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Sunday, 26. March 2017

ШТОСМ

Одни автопортреты

Недавно картинкой недели в вики выбрали скриншот коллекции OSMvis, где собраны визуализации данных OpenStreetMap и нашей вики. Все их создал Франц-Бенджамин Мокник, постдок на той же кафедре гейдельбергского университета, откуда вышли MapSurfer и OpenRouteService.

Этот сайт напомнил мне про See, also: тоже коллекцию визуализаций, но по данным википедии. Как и полагается более старому

Недавно картинкой недели в вики выбрали скриншот коллекции OSMvis, где собраны визуализации данных OpenStreetMap и нашей вики. Все их создал Франц-Бенджамин Мокник, постдок на той же кафедре гейдельбергского университета, откуда вышли MapSurfer и OpenRouteService.

Этот сайт напомнил мне про See, also: тоже коллекцию визуализаций, но по данным википедии. Как и полагается более старому и более популярному проекту, в этой коллекции на порядок больше ссылок, но и авторы разные. Если посмотреть на темы работ в обеих коллекциях, налицо одно важное отличие.

Предметом визуализаций по OpenStreetMap почти всегда является OSM. А то и не почти. Распределение тегов, распределение правок, плотность данных, белые пятна, реки, «как мы хорошо помапили Африку». Все популярные в сообществе визуализации — а это и ResultMaps Паскаля, и видеоистории правок, и ITO Map, — сделаны только для осмеров. В See, also часто визуализируют не саму википедию, а содержание статей. Например, популярность музыкальных жанров в разные годы или распределение некрологов по полам.

Встречаются красивые картинки на основе OSM: Sorted Cities, Interchange Choreography, Roads to Rome, Smelly Maps. Почти все они сделаны дизайнерами «со стороны», упомянуты в одном твите или картинке в OSM и забыты. «Прикольно, но не про нас».

Города, заканчивающиеся на -ск* (темнее — больше доля): визуализация Places!

Мы много говорим о пользе OpenStreetMap и постоянно чувствуем тягу к картам. Хотя не каждый сможет описать, чем так хорошо рисование или просмотр карт. Это же не только поиск маршрута к магазину и не только обклацывание домиков для координации гуманитарной помощи. Хорошая карта не только точно отражает состояние местности. Но и даёт лучше понять окружающий мир, показывает неожиданные закономерности в сетке улиц или парков вокруг твоего дома. Карта может быть книгой, вчитываясь в которую узнаёшь об истории, геометрии, градостроительстве, дизайне, лингвистике, о привычках и обычаях жителей. Можешь увидеть схожесть и различия в жизни своего города и европейского, и даже между своим и соседним кварталами.

Картографические визуализации — такое же непаханое поле, как инструменты для работы с OpenStreetMap. Статьи в википедии двумерны, но OSM трёхмерен, и потому хороших визуализаций должно быть не пять и не сорок пять, а сотни и тысячи. И лучшие из них должны быть собраны на красивом информативном сайте. Для этого нужно, чтобы мы перестали относиться к карте как к «открытой базе геоданных всей планеты» и увидели мир за набором точек, линий и отношений.

Saturday, 25. March 2017

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries

What's cooking at Mapbox this week

As a part of our data transparency efforts at Mapbox. We created osm-edit-report which helps anyone visualize our teams contribution to OSM.

Just to give a measure, the data team added 0.3 Million objects, 0.2 Million tags, and 3 thousand changesets last week.

This is how the numbers look:

Since this data is so huge to grasp at one go, we also have filters which

As a part of our data transparency efforts at Mapbox. We created osm-edit-report which helps anyone visualize our teams contribution to OSM.

Just to give a measure, the data team added 0.3 Million objects, 0.2 Million tags, and 3 thousand changesets last week.

This is how the numbers look:

objects-created

Since this data is so huge to grasp at one go, we also have filters which help trim down data and focus on a particular group.

  • Filter by users.

Filter-user

  • Filter by tags

filter-tags

  • Filter by BBox

filter-bbox

The user table showcases all edits made by each user over the course of a week. The saturated blue boxes help emphasize huge edits and the chevrons compare today's edits with the weekly average. table

Overall this tool helps us benchmark our mapping efforts and visualize out priority areas. Please don't forget to share your views on how to make our mapping efforts more transparent.

Link: https://mapbox.com/osm-edit-report


Iniciativa Scout Mappers

Desde el año 2011 se viene trabajando incansablemente en la implementación de una especialidad scout enfocada principalmente a las ramas mayores de la Asociación scout de Colombia. Inicialmente el programa pionero en el mundo, utilizó fiel papers como recurso tecnológico de levantamiento de datos en campo, con el pasar del tiempo se a cerrado la brecha tecnológica facilitando aun más la especial

Desde el año 2011 se viene trabajando incansablemente en la implementación de una especialidad scout enfocada principalmente a las ramas mayores de la Asociación scout de Colombia. Inicialmente el programa pionero en el mundo, utilizó fiel papers como recurso tecnológico de levantamiento de datos en campo, con el pasar del tiempo se a cerrado la brecha tecnológica facilitando aun más la especialidad, utilizando las aplicaciones en los dispositivos móviles a permitido la consolidado la idea. Los socios estratégicos que han creído en el potencial de la iniciativa en los jóvenes scouts, permitieron que después de muchos trabajos, se cristalizara el pasado 27 de Noviembre del 2016 de forma oficial la entrega de la primera insignia a nivel mundial de la iniciativa Scout Mappers gracias a la donación de la insignias por parte de @mapillary

primera insignia

Insignia

Ganadores Youhtmapper

#MapingdelCentro

#MapatónXGuapi

Primera charla 2011


Potlatch 2.5

A new version of Potlatch 2 with several improvements and bugfixes:

  • 'New-style' multipolygons are supported, where the tags are placed on the relation rather than the outer way. When you edit such a multipolygon, look at the bottom of the tag editor; you'll see that it's displaying the relation tags rather than the way. If you do want to change the tags on the way,

A new version of Potlatch 2 with several improvements and bugfixes:

  • 'New-style' multipolygons are supported, where the tags are placed on the relation rather than the outer way. When you edit such a multipolygon, look at the bottom of the tag editor; you'll see that it's displaying the relation tags rather than the way. If you do want to change the tags on the way, you can choose that from the little dropdown menu there.
  • Pop-up dialogue boxes are now generally resizable.
  • In the Advanced tag view, long tag values now wrap onto multiple lines.
  • The background menu is now usable on smaller screens.
  • A 'Clear all' button on the Bookmarks menu.
  • Shift-drag to zoom into a particular area; shift-click + or - to zoom three levels at a time; and you can now zoom out beyond zoom level 14, in which case no data will be displayed or loaded.
  • Shift-< and > jump 10 nodes at a time along a way.
  • Code now compiles with Apache Flex as well as with (older) Adobe Flex.
  • Plus a bunch of other small fixes.

Potlatch 2 is somewhere between 'active development' and 'maintenance mode': there's no massive new features that I'm planning, but I intend to keep making small improvements to it along these lines, plus extra features as and when I'm doing some mapping and figure out a way to make it easier or quicker to use. OSM is lucky to have such an excellent default editor in iD, which gives P2 the freedom to develop as an efficient and comfortable editor for those who like its way of doing things.

Friday, 24. March 2017

weeklyOSM

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14/03/2017-20/03/2017 Bielefeld map 1 | © bielefeldKARTE Kartenbild, Stadt Bielefeld (CC BY 4.0), bielefeldKARTE Kartendaten, Stadt Bielefeld and OpenStreetMap Contributors CC-BY-SA 2.0 Mapping The Costa Rican community photomapped the trails in the natural forest reserve of Bosque del Niño in Poás volcano. The Mexican OSM community proposes the use of the hashtag #CallesVioletas to visualize

14/03/2017-20/03/2017

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Bielefeld map 1 | © bielefeldKARTE Kartenbild, Stadt Bielefeld (CC BY 4.0), bielefeldKARTE Kartendaten, Stadt Bielefeld and OpenStreetMap Contributors CC-BY-SA 2.0

Mapping

  • The Costa Rican community photomapped the trails in the natural forest reserve of Bosque del Niño in Poás volcano.
  • The Mexican OSM community proposes the use of the hashtag #CallesVioletas to visualize and map the public spaces. This is done by using an inclusive methodology that empowers citizens by generating participatory data from georeferenced photos.
  • User kreuzschnabel asks (automatic translation) in the German user forum how to tag scenery frames.
  • Christoph Hormann cleans up defective multi-polygons and data garbage in the Antarctica region. He wonders why there are so many nodes created with the iD editor.
  • In his draft proposal, user dieterdreist suggests that the key emergency be supplemented by the collection of “dry riser inlet”.
  • Ever wondered why OSM hasn’t adopted a review procedure yet? Read the discussion on responding to vandalism thread in the Talk mailing list. Proponents and opponents share their thoughts.
  • The proposal for drying rooms for sports equipment is under way and Thilo Haug asks for comments.
  • Yuri Astrakhan suggests some features for editors to improve the usage of tags.
  • Tod Fitch thinks that the direction=* tag is used for too many unrelated conventions. The mailing list Tagging discussed some of them.
  • Charlie Loyd from Mapbox, writes a blog about the high-resolution images that are made available in India and can be used for mapping.

Community

Imports

  • An import of trees in the West Midlands of England that has mostly ignored the import guidelines has sparked some difficult discussions – some highly respected members of the GB community spoke up against it.
  • There was a discussion about Facebook’s proposed import (based on automatically recognising streets) on the “import” mailing list. It also continues to be discussed on the Thai forum.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The minutes of the board meeting held on 21 February 2017 were published in the wiki of the Foundation. There was a discussion about the transparency of the Data Working Group among other working groups, the necessary profit from SotM and furthermore, the status of the Corporate Membership was presented.

Events

  • Simon Poole invites to the Annual General Meeting of the Swiss OpenStreetMap Association followed by a Mapping Party. This takes place on Saturday, April 8th at the University of Fribourg.
  • The enrollments for SotM France from 2nd to 4th June in Avignon are open.

Humanitarian OSM

Maps

  • [1] The “Neue Westfälische” presents a new city map of Bielefeld. (de) This map is based on OSM, cadastral and other sources. It is to be further expanded.
  • Frikart.no offers Garmin Maps with different Norwegian map styles.

Open Data

  • Christian Quest reported that the RTE (the French electricity network operator) published all network data (overground 45 kV to 400 kV, Underground, etc.) and declared it as open data.

Licences

  • There is now an official common statement by The OpenStreetMap Foundation and Creative Commons for the compatibility of the CC-BY 4.0 with OSM. If you want to use sources that are under the CC-BY 4.0, you must dispense with the prohibition of copying, in addition to your partial decree on the attribution.

Programming

  • Ilya Zverev proposed a pull request that allows OSM users to communicate their email address to external programs via OSM verification.
  • Michael Spreng tests a new routing frontend at the swiss server. He asks for feedback.
  • Frederik Ramm suggests in the Geofabrik blog, what to do if osm2pgsql crashed on your servers due to the huge collective relation uploaded in Brazil a few days ago. (Reported in our last issue)
  • Mapbox checks the instructions of the navigation software OSRM. They use a tool that translates ASCII art of an intersection to a valid OpenStreetMap extract, then pushes the data for that scenario through the entire engine to make sure it behaves correctly.
  • Rob H. Warren is looking for volunteers regularly fetching planet dumps of OpenHistoricalMap as a backup.
  • Naoliv will distribute gifts to anyone who writes a notification tool, that will notify when there is a change in street name in a particular area.

Releases

Software Version Release date Comment
Mapillary Android * 3.33 2017-03-14 Fix bug in distance mode, upgrade map box map for more stability.
Mapillary iOS * 4.6.9 2017-03-15 Added support for future feed items, some bugs fixed.
Locus Map Free * 3.22.2 2017-03-16 Bugfix release.
Maps 3D Pro * 4.1.4 2017-03-16 Many changes and fixes, please read release infos.
Maps.me Android * var 2017-03-16 Hotel pages enhanced.
Naviki iOS * 3.56 2017-03-16 Integration of smart bike systems, bug fixes.
Traccar Client Android 4.1 2017-03-16 Fix some small issues.
Komoot Android * var 2017-03-17 Minor enhancements.
Mapbox GL JS v0.34.0 2017-03-17 Two new features and three bugfixes.
MapContrib 1.6 2017-03-17 Bug fixed.
Naviki Android * 3.56 2017-03-17 Integration of smart bike systems, connection to Bluetooth devices revised, bug fixes.
Maps.me iOS * 7.2.1 2017-03-19 Fixes for iOS 8.
PyOsmium 2.12.0 2017-03-20 Three extensions, documentation fixes and use actual libosmium.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist.

(*) unfree software. See: freesoftware.

Did you know …

Other “geo” things

  • A collection of community created maps of India sourced from different government websites is freely available to all Indians.
  • Boston schools ditch Mercator-based maps for Gall-Peters. (via TeachOSM). The world maps of Arno Peters provide a true to the surface projection and the distortions of the Mercator projection are avoided.
  • An article about Arun Ganesh’s involvement in Wikipedia and OpenStreetMap.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Passau FOSSGIS 2017 22/03/2017-25/03/2017 germany
Zaragoza Mapping Party #Zaccesibilidad (Mapeado Colaborativo) 24/03/2017 spain
Louvain-la-Neuve Bar meeting 24/03/2017 belgium
Vancouver Vancouver mappy hour 24/03/2017 canada
Mazzano Romano Workshop 1 24/03/2017 italy
Ayacucho Workshop of Mapbox Studio 25/03/2017 peru
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 27/03/2017 germany
Graz Stammtisch Graz 27/03/2017 austria
Viersen OSM Stammtisch Viersen 28/03/2017 germany
Montpellier Rencontre mensuelle 29/03/2017 france
Mazzano Romano Workshop 2 31/03/2017 italy
Kyoto 【西国街道#02】山崎蒸溜所と桜マッピングパーティ 01/04/2017 japan
Rome Walk4Art 01/04/2017 italy
Rostock Rostocker Treffen 04/04/2017 germany
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 05/04/2017 germany
Helsinki Monthly Missing Maps mapathon at Finnish Red Cross HQ 06/04/2017 finland
Dresden Stammtisch 06/04/2017 germany
Zaragoza Mapeado Colaborativo 07/04/2017 spain
Mazzano Romano Workshop 3 07/04/2017 italy
Fribourg SOSM Annual General Meeting and mapping party 08/04/2017 switzerland
Rennes Atelier de découverte 09/04/2017 france
Avignon State of the Map France 2017 02/06/2017-04/06/2017 france
Kampala State of the Map Africa 2017 08/07/2017-10/07/2017 uganda
Curitiba FOSS4G+SOTM Brasil 2017 27/07/2017-29/07/2017 brazil
Aizu-wakamatsu Shi State of the Map 2017 18/08/2017-20/08/2017 japan
Boulder State Of The Map U.S. 2017 19/10/2017-22/10/2017 united states
Buenos Aires FOSS4G+SOTM Argentina 2017 23/10/2017-28/10/2017 argentina
Lima State of the Map – LatAm 2017 29/11/2017-02/12/2017 perú

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 appropriate.

This weeklyOSM was produced by Nakaner, Peda, Polyglot, Rogehm, SeleneYang, SomeoneElse, Spec80, SrrReal, TheFive, YoViajo, derFred, jinalfoflia, keithonearth, kreuzschnabel, vsandre, wambacher.


OpenStreetMap User's Diaries

Some vandalism

Vandalism on UP campus

After checking some data of our campus I spot odd additions to the campus map. a User edited some information regarding the name and added some shops that did not exist. I contacted them and asked to revert changes made. Will monitor and follow the steps to correct data if not corrected.

Vandalism on UP campus

After checking some data of our campus I spot odd additions to the campus map. a User edited some information regarding the name and added some shops that did not exist. I contacted them and asked to revert changes made. Will monitor and follow the steps to correct data if not corrected.

Thursday, 23. March 2017

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries

My Manifesto for HOT Board Member Position

“Love and Compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive”. - Dalai Lama

Hello, voting members! I am Ahasan, I belong to the coastal district Khulna of Bangladesh. I truly believe in humanity and continuously strive and work toward

“Love and Compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive”. - Dalai Lama

Hello, voting members! I am Ahasan, I belong to the coastal district Khulna of Bangladesh. I truly believe in humanity and continuously strive and work towards humanity because my motto in life is ‘if you want to leave a mark in the world, work for the humanity’. This ideology motivated me to expand OpenStreetMap in Bangladesh to make open geospatial data for all and to create OpenStreetMap Bangladesh (OSMBD) community and then work for Humanitarian Open Street Map (HOTOSM). I am truly honored to be nominated by Pete Masters in the global arena of HOTOSM. I express my heartfelt gratitude towards him for believing in me.

Who am I?

  • I am a Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System graduate from Asian University of Technology (AIT), Thailand.
  • I am also a graduate in Environmental Science from Khulna University, Bangladesh.
  • Diploma in Climate Change Vulnerability and Humanitarian Responses at Jointly University of Hawaii-USA, United Nations University, Keio & Okayama University-Japan, National university of Samoa and Asian Institute of Technology-Thailand.

Currently, I am working as a Geospatial data consultant in Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) unit which is a global partnership that helps developing countries better understand and reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change. GIS and Remote sensing is my passion and working with it nationally and internationally for past 12 years. During my Master’s degree in Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Thailand, I got involved with Open Source GIS. After coming back to my motherland – Bangladesh; GFDRR’s collaborative open city project gave me the chance to work actively with OpenStreetMap. From then on I fell in love with OSM and HOTOSM and till date, I am working passionately for both the communities. Bangladesh didn’t have much knowledge of OSM before 2013. As a GIS specialist and supporter of free and open source projects, I realized the huge potential of OSM in developing Bangladesh, with regular disaster threat and top listed country for climate impacts. I got introduced with Humanitarian Open Street Map Team (HOT) through Jeff Hack and Robert Soden. Later I have worked with Ryan Somerville, Jorieke vyncke, Pete Masters, Dale Kunce, Daniel Joseph, Taichi Furuhashi, Chad Belevins, Patricia Solis and the SOTMUS 2015 gave me the chance to meet most of the legends of OSM/HOTOSM. If anyone asks me why I love OSM/HOT then my response will be, the location data should be open for any emergency, research and for the local community what I felt always during emergency response and in my academic life. I found, to be involved with HOT is a noble work what will serve the community for a long time with a very minimum effort. Therefore I started to disseminate this knowledge among people, building a strong OSM community involving academia, government and non government organizations, youth communities, youth entrepreneurs and the local level low tech community. I voluntarily facilitated more than 35 OSM training and coordinated many more mapping parties in Bangladesh. People hire me for conventional GIS mapping, I introduce OpenStreetMapping that’s how OSM is spreading among the agencies here. I write regularly about opendata and OSM in my personal blog(www.ahasanulhoque.com/category/blog/)

Currently, along with like minded people of our community took decision to create OSM foundation officially to launch more events through agencies and academia. Simultaneously I am campaigning to create more use cases for the OSM data uploaded so far since "Data have no meaning if there is no use". We shouldn’t wait for disaster to use this data only; therefore we need to use the OSM data in research and innovation.

My vision for HOTOSM:

  • I believe, HOTOSM is not only a non-profit organization but also a global family with open mind members who always works for the only purpose - serving the affected global community.
  • If I get elected as a board member, I will try my level best to provide logical, critical and right judgmental decisions for HOTOSM and its sustainable growth in future.
  • Ensure that HOT is a transparent organization for its members who can attend all meetings (Board included) and access all meeting notes, communications and all the Organization documents (specifically finance, admin, projects) ; within of course the respect of privacy.
  • HOTOSM will give me the official identity what will make my stand bold in future venture regarding OSM movement and HOT activation among communities around the world.
  • I ensure that HOTOSM fosters its support to the growth of autonomous local OSM communities (made of individuals, groups, chapters and economic operators) and develop their ability to sustain relations amongst themselves (global-local, South-South, North-South) and with technical communities (OSM, free software and open data) as well as the humanitarian and development actors.
  • My intention is to provide feedback from my knowledge and experiences in many contexts and type of projects, including e.g. budget optimization to systematically encompass support for local emergent OSM communities.
  • As a board member, I will be striving for better future for all HOTOSM communities around the world which meets hopes and resolves concerns.
  • I will be enhancing the networking and collaboration with other HOT members globally and participated in fundraising activates through my all channels.
  • I will be using the many branches that my experience provided me with: strategy, project engineering (design/implementation), reporting, admin/business processes, outreach, networking, advising, grants writing/fundraising and the field-specific technical and organizational skills.
  • Create HOT as an inclusive organization in terms of decision making; specifically in project design tied to subventions, grants, or core funds.
  • Redefine relations and roles between the Board of Directors and Operational staffs (ED and Project Managers).
  • Ensure a shift towards a more active role for the Directors in strategy/planning/design/implementation/monitoring of operations and projects with the ED in charge of running the day to day business. *More importantly, working as HOT Board member will provide me the chance to learn global scale non-profit organizational management.

Thank you very much for nominating me as a Board member of HOT. Vote for the humanity, vote for the deserving candidate. I wish continuous growth of HOT in near future.

Ahasanul Hoque (Candidate for HOTOSM Board Member)

HOT Voting Memeber LinkdIn Twitter OSM Skype: ahasan4u


the centre of Berlin

This is a follow up of my recent diary entry about the centre of Rome and in parts a reply to Warin61's comment to that post.

Generally

I believe the local people usually know where the centre is. They tell you when you ask them. Give it a try, I bet you'll see that you get similar answers.

I would expect this most central spot to be often in front of the townhall (maybe

This is a follow up of my recent diary entry about the centre of Rome and in parts a reply to Warin61's comment to that post.

Generally

I believe the local people usually know where the centre is. They tell you when you ask them. Give it a try, I bet you'll see that you get similar answers.

I would expect this most central spot to be often in front of the townhall (maybe sometimes the cathedral) or the main market square (in traditional towns) or likely both. Maybe the train station can be such a center as well (in more recent towns which developed after the railway was invented).

One criterion could be: where would you go to protest something. If you were to gather together with "all" citizens, where would you go.

Streetsigns aren't useful from my experience. Often the centre is inside the main pedestrian area (typical for Germany, where many historic city centres have been pedestrianized) and it is generally so big that you will get signs in the outskirts indicating "city centre", but when you arrive there will not be a sign stating "this is the city centre", the signs will simply stop indicating a centre when you are in a central area (they might indicate "all directions" now, but that's a different story, maybe to be told another time).

Exceptions

West Berlin

In special cases there could even be several centres, e.g. Berlin (there might be a bit of a difference between big cities and smaller towns). For West-Berliners, the centre was likely Breitscheidplatz (in OSM) and as you can see it is also very close to the former main station of West Berlin, Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten).

East Berlin

For the people in East Berlin it was probably Alexanderplatz (in OSM) with the centre extending also to here (between tower and main town hall. There might be some other opinions because the former centre (castle) was also reclaimed by the officials, naturally (see below). This is Alexanderplatz, you can also see the prominent tower, visible from everywhere in the city. Huge towers are generally issueing a statement of centrality). There's also a station, but it is not important as a train station (it is a very important underground station though, with 3 lines crossing):

Berlin central island

Another central spot and maybe the official centre during the GDR, surely during the German Empire, is the palace (Stadtschloss) (now in reconstruction), (in OSM), in times of the GDR this was the place of the "palace of the republic" (Palast der Republik), at its side there is also the national council.

In this map from 1688 you can see the central island (yellow-green). By that time there were still 2 towns, Berlin (purple) and Cöln (yellow), and this origin is likely a reason that there's some concurrency between Alexanderplatz and the castle. The castle is signed a. Alexanderplatz is in Berlin, while the castle is in Cöln.

The Berlin castle 1900

After tearing down the castle and waiting 20 years (in the meantime they set up a permanent grandstand for their military parades on national holidays), the palace of the republic was errected (after the reunification, the Germans waited again 20 years, until they decided to demolish this "palace" and reconstruct something which imitates the imperial castle's volume and facade).

Tearing down the castle, 1950

Grandstand for parades at the place of the former castle, 1952 (likely not perceived as a centre):

Palast der Republik, 1981:

Closeup of a parade in front of the Palast der Republik, 1978:

Palast der Republik from the inside, 1976

Here's another map to illustrate that this is the centre of the centre (also note how the avenue "Unter den Linden" points straight to the castle (=centre), for many kilometers, and bends right in front of the centre to pass the castle). In red the former castle, gray underneath the palace of the republic, to the north-east Alexanderplatz and its tower):

The current reconstruction called Stadtschloss, (2015). Very visible how Unter den Linden bends for the castle, see it also in a much bigger scale in OSM. This is the main road, leading straight to the castle (current federal road does not completely follow the old road, but I think you can get it) and at the time used by the king to got to his residence in Potsdam. What is now there is in part also result of more recent times: the Nazi plan by Albert Speer).

The OSM crowd currently has set the centre a bit closer to the west, at the crossroads Unter den Linden and Friedrichstraße (in OSM), it's not completely off as this is a very central place (and in the historic parts of Berlin, pre-industrialization), but it isn't a centre where you would go to gather for protest (these would be Pariser Platz in front of Brandenburg Gate and close to the Reichstag, or Alexanderplatz).

I will soon have a look how this node moved around in OSM with the years (and also look for the previous Berlin node that was deleted in 2008).


email

You can contact me at my email ID nagesh.sa.blr@gmail.com

You can contact me at my email ID nagesh.sa.blr@gmail.com


Montauban, France vandalized

A new user deleted over a 100 features including the place node in the centre of Montauban, a large town in France.

Just reverted both these changesets:

  • osmcha.mapbox.com/47075660/
  • osmcha.mapbox.com/47075279/

Caught and reverted in 15 hours! A few tools where one can review changesets from new users apart from the history tab:


A Crash Course in Landing Page Conversion

Recently you realized what makes a decent presentation page and the 9 ideas beneath can be utilized as an agenda to keep you on track whenever you run an advertising effort.

  1. Where presentation pages sit in the channel

To comprehend the part of a presentation page it demonstrates outwardly how they fit into your advertising stream, from the activity source, through

Recently you realized what makes a decent presentation page and the 9 ideas beneath can be utilized as an agenda to keep you on track whenever you run an advertising effort.

  1. Where presentation pages sit in the channel

To comprehend the part of a presentation page it demonstrates outwardly how they fit into your advertising stream, from the activity source, through your distinctive test variations, lastly, the affirmation page.

(Tap the picture for to investigate in more detail)

  1. Message coordinate: Ad to Headline

This ought to be your first concern. Perused your advertisement stating and afterward read the feature on your greeting page to perceive how intently they associate. One of the most compelling motivations for a high bob rate (and a poor PPC quality score for PPC) is that individuals lose the data aroma when they touch base at your page, supposing they are in the wrong place.

Next stop? The back catch. At that point your opposition.

  1. A solitary CTA

Having a solitary suggestion to take action gives individuals just a single thing to do and stops them meandering down the wrong way. Penetrate this into your head: just give them one thing to do and they will probably do it.

  1. Social sharing

There are 2 approaches to add social sharing to your page. You can add them to your fundamental page to show social evidence or add them to your affirmation page (shrouded to a limited extent 9).

Bear in mind that a low tally indicates "negative social confirmation" so in the event that you need to utilize them, have a go at utilizing paywithatweet.com to get your digital book rather than a shape. This lifts tweet tallies out of sight. At that point demonstrate the gadgets when the tally is sufficiently high and change back to a shape.

  1. Utilize video to expand changes

Thinks about have demonstrated that utilizing recordings enhance changes. Be that as it may, why?

Higher engagement: Videos increment the time on page, giving your image message longer to soak in

Highlight yourself or organization workers: Raise the trust figure by demonstrating you're genuine

Individuals are languid: Many want to observe as opposed to peruse

  1. Confide in variables

A few things that can help impart a feeling of trust in your guests are:

Number of members: My undisputed top choice is for online courses or occasions. On the off chance that you demonstrate a running check of what number of individuals are going to it can truly offer individuals on the estimation of the occasion.

Tributes: They can be video, yet composed ones additionally function admirably, particularly when related with a brand that your guests know

Customer logos/supports: If you have conspicuous customers incorporate their logo.

Media notices: Show the logos of huge destinations where you've been included. Regularly accomplished by means of a PR push around an item dispatch.

  1. Visual outline

Proficient page configuration is likewise critical for building up trust – yet awful plans change over as well (for the most part for mushy pages offering marvel weight reduction pills). So what would you be able to do to enhance your changes utilizing outline?

There are an assortment of methods including directional signs like bolts, or individuals taking a gander at your CTA, differentiate, whitespace and shading and so on.. Perused Designing for Conversion – 8 Visual Design Techniques to Focus Attention on Your Landing Pages for a point by point investigation of this.

  1. A/B Testing and Optimization

Your page is wonderful, isn't that so? How would you know? You simply made a supposition since you invested a boatload of energy outlining it and you are feeling glad for your artful culmination. The thing is, EVERY page can be better, and this is the place testing and enhancement come in.

How would you improve your pages? A great many people simply toss out a few thoughts (frequently untrained individuals) and attempt a fast test in light of a feature or catch shading change… however most tests come up short.

A decent procedure goes something like this:

Assemble client input on your page utilizing devices like Olark (live visit) and Qualaroo (basic reviews). You'll be amazed to realize where individuals are hitting boundaries in your transformation pipe.

Conceptualize thoughts with an assorted accumulation of colleagues: Include client bolster, originators, marketing specialists and data draftsmen.

Build up a theory: Now that you have criticism and a few thoughts for a test page you have to make a speculation for why you think it will succeed and assemble your page in light of this. Have a go at composing it like this:

"Our Test Hypothesis: Will permitting guests to download our PDF by giving their email address perform superior to getting it in return for a tweet? Considering that not everybody has a Twitter account, or will impart such data to their supporters."

It'll you manufacture a test page with a solid feeling of reason.

Run the test: Finally, you have to set up a test with your new page against the first (control) page. Ensure you abandon it running for no less than seven days to cover day by day varieties in conduct and don't stop the test until it's had enough activity to accomplish factual noteworthiness.

Pick a champ: This is simple. Whichever performs best ought to be elevated to be your new champion page and the failure disposed of.

Attempt, attempt once more: Remember that test will regularly not give you the outcomes you were seeking after, yet don't surrender if your initial few endeavors don't work out. Gain from them and continue attempting.

To perceive how great you are at spotting what changes over the best, attempt ConversionSkills.com. The incentive in attempting to pick the victor is to recollect that your choices ought to be driven by information, not suspicions.

  1. Post-change methodologies

We're toward the finish of the channel, and the most under used transformation opportunity space you have available to you. Your affirmation pages are prime land to connect with your new lead/client, after all they have quite recently flagged positive aim by changing over.

Things you can add to your affirmation page:

Online course development: Remind individuals that they will get full recordings and slides of the online course regardless of the possibility that they couldn't go to.

Social sharing: Ask individuals to impart your page to their associates.

Tail you: on the informal communities they hang out on the most

Freebies: If you were doing lead gen to give away a digital book or whitepaper, give them an additional one free as a bless your heart.

Request that they subscribe to your pamphlet: This is an incredible approach to keep individuals in your range of prominence for further re-advertising later on.

The Amazon display: Use "Individuals who enjoyed this additionally preferred… " to drive additional deals.

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OSMBlog (openstreetmap.de)

Wochennotiz Nr. 348

14.03.2017-20.03.2017 Stadtplan Bielefeld – zur Nachahmung empfohlen 1 | © OpenStreetMap Mitwirkende CC-BY-SA 2.0 Mapping Die costaricanische Gemeinschaft fotografierte die Wege im Naturwaldreservat von Bosque del Niño am Poás Vulkan. Die mexikanische OSM-Community regt an, Städte mit den Augen von … Weiterlesen →

14.03.2017-20.03.2017

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Stadtplan Bielefeld – zur Nachahmung empfohlen 1 | © OpenStreetMap Mitwirkende CC-BY-SA 2.0

Mapping

  • Die costaricanische Gemeinschaft fotografierte (es) die Wege im Naturwaldreservat von Bosque del Niño am Poás Vulkan.
  • Die mexikanische OSM-Community regt an, Städte mit den Augen von Betroffenen per Mapillary zu erfassen. Diese Fotoserien sollen auf die Probleme sozialer, kultureller oder baulicher Art (etwa Barrierefreiheit) vor Ort hinweisen und Diskussionen darüber initiieren. #CallesVioletas
  • Benutzer kreuzschnabel stellt im Forum die Frage zum Tagging von Landschaftsrahmen.
  • Chris räumt am Südpol kaputte Multipolygone und Datenmüll auf. Dabei findet er vor allem Dinge, die mit dem iD-Editor erstellt wurden – der dort gar nicht genutzt werden kann.
  • Das emergency-Mapping soll durch das Erfassen von Löschwassereinspeisestellen ergänzt werden. Ein Vorschlag von Benutzer dieterdreist.
  • Wer schon immer mal wissen wollte, warum OSM kein Sichtungsverfahren hat, dem sei die rege Diskussion zum Thema Responding to vandalism auf der Mailingliste Talk empfohlen. Die Befürworter von mehr Restriktionen kommen dort auch zu Wort.
  • Das Proposal zu Trockenräumen für Sportgeräte ist unterwegs.Thilo Haug bittet um Kommentare.
  • Yuri Astrakhan schlägt einige Funktionen für Editoren vor, um die Verwendung von Tags zu verbessern.
  • Tod Fitch findet, dass der direction=*-Tag für zu viele unzusammenhängende Bedeutungen genutzt wird. Die Mailingliste Tagging diskutiert einige davon.
  • Charlie Loyd schreibt in seinem Blog, dass für Städte in Indien hochauflösende Bilder zur Verfügung stehen, die zum Mappen genutzt werden können.

Community

Importe

  • In Großbritannien wurde per Zufall ein mangelhafter Import entdeckt, der ohne das dafür vorgesehene Procedere durchgeführt worden ist. Die dafür Verantwortlichen verweisen auf ihre langjährige OSM-Erfahrung. Die Diskussion beginnt persönlich zu werden.
  • Auf der Mailingliste Imports wird ein Import von Straßen in Thailand, die automatisch auf Satellitenbildern erkannt wurden, von Facebook rege und kritisch diskutiert.
  • Thomas Konrad verkündet die offizielle und uneingeschränkte Nutzungserlaubnis für die Adressdaten des Österreichischen Bundesamtes für Eich- und Vermessungswesen. Ein JOSM-Plugin, welches die Übernahme vereinfachen soll, ist in Arbeit.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Das Protokoll der Boardsitzung vom 21.2.2017 wurde im Foundation-Wiki veröffentlicht. Es gab eine Diskussion zur Transparenz der Data Working Group, zum erforderlichen „Gewinn“ für die SotM. Ferner wurde der Status der Corporate Membership vorgestellt.

Veranstaltungen

  • Simon Poole lädt am Samstag, den 8. April 2017, zur Generalversammlung der Schweizer OpenStreetMap-Vereinigung in die Universität Fribourg ein. Im Anschluss an den offiziellen Teil soll eine Mapping-Party veranstaltet werden.
  • Die Einschreibungen zur SotM Frankreich vom 02. bis 04. Juni in Avignon sind eröffnet (fr).

Humanitarian OSM

Karten

  • [1] Die „Neue Wesfälische“ stellt einen neuen Stadtplan von Bielefeld vor, der auf OSM, Katasterdaten und anderen Quellen basiert. Er soll noch weiter ausgebaut werden und enthält eine einzigartige Druckfunktion für PDF.
  • Frikart.no bietet Garmin-Karten mit verschiedenen norwegischen Stilen an.

Open-Data

  • Christian Quest berichtet, dass der französische Stromnetzbetrieber RTE sämtliche Netzdaten als Open Data veröffentlicht.

Lizenzen

  • Es gibt jetzt eine offizielle gemeinsame Aussage von der OpenStreetMap Foundation und Creative Commons zur Kompatibilität der CC-BY 4.0 mit OSM. Wer Quellen verwenden will, die unter der CC-BY 4.0 stehen, muss neben seines Teilverzichts auf die Namensnennung auch noch auf das Kopierschutzverbot verzichten.

Programmierung

  • Ilya Zverev schlägt über einen Pull Request vor, dass OSM-Benutzer ihre Emailadresse auch über die OSM-Verifikation an externe Programme mitteilen können. Einige Punkte sind dabei allerdings umstritten.
  • Michael Spreng testet auf dem Schweizer Server ein neues OSRM-Interface und bittet um Rückmeldung.
  • Frederik Ramm gibt im Blog der Geofabrik Ratschläge, was man tun kann, wenn osm2pgsql wegen der brasilianischen Monster-Sammelrelation abgestürzt ist (wir berichteten).
  • Mapbox überprüft die Funktionalität der Navigations-Software OSRM. Für die Testzenarien bauten die Entwickler reale Kreuzungen mittels ASCII-Grafiken nach.
  • Rob H. Warren sucht Freiwillige, die regelmäßig ein Backup der Planetdumps der OpenHistoricalMap mit rsync anlegen wollen.
  • Naoliv verteilt Geschenke an jemanden, der ein Benachrichtigungstool bei Änderungen von Straßennamen in einem bestimmten Gebiet schreibt.

Releases

Software Version Release Datum Änderungen
Mapillary Android * 3.33 14.03.2017 Fehler beim “Distance mode” beseitigt, Kartendarstellung stabilisiert.
Mapillary iOS * 4.6.9 15.03.2017 Unterstützung für zukünftige Feed Items hinzugefügt, einige Bugs beseitigt.
Locus Map Free * 3.22.2 16.03.2017 Bugfix-Release.
Maps 3D Pro * 4.1.4 16.03.2017 Viele Erweiterungen und Korrekturen, bitte Releaseinfo lesen.
Maps.me Android * var 16.03.2017 Hotelseiten überarbeitet.
Naviki iOS * 3.56 16.03.2017 Integration von Smart-Bike-Systemen, Fehlerbehebungen.
Traccar Client Android 4.1 16.03.2017 Kleine Probleme wurden beseitigt.
Komoot Android * var 17.03.2017 Kleinere Verbesserungen.
Mapbox GL JS v0.34.0 17.03.2017 Zwei neue Funktionen und drei Bug Fixes.
MapContrib 1.6 17.03.2017 Fehler beseitigt.
Naviki Android * 3.56 17.03.2017 Integration von Smart-Bike-Systemen, Verbindung zu Bluetooth-Geräten überarbeitet, Fehlerbehebungen.
Maps.me iOS * 7.2.1 19.03.2017 Fehler bei iOS 8 entfernt.
PyOsmium 2.12.0 20.03.2017 Drei Erweiterungen, Fehlerbeseitigungen in der Dokumentation und Anpassungen an aktuelles libosmium.

Bereitgestellt von der OSM Software Watchlist.

(*) unfreie Software. Siehe: freesoftware.

Kennst du schon …

Weitere Themen mit Geo-Bezug

  • Schüler in Boston, USA, arbeiten mit Weltkarten in einer flächentreuen Projektion, die auf den Bremer Historiker und Hobby-Kartografen Arno Peters zurückgeht und die Randverzerrungen der Mercatorprojektion vermeidet.
  • Alok Soni berichtet hier über einen spannenden Lebensabschitt des indischen Studenten und Kartenmappers Arun Ganesh. Er entwickelte sich schon früh zum Programmierer bei Flugsimulatoren und ist über Nahverkehrspläne schließlich zu den offenen Kartendiensten gekommen. Schließlich hält der jetzt 29-jährige in Indien Kurse über das Mapping via OpenStreetMap und ist Berater von staatlichen Studentenprojekten zum Erfassen von Karten vor Ort als Angestellter von Mapbox in Bangalore.
  • In einem Video der c’t online (Heise) wird unter anderem über Fußgänger- und Fahrradnavigation diskutiert (ab 44:13). Verschiedene Apps und Outdoor-Navigationsanwendungen werden angesprochen.

Wochenvorschau

Wo Was Wann Land
Passau FOSSGIS 2017 22.03.2017-25.03.2017 germany
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 23.03.2017 germany
Urspring Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 23.03.2017 germany
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 27.03.2017 germany
Graz Stammtisch Graz 27.03.2017 austria
Viersen OSM Stammtisch Viersen 28.03.2017 germany
Rostock Rostocker Treffen 04.04.2017 germany
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 05.04.2017 germany
Dresden Stammtisch 06.04.2017 germany
Fribourg SOSM Annual General Meeting and mapping party 08.04.2017 switzerland

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Wednesday, 22. March 2017

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries

RFC: wikidata->osm lookup table

OpenStreetMap has a wikidata tag which lets us connect OSM objects to their corresponding Wikidata items.

(Technical note: it's a "same as" relationship - i.e. the tag asserts that the two items in different systems refer to the same entity. However, sometimes things in OSM are split into multiple objects; and sometimes one object in OSM actually refers to mult

OpenStreetMap has a wikidata tag which lets us connect OSM objects to their corresponding Wikidata items.

(Technical note: it's a "same as" relationship - i.e. the tag asserts that the two items in different systems refer to the same entity. However, sometimes things in OSM are split into multiple objects; and sometimes one object in OSM actually refers to multiple items in Wikidata. So it's actually a "many-to-many" matching, not "one-to-one": a single OSM object sometimes has multiple semicolon-separated Wikidata identifiers, and multiple OSM objects sometimes have the same Wikidata identifier.)

There are over 600,000 OSM objects with the "wikidata" tag. OK great, job done? I mean, nothing's ever "complete" in these big open-ended crowdsource projects, but if we have more than half a million crosslinks between the systems, that's really good going.

BUT THERE'S A PROBLEM!

Using the tag to jump from OSM to Wikidata works fine. But from Wikidata to OSM? Well, there's no persistent way to link from wkd->osm, simply because OSM's identifiers are impermanent - they're not guaranteed to continue existing, or to continue referring to the same thing. So it's not particularly sensible to store OSM identifiers in Wikidata. Instead, an Overpass lookup is required.

For example, on the OSM Wikidata page I found this friendly Wikidata interface called "Reasonator" - all very nice, but instead of cross-linking immediately to the OSM object, it offers a little "Overpass" link which you can click to do a dynamic lookup.

The effect is that it makes Wikidata->OSM connections indirect, obscured, only-for-those-who-know-they-want-it. If a Wikidata coder says "OK great how do I jump to the item in OSM?" you first have to teach them what Overpass is and how it relates to OSM, then how to use its query language, how many queries a day you're allowed to do on Overpass... bleh.

PROPOSED SOLUTION

Pretty simple proposal, then: a script that produces a Wikidata->OSM lookup table. This could be run as a weekly cron job perhaps (or something monitoring minutely diffs for any changed wikidata tag? dunno) and it could produce a lookup table that is easy for non-OSM users to consume. For example, it could produce a big CSV file like this:

 Q1002133,node/29541385
 Q1002826,node/20919015
 Q1002845,node/241795518
 Q1004173,way/38387732
 Q1004824,node/29164070
 Q1026205,node/410291638,relation/1061137
 Q1005234,relation/2797450
 ...

and a JSON file like this:

 {
 "Q1002133": [["node",29541385]],
 "Q1002826": [["node",20919015]],
 "Q1002845": [["node",241795518]],
 "Q1004173": [["way",38387732]],
 "Q1004824": [["node",29164070]],
 "Q1026205": [["node",410291638], ["relation",1061137]],
 "Q1005234": [["relation",2797450]],
 ...
 }

and then what might be useful could be for these to be published at a stable location, for other programmers to make use of dynamically. The intention is to make it easy for someone with no OSM knowledge and no GIS knowledge to be able to hook OSM into their open data ecosystem.

I wrote a Python script that makes these lookup tables. On my home desktop, it takes about 2 minutes to scan the UK extract; for the whole planet file, it takes a lot longer... 90 minutes! Oof. (The CSV and JSON files produced are 14 MB & 19 MB in size.)

Your thoughts?


New A556 Link Road, Cheshire,UK

Congratulations to the people of OpenStreetMap who are the first to show the actual newly completed route and links. Not yet on TomTom or Google maps and don't think about seeing it on OS. Brilliant. Robin

Congratulations to the people of OpenStreetMap who are the first to show the actual newly completed route and links. Not yet on TomTom or Google maps and don't think about seeing it on OS. Brilliant. Robin


The centre of Rome

There a very useful feature in JOSM which I just discovered now: when looking at the history diffs of an object and you choose the coordinates tab, you get a map visualizing the geometry in a map.

From time to time people are moving the Rome node.

I found it interesting to see how the position changed by the time. This is the complete position history of the Rome node:

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There a very useful feature in JOSM which I just discovered now: when looking at the history diffs of an object and you choose the coordinates tab, you get a map visualizing the geometry in a map.

From time to time people are moving the Rome node.

I found it interesting to see how the position changed by the time. This is the complete position history of the Rome node:

The node creation on 2007-10-15. Back then the local map was empty and a node anywhere near the centre was perfectly fine, but the editor decided after 10 minutes he could do better and already refined to a location close to where the central point commonly is associated with (the Campidoglio). the node creation on 2007-10-15

A further refinement on 2007-10-22. Now the position is perfect (for our means), it indicates the centre of the Campidoglio with the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. further refinement on 2007-10-22

This is the Piazza del Campidoglio with the equestrian statue in the centre, you can also note the concentric pavement structure indicating the centre: Piazza del Campidoglio

Now comes a longer period of people "touching" the node without actually changing it noticably. Take a look at the distance indicator: minor refinement

minor refinement

minor refinement

minor refinement

minor refinement

minor refinement

minor refinement

minor refinement

Until someone comes along and decides in 2011 to relocate the centre close to the Spanish Steps (although this is a famous place, it is not generally considered the "centre point": move to the Spanish Steps

Just one minute later, the same user slightly adjusts the position, but keeps it at the Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna): minor refinement

6 months later I relocate the node to the Capitoline Square (Piazza del Campidoglio): relocation to Piazza del Campidoglio

3 years later another user starts readjusting the exact position (maybe in an attempt to optimize the rendering label positions and reduce label omissions): slightly moving away from the centre

Some months later, the node is moved further away from the center to the border of the square: moving to the border

3 months after this, there's a new significant relocation, this time to Piazza Navona (while it is an important place, it is not the "centre"): relocating to Piazza Navona

The same use relocates the node, 2 months later, to the Piazza delle Rotonda (square in front of the Pantheon): relocating to Piazza Navona

That's where we're still right now, but I think I will relocate it to where I believe it belongs and where most of the other mappers also have seen for it the place to be. Well, actually there's another spot which might be brought into discussion as well: it is the place of a column just a stone's throw away on the Roman Forum, close to the temple of Saturn, errected the Emperor Augustus, which is the official start point of the "Vie Consolarie" (main arterial roads, historically until today).


Mapbox Blog

How we hire at Mapbox

We put a lot of time and energy into recruiting because we think that no aspect of work is more important than the people who surround you. At Mapbox, we look for people who are kind, people who are surprising, people who enjoy their work, and people who are strong in written communications. We don’t focus on diplomas, and we love applicants from non-traditional backgrounds—we have many engineer

We put a lot of time and energy into recruiting because we think that no aspect of work is more important than the people who surround you. At Mapbox, we look for people who are kind, people who are surprising, people who enjoy their work, and people who are strong in written communications. We don’t focus on diplomas, and we love applicants from non-traditional backgrounds—we have many engineers who didn’t go to college or didn’t get a STEM degree. Prior to Mapbox, Jordan worked in a theater, Erin ran rafting and climbing trips for a nonprofit’s social enterprise, and Camilla delivered handcrafted wooden furniture.

We believe strongly in the value of diversity and have worked hard to build a hiring process we believe gives applicants of all backgrounds an equal chance to succeed. Our process does not revolve around whiteboarding, giving timed coding tests, or asking questions designed to stump applicants—since our daily work doesn’t include these. We do work hard to provide a unique view into what it’s really like to work here.

While each team customizes the exact hiring process to fit their needs and personality (some prefer video calls instead of phone calls, for example), the following is a good illustration of what you can expect from us as an applicant, using our security engineering team as an example. Once you’ve read through our process, we hope you apply today.

Getting ready internally

Before starting to hire, the security team identifies a 3-person hiring team to evaluate candidates and keep their larger team updated. This is not necessarily the most senior three people, but rather a cross-section of the team, and people who enjoy recruiting. At least two members of this hiring team review every application before any decisions are made, and the hiring team is supported throughout by the recruiting team (Hi!).

The security team also writes and shares within Mapbox their Growth Strategy—this includes the rationale for hiring, names the hiring team, and lays out the onboarding plan. We find that asking hiring teams to think about this early helps everyone focus on finding the right candidate to fill the right role. It’s also great transparency for everyone at Mapbox to see what kind of recruiting is happening and why.

Lastly, we work with each hiring team to scope out outreach we’ll do for each position. We post jobs to our website, of course, but also share our openings on big sites like Glassdoor and reach out to diverse communities via channels like Women Who Code, Lesbians Who Tech, and specific professional communities in our areas.

The application

Job openings for the security team—and most teams here—require applicants to Mapbox to submit both a cover letter and a resume. We really care about cover letters. We have multiple people read each and every one. We relish reading Mapbox-specific thoughts and value the opportunity to get to know our applicants better. We care about why you want to work at Mapbox and what you think you would bring to our team. We rarely choose to interview candidates who submit template cover letters or resumes-in-prose, no matter how much experience they have (and no former employer exempts anyone from this approach). Writing is vital to us because it is so deeply ingrained in how Mapbox functions—we have team members in almost a dozen time zones around the world and communicate much more on GitHub and Slack than by voice.

You’ll see some variations in our job postings across teams: for engineering job openings, for example, we may request code samples, but please don’t hesitate to apply if you cannot share your code. Because we don’t believe in evaluating engineers’ skills by putting them on the spot, it’s necessary for some positions that we have a chance to see examples of your work. Usually, this means your Github profile. We will do our best to dig through profiles filled with forks, piles of undocumented code, and framework boilerplate. We get most excited about candidates who have taken the time to clearly highlight their best projects, written good documentation and tests for them, checked that installation works, and (when appropriate) included links to working demos. At the same time, we know not everyone can share their work on Github. That’s not a problem, and we are happy to receive any examples of your work, whether that means an uploaded portion of a project you’ve finished, a link to your website, or non-public samples sent directly to us.

A posting for a sales job might ask for a product pitch or a communications job for a draft e-mail to our users. Our infrastructure engineering team recently posted a job with the following

Extra Points: We’d love to hear a bit about how you built something, whether it’s a node library, a website, or an elaborately engineered birthday cake. Why did you create it the way you did? More importantly, how would you build it differently now based on what you learned?

Our point is that we’re trying to better understand how you think and how you write, and to give you a wide open canvas to demonstrate this. We don’t want you to do any of these things in the same way that we’re already doing it, either; we’re looking to add people to the team who are thinking differently and who will stretch our collective identity in new directions.

The phone interview

When the security team determines that an application is strong, they’ll set up a phone call. This first interview is usually about 30 minutes and focuses on why the applicant is interested in Mapbox and what makes the open role exciting to them, as well as some more in-depth conversation about their background, skills, and what they’re looking for in their next job. We always encourage questions and are happy to share what working here is really like. We think this is an appropriate time to ask about benefits, learning and development, and whatever else is on your mind. We know that things like health insurance, maternity and paternity leave, and growth opportunities are very important to you, because they’re very important to us.

The face-to-face interview

After conducting phone interviews, the security hiring team meets and discusses how the interviews went and which applicant(s) are the best fit for the position. They then set up a longer interview—if the applicant lives near one of our offices, we’ll invite them in—if not, we’ll typically set up a video call. This interview is used to dive deeper into the same topics as the phone interview and to talk about the specific details of the work we’re looking for help with.

This interview usually takes 1-2 hours depending on the hiring team and specific opening. And to reiterate, our daily work doesn’t entail whiteboarding code, taking time tests, or answering far-fetched theoreticals. Those types of evaluations can be biased against a variety of applicants, and are quite frankly poor indicators of success at Mapbox.

The sprint

While many companies would now be ready to make an offer, the final step in our recruiting process for nearly all positions—including those on our security team—is to bring our top candidate into one of our offices to work side-by-side with the team they would join sprinting on a project similar to one they would take on if they were hired. We only sprint with one candidate at a time, and sprints are designed to confirm that we want to work together, not to choose between candidates.

This unique recruiting sprint process has proven successful because it gives both our team and the applicant the opportunity to see what it’s really like to work here. Starting a new job is a huge life change, and we want each candidate to have a crystal-clear view of Mapbox and to be able to determine for themselves if we are or are not a good fit for them, their work style, or their priorities. While we think recruiting sprints are a reason for our success, we know that asking for full days from an applicant is a lot. We balance this by striving to be as flexible as possible, paying a stipend, and only inviting candidates in to sprint who we’re truly excited about working with.

If you’re invited in to sprint with us during the recruiting process, you should expect:

  1. To have any travel and lodging booked and paid for by Mapbox, and to receive a stipend for your valuable time.
  2. To sign a non-disclosure agreement, so we can be as candid with you as possible.
  3. To be given the option to work on Mapbox-provided equipment.
  4. To be sent information before your sprint with details of what you will be working on, your schedule, and logistics.
  5. To work closely with the hiring manager and members of what would be your team.
  6. To be exposed to other parts of Mapbox through conversations with members of other teams, GitHub tickets, Slack, and more.
  7. To write up your takeaways (we call this a devlog) from your sprint, capturing what went well, documenting your thought processes, and sharing what we can do to improve future sprints.
  8. To receive a final decision from us within 48 hours after you submit your devlog.

When it doesn’t work out

We work hard to get back to all applicants in a timely manner. To us, that means within a few days of an interview or within 3 weeks of receiving an application. Our data currently shows we reply to 84% of applicants, and we’re working to increase that rate.

Open to iteration

This process has evolved as we’ve learned lots of lessons about recruiting. We want to keep learning and improving—please reach out to Nate or Cathryn with anything you’d like to share or feedback you have. We’ll always link to our latest process-overview blog post from our jobs page.


OpenStreetMap User's Diaries

Bookkeeping services Melbourne

Bookkeeping services in Melbourne is the best way to control and making proper record of each and every financial transactions records. They ensuring that all transactions whether it is cash or credit transaction are recorded in the correct daybook.bit.ly/2nckRTF

Bookkeeping services in Melbourne is the best way to control and making proper record of each and every financial transactions records. They ensuring that all transactions whether it is cash or credit transaction are recorded in the correct daybook.http://bit.ly/2nckRTF


Храм Вознесения в Жуковском (2016)

Добавил на карту новый православный храм Вознесения (освящён в 2016 году). Добавил по знанию местоположения символическим прямоугольником (никакие карты не обрисовывал, хотя сверился с аэрокосмическим снимком Google). На Bing карте совсем ничего не видно, чтобы там было строение. Один лес. Ощущение, что этот кусочек карты очень старый, хотя указывается 2017 год в нижнем левом углу.

Добавил на карту новый православный храм Вознесения (освящён в 2016 году). Добавил по знанию местоположения символическим прямоугольником (никакие карты не обрисовывал, хотя сверился с аэрокосмическим снимком Google). На Bing карте совсем ничего не видно, чтобы там было строение. Один лес. Ощущение, что этот кусочек карты очень старый, хотя указывается 2017 год в нижнем левом углу.


Getting Smart With Email Marketing Segmentation

There is a wild rivalry for consideration in your endorsers' inbox. Presently! is the ideal time to make your messages viably convey more esteem. Division is an apparently straightforward however amazingly intense system. Many are now sectioning to some degree, however what about exploiting more propelled email division purchase email list division is the craft of intuition in gatherings. Yo

There is a wild rivalry for consideration in your endorsers' inbox. Presently! is the ideal time to make your messages viably convey more esteem. Division is an apparently straightforward however amazingly intense system. Many are now sectioning to some degree, however what about exploiting more propelled email division purchase email list division is the craft of intuition in gatherings. You need to understand that your email list comprises of various sort of individuals, with various conduct, profiles, and interests. Be that as it may, if your endorsers are so unique, why treat them all the same? The arrangement is part your email list into gatherings that are similar (how about we call them fragments.

Presently we can approach each email section in a way that is ideal for them. An insurance agency, for example, would have altogether different messages officially just in light of age, family arrangement, and auto possession. Each gathering merits an alternate email stream, with legitimate substance and offers. No compelling reason to discuss auto protection in the event that you don't possess an auto. That is the thing that essential division permits you to do, the length of you have the gatherings distinguished.

Better email promoting division implies that you look past what you believe is self-evident. For instance, rather than making the messages fit with the present place of your endorser in the client lifecycle and what they are right now getting, it can likewise be made to engage their future or optimistic self; the individual they need to be viewed as – a strategy that has demonstrated enormous accomplishment for some Luxury brands. Another case is utilizing negative information, an inclination in Brand or theme X that shows a lack of engagement in Y.

So what are the fundamental drivers to begin with more brilliant division? Obviously, supporters value improving targetted and custom fitted messages. On the off chance that an email is pertinent, it improves for a client encounter. Be that as it may, we likewise need to see business objectives being met. More benefit! Sectioned crusades perform better. As per DMA, advertisers have found a 760% expansion in email income from portioned battles. This bodes well: The more important the message, the more probable your endorser is to follow up on it.

Along these lines, divided and focused on email battles produce a significantly higher inspire contrasted with the aftereffects of a sweeping, splash and-supplicate email crusades. This picture from an exploration by Optimove demonstrates how that functions. Envision sectioning and focusing on all clients and after that figuring the normal client esteem.


Mapbox Blog

Helping cities scale with open source

According to UCLG, the Global Network of Cities, Local and Regional Governments, there were 503 metropolises and 8923 intermediary cities (above a population of 50,000) globally as of 2015. They expect 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban settlements by 2050, so local governments need to act now to make their cities resilient and more efficient to meet this level of growth.

According to UCLG, the Global Network of Cities, Local and Regional Governments, there were 503 metropolises and 8923 intermediary cities (above a population of 50,000) globally as of 2015. They expect 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban settlements by 2050, so local governments need to act now to make their cities resilient and more efficient to meet this level of growth.

Mapbox Cities works with cities to identify today’s urban challenges and build data-driven open source solutions.

Open source is an important tool to help city governments scale and share learnings and solutions with other cities. Open source offers a platform not only to share between cities, but also for civic innovators and engaged citizens to contribute to their city’s efforts. Local governments can adapt an open source tool to match their needs on a project, such as varying data sources or performance metrics. Collaborating with other cities on open source reduces the overhead cost on the initial development costs for cities each time the tool is replicated.

Our Mapbox Cities partner Bloomington, Indiana, is a great case study. With just two developers on the IT Services team, they built and continue to maintain several open source tools. As Rick Dietz, Bloomington’s Director Information & Technology Services explains:

Tens of thousands of government units shouldn’t be paying tens of thousands of times over for the very same software systems doing the very same tasks. City governments aren’t competing with one another. We should be collaborating more through software to meet the collective needs we all share.

As a result, Bloomington’s 311 tools for civic issue reporting and publishing incident data have been picked up and reused by municipalities across North America and Europe.

Are you working for local government? Keep an eye out for updates on Mapbox Cities to see what we’re building with our three partner cities, Melbourne, West Midlands Combined Authority in the UK, and Bloomington, Indiana.

We have more content on open source for the public sector in the first part of our Mapbox Cities handbook. Sign up for Mapbox Cities news to receive it by email later this week.

Tuesday, 21. March 2017

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries

E. Perry Parkway in Cherry Hills Village

Updated with notes on extension of E. Perry Parkway North of Belleview Ave.

Updated with notes on extension of E. Perry Parkway North of Belleview Ave.


Harare gets a new name

Yesterday, Paris became a bicycle shop named France and today the Zimbabwe capital Harare became Hwinidi offices. This time the edit was from iD. The Mapbox data team caught this while reviewing edits on osmcha.mapbox.com/ around 13 hours after the edit.

Yesterday, Paris became a bicycle shop named France and today the Zimbabwe capital Harare became Hwinidi offices. This time the edit was from iD. The Mapbox data team caught this while reviewing edits on https://osmcha.mapbox.com/ around 13 hours after the edit.


Ophthalmology Practice Management - 5 Ways to Build Your Email Database

Email Appending and ECOA Match Rates Revealed -- NEWTON, MA, (November 3, 2004) - FreshAddress, Inc., a leading email services provider, released the industry's first benchmark data on email appending and ECOA (Email Change of Address) solutions. Based on an analysis of nearly 75 million customer records processed for its clients over the six months ending September 30, 2004, the study found

Email Appending and ECOA Match Rates Revealed -- NEWTON, MA, (November 3, 2004) - FreshAddress, Inc., a leading email services provider, released the industry's first benchmark data on email appending and ECOA (Email Change of Address) solutions. Based on an analysis of nearly 75 million customer records processed for its clients over the six months ending September 30, 2004, the study found the following: * The average email append match rate for commercial clients was 15.1%, with a range from 9.5% to 24.3%. * The average email append match rate for nonprofits was 10.3%, with a range from 5.5% to 15.4%. * Regular quarterly append processing resulted in more than doubling the above figures on an annual basis. The research found that the discrepancy between match rates for commercial clients versus those for nonprofits was directly correlated with the age of the underlying customer base. Nonprofits with younger donor bases performed in the higher range while commercial clients with older customer bases performed in the lower range. For ECOA processing, the study found the following: * The average ECOA update rate for bounce lists for both commercial clients and nonprofits was 10.2%, with a range from 5.7% to 24.2%. * Regular quarterly ECOA processing resulted in more than doubling of the above figures on an annual basis. The research found that the update rate for bouncing email addresses for individuals who are already online bore no correlation with the age of the underlying population. "This study provides companies and nonprofits alike with the missing data necessary to evaluate the ROI of the critical email buy email database services for multi-channel marketing," said Bill Kaplan, CEO of FreshAddress, Inc. "Research has shown that multi-channel customers spend more money. We are pleased to see the email industry mature to the point where updating one's email database is now considered as essential as NCOA services are to direct mail." FreshAddress, Inc. is the original developer of Email Change of Address services and was recently granted a U.S. Patent on its ECOA service for clients and the underlying consumer technology. Through its partnerships with the major database providers including Acxiom, Equifax, and InfoUSA, FreshAddress's appending services cover the universe of available opt-in data with over 200 million records, providing clients with the industry's highest match rates of guaranteed deliverable email addresses. About FreshAddress, Inc. FreshAddress, Inc., The Email Address Experts(tm), provides the industry's leading services to help companies 'Build and Update' their email address databases and maximize their email performance. FreshAddress, Inc.'s services include its patented business and consumer Email Change of Address (ECOA) solutions as well as email address appending, correction, real-time validation, and deliverability. FreshAddress has "freshened" thousands of lists for office superstores, telecommunications providers, catalogues, newspapers, retailers, airlines, non-profit organizations, and Internet companies. The FreshAddress.com consumer database is the Internet's


Outline Mobile Phone

Let accept that you like travel. Consistently you will go to a couple of obscure urban communities amid occasion
. When you visit a remote city, the primary thing you have to search for is a city road delineate. In all probability you will purchase a paper delineate neighborhood book shop when you land there. Without that paper delineate, will lost. So you have to convey the paper outline al

Let accept that you like travel. Consistently you will go to a couple of obscure urban communities amid occasion
. When you visit a remote city, the primary thing you have to search for is a city road delineate. In all probability you will purchase a paper delineate neighborhood book shop when you land there. Without that paper delineate, will lost. So you have to convey the paper outline all of you the time. You will remain at the intersection of the boulevards, take a gander at the paper delineate request that individuals around how go all over china email lists.

Having city road delineate cell phone is a fantasy of exceptionally voyager. You no compelling reason to convey paper outline you. What you need is a cell phone and an application that can show city road outline you cell phone.

Diverse kind of versatile guide application

There were a ton of endeavor to construct city road outline for cell phone over the most recent couple of years. Some attempt to sweep paper outline picture and compose an application to show these guide pictures on telephone. Some attempt to associate with guide server such air conditioning Google outline, delineate cell phone and download outline from the web. All these endeavor are called raster delineate in light of the fact that the guide on telephone is simply raster (gathering of tile pictures). Raster outline has one major hindrance: it loves paper delineate, can not look for an indicate road name or place name. You have to look over the raster outline you look over the paper and search for the road by your self.

There is another approach call vector outline cell phone. Vector delineate a considerable measure of preferences. Here name a couple: you can look for particular road name or place name, vector information is significantly littler than raster information, you can even do the steering, find most brief course or quickest course with vector delineate (is incomprehensible with raster map)...

Two years prior (2006), there was no vector road outline for cell phone on account of two primary reasons: no free guide information, telephone is not sufficiently capable...

Today (2008), cell phone is getting all the more intense in term of having quicker processor and more stack memory. Vector road outline can be found from OpenStreetMap extend. The two fundamental reasons that keep the create of vector guide are do not exist anymore. It is conceivable to have vector road delineate your telephone on the off chance that you can discover an application that can utilize vector outline from OpenStreetMap extend.

There are likewise a great deal of endeavor to assemble vector delineate cell phone. Some store vector delineate telephone, we cancel line vector outline. Some recover vector information from web, we approach line vector delineate. Obviously in the event that you go for on-line approach, you have to pay for information arrange at whatever point your telephone download any information from guide server. On the off chance that you are explorer in a remote nation, it is doubtlessly that you don't have any cell phone information plan to utilize. So the best approach is to use disconnected vector delineate.

Tip to locate the best portable guide application for your telephone

To locate the best disconnected vector outline for your telephone, you have to consider whether the application that your arrangement to buy has taking after components or not:

Disconnected vector delineate to road detail level.

Can show bearing bolt on one-way road

Can work with any bluetooth GPS recipient for constant following development.

Can Zoom in/Zoom out/Pan.

Can scan for point name, road mark.

Completely bolster touch screen.

Can ascertain most limited/quickest course from waypoint begin to waypoint end and guide you along the course.

Can pivot outline. When you utilize ongoing following development as well as steering capacity, the application can turn the guide so that the confronting course (heading) is dependably "UP".

Have voice direction. At the point when control you along the course whether on auto or by walking, the application can reveal to you when to turn left or turn right.

Conclusion:

Having city road delineate cell phone is the fantasy of exceptionally voyager. It is exceptionally valuable when you are in outside city.

Vector delineate a great deal of favorable position over raster outline: in/out, hunt, turn, directing...

It is conceivable to make vector road outline any city around the globe (delineate from OpenStreetMap extend)