(English) weeklyOSM 478

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The still incomplete map “The Saints of Europe” 1 | data © openstreetMap contributors


  • Martijn Van Exel invited us, on Twitter, to view the MapRoulette presentation he gave at at SotM US.
  • Dan Stowell tweeted that OSM-UK’s quarterly project has reached 100,000 solar panels. In his blog he summarises where both rooftop solar panels and larger solar farms have been mapped in the UK.
  • Joseph Eisenberg has started a new proposal for aerodrome= to allow a better classification of airports. With the possible values international, commercial, general_aviation, private and airstrip he plans to replace aeroway=airstrip and aerodrome:type=*.
  • Antoine Jaury suggests reusable_packaging:offer= and reusable_packaging:accept= for shops accepting or proposing customer-owned reusable containers to reduce packaging waste. He asks for comments on his proposal.
  • Francesco Ansanelli proposes highway=tourist_bus_stop for a bus stop which is reserved for tourist buses and drafted a proposal.
  • Simon Poole reported (automatic translation) that after consultation with the AGIS, he has included their aerial photographs from March 2019 in the SOSM Mapproxy configuration.
  • hüggelzwerg recommends the addition of public_transport=stop_area_group into the public transport tagging scheme PTv2 and summarises (automatic translation) the reasons and advantages in his user diary. A public_transport=stop_area_group relation would include a number of public_transport=stop_area members and would link them together at large public transport hubs.
  • Microsoft’s dataset with approximatley 125 million building footprints in the US is currently available in the RapiD editor as an experimental feature. If you zoom into the USA you can see the suggested buildings and roads.
    More background is available at the website for RapiD and the GitHub page for the building footprint dataset.
  • Voting for Joseph Eisenberg’s proposal for campsite properties is underway and ends on 23 September 2019.
  • Roland Olbricht is moderating a session at State of the Map on tagging governance. On the OSM-talk mailing list he asked for people’s views and feedback about which issues are important.


  • On Talk-AT there was a discussion (automatic translation) about a Golem article that discussed how Lyft automatically tries to detect errors in OSM via algorithms (which we covered last week). However, the article was not completely clear, because there is only automatic recognition of the errors, rather than editing them. For corrections, MapRoulette challenges are used.
  • Sergey Golubev is trying (automatic translation) to find out in which cities of Russia the population is growing and in which it is not.
  • Valery Trubin continues a series of interviews with Russian mappers. This time he talked to two newcomers (Ivan, aka BANO.notIT, and Victor Vyalichkin), who came to OSM earlier this year. Ilya Zverev draws attention (automatic translation) to the unexpected observations of these users.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Preliminary results of the OSM community survey have been released. Five of the OSMF Board members reflect on their views of the results in the OSMF Blog post.


  • Betaslb reported (automatic translation) on her user’s diary about a news item published by the Azorean local newspaper Diário Insular that the EuYoutH_OSM is in Heidelberg, Germany in a week to train in OSM and to attend SotM 2019.
  • Videos of presentations at the 2019 State of the Map US are now available on the programme page of their website.

Humanitarian OSM


  • The still incomplete map The Saints of Europe shows towns and cities of Europe that have been named after saints.


  • There seem to be issues with CC-BY licensed data sources. OSM insists in having a waiver or explicit permission for using such licensed data. Graeme Fitzpatrick asked whether he can use Australian QTopo maps and learnt that while OSM requires permission, the data owner, the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, thinks CC-BY is sufficient for using the data in OSM – a situation that does not seem to be unique. Posts from Andrew Harvey and Simon Poole from OSM’s License Working Group provide some more background on this topic.
  • Jez Nicholson updated the Copyright Infringement section on the United Kingdom Tagging Guidelines and asks others for their input as the Ordnance Survey dominates the numbers of mentions.


  • Poorly laid out paths are a typical problem in the landscaping of public spaces. As a result, unplanned paths appear on lawns and flowerbeds. The service Ant road planner will help to avoid this. It is based on OSM data.


  • The Russian public organisation Greenhouse of social technologies, which recently released a plugin for WordPress shMapper (we wrote about it in issue 462), published (automatic translation) an article on Habr about how they developed this application. They also made a short video (ru) showing how to use this plugin.
  • There is another way (automatic translation) to bring together Strava Global Heatmap and OpenStreetMap. However, as Simon Poole reminds us: we do not currently have permission to use Strava data for OSM.
  • The developer of the service “Sight Safari“, an app which can build interesting sightseeing routes in unfamiliar cities, published (automatic translation) an article on Habr, where they explained how they developed this application.


  • Tobias Zwick released StreetComplete v14.0. Among other enhancements and new quest types, the real highlight is that it now supports the splitting of ways.

Did you know …

OSM in the media

  • Russian news agency TASS started a special project Mercator: It’s a flat, flat world!, which tells how these well-known maps were created.

Other “geo” things

  • Hollewegs are “roads or tracks that are significantly lower than the land on either side”. Dirk Kloosterboer used OpenStreetMap and elevation data, to find that streets named holloway may be found in hilly areas, but not very often in high mountains.
  • One billion smartphone owners can now use the European satellite navigation system, Galileo, the operator announced in a press release. The system, which suffered a complete one week failure in July 2019, is expected to be fully operational this year and completed, with 24 operational and 6 active spare satellites, in 2021 with the start of the new Ariane 6 rocket, which might cause another delay as the first Ariane 6 test flight is scheduled for 2020.
  • John Wyatt Greenlee created a map to answer the question of where people paid their rent in eels in England, during the 10th to 17th centuries, as part of the English Eel-Rents project.
  • The INTERGEO, a trade fair and conference for geodesy, geoinformation and land management, will take place 17 to 19 September in Stuttgart, Germany for the 25th time. More information about the event can be found in the INTERGEO report 2019.
  • Adam Van Etten described how In-Q-Tel are extracting roads topology from satellite imagery using computer vision.
  • The tourist information office of the city of Oldenburg wants to switch (automatic translation) from Google Maps to an “own database” as a result of Google’s step to charge the organisation for its services from July 2018.
  • An article on citylab.com summarises the most important information about Trump’s Dorian map. It includes an interview with Mark Monmonier, author of How to Lie With Maps (already published in its third edition).
  • The worldwide Friday for Future movement, triggered by the strike of 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg, was supported by many people around the world on 20 September in the form of peaceful demonstrations. In Germany alone, over 1.4 million people gathered in many cities to demonstrate for action on climate change. An interactive map (de) of the planned demonstrations in Germany, based on OSM, was produced a few days ago.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Heidelberg Erasmus+ EuYoutH OSM Meeting 2019-09-18-2019-09-23 germany
Heidelberg State of the Map 2019 [1] 2019-09-21-2019-09-23 germany
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2019-09-23 germany
Nottingham Nottingham pub meetup 2019-09-24 united kingdom
Mannheim Mannheimer Mapathons 2019-09-25 germany
Singen Stammtisch Bodensee 2019-09-26 germany
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2019-09-26 germany
Riga Latvian OSM Meetup 2019-09-26 Latvia
Düsseldorf Stammtisch 2019-09-27 germany
Dortmund Mappertreffen 2019-09-27 germany
Nagoya 第2回まちマップ道場-伊勢湾台風被災地を訪ねる- 2019-09-28 japan
Strasbourg Rencontre périodique de Strasbourg 2019-09-28 france
Kameoka 京都!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第12回 穴太寺(あなおじ) 2019-09-29 japan
Mainz Stammtisch 2019-09-30 germany
Rome Incontro mensile 2019-09-30 italy
London London Missing Maps Mapathon 2019-10-01 united kingdom
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2019-10-02 germany
Brno State of the Map CZ+SK 2019 2019-10-02-2019-10-03 czech republic
Bochum Mappertreffen 2019-10-03 germany
Nantes Réunion mensuelle 2019-10-03 france
Fujisawa 湘南マッピングパーティ 2019-10-05 japan
Ballaghadereen Map Ballaghadereen 2019-10-05 ireland
Budapest OSM Hungary Meetup reboot 2019-10-07 hungary
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle pour tous 2019-10-08 france
Munich Münchner Stammtisch 2019-10-08 germany
Salt Lake City SLC Mappy Hour 2019-10-08 united states
Hamburg Hamburger Mappertreffen 2019-10-08 germany
Cologne Köln Stammtisch 2019-10-09 germany
Arlon Espace public numérique d’Arlon – Formation Consulter OpenStreetMap 2019-10-09 belgium
San José Civic Hack & Map Night 2019-10-10 united states
Berlin 136. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 2019-10-11 germany
Berlin Berlin Hack Weekend Oktober 2019 2019-10-12-2019-10-13 germany
Greater Manchester Joy Diversion 8 2019-10-12 united kingdom
Santa Fe State of the Map Argentina 2019 2019-10-12 argentina
Prizren State of the Map Southeast Europe 2019-10-25-2019-10-27 kosovo
Dhaka State of the Map Asia 2019 2019-11-01-2019-11-02 bangladesh
Wellington FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2019 2019-11-12-2019-11-15 new zealand
Grand-Bassam State of the Map Africa 2019 2019-11-22-2019-11-24 ivory coast

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One Reply to “(English) weeklyOSM 478”

  1. Re: Orna’s attribution to OSM, there is also attribution in the app, but it’s at the bottom of its options menu rather than on the map itself

    Maybe we could shoot the creator a suggestion on /r/OnraRPG to display more obvious attribution?