(English) weeklyOSM 475

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OSM-UK’s current quarterly project: mapping solar panels 1 | data © OpenstreetMap contributors


  • Vespucci now allows the creation of custom presets on-the-fly. Simon Poole tweets a short demonstration showing how it can be done.
  • Thejesh GN put out a call for volunteers to map CCTV cameras in West and South Bangalore.
  • Joseph Eisenberg is asking for comments on the campsite properties proposal. The proposal aims to allow adding more information about camping areas.
  • SK53 provided an update on OSM-UK’s current quarterly project: mapping solar panels. As of 23rd August around 67,500 solar installations had been mapped. It is expected that over 10% of rooftop installations and substantially more than half of solar farms will be in OSM at the end of the quarter.
  • Apple is going to start paid/directed editing in Malaysia, and is looking for community feedback.
  • EmBH suggested (automatic translation) that isced:level could be automatically added to schools in Germany. They suggested a Python script could add levels, based on the names of the features. A discussion of the merits and the foreseen difficulties of the proposal followed.
  • AkuAnakTimur, a local active mapper in Malaysia, has collected GPS traces and is attempting to help GlobalLogic/Grab paid mappers with their common mistakes of tagging and geometry.
  • Lübeck suggests (de) to look for hydrogen filling stations in your local area as he noticed missing stations when compared with h2.live.


OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • OpenStreetMap Ireland, OpenStreetMap Česká, and OSGeo Oceania have applied to become local chapters of the OpenStreetMap Foundation.
  • The OSMF Board released the minutes of their face-to-face meeting, which was held on 18 and 19 May in Brussels.


Humanitarian OSM

  • HOT has been experimenting with how machine learning could help them provide a better mapping experience and produce more accurate and effective maps for people responding to crises. HOT is hoping that, by using AI to estimate the size and difficulty of a mapping task, they can split the workload into quadrants that are of equal effort to complete.


  • citylab.com features an article about the Thomas Guide, a street map of Los Angeles with 3000 spiral-bound pages that was required to navigate before the era of electronic aids.
  • After a nostalgic article by Lora Bliss, Ilya Zverev remembered (ru) (automatic translation) his box of printed maps, and wondered, why we don’t spend as much time map-gazing nowadays. He outlined issues with mobile guidance and popular web maps, and found that besides satellite imagery, OpenStreetMap is the only map suited for a thorough in-depth exploring.


  • The German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) has produced an online service that shows the air quality across Germany, displayed on an OpenStreetMap base map. The same data can be tracked, in real-time, in a new smartphone app (automatic translation).

Open Data

  • Guido Gehrt interviewed (automatic translation) Professor Paul Becker, the recently appointed president of the German Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy . The interview covers why the Professor chose to take up the role and what his goals for new position. Of interest was his comments about how they should make more use of OpenStreetMap data, given that it is produced quickly in large quantities by highly motivated mappers. The Professor’s view is that OpenStreetMap is a data treasure that cannot remain untapped.
  • With the Geological Data Act, the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy has a legislative project (automatic translation) in the pipeline with which geological data will have to be made available to the public by the state geological offices on a far larger scale than hitherto. The law says nothing about licences and costs for citizens.


  • Christoph Hanser announced that the Trufi App is now Open Source. The app, developed by the Trufi Association, provides public transport information in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Please spread the info so that cities in emergent countries can make use of this public transport app.


  • gravitystorm opened a pull request on GitHub as he’d like OSM to support multiple API versions, so that API 0.7 can be deployed while still using API 0.6. The API 0.7 is something that has been discussed since 2009 and the wishlist for a new version is very long.
  • Is OpenStreetCam closed source now? Apparently not, summer holidays and a small team make it hard to keep the GitHub part up to date.
  • The University of Washington and yes! magazine report about a new OSM-based map and routing app for pedestrians in Seattle. It is intended to help walkers to avoid hills, construction, and barriers to accessibility. The team is also working on creating a set of standards and toolkits that can improve the mapping of detailed, real-world conditions on pedestrian pathways and intersections. Examples include: difficult sidewalk widths, problematic surfaces. or the existence of ramps, handrails and lighting.


  • JOSM has reached version 15322 i.e. release 19.08. The most obvious change is the new logo. The new version allows the addition of changeset tags via remote control, improves the display with new MapCSS and Mappaint functions and -as usually- includes many many more enhancements.
  • Version 2.15.5 of iD has been released. A list of the improvements can be found in the GitHub comments.
  • beaconeer publishing has released a major update of its free POI finder iOS app AnyFinder. The app now caches collections of POIs locally which greatly speeds up the user experience when selecting the kind of POI to search for. OSM tags are now updated dynamically so the company can add support for new tags without having to release a new version of the app. AnyFinder 2.0 currently finds 88 different kinds of POIs and supports 63 OSM tags and 198 dedicated tag values.
  • You want to know which software is available for OSM? Here is the contact point with the current versions.

Did you know …

  • … how to tag the times a restaurant serves food? If they are different to the regular opening_hours, these can be tagged as opening_hours:kitchen.
  • … that there is an atlas of German road accidents? Not all states report the location of road accidents, hence the seemingly perfect driving records of, for example, Düsseldorfers.

OSM in the media

  • Andreas Baum and the rest of the team at the Berliner Taggespiegel have taken a deep dive (automatic translation) into the recently released accident data for Berlin. Along with extensive statistical analysis you can view every single site of an accident on an OpenStreetMap base map.

Other “geo” things

  • The United States is a large and varied country. Inzitarie has attempted the impossible: to produce a map of the most distinctive “cultural regions” of the USA.
  • The Austrian National Library is using (de) crowdsourcing to categorise, tag and geolocate 5,000 digitized historical aerial photographs from the 1930s.
  • Do you know the expression “All roads lead to Rome!”? The website Move_Lab has developed the project Roads To Rome which proves that this is true. (we reported 282, 284, 285, 415) All roads to Rome, and all other routes calculated during the course of this project have been navigated by the GraphHopper. The routing was based on OpenStreetMap data.

Upcoming Events

SuvaMissing Maps Fiji2019-08-27-2019-08-30fiji
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LondonMissing Maps Mapathon London2019-09-03united kingdom
StuttgartStuttgarter Stammtisch2019-09-04germany
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MontrougeRencontre des contributeurs de Montrouge et alentours2019-09-05france
NantesRéunion mensuelle2019-09-05france
MinneapolisState of the Map U.S. 2019 [1]2019-09-06-2019-09-08united states
Salt Lake CitySLC GeoBeers2019-09-10united states
HamburgHamburger Mappertreffen2019-09-10germany
LeobenStammtisch Obersteiermark2019-09-12austria
MunichMünchner Stammtisch2019-09-12germany
Berlin135. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch2019-09-12germany
San JoséCivic Hack Night & Map Night2019-09-12united states
BratislavaMissing Maps mapathon Bratislava #72019-09-16slovakia
HabayRencontre des contributeurs du Pays d’Arlon2019-09-16belgium
Cologne Bonn AirportBonner Stammtisch2019-09-17germany
LüneburgLüneburger Mappertreffen2019-09-17germany
ReadingReading Missing Maps Mapathon2019-09-17united kingdom
EdinburghFOSS4GUK 20192019-09-18-2019-09-21united kingdom
HeidelbergErasmus+ EuYoutH OSM Meeting2019-09-18-2019-09-23germany
HeidelbergHOT Summit 20192019-09-19-2019-09-20germany
HeidelbergState of the Map 2019 [2]2019-09-21-2019-09-23germany
PrizrenState of the Map Southeast Europe2019-10-25-2019-10-27kosovo
DhakaState of the Map Asia 20192019-11-01-2019-11-02bangladesh
WellingtonFOSS4G SotM Oceania 20192019-11-12-2019-11-15new zealand
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This weeklyOSM was produced by Nakaner, Rogehm, SK53, SunCobalt, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, keithonearth.