March 05, 2015

" User's Diaries"

Latest reconfiguration at the plain.

Roadworks are active at "The Plain" today.

The current basic scheme is designed to make the former graveyard/village-green into a pro-bicyle roundabout with the removal of the old bus stop come parking bay next to the Waynflete Building probably better reckognised by the level 0 shop that used to sell wine and is now a "Sainsbury's" supermarket. {though the surfacing is likly to confuse as the there is a differentiation were the bay may still be though it is rasied to the footway hight. This streamlines the heavy foot traffic from haveing to detour around the bay. The footway has also been widened in the narrow parts and speacial alingment

contontue tomorrow. out of time today.

by Govanus at March 05, 2015 09:53 PM

Westgate centre oxford UK

well I've done some more surveying and am looking at what is best for all the bus routes that are now going the wrong way. Strangely OSM seems to have the bus route a little confused even before the disruption (just from the current , so it might have been more correct before); as the bus stands at the top of Norfolk Street are absent. Though now they aren't lickly to be in use.

 Norfolk streets Eastern edge now abuts directly to grass as the highway looks to have been relain wider (maybe why the buses are shown going down the otherside (Old Greayfriers) only.  Pedestrians are blocked from using Norfolk street though an access path has been created by barriers erected along the western side of the western footway (therefore only along access to the east side and frontages, but only as far south as the blaocked end of Abby Place.

The A420 at the south end of Norfolk street dosen't logicly exsist as the north carageway of the previously downgraded dual carrageway is blocked off totally and no turn from oxpens road is possible eventually these going to be an underground carpark entrance around this old junction but for now with the southern (north-south section running down the west side) of old greayfriars out of use too {apart from the footway} [note the block starts on the west side of the level -2 goods entrance/exit under the "Bridgelink Mall" footway that used to connect to the Shops to car park (at level 0) over the road (running at level -2), then ends at the turn with turn at speedwell Street]

This means that all the buses go down speed well then instead of turnin north go into a two single lane dual carrage way specially built on the lands were oxpens road's North carrage way and the old carpark service lane and spare land that was left isolated after the thinning of the A420 (it was part of the now abondoned inner ring road scheme) before taking a tight turn into the south of Norfolk Street. special tip shed load and ramp warning signs are on the bend to Nrfolk strre and the end of speedwell street where some paths do a tight cicane then up a bump to get around.

I thinking maybe to convert highway tags to suspended_highway tags to avoid too much premature deleation that might reek realationship havoc before I or someone else can rectify it all. If someone has a better tagging sceme for active and dynamic roadworks let me know.

Also on my update radr is the works currently being doon at the plain....

by Govanus at March 05, 2015 08:34 PM


Deze kaart laat toe om te zien hoeveel bomen en groenruimtes er zijn in Leuven. De data komt uit

Aan de linkerkant bovenaan kan u in/uitzoomen met de +/-, maar dat gaat eveneens met het muiswieltje.

Onder deze iconen staat een knop, waarmee u lagen kan selecteren. Klik eens op het oog van de heatmap-laag, om de 'concentratie' van de bomen te zien.

Dit is voorlopig niet echt representatief, aangezien niet elke boom al ingebracht werd in Openstreetmap. Wij hopen dat we dat wel kunnen realiseren met de hulp van de groendienst, de KU Leuven en u.

Voor sommige bomen werd species (soortnaam), genus en soms zelfs een foto toegevoegd. Als de foto op staat, is het zelfs mogelijk om een virtueel bezoek aan die plaats te brengen. Dat wil zeggen dat er daar iemand is langsgeweest, die nog meer foto's gemaakt heeft van de omgeving van de boom.

U kan zelf bomen toevoegen aan de Openstreetmapdata. Klik op de knop More en dan de voorlaatste knop. Waarschijnlijk is het het eenvoudigste om daarvoor de iD-editor te gebruiken. Dan hoeft u geen extra software te installeren. Als u veel bomen wenst toe te voegen, geef ik graag een woordje uitleg over hoe dat efficiënt gedaan kan worden met JOSM.

U kan ook voorstellen formuleren, over waar er volgens u bomen of groenruimte kan worden toegevoegd. Daartoe kan u de knoppen aan de rechterkant gebruiken, nadat u op dat potloodje heeft geklikt om naar editeermodus te gaan.

Spijtig genoeg is het niet mogelijk om slechts bepaalde stukken van de kaart voor iedereen editeerbaar te maken. Het is alles of niets. Daarom is het nodig dat u eerst een account aanmaakt.

En deze dan hier toevoegt: (Inloggen / Log in)

Als u me dan een boodschap stuurt, voeg ik u toe als bewerker voor de kaart.

Wat ook kan, is hier oefenen. Hier kan alles aangepast worden, maar de consequentie is dat ook alles gewist kan worden door eender wie...


U moet dan wel nog even laten weten, waar u iets heeft toegevoegd. Het is waarschijnlijk ook het beste om daar steeds op een eigen nieuwe laag voor aan te maken.

by Polyglot at March 05, 2015 06:04 PM

Jochen Topf

New taginfo features and a challenge

I just added a few features to taginfo: There is a new “Similar” tab on all key pages, see for instance all keys similar to the “highway” key. This makes it easy to find related keys and typos. The new Similar keys report shows keys that are commonly used together with similar keys that are rarely used. Often, but not always, the rare keys are just misspellings.

Another new feature is a statistic that shows how many unique keys, tags, and relation types there were over time. As you can see in two years we went from an already high number of about 40.000 keys to over 55.000 keys. Looking at those keys it is obvious that many of them are just typos or other errors. Sometimes it feels rather difficult to find the useful keys in that sea of bogus ones. But now with the new “Similar” tab and report and with the long-existing Characters in keys and Key lengths reports it should be easy to find lots of candidates for cleanup. And the “JOSM” and “Level0 Editor” links on the key pages make it easy to jump into an editor and fix those cases.

So lets clean up the OSM database! I challenge the OSM community to get back to the 40.000 keys from two years ago and do it before the end of March. Fix those typos and clean up obviously wrong keys. But remember to be conservative: Just because you don’t understand the meaning of a key or because it is not documented, it doesn’t have to be wrong.

March 05, 2015 04:30 PM

" User's Diaries"

Ajout de bâtiments et numérotation

Dans le quartier du chemin des Bulesses. Ajouter de bâtiments manquants ! Mise à jour de la numérotation des bâtiments.

by Papilli at March 05, 2015 10:09 AM

HOT 2015 Board Nomination Statement

2015 HOT BOARD Nomination Statement

When Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda pounded the Philippines in 2013, I was 54, unemployed, out of money with a family to feed and had a 14 year old daughter to educate and bring up. The typhoon passed about 100 km north of where we live and we saw no adverse effect from it, unlike the many, many unfortunate people who suffered.

I was in quite a state of depression about my circumstances, so, with my families support and agreement, I jumped on my motor bike, taking a large portion of the remaining cash that we had and headed up to Panay (Central Philippines) to help those even less fortunate that we were. I was a stroke of fortune to meet a small group of Expatriates who were spending their own resources getting out to the people and offering help with shelter and assistance. This group was called PRAY. WOW, what an experience! People far worse off than I were were smiling and happy to see us! It was a tremendous boost to me personally and help me redefine my view of what needed to be done in the world. The basics in life are what is important, not the luxury's we are all so used to.

I learnt very quickly, especially when digging a 10 Ton truck out of the mud because you "thought" you were going in the right direction, the value of up to date maps for a disaster area and I started looking around for options and stumbled upon HOT. What a surprise for me. WOW, again, I fell in love with the concept on the spot.

Fast forward until the present time frame, I am, what I consider to be, a very active part of the HOT community. I have actively contributed in Activation Coordination, HOT Mail List Management, multiple Working Groups as well as ongoing software Development.

I became a HOT Voting member very recently. I considered seeking nomination in 2014, but thought that I was quite "young" in the HOT community and wanted to gain more experience in the community ideals and operation before taking that step..

My background is very diverse, I originally studied Surveying in 1977, am a PADI Master Instructor, Commercial Pilot and have had a lot of experience at the CEO and General Manager Levels. I have been the President of a very large Chamber of Commerce, COO of an airport, COO of Hotel Chains and was, most recently, the General Manager of a company that manufactured aircraft with over 200 employees at its peak.

I have lived and worked in the Philippines for over 20 years. There are a many unique challenges in being a long term expatriate which require an understanding of different cultures. Meeting these challenges requires a willingness to be creative and flexible in approaching people and issues and, of course, always maintaining a nice warm smile, what ever the circumstances.

I see that no dramatic changes in mission or vision are needed, rather a consolidation of direction, and provision of stability are needed to capitalize on the previous fantastic efforts of the HOT Board

The key areas I would like to focus on are as follows:


I would like to build a more effective means of communication to all Voting Members and the Volunteer Community. Effective, two way information flow is the key to good decision making at all levels


HOT is a technology based organization. I want to oversee the implementation of a set of standards for the future tools we develop. I want to develop tools that make the work HOT does more effective

Working Groups

I wish to find a way to encourage more active participation in Working Groups, especially with the time zone issues that apply to a world wide organization trying to meet and make decisions. I want to empower Working Groups to make decisions and formalize a simple process for implementation and approvals using technology.

Field Projects

I want to expand HOT'S involvement with Field Projects and support of communities undertaking this work. Provision of inexpensive GPS units on a borrowed or loan/buyout basis for mapping communities will improve HOT's ability to provide preparedness mapping in communities where it is badly needed.


I want to formalize the Activation Process with Partners and the HOT Community. I also want to improve the ability of Partners and the Community to see the status of mapping efforts and solicit input directly to the people coordinating an Activation.

I also want to structure the training and development of new Activation Coordinators with Mentor based approach, with a formalized "career path" based on Coordination experience.

I also want to find a way to support the existing few coordinators in their work and contributions and help keep that knowledge and experience available to new coordinators as they are trained.

I am seeking your Nomination to the HOT board. I originally had not considered the idea, but seeing the exponential growth of HOT as an NGO and Volunteer Community I believe that, with my business experience and my passion for HOT's goals, I can make a very real contribution to the strategic positioning of HOT, not only as an organization and world wide community or volunteers but in the Humanitarian Community as a whole. When I see the caliber of the nominees so far, I believe that the capabilities and skills available will directly contribute to HOT's continued success and growth.

Thank you for your time in reading this and your consideration.

by Mark_Cupitt at March 05, 2015 07:19 AM

2015 HOT Board Elections

My HOT journey and story really starts with the State of the Map US conference a few years ago. I had just started working for the American Red Cross and was asked to talk about how and why we use OpenStreetMap. At the conference, I had the pleasure of meeting Mikel, Schuyler, Russ, and many other passionate HOT folks. Six months later, I was fully embedded and accepted into HOT, working very closely with Andrew Buck and Pierre Beland to provide the NGO perspective for the Typhoon Haiyan activation. In the weeks and months to follow, I learned of the tremendous passion and dedication that all HOT people have for the organization, the work, and the continued success of HOT.

It is with that same passion that I ask for your nomination to the HOT Board. HOT is still at a pivotal time in its growth. We haven't fully put the events the past few board elections behind us. The old debates of what a 'HOT project' is versus what is HOT, still go on. HOT must grow out of this current adolescent phase if it is to become truly successful and sustainable. HOT is and will always be a mapping NGO. However, to get HOT to where it needs to be, it needs to be about more than skilled mappers and dedicated activators. HOT needs to improves its fundraising, administration, and visioning to become a sustainable organization. I know that there has been some resistance to HOT growing as an organization and that there are those members that see HOT the NGO as being different from the HOT community. I understand the resistance but disagree, HOT the NGO and HOT the community should be the same thing for a variety of reasons, most importantly fundraising.

In my day-to-day professional life as the GIS lead for the American Red Cross, I am constantly talking, bragging, and honing the work that HOT does. When the American Red Cross asked other organizations to come together to create the Missing Maps project, we did so because of how much we like and support HOT. Missing Maps is a huge accomplishment for HOT. It allows HOT to engage with new stakeholders, local communities, and donors to accomplish HOT's work. I've worked hard since joining the non-profit sector to lend my hand at strengthening HOT: founding Missing Maps, building technology to enable our work (Tasking Manager 2, OpenMapKit, OSM-Meta-API), fundraising for various projects, helping host and plan the upcoming HOT Summit, and generally working behind the scenes in the humanitarian sector to lead the adoption and use of OSM by humanitarian organizations.

My vision for HOT is a continuation and evolution of its current path. I want HOT to have a solid financial foundation that supports both technology and field projects, HOT helps guide other humanitarian organizations to adopt and use OSM, and the old animosities are replaced with a renewed passion and dedication to help HOT grow.

The key areas that I will focus on if elected to the board include:

  • Governance: Build upon the momentum created by existing HOT staff and working groups to manage and maintain the governance structures within HOT.
  • Overhaul Board Terms of Reference: The existing HOT Board is required to oversee the daily management of HOT and does not have enough time to focus on creating and implementing a longer term vision. I will work to empower HOT staff to take a more active part in the daily decision-making process in line with how other NGOs function.
  • Partnerships: It is imperative that HOT build better partnerships before disasters. One of the main reasons the American Red Cross uses OpenStreetMap is due to the relationship built prior to, rather than during, a disaster. Pre-established relationships can strengthen the broader applications of HOT to other actors. I will develop and strengthen partnerships with humanitarian relief organizations so that OSM and HOT are embedded into their business operations.
  • Fundraising: HOT needs to create an endowment to support long term projects, technical infrastructure, and increased staff. Many organizations depend on HOT during times of crisis and even during normal operations.

During my time at the American Red Cross I've had the privilege of working directly with a number of the members. I've also had the privilege of seeing the HOT's work first hand being used to alleviate suffering after Typhoon Haiyan and heard stories and reports from many humanitarians that depend on HOT to do their work for the West Africa Ebola outbreak and from many other activations. I want to see that HOT keeps being able to make others work that 1 percent easier.

Thank you for your time supporting HOT and for your consideration.

by dkunce at March 05, 2015 04:02 AM

March 04, 2015

Christoph Eckert

MoNav for Jolla respectively Sailfish OS

I just was notified that MoNav, a routing application for the Nokia N900 I helped to develop, is available for the Jolla phone respectively the Sailfish OS.

An installer is avilable via The source is hosted at Github. Some map material is available here.

I’m glad the code I wrote about three years ago is still of use for other people.

BTW: Some OwnCloud-Clients are available as well…

by ce at March 04, 2015 06:18 PM

OpenStreetMap Bremen

IMHO: POI-Namen sind selten Gebäudenamen

In den Anfangszeiten der OSM gab es noch sehr wenige Möglichkeiten Points of Interest (POI) zu erfassen. Es fehlten dazu schlicht die Tags. Inzwischen hat die Community viele Vorschläge dazu, wie man einen POI in die OSM eingeben kann. Auf das taggen an Gebäudewege oder Landnutzungsflächen kann in den meisten Fällen verzichtet werden.

Seitdem die Karte auf CartoCSS stylesheets verwendet, wurde neben vielem anderen auch das Rendering von POIs wesentlich verbessert. Wenn man sich die Standard-Karte auf anschaut, kann man nun z. B. einen rosa Punkt auf der Karte ablesen, wenn dort ein Objekt als shop=* getaggt wurde und somit ein POI ist. Das hat auch den Vorteil, dass Mapper dazu ermutigt werden, einen neuen Tag zu benutzen, statt einen Tag zu benutzen, der eigentlich nicht zum POI passt oder sogar Gebäude aufteilen, damit der gewünschte POI auf der Karte zu sehen ist.

Hier hat ein Mapper den Namen einer Fahrschule zusammen mit dem Gebäude gemappt.

Hier hat ein Mapper den Namen einer Fahrschule zusammen mit dem Gebäude gemappt. Quelle: OSM

In der Vergangenheit war das Taggen an einen Gebäude- oder Landnutzungsweg oft die einzige Möglichkeit, einen POI zu erfassen und in der Karte “sichtbar” zu machen. (In Proposals wie dem zu amenity=driving_school wird sogar empfohlen diesen Tag zusammen mit building=* zu benutzen.) Weil die Community darüber hinaus nicht für jeden Fall Alternativen anbot, war diese Methode neben dem Taggen des name-Tags an einen Knoten ohne weitere Tags möglicherweise sogar am häufigsten verwendet. Letztere Lösung hatte aber den Nachteil, dass sie eben nicht gerendert wurde und keine Informationen über die Art des POI gab. Denn ob ein Objekt eine Ortschaft, ein Geschäft, ein Büro oder ein Gebäude ist, kann man so nicht aus der Datenbank heraus filtern. Der Nachteil des Taggens eines POI-Namen an einen building-Weg oder einen landuse-Weg ist aber auch, dass jeder Renderer, der Gebäudenamen (von wichtigen öffentlichen Gebäuden) oder Namen von Ortschaften (welche am landuse-Weg erfasst sind) auch andere POI rendern muss, ohne dass das beabsichtigt ist. Es gibt in Einzelfällen durchaus Gründe dafür, einen Ortsnamen am landuse-Polygon zu erfassen. Damit deutet man möglicherweise auch an, dass man nur ungenaue Aussagen über eine bestehende Grenze machen kann, sie aber dennoch erfassen möchte. Öffentliche oder historische Gebäude haben häufig Namen, die nur dem Gebäude und keinem POI zugeordnet werden können. Manchmal überschneidet sich die Namensnutzung aber auch.


Das “Haus der Stadtsparkasse” (links unten) ist der Gebäudename, aber nicht der name der Bank. Rosa Punkte markieren einen POI, der als shop=* in der Datenbank getaggt ist. Quelle: OSM

Durch neue Taggingvorschläge wie craft=*, shop=* und office=* wurden den Mappern also wichtige Ratschläge gegeben, die Datenbank besser nutzen zu können und mehr POI Informationen systematisch zu taggen. Denn schließlich wandern diese Vorschläge in die Tagging-Vorlagen der Editoren und erreichen so auch Mapper, die wenig mit dem Wiki am Hut haben.

Entsprechend großen Einfluss haben die Editoren auf die Nutzung von Tags. Ist ein Tag von einem bestimmten Editor nicht unterstützt, kann es sein, dass ein Mapper einen falschen Tag für ein Objekt benutzt. Für erfahrene Mapper ist so ein Fehler ohne angegebene oder vorhandene Website oft nicht nachvollziehbar und bleibt deshalb erst einmal falsch getaggt. Inzwischen scheint es für alles Tags zu geben. Gerade Editoren wie iD oder Rosemary ( hinken allerdings in der Umsetzung hinterher, obwohl sie doch hauptsächlich von Beitragenden benutzt werden, die häufig das Wiki nicht kennen oder diesen sogar nicht einmal bewusst ist, dass sie zur OSM beitragen. Mapper die sich Änderungssätze einer Gegend gelegentlich anschauen, sollten also am besten auch ein Auge darauf werfen, welcher Editor benutzt wurde.

Es gibt heute also aus meiner Sicht das Problem, dass man zum einen eine große Menge alter Beiträge hat, die schlecht oder unbenutzbar getaggt ist und zum Anderen das Problem, dass weiterhin neue Objekte dieser Art hinzukommen. Letzteres Problem könnte man minimieren, allerdings kann ich mir kaum vorstellen, dass man entsprechende Editoren “aufbläht” in dem man Beitragende zwischen einer noch größeren Anzahl von Objekten entscheiden lässt. Wer die OSM pflegen möchte, wird also sich solche Beiträge genauer anschauen und gegebenenfalls korrigieren oder Anmerkungen mit einem fixme=* machen müssen.

Wie kann man mit den alten Daten umgehen, die an den Gebäudeweg getaggt sind?

Grundsätzlich sollte man sich natürlich am besten in der Gegend und mit dem POI ein wenig auskennen. Denn sonst ist die Gefahr, dass man Information verliert recht groß. Schließlich könnte ein Gebäude-Weg, an dem ein Firmenname getaggt ist schlicht heißen, dass das gesamte Gebäude nur von diesem Unternehmen genutzt wird. In diesem Fall kommt es sehr auf die übrige Situation an, wie man diesen POI am besten (um)mappen kann. In den meisten anderen Fällen bietet es sich an, den POI an einem neu hinzugefügten Knoten zu erfassen und falls man es etwas genauer weiß, den POI mit einer Fläche erfassen. Wenn diese fehlerhaft ist, kann man immer noch darauf hoffen, dass ein anderer Mapper diese korrigiert (in diesem Fall ein fixme nicht vergessen).

Mappt man eine neue Fläche, gibt es häufig deckungsgleiche landuse-Flächen. Diese haben zwar den Nachteil, dass ein Mapper sich recht gut mit einem Editor auskennen muss um sie zu finden oder bearbeiten zu können, sind aber ansonsten aus meiner Sicht eine akzeptable Lösung – aber problematisch. Alternative Lösungen wären die Nutzung eines Knotens oder einer Fläche, die nicht mit anderen deckungsgleich ist.

POI wie Bäckereien nutzen Gebäude häufig nicht allein, denn obere Etagen werden häufig als Wohnraum genutzt. Daher bietet es sich auch an, auf eine Fläche zu verzichten, die das Treppenhaus vom POI ausspart und lediglich einen Knoten zu nutzen.

Aber es gibt natürlich noch wesentlich mehr Probleme, die im Allgemeinen beim erfassen von POI auftreten können. (Über mehr davon würde ich mich natürlich auch in den Kommentaren freuen.)

by Tobias at March 04, 2015 01:04 PM

" User's Diaries"


Openstreetmap navigatie is onlangs toegevoegd, alleen mist hierbij de mogelijkheid om gpx bestand te exporteren zoals bij misschien dat deze later ook samen kunnen werken op openstreetmap.

osmand navigatie fiets: werkt wel maar soms wat onhandig, werkt voor fiets best via wifi met yours navigatie (knop, instellingen, navigatie, fiets, yours, kortste route) terug, terug, wereldbol fiets selecteren. bij navigatie op routebord dan op i om als gpx op te slaan. loopt vast bij offline routeberekening lange routes voor fiets. op vervoermiddel tikken, dan gpx bestand kiezen om daar weer mee te navigeren.

Ik mis hier bij beide de mogelijkheid om openbaar vervoer te gebruiken voor voetganger, zoals bijvoorbeeld gebruik [ x ] voorkeur ov bus / [x] voorkeur ov trein / [ O (aanvinkbaar) ] geen openbaar vervoer zodat deze naar bushalte of treinstation loopt en dan verder navigeert in aangekomen plaats

by PostBrenger__BAG at March 04, 2015 10:55 AM

A journey toward countrywide OpenStreetmap

I am Ahasanul Hoque, working as GIS and Data Management Specialist in Water Sanitation Program of World Bank Bangladesh. GIS is my passion and working with it nationally and internationally for long 10 years. During my Master’s Degree in Asian Institute of Technology, I got involved in OpenSource GIS. After coming back to Bangladesh GFDRR’s collaborative open city project gave me the chance to work actively with OpenStreetMap. Two year back, all of Bangladesh was almost BLANK in OSM. As a GIS geek and supporter of free and opensource projects I realized the huge potential of OSM in developing Bangladesh, a country with regular disaster threat, top listed for climate impacts.

I am a GIS guy, wanted to contribute to my country with my knowledge, so came back in motherland after finishing my higher degree in Abroad. I joined in job but was looking for opportunity to contribute to mankind then I got involved with OSM as well as humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team through Robert Soden and Jeff Hack. Thanks to them. I found this a noble work and started to disseminate this knowledge among people, started building a strong OSM community. I voluntarily facilitated a lot of OSM training and coordinated mapping parities(plz visit OSM Bangladesh facebook community page : . I can see the wave now in Bangladesh. I am giving training to university students, teachers, non government organizations, local remote disaster response staffs, govenment organizations dealing public services etc. I have been spreading the word every chance I get and I finally see the community waking up. But I am not stopping, a lot more success story to share. And my journey continue....

Please read one of my interview here:

And visit my professional blog:

by aHaSaN at March 04, 2015 07:00 AM

March 03, 2015

" User's Diaries"

Belgian Mapper of the Month: Pierre Parmentier

Nederlandse tekst

Texte français

Pierre Parmentier Profile Picture

Pierre Parmentier is an engineer in construction. He first worked on construction sites and projects in Africa, the Middle East and South America. Then in Belgium. Currently, as freelancer, he participates in industrial projects in different countries of the world. Everything what has to do with mapping, orienteering and fortifications are his hobbies. And many other subjects ! He maps under the name foxandpotatoes.

How did you get to know OpenStreetMap?

That was in 2009. I completed the highway network in the Sonian Forest. Then, everywhere I stayed, where I went, where I worked, like in Saint-Quentin, in Montmédy, traveling, on vacation, around Brussels, I completed the data. I also call upon my memory of living overseas.

Do you use OpenStreetMap?

OpenStreetMap helps me to prepare travels and to locate points of interest. For editing, I use JOSM and validation tools like Osmosis and OSM Inspector. As GPS, I have a Garmin Etrex 20 and I use OsmAnd+ with my smartphone. I also started to 'play' with uMap.

How do you map?

I am a rather isolated contributor. I never had the opportunity to attend a mapping party. I work mostly on places I know. But with validation tools, I can do more distant corrections.

What do you map?

I work mostly on basic data like highways, buildings, the UrbIS import, addresses and shops. Occasionally, I added roadside trees, hydrants, AED, pedestrian crossings, post boxes.

How Did You Contribute?

Why do you map?

What motivates me is the passion for maps, the desire to understand the landscape and my environment. When I see a forested embankment in the countryside, I imagine immediately the railroad passing by. Mapping leads to many questions: history, geography, semantics. That's what interests me! But also participating in a worthwhile project is important for me.

What is your biggest achievement as mapper ?

Nothing in particular. We are like ants and each contributor adds his small piece. And each contribution deserves respect!

What are your ideas about expanding the OpenStreetMap community?

I think we should focus on what OpenStreetMap can make a popular tool for the one that moves, including people outside of major cities. Adding bins and lighting, is of course included in the project, but it should come later. Yes, we could add, for example, all the underground networks, useful in public works, but this should not be a priority for now. Furthermore, it is unfortunate that in Belgium, we are not a real ASBL-VZW with a legal personality. Such an organisation will increase our visibility and we could turn to the press and the media more easily. We have for example seen how OpenStreetMap France has become in recent years a public actor with a considerable weight. I also think we should prepare and distribute paper leaflets explaining the nature of the Belgian project. The brochure is available in Dutch; it must only be adapted and also prepared in French and English.

What is in your view the greatest strength of OpenStreetMap?

The greatest strength of OpenStreetMap is to be free. Opportunities to use and reuse are endless. Look at all those ideas and applications that are popping up everywhere, such as the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Waymarked Trails, the Geschichtkarten. All this is very stimulating!

What are the largest challenges for OpenStreetMap?

OpenStreetMap must take advantage of the current trend to put everything on maps, to go graphical. It is a quite recent phenomenon.

How to do stay on top of news about OpenStreetMap ?

I read the mailing lists Talk-be and Newbies.

Do you have contact with other Mappers ?

No, very little, but I have met contributors in Leuven, Gent and Brussels, at the FOSDEM and at ESI.

To conclude, is there something else you want to share with the readers?

To the Belgian contributors, I say 'Hats off to you'. To the user of our data, I would say ... join us and become a contributor

by escada at March 03, 2015 07:52 PM


Nu på torsdag är det Wikifika

Wikipedianerna är ett trevligt gäng att umgås med, så jag tänkte gå dit och om det är någon annan OSM:are (nybörjare eller gammal räv) som vill hänga på så är det bara att dyka upp. Så kan vi ha ett litet ex tempore osm-fika.

by Snusmumriken at March 03, 2015 06:29 PM

Swiss OpenStreetMap Association

2015 SOSM AGM and Mapping Party, Saturday April 18th 2015 (Preliminary Announcement)

SOSM  will be holding its 2015 AGM in Bienne/Biel, exact venue to be determined. We intend to follow the same format as previous years: short formal part, lunch and then some mapping. Agenda and venue will be announced by mid March.

Non-SOSM members are welcome, if you want to attend the meeting and/or lunch please send mail to since space is likely to be limited.

by Simon at March 03, 2015 10:35 AM

" User's Diaries"

Day 1

Just trying to get acquainted with the functions of the website,

by Gorospe Smith at March 03, 2015 02:31 AM

March 02, 2015


josm-tested XVI

Сегодня выпустили очередную «стабильную» версию JOSM. Собирались ещё неделю назад, но не давал один баг, связанный с новыми сертификатами SSL сайта Их выпустил удостоверяющий центр StartSSL, чей сертификат хотя и есть во всех современных браузерах, почему-то отсутствует в списке внутри библиотек Java. Хотели дождаться адекватного исправления, но в итоге вернули обратно старый сертификат.

Главным улучшением этого релиза стало подключение плагинов без перезапуска. Эта необходимость долго мешала жить; в мае 2013 года редактор научился сам себя перезапускать, но новичков всё равно озадачивает этот шаг. Теперь плагины, отмеченные галочкой в списке, устанавливаются и подключаются сразу. Их пока немного: для включения такого режима плагин нужно немного модифицировать и проверить. Пинайте авторов.

Из других изменений за этот год:

  • точки place=* раскрасили в разные цвета;
  • включили новый кэш TMS, более умно распределяющий файлы по временным каталогам;
  • вместо плагина notes теперь галочка в окне скачивания данных;
  • панель быстрого поиска по меню справа вверху;
  • синхронизировали пресеты и картостиль: если что-то видно, то это можно добавить из пресетов;
  • в частности, убрали значок для неизвестных значений тега barrier.

Наконец, спустя четыре года боли, сервис перевода редактора больше не тормозит и не выкидывает ошибки таймаута. Позвал бы переводчиков, но с русским языком в JOSM всё хорошо.

March 02, 2015 07:37 PM

March 01, 2015

OpenStreetMap Weekly Update

weekly 240 – 17.02.–23.02.2015

17.02. – 23.02.2015


How to create the postbox map from issue 239? [1]


  • The proposal for waste=* has a new name and has waste_collection=* as a new main key. Attempts have been made to unify various waste disposal and recycling tags.
  • Brad Neuhauser proposes the tag portage=* for portages on the tagging list . Portages are stretches where canoes can bypass weirs, rapids or other obstacles.
  • There is a long, if convoluted, discussion about “fixme” tags on the main “Talk” mailing list.
  • RobJN describes in his blog the easy approach for locating and removing  incorrect street names in the UK.
  • Some users do not receive emails (English) when their changesets are commented on by others.
  • On April 25 in Brussels, Belgium, there will be a mapping party .  The party aims to provide help for new mappers from those who have more advanced skills, and to focus on improving opencyclemap and wheelmap. Everyone is welcome.
  • As part of a broader civic campaign centered on “children’s clubs”, groups of children are creating detailed “social maps” of their marginalised neighbourhoods to voice their concerns about issues linked to public spaces.  Much of the child-led mapping campaign sweeping India today relies on old-school topography materials.


  • The French community is working together to trace the 2 054 new cantons (formerly, there were  4035). Official decrees are currently being published… the challenge is to be ready before the nationwide polls on March 22nd and 29th.
  • A hackathon election was held by the Institute of Political Studies Sciences Po, the Interior Ministry and Etalab on February 23.
  • MapBox has had its signalling function “Improve this map” revised and describes how to deal with these error messages.


OpenStreetMap Foundation

Humanitarian OSM

  • There will be a mapping party on March 7 in Abobo, Côte d’Ivoire,  . To support the project an issue was created on HOT Tasking Manager.
  • The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) launched a web map application for Liberia. Various layers of information are presented with OpenStreetMap as the basemap. (via Pierre Béland)




  • Great Britain’s national mapping agency the Ordnance Survey has switched to OGLThey’ve also adopted a snazzy new logo, and in the process have gained a parody Twitter account. Read more here.


Have you come across …

Other “geo” things

by weeklyteam at March 01, 2015 11:18 PM

February 28, 2015

" User's Diaries"

Swanley, Kent, UK - Missing Maps Monday sessions

If you fancy getting involved in the Missing Maps Project, or Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team - HOT, but don't fancy a trip to London for one of the Mapathons which are held there, how would Swanley, Kent suit you.

Brief explanation for those not familiar with HOT or "Missing Maps Organisation"

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) are a team of volunteers who map areas needed by the Aid Organisations.
The American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Medecins Sans Frontiere (Doctors without Borders) (MSF) and HOT have teamed up under the banner "Missing Maps" with the aim of mapping those areas in greatest need. There is much more information on their individual websites which you can access from their logo's on the Missing Maps website.

Weekly sessions in Swanley

A small team of us are organizing a weekly Monday afternoon session based in the Christ Church Centre, Swanley (The map below is a clickable link) Swanley, Kent Christ Church Centre

If you already know how to map using the Tasking Manager, then come along and socialise whilst helping with the mapping - we have the upstairs rooms booked from 1.15pm to 4.30pm for Monday afternoons starting on the 9th March 2015. Please send me a message if you are coming in case we are getting full.

We're also running a couple of training sessions, each an hour and a half long, starting respectively at 1.15pm & 2.30pm aimed at getting someone with no knowledge of OpenStreetMap & how to edit, through to using JOSM or iD and making a real contribution towards mapping the areas needed by the Aid organisations. These are bookable sessions for up to 8 people - please message me to book a session.

For our first session on the 9th March we'll aim to do more work on an area in Epworth, Zimbabwe where MSF need a detailed map to help them deal with HIV - There is a lot more information under the description tab of Tasking Manager project #868 . The aim is to get the whole of this project complete before a ground survey at the beginning of April.

What do you need?

Please bring a laptop & mouse (There are a couple of spares in case they are needed - let me know if you need the use of one). Nothing fancy, just a basic laptop which can connect to WiFi. You'll be using a web browser - iD does not work with Internet Explorer, so install an alternative such as Firefox or Chrome. JOSM is a Java application, and it would be good if you followed the link & installed it before coming along.

Skill level - If you've followed the links on this message we should be able to teach you the remaining skills needed. You'll never know unless you try!

I hope to see you at one or more of the sessions - contact me from the links at the bottom of this message for more info.

Cost - Free!

I forgot to mention the cost - free to you. But it would be really good if you did some mapping for Missing Maps Project as they are making this all happen.

Thanks for reading.
Tallguy = Nick

To book a place please click here

by Tallguy at February 28, 2015 07:02 PM

Taller de Mapeo Humanitario – Isla de León

Para celebrar el Open Data Day, se organizó por parte de TECHO, de la Universidad de San Buenaventura (seccional de de Cartagena) y con el apoyo de Humberto Yances, Miembro del Equipo Humanitario de OSM, un Mapping Party de Mapeo Humanitario de Isla de León.

El Taller de mapeo de Isla de León hace parte de las actividades del Proyecto Piloto MAP Cartagena (Proyecto Piloto de Mapeo de Asentamientos Precarios) que nace al interno de la ONG TECHO como un programa de desarrollo comunitario. Isla de León es un nuevo asentamiento de invasión localizado en una zona de inundación de alto riesgo, detrás del barrio El Pozón y colindante con la Ciénaga de la Virgen en la ciudad de Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

El taller empieza con Humberto explicando a los 15 participantes, entre voluntarios de la organización TECHO, de estudiantes de la universidad ey investigadores del tema, que es Open Street Map, como utilizarlo y casos de Mapeo Humanitario en Colombia.

A lo largo de la mañana explicó al grupo los elementos y las etiquetas que seríian trabajadas en el mapeo de Isla de León, y cómo se debería trabajar en JOSM.

Por la tarde, cada participante empezó a calcar la imagen del asentamiento informal separada en diferentes cuadros, localizando principalmente los caminos y las viviendas. El polígono total de Isla de León fue siendo completado a través del trabajo conjunto de los participantes, orientados por Humberto, que verificaba el trabajo de cada participante antes de subirlo al OSM.

Al final del día Isla de León estaba 100% calcada, en base a la foto aérea de BING del año 2012. ELl objetivo ahora del Proyecto Piloto MAP Cartagena es ir en campo generar fotos y datos actualizados durante una visita a campo.


Humanitarian Mapping Workshop - Mapping Isla de León, Colombia

In celebration of Open Data Day, local Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team member Humberto Yances, together with and the University of San Buenaventura organized a mapping party event focused on mapping Isla de León, a slum area in Cartagena, Colombia.

The Isla de León mapping workshop was part of the “MAP Cartagena” effort, a pilot project for community development organized by the NGO to map slum areas. Isla de León is a new informal settlement (slum area) located in a high-risk flood zone area behind the Pozón neighborhood and adjacent to the "Ciénaga de la Virgen" a polluted marshy swamp in the city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

The workshop began with Humberto presenting to our 15 participants, including volunteers from, local university students and interested researchers, what OpenStreetMap is, how OSM and open data can be used and examples of humanitarian mapping in Colombia.

Throughout the morning Humberto explained the objects to map and the data that would be entered for each object when mapping Isla de León. He also taught everyone the basics of mapping using JOSM, an open source OSM editing tool.

In the afternoon, each participant used aerial imagery to map the settlement. The HOT Tasking Manager was used to divide up the area into smaller units to coordinate the tracing. Mappers focused mainly on locating the roads and houses in the settlement. The entire area of Isla de León was mapped through the joint work of the participants, guided by Humberto, who verified the work of each participant before they uploaded it to the OpenStreetMap database.

At the end of the day Isla de León was 100% mapped using Microsofts’ aerial imagery from 2012. The next objective for the MAP Cartagena Pilot Project is to generate field pictures, both street level and brand new aerial imagery with small UAVs and then update our mapping data.

If you are interested in the next phase, please contact us at []. Future reports from the field will follow!


by Humberto_Yances at February 28, 2015 02:00 AM

February 27, 2015

" User's Diaries"

Editing of our travels in Sudan completed

Editing of the roads we travelled during our trip from the Netherlands to South Africa and their environment has been completed.

by Jan van Bekkum at February 27, 2015 07:43 PM


Hi all contributors of Open Street Map project, this is how I draw, represent an amphitheatre in OSM

I specify, I never go over there, it's just an information of an other user, nevertheless I use Bing imagery for to represent it. An area in the middle and steps in several directions...

Enjoy yourself with your favourite editor.

Have a nice mapping.

P.S.: Remember this: "nobody want, like, to use a bad map... but everybody like to use a nice map very useful (who all persons can improve it)... We have "guide" in OSM for to help us, his name: "Wiki" (the last point, it's about several other thing in OSM...)...

I like this fable: "It's not enough that your run fleet, Start early, that the way to beat" Translation for French people: "Rien ne sert de courir ; il faut partir à point".

by Super-Map at February 27, 2015 07:09 PM


Czas się zabrać za detale mojej dzielnicy, jako że dobrze znam moje okolice, postaram się wszystko dokładnie popoprawiać, oraz dodać detale.

by Oskar636PL at February 27, 2015 01:52 PM

Why i find vector tiles objectionable

In reply to Steven Feldman on Twitter why do i object to vector tile services, it will definitely take more than 140 characters to explain, and then only partially explain.

The statement that i find vector tiles objectionable was triggered by a positive reaction nonetheless to Mapzen's Vector Tile Service. I'm fascinated to see it serving up GeoJSON according to a tile-based URL scheme like that in use for raster, imagery tiles.

VectorMap District is an underrated Ordnance Survey Open Data project for mid-scale views of maps. You can get it from the OS open data download pages, selecting from a series of National Grid tiles from what may be a horribly familiar image:

OS national grid

The National Grid tiles that we download with clenched teeth today come from grids and scales designed to be read on paper maps.

Registers of Scotland are my employers and they are well known for being some distance from completing a full "cadastral map", registering the ownership of all land and property in Scotland. Their Geographic Information Systems were probably once pioneering early-adoption when originally designed. But the database systems weren't strong enough to handle data on more than a county basis, so that's how the data got distributed amongst systems. Each county stores a set of overlapping tiles of OS data. It's converted back from modern data format into an archival format the old systems can understand. There is quite a maintenance load involved in this process alone.

When the organisation systems really were paper maps, tiled and scaled to the National Grid, Registers stored its model of land in the form of "parcel books". Chunks of OS maps, cut up and pasted onto cloth, painstakingly annotated with land ownership where it was registered, with extra copies at different scales describing "Research Areas" where work was ongoing and more than usual was known. The parcel books are beautiful, and in many ways more appropriate to the shared tasks of land registration and research than the GIS systems that are worked with today.

What does this have to do with vector tiles? My point here is that you get artefacts of the limits of the delivery system taking over the delivery system, being unnecessarily preserved. In addition, real problems are being masked by overdelivery of data, with a lot of detail unnecessarily handed over, or a lack of subtlety about what is appropriate scale in a given area. Standards evolved for raster data are a long way distant from what is now possible given the browser capability and bandwidth available in many places today.

Consider the OpenStreetMap API which limits data download to a maximum area or 50000 objects, whichever occurs the sooner. It doesn't serve up neat square fragments, but sections of longer ways are spilling out the edges of the request. It's hardly subtle as a regulating mechanism, but it's effective enough. The query support in Overpass API is much more powerful, and an application of sufficient size is likely to want its own cached store of GeoJSON, not depend on a third-party service for fundamental mapping.

What I would prefer to see than vector tiles is a data generalisation service that would produce the equivalent of products like VectorMap District & Local from OpenStreetMap data, making it all easier to work with at different scales. Clear annotations about what data sources have been subjected to what algorithmic processes. I also want to see clearer integration with QGIS and other open-source desktop tools. And I think these things will make more difference to delivery and to re-use than vector tiles.

by zool at February 27, 2015 12:06 PM