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Support an OSM based printed Map for Nicaragua

Support an OSM based printed map for Nicaragua [1]

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  • We wish our readers a Happy New Year! Hopefully this year comes with a lot of edits and awesome new data to be added. Additionally, we welcome Rolf (Rogehm from Germany) and Moises (@moiarscan from Spain) who helped a lot at the end of last year. We are however always looking for additional helping hands especially from Latin America. A happy new Year in the OSM-World 2016!
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  • Belgian Mapper of the Month: Polyglot
  • On January 2nd 2016 Grant Slater activated the Visual Editor on the OSM wiki. This kind of WYSIWYG editor allows to edit the wiki without fiddling with wiki syntax.
  • [1] The Nicaraguan OSM community wants to print the first public transportation map of the capital’s 42 bus routes in Managua and is asking for your support. The data has been crowd-sourced by more than 150 volunteers using over OpenStreetMap.


  • Michael Gratton wonders how can he map residential and commercial property boundaries found in the NSW LPI data (Australia).

Humanitarian OSM

  • Frederik Ramm (User: woodpeck) gave a short interview to Deutschlandradio Kultur (German cultural radio) about the subject of mapping of refugee camps, for examples the one in Dabaab (Kenya).
  • The MapKibera project, started in 2009, made its mission to map the infrastructure in Nairobi and to communicate it. They intend to accomplish their mission by giving training and orientation about different topics (GPS, internet, communication services) to the population of the biggest slum in Nairobi. This information resulted in maps, info boards, community achievements, safety, cleanliness and above all respect. The contact to the local authorities was also achieved. Different single working groups came together. The empty space which was on the map disappeared and the people in the region have now, thanks to OSM , a better life!
  • Missing maps has been hosting multiple mapthons some of which have focused on mapping specifically for resilience projects in Ecuador and Colombia. There will also be a local Mapathon in Columbia hosted by Humberto Yances Humberto Yances in Bogotá on 20th January.The GIS team from the American Red Cross will be traveling to Ecuador in the first two week of February to map in Haquillas in the Provice El Oro together with the Ecuadorianian Red Cross.This will be followed by two weeks of community mapping in La Guajira specially Riohacha and Nazareth in February.
  • The Salzburg geoinformatics community supports international aid organizations by their efforts to supply and care about refugees. This is done by automatically counting tents and analyzing satellite images to help finding suitable drilling spots for water wells.


  • Tristram Gräbener found out, that although all Roads led to Rome, all roads start from Notre Dame in Paris. (… at least all roads to destinations in France 😉 ) Tristram has some experiences with routing, so he describes how to visualize that all roads in France start here “au point zero des routes de France”. Fits to: Steve Coast’s launched campaign on Kickstarter.
  • Mapper999 provides his project OSMStreetLight for detailed representation of streetlights. Visit the test Installation for trying it out.
  • SMOG or fresh air? The first worldwide Air-Map shows the quality of air in 206 cities in 40 countries around the globe, with somehow terrifying results.


  • The trip planner from the Dutch railway company (Nederlandse Spoorwegen or NS) now uses OpenStreetMap based map.

Open Data


  • Nir Hershko publishes his realtime 3D renderer.
  • Releases
    SoftwareVersionRelease DateComment
    JOSM92292015-12-31improvements to partial fill areas, corrections in presets and others
    Navit0.5.02015-12-31more than 2500 changes


  • Developer Tim Teulings (aka Framstag) has written a review about the framework Libosmscout for the passed year 2015 and a prospect about new features to come in the year 2016. Also there is News about the automatic build process of Libosmscout.
  • The fresh released LunaRender is aiming at ad-hoc rendering of OSM XLM data to SVG, see the OSM wiki for details. Examples are presented in the author’s blog. It is based on the lua programming language, binaries for Windows OS are ready to download.
  • About the OSM editor Merkaartor, core developer Krakanos is looking for support to publish this program also on Apple OSX. Besides he reports about recent status and aims for a planned version 0.19.
  • Nathanael Long is working on his bachelor thesis for new approaches for pedestrian routing. So for example sidewalks should be derived from conventional OSM data without having to create hundreds of new footways.

Did you know …

Other “geo” things

Upcoming Events

Stammtisch Zürich01/11/2016Switzerland
ViersenOSM Stammtisch Viersen01/12/2016Germany
LyonRencontre mensuelle mappeurs01/12/2016France
GrenobleRencontre mensuelle mappeurs01/14/2016France
Serata OpenStreetMap A Pergine Valsugana Italia01/15/2016Italy
Mapping Party palazzi dell’antico distretto minerario a Pergine Valsugana Italia01/16/2016Italy
LüneburgMappertreffen Lüneburg01/19/2016Germany
AugsburgAugsburger Stammtisch01/21/2016Germany
Stammtisch Obersteiermark01/21/2016Austria
GentMissing Maps Mapathon01/23/2016Belgium
ManilaOSM Mapathon by #MapPHL01/23/2016Philippines
BremenBremer Mappertreffen01/25/2016Germany
Stammtisch Graz01/25/2016Austria
RennesRencontres mensuelles01/25/2016France

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