/03/2017canada
Mazzano RomanoWorkshop 124/03/2017italy
AyacuchoWorkshop of Mapbox Studio25/03/2017peru
BremenBremer Mappertreffen27/03/2017germany
GrazStammtisch Graz27/03/2017austria
ViersenOSM Stammtisch Viersen28/03/2017germany
MontpellierRencontre mensuelle29/03/2017france
Mazzano RomanoWorkshop 231/03/2017italy
RostockRostocker Treffen04/04/2017germany
StuttgartStuttgarter Stammtisch05/04/2017germany
HelsinkiMonthly Missing Maps mapathon at Finnish Red Cross HQ06/04/2017finland
ZaragozaMapeado Colaborativo07/04/2017spain
Mazzano RomanoWorkshop 307/04/2017italy
FribourgSOSM Annual General Meeting and mapping party08/04/2017switzerland
RennesAtelier de découverte09/04/2017france
AvignonState of the Map France 201702/06/2017-04/06/2017france
KampalaState of the Map Africa 201708/07/2017-10/07/2017uganda
CuritibaFOSS4G+SOTM Brasil 201727/07/2017-29/07/2017brazil
Aizu-wakamatsu ShiState of the Map 201718/08/2017-20/08/2017japan
BoulderState Of The Map U.S. 201719/10/2017-22/10/2017united states
Buenos AiresFOSS4G+SOTM Argentina 201723/10/2017-28/10/2017argentina
Lima State of the Map – LatAm 201729/11/2017-02/12/2017perú

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