(English) weeklyOSM 394

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  • Dave Swarthout inquired on the Tagging mailing list whether scenic=yes could be an appropriate attribute for rivers in the United States with the status “National Wild and Scenic River“.
  • Esri has made available a new background layer “Esri World Imagery (Clarity)“, which restores some sharper but older aerial photos in the main OSM editors.
  • Mapbox released a dataset of 10,400 turn restrictions at 5,200 road junctions. Machine learning vision models were applied to Bing Streetside imagery to detect the turn restrictions. Mapbox has acquired the rights to contribute this data to OSM.
  • User Glassman tried to contact the company Milestone Inc. in Santa Clara (California) regarding low-quality OSM edits with the purpose of SEO (Search Engine Optimisation). As the company didn’t answer, Glassman tweeted about the issue.
  • User Alexos set up a coordination page for the update of regional railway relations in Eastern France. The grouping of regional railway service under the new company “TER Grand Est” took place in September 2017.
  • Till Adams features the app StreetComplete on the Terrestris blog.


  • Andrew Wiseman from Apple has written to some of the South American mailing lists including the one for Ecuador that his company is willing to help improving missing roads, road connections and classifications or GPS trackings in these countries. For this purpose he has opened a project on GitHub.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The nomination period for candidates in the OSM US board elections was extended so that more candidates could come forward. There are now six candidates for five seats.


  • The deadline for submission of proposals for talks, lightning talks and sessions for the State of the Map 2018 in Milan, Italy (28-30 July) is 18 February. Papers for the academic track have a separate, later, deadline.
  • The monthly mapping party of Brisbane, Australia will take place on February 10th in Beaudesert, one hour away from Brisbane.
  • OSM was present at FOSDEM 2018 in Brussels (Belgium) with a meeting organised by OSM-Belgium and several talks in the geospatial devroom, for which both slides and videos are available.

Humanitarian OSM


  • From version 4.2.4, the “DJI Go” app uses maps from Mapbox. There’s a discussion on the DJI forum about how they compare to previous ones (from HERE and Google).


  • The Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) has just made Openrouteservice APIs available on PyPi.
  • Following on from the announcement of the shutdown of its services, Mapzen announces how long-term support will be handled for its maps, basemap designs, and the vector and terrain tile data. It also provides detailed instructions on how to update Mapzen-based projects with the new endpoints. The geocoding team is currently working on the successor to Mapzen’s Pelias, geocode.earth.
  • Paul Norman continues his series of diary reposts from his blog, by describing how to download and build a custom style (here OpenStreetMap Carto) for OSM data.

OSM in the media

  • La Prensa published (translation) an article about the updates on the Nicaraguan public transportation map created by Mapanica, the Nicaraguan OSM community.

Other “geo” things

  • Warren Davison shows in Esri’s official blog how he designed a map of his hometown to look like a “historical” map.
  • The Berlin Morgenpost newspaper lets you test your knowledge (de) about the course of the Berlin Wall on a map created by means of Mapbox, OSM and Leaflet. An 1989 aerial photo of the Wall can be viewed afterwards.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Berlin 116. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 2018-02-09 germany
near Brisbane Beaudesert Mapping Party 2018-02-10 australia
Tokyo 東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第16回 赤坂氷川神社 2018-02-10 japan
Rennes Cartographie humanitaire 2018-02-11 france
Lyon Rencontre libre mensuelle 2018-02-13 france
Nantes Réunion mensuelle 2018-02-13 france
Munich Münchner Stammtisch 2018-02-14 germany
Toulouse Réunion mensuelle 2018-02-14 france
Zurich Stammtisch Zürich 2018-02-14 switzerland
Karlsruhe Karlsruhe Hack Weekend February 2018 2018-02-17-2018-02-18 germany
La Riche Ubuntu Party #3 2018-02-17 france
Otaru 小樽マッピングパーティー 2018-02-17 japan
Takatsuki OpenStreetMap Frontier #01 2018-02-17 japan
Rome FOSS4G-IT 2018 2018-02-19-2018-02-22 italy
Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2018-02-20 germany
Derby Pub Meetup 2018-02-20 united kingdom
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2018-02-20 germany
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2018-02-21 germany
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2018-02-22 germany
Hasselt OSMBE Meetup 2018-02-22 belgium
Moscow Schemotechnika 14 2018-02-22 russia
Urspring Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 2018-02-22 germany
Cologne Bonn Airport FOSSGIS 2018 2018-03-21-2018-03-24 germany
Turin MERGE-it 2018-03-23-2018-03-24 italy
Poznań State of the Map Poland 2018 2018-04-13-2018-04-14 poland
Disneyland Paris Marne/Chessy Railway Station FOSS4G-fr 2018 2018-05-15-2018-05-17 france
Bordeaux State of the Map France 2018 2018-06-01-2018-06-03 france
Milan State of the Map 2018 (international conference) 2018-07-28-2018-07-30 italy
Dar es Salaam FOSS4G 2018 2018-08-29-2018-08-31 tanzania
Bengaluru State of the Map Asia 2018 (effective date to confirm) 2018-10-01-2018-10-31 india

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Anne Ghisla, Nakaner, SK53, Softgrow, SomeoneElse, Spanholz, YoViajo, derFred, jinalfoflia, marikoenig.

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