December 04, 2016

" User's Diaries"

OSMF board elections - a short helper on STV

This year's OSMF board elections are open now and if you are an OSMF member you will be asked to vote (if not - you might want to consider joining the OSMF).

OSMF board elections are done with Single transferable vote (STV). Since this has caused confusion and misunderstanding in the past occasionally here a quick and politically neutral helper how to vote with STV:

The name says it already in fact: Single transferable vote. You only have a single vote and you cannot split it. But you can specify an order of priorities who to give this vote to. In almost all cases your vote will go to the candidate you put on top of your list. Only in the rare cases where your vote for this candidate would be wasted it is transferred to the next highest candidate on your list (and subsequently possibly even further down the list). This happens in either of two cases:

  • your top candidate does not stand a chance because he/she has too few votes overall.
  • your top candidate got so many votes he/she does not need your vote to win.

To help your decisions you can find the list of candidates and their manifestos on the wiki as well as questions by the community and answers of the candidates - where you also can still ask questions if you have any.

by imagico at December 04, 2016 09:11 AM

December 03, 2016

Chris Hill

Replacing OpenLayers

When OS released their Open Data I created a simple map that showed a few of their offerings as overlays on an OSM base layer At the time my maps were driven by OpenLayers. OpenLayers v2 works well but is a lot harder to use than LeafletJS. As soon as Leaflet arrived I started to use that and it has only got better as time has passed. There is OpenLayers v3 available I think, but I doubt I'll use it.

OpenLayers has a permalink option that changes the URL in the browser to include a query string describing the location of the centre of the map and the zoom level. This lets you bookmark or send a link that will open the map in the right place. Leaflet has a plugin to create a hash on the URL that does a similar thing.  It works well but there is a bit of a problem.

The OpenLayers permalink adds a 'layers=' bit to the URL. An example would be BOTFF. This means the first base layer is shown and not the second one, then the first overlay is visible but not the second or third. This great, because not only does the URL make map show the right place, but the overlay you wanted to show will also appear too. Leaflet's hash plugin doesn't do this and that is a problem for me.

I decided to replace the map showing the OS overlays using Leaflet. It was quick to do and works well, but I can't use it as the replacement for the OpenLayers map because Leaflet doesn't have a built-in way to show the layers that were selected. People link to my map, according to the logs, with the query string to select the place and layers. If I just replaced it with the Leaflet-based map their links would all fail. They couldn't create a new bookmark that includes the layers to show either. I decided to fix this.

I looked into the documentation for the latest version of Leaflet (1.0.2 at the time of writing). The documentation is very useful. If there are overlays on a map a layers control can be added that allows the overlays to be selected. There can also be more than one base layer that the control allows you to select.

I thought about a generic way to create a similar effect to the OpenLayers permalink. For a one-off map I can code up the layers to do as I need, but a generic version would be useful. I can get at the layers that a map is currently showing, but Leaflet's way of hiding a layer is to remove it from the map. The definition of that layer is then not accessible from the map object. I couldn't see how to find the list of layers including the ones not displayed. The layers control has a list of the layers it uses, which would be ideal, but I couldn't find any way to find a a reference to that from the map object. There doesn't seem to be any way to find any controls from the map object. A map method that returns a list of controls might be useful.

So far I have created a bespoke version of the Leaflet map I wanted. It will accept an OpenLayers-style URL, display the map and create a Leaflet-style URL. I'm thinking about how to duplicate the OpenLayers feature more generically. I have ideas ...

by (Chris Hill) at December 03, 2016 11:56 PM

" User's Diaries"

OpenStreetMap Carto release v2.45.1

Dear all,

Today, v2.45.1 of the openstreetmap-carto stylesheet (the default stylesheet on has been released and rolled out to the servers. It might take a couple of days before all tiles show the new rendering.

This is a bugfix release restoring two icons:

  • memorial
  • tobacco shop

Thanks to all the contributors for this release.

For a full list of commits, see

As always, we welcome any bug reports at

by kocio at December 03, 2016 08:06 PM

¿cómo agregar horarios a vías o áreas?

Buenos días compañeros:

Desde hace ya meses que detallé la Alameda aquí en la cuidad donde vivo [1], agregando las bardas y puertas. En dichas puertas agregué los horarios de apertura y cierre, para de esta forma sea viable hacer una ruta con las aplicaciones y poder cruzar para hacer un trayecto más corto y rápido.

Pero me he llevado una sorpresa, pues resulta que al hacer una navegación gps que me permite cruzar dicha Alameda, resulta que no respeta los horarios de las puertas.[2]


[b]¿Alguien sabe cómo se debe etiquetar vías con horarios de acceso?[b/]

Busqué por la wiki y sólo encuentro el tag "opening_hours". ¿Será que yo lo etiqueté mal? ¿O será que mis apps no son compatibles con estos tags?


[1] [2]

by JeSe-MX at December 03, 2016 02:02 PM

An MPG unearthed on Welbeck Avenue

‘MPG’ = “Middle-Class Paranoid Guy”

These are the previous ones that I've documented:

August: Tracked & Mapped
July: Exeunt stage-right, pursued by a bear
March: Middle-Class Paranoia

Today, it is:

‘MPG’ = “Middle-Class Paranoid Gal”

For me, ‘Mapping’ is a process of:

  1. Survey & collect info
  2. Order the survey info on paper
  3. Use JOSM to transfer into OSM

I have found it very easy to get confused when back at my desk as to exactly where I was at particular points when surveying, so I make a habit of photographing every street-sign. That gives me continual, solid reference points as to my location throughout the survey.

Yesterday I was mapping Welbeck Avenue in Gedling. The Welbeck houses at one end of the street are semi-detached houses which lie at an angle across the corner; one house is numbered on one street, whilst the other is numbered on the other street. It's a confusing practice which is common locally.

I was at the Westdale Lane end of the street, and was getting myself clear as to the reference of each of the houses in the corner. I then took a photo of the Welbeck street-sign (see bottom). As I completed that, our female MPG burst out of her car and started shouting at me. It was difficult to decipher what she wanted, but it seemed to be on the lines of “what do you think you are doing?”. Calmly, I explained that I was taking a photo of the street-sign & turned the smartphone around so that she could see the screen (I hadn't yet saved it). She grabbed hold of it & pulled it out of my hand!

There was a short tussle as I grabbed it back. She then started hitting me. I informed her that if she did that again then I would deck her. She hustled away into her house (I think to telephone the police).

Her son had arrived by this point. He was looking very sheepish (a tall lad, but probably only ~16 years). I explained to him what I'd been doing, and that was the end of that incident as he followed after his mother, trying to calm her down. Meanwhile, I continued up the street, mapping the other houses. Essentially, it took the rest of that street before I was back to my normal, unruffled self (I hate confrontation).

This is the photo that she took exception to & began hitting me for (everyone's a critic):–

a provocative photo

by alexkemp at December 03, 2016 01:20 AM

December 02, 2016

" User's Diaries"

Candidacy for OpenStreetMap US Board

I'd like to announce my candidacy for the OpenStreetMap US Board election. I've posted my Position Statement on my OSM wiki page. I'm especially supporting Local Communities. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

by OpenBrian at December 02, 2016 08:19 PM

Mapper of the Month: Sarah Hoffman (Germany)

This is my translation of Sarah's text in German. Any misrepresentation is my fault.

Who are you?

My name is Sarah, I am from Germany and live in Dresden. I studied computer sciences and work fulltime as software developer for a small local company. In OSM I am known as lonvia, which is a word play with the Latin form of 'long journey'.


Where and when did you discover OpenStreetMap ?

In 2008, I read a short article about OSM on the German online-service, which made me curious. I lived in [Switserland](( back then. Very little of Zurich was mapped, and the rest of Switserland was mostly blank. I spend a complete summer traveling along and mapping a large part of the railway network in Switserland. After that I started with hiking paths. I always loved hiking and it was great to combine the old hobby with the new one. Mapping brought me in places that I would otherwise never have visited for one-day journeys. I walked the complete Jura-Höhenweg, a very beautiful trail which is more sporty than one would expect from a brief look at the map.

What do you map?

In addition to the hiking trails, I prefer to add basic infrastructure: streets, paths, POIs that are interesting for tourists, as well as an occasional address. This has changed little over the years. I add what I would like to find on the map myself.

Lately, I am getting interested in 3D-building mapping. I think that basic building information such as the number of levels is usefull to form a rough idea how a village of neighborhood looks like in reality.

How do you map?

I am a classical outdoor mapper. I used to go out with a photo camera and GPS-tracker and added the information via JOSM. Nowadays, I track with the Android-App OsmTracker. For small improvements, I like to use Android-Editor Vespucci. I use aerial imagery mainly for the final details.

Where do you map?

I am a rather impatient mapper. Systematically surveying complete neighborhoods is not my cup of tea, neither are long sessions of armchair mapping such as MapRoullette or HOT-activations. My mapping is a result of travelling and hiking journeys. Nowadays, I only find time to map during holidays.

What is the biggest challenge for a mapper?

Working together on the map. It is often more convenient to maintain your focus strictly on your own interestes and only map for those. However, without a certain regard for the interests and work of the other mappers, this will inevitably end in frustration. It starts with making decisions about tag use and continues through every edit that touches existing data. On top of that, there are a lot of unwritten rules to mapping, which we have developped through years of trail-and-error. They may be obvious to long-term mappers but are not always logical to a new mapper.

Why do you map? What motivates you?

I have always been fascinated by maps, but until the arrival of OSM, maps could only be consumed passively. What annoyed me the most, was that there were always two types of maps: on one hand detailed topological maps, with a small scale, and on the other streetmaps, that focussed on car drivers and often left out details that I found interesting. OpenStreetMap offered for the first time the possibility to build maps that I needed: a map that could be used as pedestrian and cyclist that can show the whole picture as well as the smallest detail.

What is the hardest part while mapping ?

For me, the most difficult part is to keep the map up-to-date. As long as one is looking at a blank canvas, it is easy to stay motivated to add new elements. Mainly because one sees the next day what one has done. This is less obvious when one walks through a shopping street and updates all shops. This takes a couple of hours work, while the map seemingly did not change.

What are your mapping plans in the near future?

As I already mentioned, I am not the person that plans her mapping projects. As a software developer I am interested in the project that tries to clean up the so called Old-Style-Polygone. These are multi-polygons, where the tags are not on the relation but on the ways that form the polygon. Those areas are difficult interpret by software. Quite often, one has to guess, because the ways contain conflicting information. Currently there are around 200.000 such objects in the database. I think this can be solved rather quickly, when we join forces. This is also a good moment to bring the data up-to-date, as many such areas are a couple of years old. Maybe I will become an armchair mapper for the duration of this project.

Do you have contact with other mappers ?

When I lived in Switserland, I often went to the Züricher Stammtisch and I was also there when the Schweizer OSM Vereins was founded. In the meantime this became an official Local Chapter. Nowadays, I can occasionally be found at the Dresdner Stammtisch Besides that, I have visited several State of the Map-conferences. With the Swiss Mappers

Do you use OSM yourself?

For day-to-day use I have OsmAnd on my smartphone. At my desktop, I basicly use for everything that requires a map. For access plans and the like, umap is very usefull.

Do you do anything besides mapping?

I am involved a lot in the software development around OSM. My most important projects are Nominatim, the software behind the searchbox on; and, which is a website that can display all possible routes that are found in OSM.

Furthermore I am a member of OWG, the Working Group, which is responsible for the servers on which OSM run.

Can you tell us a bit more about Nominatim ?

I came to Nominatim in 2012, when they were looking for a new administrator for the official server of the OSMF. From that moment, I take care of the server and have become the lead developer for its software. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of other developers. The last few years, the only development that was done was to allow it to keep up with the enormous grow of data in the OSM database.


And what about waymarkedtrails ?

I started with, because I needed a map with the hiking trails in Switserland, so I could verify the data that I added myself. Later on, I extended the map to cover the whole world, to motivate other mappers to start mapping routes. That is one of the things that works amazingly well in OSM. As soon as one visualizes data, one finds plenty of mappers that start mapping that kind of data.

In 2012, Guttorm Flatabø from Western Norway Research Institute found out about the map and used the software for a EU-project about tourism. During that project, a mobile version was developed as well as the support for the elevation profiles. We also came up with the name waymarkedtrails during that period as well as the current look and feel of the website.

The Wintersports map and horse riding map were developed together with Michael Spreng and Robert Whittaker.

It might be interesting to note that the map gets more visits from, a German site to visiualize GPS-tracks, than from

... and to end ... is there something else you want to tell?

Happy Mapping!

by escada at December 02, 2016 08:01 PM

Mapper des Monats: Sarah Hoffmann (Deutschland)

Wer sind Sie?

Mein Name ist Sarah, ich komme aus Deutschland und wohne in Dresden. Ich habe Informatik studiert und arbeite hauptberuflich als Softwareentwickler für ein kleine Firma hier. In OSM bin ich unter dem Nicknamen lonvia unterwegs. Das ist ein Wortspiel mit der lateinischen Form von 'lange Reise'.


Wann und wie haben Sie OpenStreetMap entdeckt?

2008 gab es einen kleinen Artikel über OSM beim deutschen Online-Service, der mich neugierig gemacht hat. Damals wohnte ich noch in der Schweiz. Zürich war bereits ein bisschen gemappt, aber der Rest der Schweiz war noch ziemlich weiss. Ich habe einen Sommer damit verbracht, einen grossen Teil des Eisenbahnnetzes des Schweiz abzufahren und einzutragen. Danach habe ich mich Wanderwegen zugewandt. Ich bin schon immer gerne gewandert und es war grossartig das alte Hobby mit dem neuen Hobby zu verbinden. Das Mappen hat mich auch in Gegenden geführt, die ich normalerweise nicht für Tagestouren ausgewählt häte. Unter anderem bin ich den Jura-Höhenweg vollständig abgewandert. Eine sehr schöne Strecke und sportlicher als man bei einem kurzen Blick auf die Karte erwartet.

Was mappen Sie?

Neben den Wanderwegen mappe ich am liebsten grundlegende Infrastruktur: Strassen, Wege, touristisch interessante POIs, sowie gelegentlich Addressen. Das hat sich über die Jahre wenig geändert. Ich trage das ein, was ich gerne auf der Karte vorfinden möchte.

In letzter Zeit habe ich mich ausserdem ein wenig mit 3D-Gebäude-Mapping beschäftigt, weil ich denke, dass einfache Gebäudeinformationen wie Anzahl der Etagen, nützlich sein können, um aus der Ferne eine Vorstellung vom Charakter einer Siedlung oder eines Stadtviertels zu bekommen..

Wie mappen Sie?

Ich bin ein ganz klassischer Draussen-Mapper. Früher bin ich meistens mit Fotoapparat und GPS-Tracker losgezogen und habe dann die Ergebnisse mit JOSM eingetragen. Das Tracken übernimmt heutzutage die Android-App OsmTracker. Für kleinere Verbesserungen vor Ort nutze ich auch gerne den Android-Editor Vespucci. Luftbilder nutze ich hauptsächlich für die Feinarbeiten.

Wo mappen Sie?

Ich bin ein ein eher ungeduldiger Mapper. Systematisch ganze Ortschaften abzulaufen liegt mir genauso wenig, wie längere Armchair-Mapping-Aktionen wie MapRoullette oder HOT-Aktivierungen. Daher ist Mapping eher ein Nebenprodukt von Reisen oder Wanderungen. Heutzutage komme ich hauptsächlich im Urlaub noch zum mappen.

Was ist für einen Mapper die größte Herausforderung?

Gemeinsam an einer Karte zu arbeiten. Auch wenn es oft bequemer ist, einen Tunnelblick für seine eigenen Interessen zu entwickeln und nur dafür zu mappen, wird man bei OSM nicht wirklich auf Dauer glücklich, wenn man nicht auch die Arbeit der anderen im Blick behält. Das fängt bei der Auswahl der Tags an und zieht sich durch jeden Edit, der bestehende Daten verändert. Es macht es auch nicht einfacher, dass wir eine Menge ungeschriebener Regeln haben, die sich durch jahrelanges Ausprobieren ergeben haben, die aber für einen Neuling oftmals nicht logisch erscheinen.

Warum mappen Sie, was sind Ihre Motive?

Karten haben mich schon immer fasziniert, aber bis OSM kam, waren Karten immer nur etwas, was man passiv konsumiert hat. Was mich am meisten gestört hat, war, dass man eigentlich nur zwei Arten von Karten kaufen konnte: entweder exakte topologische Karten, die dann aber einen kleinen Massstab hatten, oder Strassenkarten, die auf Autofahrer zugeschnitten waren und oftmals Details vermissen liessen, die für mich interessant waren. OpenStreetMap bot zum ersten Mal die Möglichkeit, die Karte zu machen, die ich brauchte: Übersichts- und Detailkarten für Fussgänger und Radfahrer.

Was ist der schwierigste Teil beim Mapping?

Für mich persönlich ist der schwierigste Teil, die Karte aktuell zu halten. Solange man eine weisse Fläche vor sich hat, ist es einfach, sich zu motivieren, neue Elemente einzutragen, denn man sieht am nächsten Morgen genau, was man getan hat. Das ist weniger der Fall, wenn man in einer gut gemappten Stadt wie Dresden einfach nur die Einkaufsstrasse herunterläuft und alle Geschäfte aktualisiert. Das braucht einige Stunden Arbeit, ohne dass die Karte sich sichtbar verändert.

Haben Sie Pläne, was Sie zukünftig mappen wollen?

Wie schon erwähnt, bin ich niemand, der seine Mapping-Projekte gross plant. Als Software-Entwickler habe ich Interesse an dem Projekt, die sogenannten Old-Style-Polygone aufzuräumen. Dabei geht es um Multipolygone, bei denen die Tags nicht an der Multipolygon- Relation angefügt sind, sondern an den Ways, aus denen das Polygon besteht. Solche Flächen sind kompliziert auszuwerten für Software. Nicht selten muss man raten, weil die Wege widersprüchliche Informationen enthalten. Zur Zeit gibt es etwa 200.000 dieser Flächen in der Datenbank. Ich denke, dass man sie mit vereinten Kräften schnell bereinigen kann. Das ist auch eine gute Gelegenheit zur Datenpflege, denn die meisten dieser Flächen sind schon einige Jahre alt. Vielleicht werde ich für dieses Projekt doch mal für kurze Zeit zum Armchair-Mapper.

Haben Sie Kontakt mit anderen Mappern?

In der Schweiz war ich viel am Züricher Stammtisch zu Gast und war dort auch an der Gründung des Schweizer OSM Vereins beteiligt, der inzwischen ja auch ein offizielles Local Chapter ist. Heute bin ich gelegentlich auch am Dresdner Stammtisch zu finden. Ausserdem bin ich regelmässig auf den State of the Map-Konferenzen.

With the Swiss Mappers

Nutzen Sie OSM selbst?

Für den täglichen Bedarf habe ich OsmAnd auf meinem Telefon laufen. Auf den Rechner benutze ich hauptsächlich für alles, was eine Karte benötigt. Für Anfahrtspläne und ähnliches ist umap ein nützliches Tool.

Machen Sie bezüglich OSM noch andere Dinge ausser mappen?

Ich bin viel in die Softwareentwicklung rund um OSM involviert. Meine wichtigsten Projekte sind Nominatim, die Software hinter der Suchbox auf, und, eine Website, die alle möglichen Routen aus OSM anzeigen kann. Ausserdem bin ich Mitglied der OWG, der Working-Group, die sich um die Server kümmert, auf denen OSM läuft.

Können Sie etwas mehr zu Ihrem Projekt Nominatim / waymarkedtrails sagen?

Zu Nominatim bin ich 2012 gekommen, als ein neuer Administrator für den offiziellen Server der OSMF gesucht wurde. Seitdem betreue ich die Server und bin auch nach und nach zum Hauptentwickler der Software dahinter geworden. Leider gibt es nicht sehr viele andere Beitragende. Die Entwicklung der letzten Jahre hat sich deshalb hauptsächlich darauf konzentriert, dass die Suche mit dem enormen Wachstum der OSM-Datenbank mithalten kann.

Nominatim begann damit, dass ich für mich selbst eine Karte brauchte, die die Wanderwege in der Schweiz anzeigte, damit ich meine selbst eingetragenen Daten überprüfen konnte. Später habe ich das auf die ganze Welt ausgeweitet, um andere Mapper zu motivieren, ebenfalls Wanderwege einzutragen. Das ist eine der Sachen, die wunderbar funktioniert in OSM. Sobald man die Daten sichtbar macht, finden sich auf fleissige Mapper, die Daten ergänzen. 2012 ist Guttorm Flatabø vom Western Norway Research Institute auf die Routenkarten aufmerksam geworden und hat die Software für ein EU-Projekt zum Thema Tourismus verwendet. Dabei sind die mobile Umsetzung der Karte, sowie die Höhenprofile entstanden und die Karte hat ihren heutigen Namen waymarkedtrails und ihr Aussehen erhalten. Über die Jahre sind dann weitere Karten hinzugekommen. Die Wintersportkarte und die Reitkarte haben Michael Spreng und Robert Whittaker mitentwickelt. Übrigens werden die Routenkarten heute gar nicht mehr in der Hauptsache auf angesehen, sondern die meisten Zugriffe kommen von, einer deutschen Seite zum Austausch von GPS-Tracks.

... und zum guten Ende ... was möchten Sie uns noch sagen?

Happy Mapping!

by escada at December 02, 2016 07:51 PM

A Modern (Post-Modern?) Garden

Mapping within the St James ward of Gedling today, and in particular a set of flats on Beckett Court. There are gardens at the rear of the flats. So often in these circumstances, the fact that no single family has responsibility for the gardens means that they end up derelict. That is not the case here. This garden is immaculately maintained.

This is the garden for you to judge for yourself. Personally, I've never seen another garden like it. The section on the left that you cannot see is plain grass (and, in spite of the colour, I swear that this is natural grass rather than some kind of synthetic variant). I'm not qualified to make any judgement on it, so will not even try:

modern Gedling garden

Just up the road from that garden are yet more of those plaster creatures that I love to find:

plaster creatures

by alexkemp at December 02, 2016 06:45 PM

#Geochicas y #OSMintegra, un recuento de encuentros

¿Por qué hay tan poca presencia y participación de las mujeres en OpenStreetMap? Fue la premisa para que varias chicas de la comunidad, que compartimos el mismo interés sobre esa interrogante, nos juntáramos para dialogar y realizar un panel -analizando esa misma pregunta- para el State of the Map 2016 Latam en Brasil.

Luego de varios correos y pláticas, nos logramos juntar en Sao Paulo (¡Yey!), para el #SOTMLatam2016, y para nuestra primera reunión "#Geochicas", gracias a Mapbox, Mapillary y Telenav, quiénes apoyaron esta iniciativa, donde logramos discutir cuáles son las estrategias, propuestas, proyectos que podemos producir desde la conformación de una red de mujeres dentro de la comunidad.

Y fue así que llegamos a día del panel sobre el "Rol y la participación de las mujeres en OSM", dónde tuvimos la oportunidad de presentar diferentes acciones realizadas para contribuir a la producción de mapas más inclusivos frente las necesidades de las mujeres, pensar cuáles son las siguientes acciones que podemos realizar para mantener y mejorar nuestros vínculos con la comunidad; y también escuchar, discutir y comprender las diferentes visiones que tenían los participantes de la conferencia. Parafraseando un poco una de las intervenciones: "Pasa que cuando un hombre hace algo mal (en temas de su trabajo en tecnología), ni se preocupa, pero cuando una mujer se equivoca, es como si pasara lo peor, porque tenemos miedo a equivocarnos frente a los hombres"

Queremos cambiar las cifras y que las mujeres no seamos sólo un 3% (dato hasta el 2011), y para esto, pretendemos desarrollar proyectos de mapeo con enfoque de género (esto no quiere decir que los hombres no puedan participar), apoyar a que las chicas tengan mayores espacios de diálogo y relevancia dentro de los próximos congresos y conferencias de la comunidad a través de becas enfocadas específicamente a la participación de la mujer en este tipo de actividades, mejorar nuestros canales de comunicación (con lo que queremos invitar a las chicas a unirse al grupo de Telegram OSM chicas), también utilizar el HT #OSMintegra y que así podamos seguir construyendo diálogo, entre-aprendizaje, permanencia, pertenencia y conociendo nuevas experiencias que nos permitan crecer más.

#OSMintegra panel en #SOTMLatam2016

¡Gracias por todo y gracias por tanto, chicas!


by SeleneYang at December 02, 2016 02:08 PM

Наблюдения: 信言不美、 美言不信

Истинные слова не приятны, приятные слова не истинны. Старик Лао-Цзы порожняка не прогонял.

Так, о чем это я? Прогнозы сбываются. Вот это – ровно то, о чем я писал в посте про карапузов.

by Zkir at December 02, 2016 09:07 AM

What can I do?

Being unfamiliar with OSM, this is the beginning of exploring it. As long as a connection lasts!

by RickCharon at December 02, 2016 12:52 AM

December 01, 2016

" User's Diaries"

Results and new initiatives after #GeoChicas #Geoladies event in Sao Paulo, Brazil

English Version (Spanish version below)

Last week on November 24th, one day before starting the 2nd State of the Map LatAm (#SOTMlatam2016) taking place in the vibrant city of Sao Paulo, a group of women interested in Open Data and Open Mapping, decided to gather and to start a discussion to make OpenStreetMap more integrate and increase the female presence. According to some statistics from VGI only 3% of all editions is made from women in the community. Having the largest data base in the world with not enough diverse groups will give not enough data and will be representing only one reality.

Geochicas event in Sao Paulo, one day before SOTM LatAm Thanks to companies engaged and interested in the community such as Mapbox, Mapillary and Telenav who sponsored the First #GeoChicas event in Sao Paulo we are planning to invite more women involved in other initiatives to get to know OpenStreetMap and use it in their projects. Having examples of how different regions of the world are changing lives thanks to the presence of Open Mapping is something we will need to continue sharing to create more awareness about the benefits. In the #GeoChicas event it was discussed how we wanted to lead the future efforts and engage the people attending the Conference “The role and participation of women in the OSM community” taking place in SOTM LatAm #GeoChicas in State of the Map LatAm One of the first steps is creating a communication channel and start developing mapping projects that will benefit women in vulnerable situations, #OSMintegra will be how you can identify these projects that will be shared in different social media and formal OSM channels. #OSMintegra initiative The next important event with Open Source projects is CubaConference, in this event we will impulse to have more women giving conferences and share their projects. A permanent scholarship program is also under discussion so we can help in different events around the globe sending female presence.

This is just the beginning but we can tell you that we are already making progress in this project.

Wait for more news from Mapeadora, SeleneYang and more #GeoChicas.

To be continued…

///Versión en Español///

La semana pasada el día 24 de noviembre, un día antes de comenzar el 2º State of the Map LatAm (# SOTMlatam2016) que tuvo lugar en la ciudad de Sao Paulo, un grupo de mujeres interesadas en Open Data y Open Mapping decidió reunirse e iniciar un discusión para hacer OpenStreetMap más integrado y aumentar la presencia femenina. Según algunas estadísticas de VGI sólo el 3% de todas las ediciones se hace por mujeres en la comunidad OpenStreetMap. Al ser la base de datos más grande del mundo si no se cuenta con suficiente diversidad de grupos no dará suficientes datos y estará representando solamente una realidad.

Gracias a empresas comprometidas e interesadas en la comunidad como Mapbox, Mapillary and Telenav que patrocinaron el primer evento #GeoChicas en Sao Paulo, estamos planeando invitar a más mujeres involucradas en otras iniciativas para conocer OpenStreetMap y usarlo en sus proyectos. Tener ejemplos de cómo las diferentes regiones del mundo están cambiando vidas gracias a la presencia de Open Mapping, esto es algo que tendremos que seguir compartiendo para crear más conciencia sobre los beneficios que genera.

En el evento #GeoChicas se discutió cómo queríamos dirigir futuros esfuerzos e involucrar a las personas que iban a asistir a la conferencia "El rol y la participación de las mujeres en la comunidad OSM" que tuvo lugar en SOTM LatAm.

Uno de los primeros pasos es crear un canal de comunicación y empezar a desarrollar proyectos de mapeo que puedan beneficiar a mujeres en situaciones vulnerables, #OSMintegra será la manera de identificar estos proyectos que serán compartidos en diferentes redes sociales y canales formales de OSM.

El próximo evento importante con proyectos Open Source es CubaConference, en este evento impulsaremos que se tenga un mayor número de mujeres dando conferencias y compartiendo sus proyectos. Un programa permanente de becas también está en discusión para que podamos ayudar a que asistan más mujeres a diferentes eventos alrededor del mundo. Esto es sólo el comienzo, pero podemos decirles que ya estamos avanzando en el proyecto.

Esperen pronto más noticias de Mapeadora, SeleneYang y muchas #GeoChicas más.


by Mapanauta at December 01, 2016 11:21 PM


I chose to put some of my sleep aside to map with the rest of the mappers family just to make sure that the mapped areas are able to receive the aid that they needed t fight malaria. 00:00-03:30am.

by mutenyo joan at December 01, 2016 10:01 PM

Russion live OSM radio

" User's Diaries"


Добавть, пожалуйста, большее количество настроект для объектов. Например, год постройки здания.

by Dia_Max at December 01, 2016 08:53 PM

OpenStreetMap Weekly Update

weeklyOSM 332


Rendering von Wasser in Zoomstufe 4 links: Hormann, rechts: Mapnik Rendering of water bodies at zoom level 4. Left: Ch. Hormann, Right: Mapnik 1 |

About us

  • We are in deep grief and we express great sorrow because of the loss of our beloved friend Thomas Bellmann also known as Malenki. Malenki was last week on a piligrimage in Spain, where he breathed his last breath, after an accidental fall off a cliff. Thomas was an avid contributor to weeklyOSM, an active OpenStreetMap mapper for over 9 years, a programmer, documentary writer and a photographer. We wish to express our sincere condolences to his mother, family and friends. We are saddened by this loss and he will always remain in our thoughts.


  • BharataHS, a data analyst working at Mapbox, describes two procedures for detecting and repairing invalid multipolygons, and invites everyone to investigate and repair the invalid polygons in their respective area.
  • Michael Tsang presents his proposal for flight routes. It is similar to public transport tagging.
  • As a tribute to the deceased mapper Malenki, the Spanish community invites mappers to make the region where he met his death, the best mapped in Spain.
  • Edith Quispe aka ediyes shared a blog post about the events that the Mapbox team hosted as a part of Geography Awareness Week. The Ayacucho office organized a mapathon last Friday to build awareness around geography and continuous growth of the local OpenStreetMap community. Over 15 university students were a part of this and were eager to learn about OpenStreetMap and join the community.
  • There are three proposals with voting status:
  • Simon Poole summarizes his visit of Wherecamp 2016 in Berlin and reports about Simple Indoor Tagging that he did help to create.
  • Martijn van Exel proposes to use the “fixme” tag on seasonal issues to make sure they are again taken care of in time.
  • José Sánchez created a proposal for tagging 3D printer shops and asks for comments.
  • The tagging mailing list discussed the collection of helicopter landing sites for crises operations.


  • [1] Christoph Hormann describes his advances in the rendering of large water bodies in the lower zoom levels and shows some impressive examples of his work.
  • Clifford Snow writes about his work to increase the number of mappers in his area.
  • The OpenStreetMap community of Ivory Coast (OSM_CI) is the winner of the 2nd Best Young Digital Initiative Award in Ivory Coast. They received the prize from the Ivorian Minister of the Digital Economy and the Post, Government Spokesman Bruno Nabagné Koné.
  • Martijn van Exel reports in the Improve OSM blog that, the Telenav-supported OpenStreetView project has been renamed to OpenStreetCam. 12 Million images have been collected so far.
  • Roland started a discussion about a major change of the second level landing pages in the OSM wiki.


  • Brian M Hamlin writes about the ongoing problems with the import of small-scale landuse parcels in Fresno county, California. After detailed analysis he suggests a deletion criteria to clean up the data.
  • There’s now also discussion on the import mailing list about Thomas Konrad’s JOSM plugin to add address data in Austria (we reported earlier).
  • Andrea Musuruane has plans to import data in in the Province of Biella (Italy).
  • Brandon Liu announces a planned import of building heights in San Francisco. The initiative seems to be motivated by Mapbox GL JS. A discussion ensues about how involved the local the mappers are, and the initiator of the project explains his motivation.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Frederik Ramm, the treasurer of the OSM Foundation, reported to weeklyOSM about the donation goal of the OSMF being achieved as soon as the transfer of donations received by FOSSGIS e.V. (German OSM department) for OSMF are completed. Thanks to all donors worldwide! You can still continue donating of course.
  • Christoph reminds everyone that this year’s OSMF AGM is on the 10th of December. The wiki features a list of candidates for the two available seats, along with their answers to a large number of questions.

Humanitarian OSM

  • A mapathon will be organized in Lyon by @Coworking Lyon, L’atelier des Médias on the 20th of December (see here) for more information, in French automatic translation).
  • HOT started its yearly donation drive and therefore created a little video for motivation.


  • A new global WebMap prototype has been launched by GIScience Research Group, Heidelberg. In the blog post GISRG Heidelberg says: “Therefore our aim is to evaluate the overall possibility and suitability of OpenStreetMap (OSM) data for these specific purposes (landuse and landcover information), identify ways for improvement and to provide all this information globally to the interested communities in an automated way.”
  • Planemad says: “Excellent writeup highlighting the cultural data issues on temples and language tags on the map”, on a blog post by Supaplex describing his SOTM Asia talk about localized tagging.


  • Skobbler founder Philipp Kandal (now VP of OSM at Telenav) explains in his blog post how and why Telenav works on the future of mapping for OSM, using OpenStreetCam, computer vision and deep learning.
  • Dennis Nienhüser announced Version 1.0 of Marble Maps for Android devices.
  • Paul Norman compares and rates the different alternatives to serve vector tiles.


  • Jochen Topf summarizes the most important changes in Osmium in a blog post.


Software Version Release date Comment
Mapillary iOS * 4.5.6 2016-11-21 Minor compass tweaks.
Traccar Client iOS 3.2 2016-11-23 Minor fixes and improvements.
Magic Earth * 2016-11-24 Optimized search and routing, performance improvements and bug fixes
Vespucci 0.9.8r1216 2016-11-24 Fix issue with determining the tile storage location.
QGIS 2.18.1 2016-11-25 No infos.
OpenStreetCam 1.9.13 2016-11-27 OpenStreetView is now OpenStreetCam.
Naviki Android * 3.52 2016-11-28 Three modifications and some bug fixes.
Naviki iOS * 3.52 2016-11-28 Three functions modified.
OpenStreetMap Carto Style 2.45 2016-11-28 Please read info.
SQLite 3.15.2 2016-11-28 Four bugs fixes.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist.

(*) unfree software. See: freesoftware.

Did you know …

  • … the BRouter-Web-Client to schedule your next ride?
  • … the service Meshu, who makes a necklace out of your favorite map region?

OSM in the media

Other “geo” things

  • It seems that every news service are reporting that San Francisco’s Millennium Tower is sinking faster than expected, and tilting to one side. However the real news is that the ESA satellite analysis used is capable of monitoring changes elsewhere, include earthquake-prone areas.
  • Invisible Cities have trained a neuronal network to automatically generate satellite imagery out of map data. The only question that remains: Will there be a fixpoint if combined with e.g. Facebook’s extractor 😉
  • The Swiss newspaper “Der Tagesanzeiger“ reported that Terraloupe, a company in Munich, works on a software to recognize and map buildings, construction projects, tree populations or water bodies automatically out of aerial photography.
  • Betsy Mason from National Geograhic published an article called “The Best New Maps, According to Cartographers”
  • GeoSLab briefly outlines the differences between raster and vector tiles.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Helsinki OSM GeoBeers 01.12.2016 finland
Dresden Stammtisch 01.12.2016 germany
Tampere OSM kahvit 02.12.2016 finland
Dortmund Stammtisch 04.12.2016 germany
Metro Manila 【MapAm❤re】OSM Workshop Series 3/8, San Juan 05.12.2016 philippines
Rostock OSM Stammtisch Rostock 06.12.2016 germany
Stuttgart Stammtisch 07.12.2016 germany
München Stammtisch München 08.12.2016 germany
Urspring Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 08.12.2016 germany
Berlin 102. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 09.12.2016 germany
Pergine Valsugana Mappatura sentieri del Lagorai Cima Asta 09.12.2016 Trentino
Passau Mappertreffen 12.12.2016 germany
Metro Manila 【MapAm❤re】OSM Workshop Series 4/8, San Juan 12.12.2016 philippines
Grenoble Rencontre groupe local 12.12.2016 france
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle mappeurs 13.12.2016 france
Nottingham Nottingham 13.12.2016 united kingdom
Landshut Landshut Stammtisch 13.12.2016 germany
Berlin DB Open Data Hackathon 16.12.2016-17.12.2016 germany
Tokyo 東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第3回 小石川植物園 17.12.2016 japan
Essen Stammtisch 18.12.2016 germany
Kyoto 【晴明神社】マッピング&ステップアップ勉強会 18.12.2016 japan
Metro Manila 【MapAm❤re】OSM Workshop Series 5/8, San Juan 19.12.2016 philippines
Taipei Taipei Meetup, Mozilla Community Space 19.12.2016 taiwan

Note: If you like to see your event here, please put it into the calendar. Only data which is there, will appear in weeklyOSM. Please check your event in our public calendar preview and correct it, where appropiate..

This weeklyOSM was produced by Hakuch, Peda, Polyglot, Rogehm, SomeoneElse, Spec80, YoViajo, derFred, jcoupey, jinalfoflia, kreuzschnabel, widedangel.

by weeklyteam at December 01, 2016 07:14 PM

" User's Diaries"

Phoenix Farm (Née Church Farm) Discovered

Having discovered that the part of Gedling south & east of Mapperley Golf Course that I am currently mapping is called Phoenix Farm Estate (not true, see below), I've wanted to know where that farm is, and have finally found it, with bonus extras.

Thanks to a post in I located Phoenix Farm on Arnold Road opposite the junction with Jessops Lane.

The farm supplies a surprising connection for Gedling with JRR Tolkein and his most famous writing (“Lord of the Rings”) - see the BBC website, although the link to Andrew H Morton's talk is defunct. The farm was bought by his Aunt Jane Neave in 1911; it was called Lamb’s Farm in a Tolkein drawing (below) (named after the previous farmer) although was called “Church Farm” at sale. The farm was close to Gedling Church (a long-range view is here), but Aunt Jane swiftly changed the name to Phoenix Farm. It is said to have been demolished in 1954. I still do not know why Phoenix Farm Estate was named after the farm.

Lamb's Farm


I often think that ‘Contrition’ should be my middle name.

Having discovered a local government map of Nottingham Electoral Wards it has come home to me that, whilst the Estate is probably correctly called Phoenix Farm Estate, that is more likely to be due to it also being the name of the Electoral Ward that it constitutes. There's not a lot wrong with this, since the Porchester Gardens neighbourhood is largely built upon the Electoral Ward of the same name. However, there is another problem:

The Phoenix Farm Estate electoral ward begins at the other side to the Sherwood Academy School from which I've currently been working (I've currently been working in St James Ward, not Phoenix). Ah well.

by alexkemp at December 01, 2016 04:50 PM


#地名の英訳 A班、B班、C班に分かれて地名のローマ字表記への変換を行いました。 自分はC班だったので、大阪を担当しました。

#作業の様子 ローマ字表記

#編集アプリ 作業を一人で行うのではなく分担するためより効率よく作業できました。

#残りの課題 読みは打つことができたので、残りは読みの根拠URLをUpするだけです!

by くどー at December 01, 2016 02:58 PM

A look into a sample of edits from MAPS.ME contributors from November

As a follow up to our previous reviews of user edits, these are the issues we have observed during the month of November during validation using OSMCha. Documenting the errors observed can initiate a conversation on improving user experience, information to the users, characteristics of mapping activity from users. This in turn improves OSM.


  • Reviewed: 1078 CSV
  • Suspicious changesets: 46
  • No issues: 1032

We commented on these changesets:

  • Added my home in the name tag: 1
  • Added 76 fuel_stations: 1
  • Added ton of outdoor shops: 1
  • Added attractions for address and buildings: 1
  • Added amenity=school for bus stops, canteen, parking lot due to the presence of an adjacent school building: 1
  • Added Korean names in the name:en tag: 1
  • Added attraction tag for addresses: 1
  • Added description in the name tag: 1
  • Added ton of sports shops and other POIs: 1 - Cleanup
  • Added 101 benches: 1
  • Added 133 confectionery shops: 1

Community members commented on these changesets:

  • Wrong naming to the tags: 1
  • Irrelavent information: 1
  • Added personal name to the supermarket: 1
  • missed religion tag but in name:ru tag pointed that this is Ukrainian church: 1
  • Added numbers to the name tag: 1

Reverted changesets:

  • Added many view points: 1, 2
  • Added weird names for post offices like 'Timber', 'Hostel', 'Grocery': 1
  • Added convenience shops at the same place: 1
  • Adding virus in the name tag of all the neighborhoods in Vietnam: 1
  • Added number of bus stops together: 1
  • Duplicate POI's, community reverted the changeset: 1, 2, 3
  • Added number of view points with same name: 1
  • Added numbers to the name tag: 1


It would be great if the community comes together, share thoughts and ideas to help the developers fix these issues in future. Issues can be filed in the repository.


Chetan, Krishna & Manohar

by manoharuss at December 01, 2016 02:30 PM

OpenStreetMap training at first all-women university chapter of YouthMappers

Asian University for Women, situated at Chittagong in Bangladesh, is the first and so far only all women's university chapter of YouthMappers. AUW is an international university. This university and Texas Tech University, USA organized a training and mapathon on OpenStreetMap on 26 november 2016.

I am Ataur Rahman Shaheen, a youth mapper form Dhaka College YouthMappers chapter. I’m enrolled as honors in statistics at Dhaka College. GIS and RS Data Mgt specialist Ahasanul Hoque gave the opportunity to me and Tasnia Ahmed, another mapper from Independent University of Bangladesh to assist him in this training.

Due to final examinations the training was held for one day. 120 participants applied for the training and also attended the opening ceremony. Due to space limitation, the organizer selected only 25 participants. They will arrange another training in February of 2017.

The training schedule was divided in 4 sessions.

  1. Opening ceremony, introduced to OpenStreetMap and YouthMappers
  2. Signup in OSM and editing with iD editor
  3. Editing with JOSM and mapathon
  4. Certificate giving and closing ceremony

At the end of the event, Rosie Bateson, Dean of Faculty, gave certificates to the participants. She was so much thankful to Ahasanul Hoque for giving his valuable time and effort to this event and YouthMappers chapter of this university. She said:

"Thank you, most warmly, for connecting with us and sharing such a wonderful experience with our students. I ... could feel the excitement and joy of all the students who took part in the workshop."

Participant and President of AUW YouthMappers, Paromita Basak, gave her full effort and did very hard work for this event. Dr. Harunur Rashid, teacher of this university and Ms Fatema Patel, CDIP staff also give their full support and help to makes this event successful.

One of the most interesting parts of this event was Iftekhar Chowdhury, one of the lecturer of this university and Ms Patel was participating in this training. Its shows that not only student but also teachers are interested in learning more about mapping. It’s a very good sign for OpenStreetMap. By those people's interest, efforts and positive spirit, OpenStreenMap will go forward successfully and the world will be more beautiful by mapping.

by Ataur Rahman Shaheen at December 01, 2016 05:08 AM

Wochennotiz-kritik #332

das wird (wahrscheinlich) eine Reihe an Kommentaren zu Themen aus der Wochennotiz. Ich sehe das zu diesem Zeitpunkt nicht direkt als Kritik an der Wochennotiz oder an den ausgewählten Themen (also nicht wie bei meinem letzten Eintrag, wo die (und ich) grandios auf einen wirklich begnadeten Troll und Schwätzer reingefallen sind), sondern eher eine Zusammenfassung, der (verlinkten) Dinge, die man eigentlich besser machen könnte.

  • es gibt einen malenki-task: ich dachte: ok, das is was wirklich Feines, um Trauer oder Wut zu verarbeiten, da hab ich Bock drauf. Leider kann ich in Josm das WMS (edit: Lösung: es ist ein TMS, siehe) nicht einbinden, also mappe ich nicht, sondern devalidiere nach Bing diverse Tasks. Etwa eine Stunde später hab ich keinen richtigen Bock mehr, weil das wieder wie bei HOT läuft: so viele Kästchen wie nur möglich begrünen, aber die Aufgabe nicht gelesen:

    Zu mappende Objekte All things you can see on the map

Ähnliches Thema hatte ich schonmal hier.

(sagte ich schonmal, dass markdown scheisse ist?)

  • "Martijn van Exel schlägt vor, gemappte vorübergehende Sachverhalte mit dem fixme-Tag zu versehen, um sicherzustellen, dass sie nach ihrem Wegfall entsprechend geändert werden."

Von der Idee garnich so schlecht, nur sollte man sich vorher mal anschauen, wie alt fixmes im Durchschnitt sind und wie oft die gefixt werden. Grob übern Daumen und nur leicht übertrieben: nie. Sicherstellen is was anderes.

Kritik direkt an der WN hätte ich allerdings auch noch: früher™ wurden fremdsprachige Links offensiver gekennzeichnet. In der aktuellen gar nicht.

by MKnight at December 01, 2016 01:31 AM

November 30, 2016

" User's Diaries"

Clean up the "fixme's" around you!

The fixme=* tag is often used to give other mappers an indication that something needs more research (or it is a "note to self") .
All too often it stays at that point and no one ever cares any more about such a request for improvement. I found out that roughly more than half of the fixme's is at least 2 years old.

I wrote a simple overpass query with some stylesheets attached which shows the text of the fixme immediately on the map.
Click on the link above, locate the map to your neighbourhood and hit the run button.
Is there something you can fix? Please do so and remove the "fixme"

For the centre of London, this is the result:

The overpass query searches for nodes with a fixme=, but you can easily change it to finding ways instead.
And if you want to locate all note= tagging, simply replace "fixme" with "note" in the script.

by marczoutendijk at November 30, 2016 09:58 PM

Street Art

Continuing to work my way through the Phoenix Farm Estate today, catching up in late-afternoon, with a late-Autumn sun low on the horizon at England's high latitude & damn cold, on houses missed on Stanhope Road. And yes, it turns out that there used to be a “Phoenix Farm”, though I have zero hard information on that to date.

Regular readers will realise that I constantly seek to alleviate the boredom of collecting endless lists of house numbers by spotting & photographing good examples of art on the houses that I pass ([1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]). Here is the latest: –

beaver chasing fish


Phoenix is actually the next estate and not the current one.

by alexkemp at November 30, 2016 09:25 PM

Mappa Mercia (UK Midlands)

Prizewinners! Birmingham Highways Data Challenge

Mappa Mercia was at the 2 day Birmingham Highways Data Challenge hackathon last weekend where numerous datasets relating to highways and transport were made available. We won a prize for developing  an HS2 HGV Traffic Heat Map. It’s not the finest visualisation, but we were up against a time constraint, poor initial data (essentially text descriptions of routes with no geolocation data) and having to learn new tools from scratch.


Link to Visualisation

Judges remarks

A striking example of an entry that demonstrated shortcomings in the manner in which data is published by the organisation that some members of the team worked for, leading to them finding a fix for this which they will take back to their organisation; in this case HS2, with a recommended, enduring fix. Nothing like a bit of user testing to highlight improvements and a swift response by HS2 data managers to find a solution.


Andrew Gaitskell (HS2) and Brian Prangle (OpenStreetMap / Mappa Mercia)


Traffic heat map showing anticipated HS2 HGV traffic intensity and flows – for the purpose of visualising the data the developers chose forecasted HGV traffic flows around Birmingham International Airport arising from the siting of HS2 construction compounds.


ArcGIS to extract CSV data of Traffic Link and HS2 Compound Location Data from GeoDatabase file downloaded from eB (HS2’s document management system)

Online XY to Lat,Long coordinate converter.

Excel to manipulate data and match XY Conversions to Traffic Flow Data

OpenStreetMap for base map

Used to display the location of the compounds and Traffic flow data

Data used

Machine-readable extracts from published documents.

Additional data was required to identify the planned HS2 Compounds

GeoDatabase Files of HS2 Traffic Links and Compound Locations.


Raspberry Pi 3


by Brian Prangle at November 30, 2016 06:26 PM

" User's Diaries"

Online-Karten (Slippy Maps): meine Favoriten

Fasziniert von Karten bin ich ungefähr, so lange ich denken kann. Mein Freund ist immer von Tafeln mit historischen Erläuterungen magisch angezogen, ich dagegen komme an keiner Karte vorbei, ob gedruckt oder online.

Außer der zauberhaften, wenn auch für manche Zwecke eher ungeeigneten Aquarell-Karte von Stamen ( habe ich noch einen absoluten Favoriten:

Ja, ein bisschen altmodisch vielleicht, aber ich stehe dazu.

Schade finde ich nur, dass es schwierig ist, sinnvoll beizutragen. Keine Spenden und offenbar wenig "niedere Hilfsarbeiten" zu erledigen, für die man kein Entwickler sein muss.

Die Garmin-Karte von Opentopomap muss ich unbedingt auch mal testen, falls ich mein altes Gerät wieder lauffähig bekomme.

by g0ldfish at November 30, 2016 05:04 PM

OSMBlog (German)

Wochennotiz Nr. 332


Rendering von Wasser in Zoomstufe 4 links: Hormann, rechts: Mapnik Rendering von Wasser in Zoomstufe 4 links: Ch. Hormann, rechts: Mapnik 1 |

In eigener Sache

  • Wir sind in tiefer Trauer um unseren Freund und Helfer im Weekly-Team Thomas Bellmann, auch als Malenki bekannt, der bei seiner Pilgerreise vergangene Woche in Spanien tödlich verunglückt ist. Thomas war seit über 9 Jahren bei OpenStreetMap als Mapper, Programmierer, Helfer, Dokumentationsschreiber und Fotograf aktiv. Wir behalten dich in guter Erinnerung! Unsere besondere Anteilnahme gilt seiner Mutter, seinen Geschwistern und Freunden.


  • User BharataHS lädt dazu ein, ungültige Multipolygone im eigenen Umfeld zu reparieren, und stellt zwei Vorgehensweisen dafür vor.
  • Michael Tsang stellt sein Proposal für Flugrouten vor. Es lehnt sich an das Tagging für Fährverbindungen an.
  • Die spanische Community lädt dazu ein, im Gedenken an den in Saltacaballo verunglückten, europaweit sehr aktiven Mapper Malenki die Gegend seines Todes zur bestgemappten in ganz Spanien zu machen.
  • Edith Quispe aka ediyes – eine Mitarbeiterin unserer spanischsprachigen Ausgabe semanrioOSM – berichtet in ihrem Blog, dass das Mapbox-Team während der “Geography Awareness Week” im Büro in Ayacucho. Peru, einen Mapathon organisiert hat. Über 15 Studenten kamen zu der Veranstaltung und erhielten eine Einführung in OSM.
  • Aktuell kann über drei verschiedene Proposals zur Aufnahme ins Taggingschema abgestimmt werden.
  • Simon Poole fasst seine Erlebnisse des Wherecamps 2016 in Berlin zusammen und berichtet insbesonders auch über das von ihm mit initiierte Simple Indoor Tagging.
  • Martijn van Exel schlägt vor, gemappte vorübergehende Sachverhalte mit dem fixme-Tag zu versehen, um sicherzustellen, dass sie nach ihrem Wegfall entsprechend geändert werden.
  • José Sánches hat ein Proposal zum Taggen von 3D-Druckergeschäften erstellt und fragt nach Kommentaren.
  • Die Mailingliste Tagging diskutiert über das Erfassen von Hubschrauberlandeplätzen für Kriseneinsätze.


  • [1] Christoph Hormann beschreibt seine Fortschritte beim Rendern von Wasserflächen in den niedrigen Zoomstufen und zeigt einige beeindruckende Beispiele seiner Arbeit.
  • Clifford Snow beschreibt sein Vorgehen, um neue Mapper zu gewinnen.
  • Die OpenStreetMap Gemeinschaft der Elfenbeinküste (OSM_CI) ist der Sieger des “zweitbesten jungen digitalen Initiative-Preises” der Elfenbeinküste. Sie erhielten den Preis vom Regierungssprecher des ivorischen Ministers für „Digitale Wirtschaft und die Post“ Bruno Nabagné Koné .
  • Martijn van Exel teilt in einem Blogartikel auf Blog Improve OSM mit, dass der Name von OpenStreetView auf OpenStreetCam geändert wurde. Das Projekt hat schon 12 Millionen Bilder verfügbar.
  • Roland Olbricht hat eine Diskussion dazu angestoßen im Wiki die Seite zur Benutzung von OpenStreetMap umzugestalten.


  • Brian M Hamlin berichtet über die Probleme mit einem fragwürdigen Import von einzelnen Grundstücksgrenzen in Fresno, Kalifornien. Dabei hat er einige Recherchezeit in das Thema investiert und schlägt nun vor, Teile der Daten zu löschen.
  • Auch auf der Mailingliste Imports wird jetzt über das JOSM-Plugin von Thomas Konrad und dessen Einordnung diskutiert (wir berichteten).
  • Andrea Musuruane will Daten in der Province Biella (Italien) importieren.
  • Brandon Liu kündigt einen Import von Gebäudehöhen für San Francisco an. Die Initiative scheint durch Mapbox GL JS, aber nicht durch die Community getrieben zu sein, weswegen Frederik kritisch nachfragt.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Wie der Schatzmeister der OSMF Frederik Ramm der Wochennotiz/weeklyOSM mitgeteilt hat, ist das Spendenziel der OSMF erreicht, sobald die Überweisung der beim FOSSGIS e.V. eingegangenen Spenden ausgeführt wurde. Vielen Dank an alle Spender weltweit!
  • Christoph erinnert nochmal an die am 10.12. bevorstehende Jahreshauptversammlung der OSMF. Im Wiki findet man die Kandidaten für die zwei neuzuwählenden Plätze im Vorstand sowie Fragen und Antworten an die Kandidaten.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Auch HOT hat eine Spendenkampagne gestartet und für diese auch ein kleines Motivationsvideo angefertigt.


  • Ein neuer globaler WebMap-Prototyp “” wurde von GIScience Research Group Heidelberg freigeschaltet. In dem Blogpost von GISRG Heidelberg heißt es: “Daher ist es unser Ziel, die gesamte Möglichkeit und Eignung von OpenStreetMap (OSM) Daten für diese spezifischen Zwecke (Landnutzungs- und Landkarteninformationen) zu bewerten, Verbesserungsmöglichkeiten aufzuzeigen und diese Informationen Interessierten Gemeinschaften in einer automatisierten Weise weltweit zur Verfügung zu stellen.”
  • Supraplex aus Taiwan berichtet über seine Teilnahme auf der State of the Map Asia, an der er dank eines Stipendiums teilnehmen konnte. Neben einem Bericht zu seinem Vortrag erzählt er auch einige interessante Details zu kulturellen Unterschieden, zu landesspezifischem Tagging und über den Rückzug Facebooks in Taiwan.


  • Skobbler Gründer Philipp Kandal (jetzt bei Telenav für OSM zuständig) erklärt in seinem Blogbeitrag, wie und warum Telenav in Zukunft zu OSM mit OpenStreetCam, Bildverarbeitung und maschinellem Lernen beitragen will.
  • Dennis Nienhüser hat Version 1.0 von Marble Maps für Android veröffentlicht die ab sofort auch im Playstore erhältlich ist.
  • Paul Norman vergleicht und bewertet die vorhandenen Alternativen um Vector-Tiles auszuliefern.


  • Jochen Topf fasst in einem Blogpost nochmals die wichtigsten Neuerungen in seinem osmium zusammen.


Software Version Release Datum Änderungen
Mapillary iOS * 4.5.6 21.11.2016 Probleme beim Kompass beseitigt.
Traccar Client iOS 3.2 23.11.2016 Kleinere Korrekturen und Verbesserungen.
Magic Earth * 24.11.2016 Routing und Suche wurden optimiert, bessere Performance und einige Bugfixes.
Vespucci 0.9.8r1216 24.11.2016 Fix beim Speicherort für die Tiles.
QGIS 2.18.1 25.11.2016 Keine Infos.
OpenStreetCam 1.9.13 27.11.2016 OpenStreetView heisst jetzt OpenStreetCam.
Naviki Android * 3.52 28.11.2016 Drei Funktionsänderungen und einige Bugfixes.
Naviki iOS * 3.52 28.11.2016 Drei Funktionsänderungen.
OpenStreetMap Carto Style 2.45 28.11.2016 Bitte Info lesen.
SQLite 3.15.2 28.11.2016 Vier Probleme beseitigt.

Bereitgestellt von der OSM Software Watchlist.

(*) unfreie Software. Siehe: freesoftware.

Kennst du schon …

  • … den BRouter-Web-Client zum Planen der nächsten Radtour?
  • … den Service Meshu, der deinen Lieblingskartenausschnitt in Schmuck verwandelt?

OSM in der Presse

  • Die Ottawa Sun berichtet über das Pilotprojekt von Statistic Canada bei dem Daten in Partnerschaft mit OSM-Mappern gesammelt werden sollen.

Weitere Themen mit Geo-Bezug

  • Satellitenmessungen haben ergeben, dass der Millennium Tower in San Francisco schneller absinkt als bisher gedacht. Auch seitliche Verschiebungen wurden registriert. Zeit für ein neues Proposal, für Tag-werte auch Funktionen zu erlauben?
  • Invisible Cities hat ein Neuronales Netz trainiert um aus Kartendaten ein Satellitenbild zu generieren. Nun stellt sich noch die spannende Frage, ob man bei iterativer Kombination mit dem Facebook-Extraktor zu einem Fixpunkt gelangt 😉
  • Der Tagesanzeiger berichtet, dass Trerraloupe, ein Unternehmen in München, daran arbeitet aus Luftaufnahmen Gebäude, Bauvorhaben, Baumbestände oder Gewässer direkt zu analysieren und zu kartieren.
  • National Geograhic veröffentlichte einen Artikel mit dem Titel “Die besten neuen Karten, meinen Kartographen”.
  • GeoSLab stellt in einem Blogbeitrag die Unterschiede zwischen Raster- und Vektorkarten kurz und bündig dar.


Wo Was Wann Land
Dresden Stammtisch 01.12.2016 germany
Dortmund Stammtisch 04.12.2016 germany
Rostock OSM Stammtisch Rostock 06.12.2016 germany
Stuttgart Stammtisch 07.12.2016 germany
München Stammtisch München 08.12.2016 germany
Urspring Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 08.12.2016 germany
Berlin 102. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 09.12.2016 germany
Passau Mappertreffen 12.12.2016 germany
Landshut Landshut Stammtisch 13.12.2016 germany
Berlin DB Open Data Hackathon 16.12.2016-17.12.2016 germany
Essen Stammtisch 18.12.2016 germany
Graz Stammtisch 19.12.2016 austria
Bonn Bonner Stammtisch 20.12.2016 germany
Lüneburg Mappertreffen Lüneburg 20.12.2016 germany

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by Wochennotizteam at November 30, 2016 03:24 PM

" User's Diaries"

Thanking you

open street map is very useful. Few days ago i was travelling to mumbai and didn't get the exact location where i wanted to go then i login to openstreetmap and got to know about the exact location.

by Ema Cruz at November 30, 2016 10:48 AM

Casa Museo Andrich

La seule Maison Musée à Venise où découvrir l'effervescence artistique des années 50 '60' 70 '80' et comprendre comment est née Torcello et la lagune de Venise (visite guidée)

by Casa Museo Andrich at November 30, 2016 05:49 AM

Casa Museo Andrich

L'unica Casa Museo di Venezia dove poter vivere l'effervescenza artistica degli anni 50’ 60’ 70’ 80’ e scoprire in che modo nasce Torcello e la laguna di Venezia (visita guidata).

by Casa Museo Andrich at November 30, 2016 05:49 AM

Casa Museo Andrich

The only House Museum in Venice where to live the artistic effervescence of the 50 '60' 70 '80' and find out how born Torcello and the lagoon of Venice.(guided tour)

by Casa Museo Andrich at November 30, 2016 05:48 AM

Mapping my home town : Gobichettipalayam

Gobichettipalayam is the second largest urban city in Erode district, Tamilnadu, India. It is known for the green rice fields, because of that many Tamil movies were shot here. It is in human nature to start any task from a place you already know, since I was born and brought up in this town I started my mapping here.

Quality of map before mapping:

Alt most of the roads were traced

When I started mapping most of the roads in Northern part of my town was already mapped, but some roads are named wrong. In case of POIs, there is little to no information on the map and most of the schools, Banks, Petrol pumps, community centres were not mapped. So I planned to proceed by matching the road density in the southern part of my town to the northern part and then concentrate on adding the POIs.

Things I mapped:

  1. I started by adding major and minor roads in the southern part of my town with the help of OpenStreetMap wiki for tags while correcting some road names in the northern part.

  2. Then I mapped POIs like Banks, ATMs, Schools, community centers, government offices, petrol pumps, Department stores etc., that I am sure of its location.

  3. After this I moved on to adding addition informations like bridges, bus stops and farmlands.

Quality of map after mapping:

Quality of map after mapping

Future plans:

  1. Adding road names.

  2. Map the missing buildings along with addresses.

  3. Add all the missing POIs.

by Fa7C0N at November 30, 2016 04:27 AM

Continued Work Around Our Hill

I found another misplaced overlay of streets in the wrong area and deleted them. Corrected names of streets, deleted non-existent streets and tomorrow will drive around to confirm streets (and their order) before doing those such as the little courts off Cedral.

Weather Underground (aka Wunderground) wrote me today to confirm that they did just recently switch to using OpenStreetMaps for their personal weather station maps. When I am done cleaning up my area, I will go across the big road and clean-up the area for the 3rd weather station in our area.

Oh yeah!! Once I get the confirmation of our hill name from USGS, I will be adding it's name as well. We sent the name proposal to the USGS in 2014. It has since been sent to our state, then to our county, back to the state (all approved) and is just waiting for it's finalization at the federal level. I was told it should be finalized within the next 30 days. Our nameless hill (which is a distinguishable landmark from afar) will finally have a name. I can't wait! That will be fun to be able to enter. Kind of like the dessert after all this road clean-up.

by DesertTrip at November 30, 2016 01:26 AM

November 29, 2016

" User's Diaries"

Mapping Novara

Mapping Novara and its unmapped zones. Aim to remapping with more detail zones already registered

by Michael Montani at November 29, 2016 10:29 PM

Raster map tiles for Mapillary traces

Today, Mapillary released a set of online raster tiles that show all traces (and if you zoom in enough, all individual photo locations). The tiles are transparent PNGs, and can be used on top of other map layers.

The tileset address is{z}/{x}/{y}.png

Note that various mapping software use different formatting for the x, y and z parameters. For example, OsmAnd uses {0}/{1}/{2}.

A demo page is available at

For more information, see this Mapillary GitHub issue. Also for reporting problems with the tileset, please use their GitHub repository.


Here are some step-by-step instructions to add the tileset to OsmAnd. This way you can have a map showing all Mapillary traces with you on your phone, even offline if you cache the tiles before the trip.

  1. Go into "Configure map" (either from the menu, or from the globe icon).
  2. Select "Map source".
  3. Select "Define/Edit" to define a new map layer.
  4. Name it something like "Mapillary traces", and as URL enter "{0}/{1}/{2}.png".
  5. Click "Save" to save the new map.
  6. Now, back in the "Configure map" screen, select your new map as the "Overlay map", and select an opaque map as the "Map source".

by Peter Bremer at November 29, 2016 04:43 PM

Viajes en el interior de Perú funciona perfecto en las provincias del Perú y en las afueras de las mismas

by renato tejada at November 29, 2016 04:18 PM

Red String Spain

¿Viajas solo, vives en una ciudad nueva o simplemente te apetece? Puedes conocer gente interesante viviendo en experiencias en grupos reducidos con Red Strig Spain. Conecta con gente como tú.

by Celia de Red String at November 29, 2016 01:28 PM


Томас «malenki»

27 ноября по всем осмерским каналам прошла просьба помочь в розысках участника, известного под ником malenki. Каждое лето он уходит в поход по горам, предупреждая в своём профиле, что будет недоступен. На этот раз его маршрут лежал через Испанию, где с ним не смогли связаться даже его родные. Через неделю тишины начались поиски — и почти сразу закончились. Вчера, 28 ноября, испанские СМИ объявили о найденном теле одинокого туриста, сорвавшегося со скалы. Это был Томас.

Фотография из дневника malenki

Под теперь уже вечной надписью «Now I am taking a break from everything» в профиле malenki перечислен огромный вклад в проект. Один из самых продуктивных картографов в Германии, он отправлял правки до 19 ноября, когда отключился его телефон. Он переводил JOSM, и на немецкий, он помог двумястами отчётами об ошибках разработчикам JOSM, загрузил 225 тысяч фотографий в Mapillary и почти триста треков в OSM. Записи в его дневнике длинные, но полезные для тех, кто любит гулять, собирая треки и фотографии. Десять тысяч евро в Фонде OpenStreetMap появились благодаря партнёрской программе Amazon, которую Томас настроил.

Мы не можем ничего сказать родным и друзьям Томаса, не можем прийти на его похороны и не можем никому помочь деньгами. Но после объявления о смерти хочется как-то почтить его память, сделать хотя бы какую-нибудь мелочь в его честь. Спасибо испанскому сообществу: они открыли задачу по картированию региона, откуда пришла новость. Возьмите квадратик, закартируйте его изо всех сил и оставьте своё имя в списке. Или просто вспомните, как встречали его имя в переписке, на карте или в новостях.

November 29, 2016 01:13 PM

" User's Diaries"

My Area Needed a Lot of Work

It appears people are using some overlay and just copying it. I live here. They are wrong. There was literally 4 or 5 duplicates of our roads all within a mile or two. Some going east-west and some north-south. Some even diagonally through houses! Several duplicates went straight through mountains. MANY roads were misnamed.

I do hope that people double check before editing in the future.

Go look at what the county GIS maps show!!! Go look at your own street signs. Just don't trust the overlay here. It is WRONG.

I still have many many hours of work to do on my area. This is NUTS.

by DesertTrip at November 29, 2016 07:59 AM

Towers and Masts

Browsing through the issues at Openstreetmap-carto (also known as OSM Standard style or "Mapnik" style) tracker on GitHub, I came across several issues, both open and closed, touching the topic of rendering vertical man-made structures such as poles, masts, and towers.

Communication engineering was my thing for awhile, so it always strikes me when at least two of these terms - mast and tower - are used in an uncertain manner. In one of the discussions on GitHub, the difference between masts and towers was called "philosophical". Actually, there is no philosophy (at least if you don't look at wrong and misleading examples in OSM Wiki). Because of that, I've added an engineering definition to pages of man_made=tower and man_made=mast both in English and Russian because what is in the first section of those pages makes zero sense and contradicts the basic principles of tagging, because it uses comparative terms such as "bigger" and "smaller" to distinguish between these structures. Tags tower:construction=guyed* are obviously redundant because if you need that, it means that object must be tagged as a mast, not as a tower.

I didn't want to rewrite the whole "definition" without discussing it, while I don't really believe that discussion could be successful, so I just added clear definition in case if someone would prefer it. Just for the reference:

Mast is a vertical man-made structure, supported by the guy lines and the anchoring system.

Tower is a vertical free-standing man-made structure, supported by its own foundation only.

(Anyone can find it even in Wikipedia, so it makes me wondering, how ignorant an author of these OSM Wiki articles was to write that.)

And it doesn't matter, that some contractors (and regular people after them) calling cellular communication towers "masts". It is not only wrong as it is to use "transistor" to call a radio receiver or "Xerox" to call a copy machine (which is common in some languages), but it makes it impossible to actually distinguish masts from towers for mapping purposes.

So, getting back to rendering, both "inverted T" and "inverted Y" are completely appropriate for tower symbols. Inverted T looks like a tower with a single stem or column, standing on its foundation, tower:construction=freestanding. Inverted Y looks more like a rough outline of a steel lattice tower (more strokes could be added to make it look fancier), tower:construction=lattice.

Masts are a bit more tricky, but just a bit. The most obvious symbol is an "inverted bird foot" symbol, similar to inverted Y with the central stroke, extended all the way to the bottom. It also looks like an inverted antenna symbol used for circuit diagrams. Central stroke represents the mast itself, diagonal strokes represent guy lines.

As a bottom line, rendering of masts and towers is not solely a question of style and preferred icons, it's also a question of using proper definitions. If definitions will get clarified one day, no philosophy will be involved in rendering and tagging anymore. (Personally, I really doubt that it will happen.)

Added from comments: These tags currently do not have "OSM-specific meaning", they are completely mixed into one mess - it is technically impossible to be sure if an object, tagged with man_made=mast is a mast and vice versa. So, changing anything can't do any harm, because it can't be messed up more than it currently is.

People are arguing about that only because almost every person has an own tradition of tagging and thinks that all others have a similar one. But it's not true - different objects are tagged similarly by different people as well as similar objects are tagged differently by them. Belief, that there is any global consistency in tagging masts and towers is just a fallacy.

by BushmanK at November 29, 2016 04:27 AM

November 28, 2016

" User's Diaries"

Good Garden Sheds

The chap that I saw on Phoenix Farm Estate yesterday (Sunday 27 November) could not believe that I thought that his shed was worth a photo. My reasons were simple: partly it was the quality of the build: Google StreetView is October 2014 & shows a very nondescript garage, whilst the modern shed+garage is very smart. However, the reason that clinched it for me was the name that he had put upon the door of the shed next to the garage:

“The Man Cave”

man cave

by alexkemp at November 28, 2016 11:20 PM

Grande Furioso

START adresa firmy CÍL adresa odstavné plochy a překladiště

by Slavek62 at November 28, 2016 08:23 PM

Good Gardens

There are some gardens that I come across whilst mapping that simply cry out to be featured in these Diary pages. There are two today, both located on an unadopted road (the householders have to pay for all road upkeep) in Gedling that I first walked on Wednesday 23 November on a truly dreadful day. The rain was interfering with the smartphone's capacitative action, so I went back on last Sunday 27 November.

The first garden below is included simply because I found it sweet (and why not?):


The next seemed to epitomise water action. It was pouring down from above and even flowing in a culvert below, so it seemed only fair to have galleons in a pond as well:

galleons ahoy pond 1

by alexkemp at November 28, 2016 08:02 PM

OpenStreetMap Carto release v2.45.0

Dear all,

Today, v2.45.0 of the openstreetmap-carto stylesheet (the default stylesheet on has been released.

Changes include:

  • Rendering all shops without a specific icon as a dot, not just a whitelist
  • Scrub pattern change to random
  • Changing pitch and track color
  • Railway stations rendering as major buildings
  • Rendering the name of man_made=bridge inside the polygon
  • Documentation updates (including cartography design goals and icon design guidelines)
  • Icons general code cleaning
  • Various bug fixes

Thanks to all the contributors for this release, including micahcochran, a new contributor.

For a full list of commits, see

As always, we welcome any bug reports at

You may also like to know that this release is the first with 3 new project maintainers on board. Please be aware that we're going to drop some legacy dependencies soon (like Mapnik 2), so we're approaching a big version change.

by kocio at November 28, 2016 04:56 PM


Hallo du da was ist denn loss...???

by GMarcel at November 28, 2016 12:11 PM

November 27, 2016

" User's Diaries"

The Ostler Jennings & Scot Grave Farm, Gedling

There is a splendidly-named 1903 house & land called “Scot Grave Farm” (farmhouse, farmyard) on Arnold Lane that I revisited today. The owner has both an old BT red phonebox & red Postbox in his yard:

Scot Grave Farm phonebox

I called to try to find more information about the very odd name but, unfortunately, he was unable to help on that score.

The Farm & house were built 1903 & coincide with the establishment of what became Gedling Pit (originally Digby Coal Company — the slopes of the pit spoil heaps can be seen behind the farm in the photo above). According to a U3A pdf Gedling Colliery began in 1899 and the sinking of shafts 1 & 2 were started in 1900. 27 seams of coal of varying — mostly small — thickness were found until they hit paydirt with the 5’ 2” (1.57m) thick Top Hard seam at 1405’ 0” (428.3m) and the earlier 3’ 9” (1.14m) thick Main Bright at 329m. The colliery finally began to commercially produce coal in 1902.

The farm was used by the pit to house the pit ponies, who were walked to & from the pit each day in two different shifts to work there (one returning as the other walked out). The current owner told me of a Mr Jennings (the final Ostler) & his daughter (Mrs Harrison) who moved to Australia, and wrote him a letter informing him of some of her life & the farm history.

Here is a Nottingham Evening Post picture of the Gedling pit ponies, ready for their 2-week holiday in 1960:

gedling pit ponies

The farm was unoccupied during the strike (probably he was talking about the 1926 General Strike, which was precipitated by the country-wide coal-miners' dispute). Pickets were camped outside the pit & raided the house for it's floorboards as to feed the braziers.

The field next to the farm is being prepped ready for development, as are all the slopes behind the farm (he said 100,000 houses) (that will take a little while to map!).

by alexkemp at November 27, 2016 08:24 PM

Dennis Nienhüser

Marble Maps 1.0 has been released

It’s finally done! I’m happy to tell you that Marble Maps version 1.0 has just landed in the Google Play Store (update: direct APK here if you are not using Google Play). We hope you like it as much as we do 🙂

Many thanks to all contributors who made this possible. Thanks to a multitude of performance improvements all over the place, vector rendering has become very fast. And thanks to the ever-improving vector tile creation toolchain we are able to provide a lot more data than I anticipated some weeks ago. For the first version there are Germany and 200 cities world-wide in full detail, as well as most European countries and the USA in high detail (up to tile level 13 or 15). For the rest of the world we provide medium detail at least (up to tile level 9). The plan, of course, is to provide full vector data for the whole world in the near future.




by Dennis Nienhüser at November 27, 2016 07:20 PM

" User's Diaries"

Inserção de dados relacionados a questões de Gênero - Mulheres no OSM

Olá, pessoal, hoje após a oficina aqui no State of The Map Lab, em São Paulo, as mulheres presentes do evento vão experimentar inserções de dados relacionadas a questões de gênero na América Latina... Hoje começo a navegar e mergulhar na comunidade! Feliz demais por encontrar essa comunidade!! AhÔ! #OSMintegra Camila Mello - São Paulo

by Camila Mello at November 27, 2016 02:48 PM

"O que é o OSM" e "Como funciona" (PDF apresentação/presentation)

por sugestão da comunidade OSM-BR, apresento aqui para toda a comunidade OSM em língua portuguesa o PDF que fiz para apresentação sobre "O que é o OSM" e "Como funciona".
Fiquem à vontade para usá-lo, se lhes for útil para alguma apresentação, divulgação, etc.
O uso em PDF é útil por permitir o acesso direto aos links explicativos durante uma apresentação.


DOCX original:

(Livre para usar, fazer download, adaptar, distribuir)

by smaprs at November 27, 2016 12:51 PM