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November 18 2017

Harry Wood: Printable Calendar tool

Here’s a little thing I just found (I have lots of silly bits of code like this kicking around) :

Printable Calendar

Generate a calendar in a strip layout, suitable for printing, with lots of space for writing notes next to each date.

I originally did this as a visual basic word macro, then later as this php script.

I used to use this to do big calendar printouts to help with family logistics, usually at this time of year, covering the months around Christmas. That’s back when we four kids were all home for Christmas in Yorkshire, all with our own overlapping plans. Nowadays we might do a shared google calendar instead, but I remember the scrawlings all over the calendar wall used to be quite fun.

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries: Hostal Vista Park, Santa Clara, Cuba, Bed and Breakfast

Reservation hostalpark@yahoo.com http://hostalvistapark-cuba.com +53 42 219727 Móvil: +53 52768141 SMS Accommodation is $ 25.00 CUC in high season and low season Breakfast: $5.00 CUC Snacks: $2.00CUC to $4.00CUC Lunches:$10.00 CUC Dinners: $10.00 CUC Tavern: $1.00 – $3.00 CUC Laundry: $1.00 – $5.00 CUC

Santa Clara Cuba Bed and breakfast Hostal Vista Park Hostal Vista Park: the most central colonial hostel in Santa Clara, Cuba. The house has a wonderful eclectic architecture and colonial floors, with a floor to ceiling height of 6 meters, is similar to a small palace composed of six rooms of 25 square meters and a unique view compared to any other hostel in the city. It is the only colonial hostel in the whole city right in the park Vidal de Santa Clara, where visitors from all places, hotels, hostels and guest houses come to this site given the beauty and history of the adjoining buildings of our hostel. It is the colonial house that is located in the heart of Santa Clara, with a classic colonial atmosphere, spacious and airy, in very good condition and comfort, to the right of the provincial library "José Martí", and overlooking the Vidal Park, Close to all cultural centers, where you will have access to the extensive cultural life of the city. The house has a large terrace where you can see the whole panorama of the city, and the oldest clock in the city. All of the city's attractions are within easy reach of our home, banks and ATMs, museums of decorative arts, theater, cinema, nightclubs, all agencies Travel and tourist information are only 100 meters from our house, the mausoleum of Che is 2 kilometers from our house, the armored train at 600 meters. The house has 3 spacious rooms for rent, 30 square meters each. The first bedroom has a double bed and 3 single beds with a capacity for 5 people. The second bedroom has a double bed and three single beds which can accommodate up to 5 people. The third bedroom has two double beds and a sofa bed. Can be for 5 people for a total of 15 people and 11 beds in 3 bedrooms, you can host groups of friends and families is cheaper than other houses as the rooms are very spacious and can choose instead of two rooms can select one , Whether friends or family, also has the privilege that is in the area of wireless Internet wi-fi and can access it from the balconies or rooms, because it is located in the area of the park Vidal, also the rooms have Air conditioning, refrigerators, televisions, fans and natural ventilation, balconies overlooking the park Vidal, one of the rooms is on the terrace where you can Observe the whole city. Each room has a private bathroom with hot and cold water. In addition to 2 rooms with balcony, where you can observe the daily life of the city, you can also sunbathe on the terrace. We offer breakfast and dinner, in-room bar service, among many others. Leoncio Vidal # 1 high, between Parque Vidal (Gloria) and Maceo Street, Santa Clara, Cuba, 50100 In the central park of the city of Santa Clara, to the right of the library José Martí

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries: Metro Mapping Proposal (and what's wrong with proposals)

Hi. I'd like to ask you to the Metro Mapping proposal page, read it in full and leave your vote below. The proposal mostly summarises subway and light rail mapping practices and introduces a few useful changes, listed in "What This Affects" section.

You will find many opposing votes there. You might be tempted to read only these comments and skip studying the material. It is simpler, and some of the authors are well-known in the community: they must know what they are talking about, right? And there are 8 screens of text, who would read that?

That is what I don't like in the current proposal system. It does not matter what the proposal actually contains, how deep an author knows the topic or if the features in questions are already mapped in a suggested way. What a great power you have when the voting starts — strike out weeks of work by writing a few words! You must be a fool not to excercise that power. And who knows what might happen if the proposal is approved? Everybody understands you cannot edit a wiki page after that. You would need to write your own proposal, and it might be rejected, so it is safer to just oppose.

For the first time in OpenStreetMap history I started actually using the data to route users through subways. And found out the tagging is insufficient: there was no sane way to map interchanges, and you could put thousands of members into some relations. For a mapper things also looked bleak: to map a subway properly, you would have to know how underground tracks go, and where underground platforms are located. No wonder that a beta version of a validator showed that the world had like three subway systems mapped good enough, out of nearly two hundred.

So I've put up this proposal page, that makes mapping subways simpler, and makes using the data easier. You could learn some things from it you've never thought about, like types of interchanges or the importance of colours. Then I wrote about the proposal to tagging@ and talk@ mailing lists, and in the course of a month got many great comments, that helped polish most sections, and rewrite some from scratch, adding more pictures and replacing blocks of texts with simple lists.

I have also finished my subway validator, that not only validates, but prepares data structures for metro routing and rendering. With it, I have been tidying up subways all over the world, finding a few flaws in the proposals, but mostly learning about regional specifics. I've done Moscow, London, Paris, Berlin (both U-Bahn and S-Bahn), Yokohama, Algiers, Lima, Pyongyang and dozens more cities. Their subways conform to the proposal, and I have not broken any external app that used these, or uploaded any extra tag. Well, except network:metro in Berlin, since they have an interesting way of tagging networks (thanks Nakaner for the explanations).

With over 60 metro networks mapped, dozens of questions answered, most of which affected the proposal, after discussions in wiki, talk@, tagging@ and in changesets, I decided that the proposal is ready and started the voting. For a moment I thought the OSM community was reasonable. It's like in my seven years I haven't learned anything. Not after the turn lanes proposal, not after hate messages about the water=* proposal, five years after it's approved, not after stalled pull requests to the OSM website.

Very few people in OSM are willing to compromise. Especially people from Western Europe, who think they own the project. Because you cannot edit a wiki page without a proposal, I assume. Because no matter how many suggestions you've accepted, layer=-3 instead of -2 makes the whole work moot. It would ruin the PTv2 schema. Because despite "discussions on the Talk page" policy, when the voting starts, you can write a page of opposing arguments right into the proposal page, and nobody would turn to the Talk page to read answers, not even the person who wrote the arguments. Because it is easier to oppose than to approve: all arguments are already laid out for you, and finding answers to these in a 56-kilobyte Talk page is too hard. For one person, it's because I should have discussed the proposal in his 3-messages-a-month mailing list, not in talk@ and tagging@.

You don't even have to understand PTv2 schema to vote for its extension. Like people who +1'd the Carto'Cité comment about stations as nodes and did not even click on the Metros link to see that OSM wiki had already told everyone to map stations just as nodes. OSM is told to be a do-ocracy, but work does not matter anywhere here. You might have studied prior art and mapped hundreds of networks, but Carto'Cité has an authority over french mappers, so you bet all of them will come and vote against your proposal, even understanding that their arguments have nothing to do with the proposal and are inspired by a potential breakage of some of their inner closed-source tools. By the way, we've talked that over, I've converted the whole Paris subway network to the new way, and nothing broke.

The voting closes in a week, and there are more opposing votes than approving. Of course it would not matter after I have finished my work on tidying up metro systems: the changes will just go into wiki with the "not approved, but widely used" status, like highway=milestone. To help novices understand mapping subways, some of us will direct them to this possibly failed proposal, because the wiki has — and will have — nothing better. The only outcome of failing the proposal will be my continuing frustration of interacting with the OSM community.

So please, if you care about our data not only conforming to some proposals accepted 6 years ago without practical usage, but also being relatively easy to use, please go to the Metro Mapping proposal page and leave your approval. I assure you the OSM database won't go down in flames after that. Thanks.

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries: Perkenalkan

Hallo semua salam sata baru gabung disini kunjungi blog saya [jejaksipemalas] (http:// www.jejaksipemalas.com)

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries: Grand ménage en cours sur le réseau de Bus de Cannes

Le réseau de bus de Cannes était assez obsolète dans OSM. Le réseau Palm Bus a été fortement remanié il y a plus d'un an maintenant. Quelques modifications majeures (Lignes Palm Express) sont maintenant à jour, les arrêts sont en cours de révision.

Un wiki de suivi de l'avancement des lignes de bus du réseau d'agglomération, mais aussi de tout le département a été mis en place.

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries: Vicent's Diary

For the first time, I became engaged in mapping training that was conducted by Ms Janet Chapman in January 2017, while before that I had no any idea about mapping and I sought several times what ways can I do to ensure that at least I am able to create one map about the districts, wards and villages where we are working with communities here in Shinyanga region. Exposure to the "OpenStreetMap" was a bit a solution and a new downy to me and helped us at least to come out with some of points where social services are located which currently we use for referral and support of our target groups. Additionally, mapping by using mobile phones (smartphone) became to simplify the exercise and I was able to map a lot of points within the same time and uploads the data. However, this I consider it to the great opportunity for me, community and national at large for locating various points including social services, buildings, infrastructure networks, landscapes and existence of various natural resources.

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries: IBPS Coaching Center in Chennai

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November 17 2017

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries: جهاز رياضة

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OpenStreetMap.de: Wochennotiz Nr. 382



Der ADFC hält in Dresden der Verwaltung den Spiegel eine Karte vor. 1 | © Mapbox, © OpenStreetMap Mitwikende, oDbL © Nils Larson


  • Die Diskussion um das verdeckte Mechanical-Edit-Werkzeug von Yuri Astrakhan (das Werkzeug heißt jetzt Sophos) ist auf der Mailingliste Talk wieder aufgefacht. Yuri wird in der Diskussion, wie schon in vorhergehenden Diskussionen, von etlichen anderen Benutzern als uneinsichtig empfunden und zweifelt die Relevanz der ungeschriebenen OSM-Verhaltensgrundsätze an.
  • Enrico fragt auf der Mailingliste Tagging, wie man ein Fresko mit christlichen Motiven taggen sollte.
  • In einem Twitter moment präsentierte der User sev_osm über zehn Workshops, die von Les Libres Geographes (LLG) und lokalen OSM-Mappern durchgeführt wurden. Dieses Projekt, das von der Internationalen Organisation der Francophonie (OIF) unterstützt wird, zielt darauf ab, eine offene Karte der Akteure der digitalen Innovation in Haiti, Madagaskar und 12 afrikanischen Ländern aufzubauen.
  • Benutzer chris66 fragt im deutschen Forum, wie man ein Gemeindehaus taggen soll.
  • Bis zum 27. November kann über die überarbeitete Fassung des Proposals Fire Hydrant Extensions abgestimmt werden. Die ursprüngliche Fassung hatte die erforderliche Mehrheit verfehlt.
  • Die Abstimmungsphase für das Proposal Metro Mapping hat begonnen und läuft noch bis zum 24. November. Auf der Mailingliste Tagging kommt Kritik von mehreren Leuten und auch Firmen, die Bahnstationen mappen.
  • Gabe Appleton stellt sein Proposal zum Timing von Ampelanlagen vor und erwartet konstruktive Kritik.
  • BeKri beschwert sich im deutschen Forum über auffallend viele neue Wheelmap-Benutzer in München, die sehr oft POIs doppelt eintragen oder falsch positionieren. Holger verspricht Abhilfe durch ein neues Wheelmap-Frontend, welches nur noch wheelchair=*-Tags bearbeiten kann.


  • Die Entwickler von Jungle Bus rufen via Twitter dazu auf, ihnen bei der Übersetzung ihrer App zu helfen.
  • Die Atom-Feed-Schnittstelle von Pascal Neis’ Suspicous OpenStreetMap Changesets hat jetzt den optinalen Parameter bbox bekommen. Der Parameter country kann dann weggelassen werden. (Quelle)
  • ChristanA ruft seine (schwedischen) Mitmapper in seinem Benutzer-Blog dazu auf, trotz der Verfügbarkeit von Open Data zum Mappen vor die Tür zu gehen.
  • Wenn Datennutzer OSM-Daten mit Wikidata verschneiden, kann das zu Verwirrung bei den Kunden führen. So geschehen mit Mapbox in New York.
  • Die Kathmandu Living Labs luden die Fellows of Women Leaders in Technology (WLiT) zu einer speziellen OSM-Sitzung ein. Die Teilnehmerinnen sammelten erste Erfahrungen mit dem Einsatz von OSM, informierten sich über Mapping und OSM sowie Möglichkeiten, einen Beitrag zur globalen OSM-Datenbank zu leisten.
  • Die Firma Sterling Geo beschreibt in ihrem Blog, wie sie Sentinel-2-Daten mit OSM-Landnutzungsdaten verglichen haben.


  • Die US-amerikanische Firma Cybo möchte ihre amerikansichen POI-Daten dem OpenStreetMap-Projekt zur Verfügung stellen. Darüber gibt es parallele Diskussionen auf den Mailinglisten Import und Talk-us. Im Laufe der Diskussion stellte sich heraus, dass die Koordinaten aus der Geocoding-Schnittstelle von Google stammen und daher nicht in OSM gelangen dürfen.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Vor knapp drei Jahren schlug eine von Mitgliedern ausgehende Initiative vor, die Amtszeitenregelung für OSMF-Vorstände neu zu ordnen und die Amtszeiten zu beschränken. Sie wurde zwar damals nicht angenommen, die seitherigen Vorstände sprachen sich jedoch dafür aus. Simon Poole beklagt, dass bisher nichts geschehen sei.
  • Die Data Working Group hat ihren Aktivitätsbericht (PDF) für das dritte Quartal veröffentlicht.
  • Der Vorstand des FOSSGIS e.V. hat den Förderantrag zum Betrieb eines OSRM-basierten Routingservers bewilligt.
  • Die Mitglieder des FOSSGIS e.V. diskutieren über einen Förderantrag zum Betrieb eines zweiten Produktivservers für die Overpass-API.
  • Am 9. Dezember findet die diesjährige Mitgliederversammlung der OSM Foundation im IRC statt. Details können der Einladungsmail entnommen werden. Zwei neue Vorstände müssen gewählt werden. OSMF-Mitglieder können sich bis zum 25. November als Kandidaten melden. Details hierzu auf der Wahlseite im OSM-Wiki. Eine Seite für Wählerfragen gibt es auch.


  • Bis zum 28. November können noch Vorträge für die FOSSGIS-Konferenz (21. bis 24. März 2018 in Bonn) eingereicht werden. Eine Verlängerung des Call for Papers wird es nicht geben.

Humanitarian OSM

  • HOT macht wegen des Erdbebens im irakisch-iranischen Grenzgebiet mobil.
  • John Whelan bittet auf der Mailingliste HOT um Mithilfe bei der Prüfung von Gebäudemappingprojekten in Malawi.
  • OSM Sambia erhielt von HOT einen Microgrant, der umfangreiches Mapping-Training in Sambias Schulen möglich gemacht hat. Der Erfolg zeigt sich in vielen Kartierungen von Stadtränder verschiedener Städte in Sambia und damit der Erfassung lebenswichtiger Infrastruktur innerhalb dieser schwachen Gebiete.
  • HOT US Inc. hat einen Auftrag ausgeschrieben, im Rahmen dessen ein Software-Werkzeug entwickelt werden soll, das Änderungsvisualisierungsvideos mit deutlich weniger Handarbeit als bisher erzeugt. Einsendeschluss ist der 17. November.
  • Ein Radiobeitrag der BBC über Missing Maps, Mapathons, Armchair-mapping, Rotes Kreuz, Kartierung von Gebäuden, Straßen und Flüssen.


  • Die Entwickler von OSM Carto diskutieren darüber, ob Gastronomiebetriebe auf Zoomstufe 17 als kleine braune Quadrate anstelle ihrer Icons gerendert werden sollen, wie das schon, wenn auch in rosa, mit den meisten Ladengeschäften geschieht.
  • Ein Pull-Request von Komzpa für OSM Carto, das das Rendern von place=* an Flächen ergänzt, löst eine Diskussion im Bugtracker von OSM Carto aus. Kritische Stimmen meinen, es würde die Doppelerfassung fördern.


  • [1] Die Sächsische Zeitung berichtet, dass der ADFC in Dresden zur Umsetzung eines Radverkehrkonzeptes „Druck macht“. Hierbei setzt der ADFC auch auf die Wirkung einer interaktiven Karte auf OSM-Basis. Nils Larsen, Autor der Karte, hat eine „Bauanleitung” angekündigt, die in Kürze erscheinen soll.


  • Die Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (nicht zu verwechseln mit dem Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar) hat einen Wettbewerb namens TRIOD (Travellers’ Realtime Information mit Open Data) ausgeschrieben. Es werden innovative Lösungen unter Verwendung der TRAIS-Schnittstelle und eines Minicomputers gesucht. Teilnahmeschluss ist der 27. November.
  • Der „Standard“ erklärt, warum nicht die Fahrplandaten aller Verkehrsunternehmen in Österreich Open Data sind.


  • Pieter Vander Vennet beschreibt in seinem Benutzer-Blog, wie man sein eigenes OsmAnd-Routingprofil schreiben kann.


  • Richard Fairhurst beschreibt in seinem Benutzer-Blog, wie man Lua-Skripte von Osm2pgsql und OSRM debuggen kann, ohne bei jeder Iteration einen zeitraubenden Neuimport zu machen.

Kennst du schon …

Weitere Themen mit Geo-Bezug

  • Die Heilbronner Stimme erklärt, warum der Harthäuser Wald während der 2000er-Jahre in den amtlichen topographischen Karten Hardthäuser Wald hieß.
  • Wie CityLab berichtet, wird die Londoner Oxford Street Fußgängerzone. 2018 werden bereits 800 Straßenmeter für Fahrzeuge gesperrt. Die Entwicklung ist auch eine Herausforderung für OpenStreetMap.
  • Sudipto Gosh vom Online-Magazin Martech Series hat Javier de la Torre, Gründer der Firma Carto (vormals CartoDB), interviewt.
  • Das spanische Online-Magazin NOSOLOSIG berichtet in seiner neuesten Ausgabe über die erste Karten aus dem Paläolithikum. Die in einen Stein geritzte Karte, die eindeutig geografische Bezüge enthält, wurde bei Ausgrabungen in der Höhle Abauntz in der Nähe der Ortschaft Arraitz etwa 20 km nördlich von Pamplona, Spanien, gefunden und heißt daher „die Karte von Abauntz“. Eine Übersetzug des Textes mit deepl lohnt sich. 😉(es) (automatische Übersetzung)
  • Abu Dhabi eröffnete den 2. „Louvre“, berichtet die Gulf News. Natürlich schon in der OSM erfasst. Das Tagging ist offensichtlich noch nicht vollständig. 😉
  • Das neue Geoportal des Landes Baden-Württemberg ist alter, unfreier Wein in neuen Schläuchen, wie im deutschen OSM-Forum angemerkt wird.
  • Theodolit, eine App für „Augmented Reality”, die nach prMac excellente OSM Daten auch in der „Walachei“ enthält, kommt für das iPhone X.
  • Ein Mailänder Tourist ist mit seinem Auto in einer schmalen Gasse in Carate Urio (Provinz Como) steckengeblieben, weil er stur den Anweisungen seines Navigationsgeräts gefolgt ist. Obwohl die „schuldigen“ Daten nicht von OpenStreetMap stammten, hat die lokale Community den Vorfall zum Anlass genommen, die Gegend nochmal genauer in OSM zu kontrollieren.


Wo Was Wann Land online via Mumble OpenStreetMap Foundation public board meeting 2017-11-16 everywhere Digne-les-Bains Cartopartie : Libre information sur les services de santé 2017-11-16 france Lüneburg Mappertreffen 2017-11-21 germany Viersen OSM Stammtisch Viersen 2017-11-21 germany Lübeck Lübecker Stammtisch 2017-11-23 germany Apach (Moselle) – Schengen (Luxembourg) – Perl (Saarland) OpenSaar-Lor-Lux Stammtisch 2017-11-24 germany Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2017-11-27 germany Bonn 100! Bonner Stammtisch 2017-11-28 germany Düsseldorf Stammtisch 2017-11-29 germany Essen Mappertreffen 2017-12-01 germany Dortmund Mappertreffen 2017-12-03 germany Rostock Rostocker Treffen 2017-12-05 germany Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2017-12-06 germany Dresden Stammtisch 2017-12-07 germany Bonn FOSSGIS 2018 2018-03-21-2018-03-24 germany

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OpenStreetMap User's Diaries: OpenStreetMap Carto release v4.5.0

Dear all,

Today, v4.5.0 of the openstreetmap-carto stylesheet (the default stylesheet on openstreetmap.org) has been released.

Changes include:

Major changes

  • Cleaning up low zoom levels (z5-z7):
    • Rendering roads from z6 instead of z5
    • Rendering national parks from z8 instead of z7
    • Rendering railways from z8 instead of z7
  • Changing parking color from yellow to gray


  • Unified rendering of leisure=fitness_station and leisure=fitness_centre
  • Rendering of military=bunker
  • Rendering all station buildings as major buildings
  • Text wrapping for station labels
  • Changing windmill color from amenity brown to man_made gray
  • Some other documentation and code changes

Thanks to all the contributors for this release.

For a full list of commits, see https://github.com/gravitystorm/openstreetmap-carto/compare/v4.4.0...v4.5.0

As always, we welcome any bug reports at https://github.com/gravitystorm/openstreetmap-carto/issues


An escalation of violence in South Sudan since July 2016 has led to a large population movement into the north of neighboring Uganda. An estimated rate of between 2,000 and 3,000 displaced persons cross the border into Uganda each day. In a rapidly developing situation such as this, it is vital that accurate and up-to-date mapping information is available to allow the ERU to respond more effectively and efficiently.

On that note am glad to be contributing to this project. forexample

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries: Mapping against Malaria Elimination

I have had a chance to contribute to mapping against malaria campaign, through mapathons and in my personal free time. And during this campaign have been able to contribute in different countries of Africa and south Asia. Namely, Mali, Laos, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Cambodia.

During this time I managed to be part of the top contributors (4th) and also managed to contribute on a single project 840 tiles as a milestone. This has been one of my drives to keep contributing as I feel happy giving a hand where I can. You can watch this 4minutes video that I made to teach how to map buildings in Mali Click here

For more of details about my contribution to Mapping against Malaria Elimination

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries: OSM IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS


This is a project that was pioneered by the leadership of 2016/17 Good Mappers as a YouthMappers Chapter at Busitema University. The Chapter looked at how they can involve the community around them to know what they do, thus teaching OSM to Students of Secondary schools so that by the time they join University they can contribute to the cause and also apply the knowledge they learn in real life due to their young and creative minds.

I became involved in the project by first surveying the surrounding community for potential environment to be able to TeachOSM. Looking at Internet Access, having a computer Laboratory as these would aid the performance of the project.

We were able to narrow down to Tororo Girls School as our first secondary school for the project before we can venture to other surrounding secondary schools.

Currently we carry out weekly training at the school with the help of the ICT department and Geography Department of the School.

For more about the project please follow this link

weeklyOSM: weeklyOSM 382



The ADFC (German Cyclist Association) holds a mirror map up to the administration in Dresden, Germany. 1 | © Mapbox, © OpenStreetMap Mitwikende, oDbL © Nils Larson


  • Yuri Astrakhan re-started the discussion on the Talk mailing list about the tool to do mechanical edits (it is now called Sophox). Yuri is perceived by many as unreasonable as before and tries to ignore all the unwritten rules in OSM.
  • Enrico asks on the Tagging mailing list how to tag a religious mural painting, “Affresco votivo” in Italian.
  • Through a Twitter moment, user sev_osm showcased over 10 outreach and training workshops on CarteInnov run by Les Libres Geographes (LLG) and local OSM mappers. This project supported by International Organization of Francophonie (OIF) aims at building an open map of Digital Innovation stakeholders in Haiti, Madagascar and 12 African countries. The data is hosted in OSM and edited with MapContrib.
  • You can cast your vote on the revised version of the Fire Hydrant Extensions proposal until November 27th. The original version did not achieve the required majority.
  • The voting of the proposal Metro Mapping has started and will end on November 24th. Several people including companies which already map stations criticize the proposal on the Tagging mailing list.
  • Gabe Appleton presents his suggestion for the timing of traffic lights and expects constructive criticism.
  • BeKri complains (de) (automatic translation) in the German forum about a remarkably large number of new Wheelmap users in Munich, who very often enter POIs twice or place them at wrong locations. Holger from Wheelmap promises a new editor which can only edit wheelchair=* and toilet:wheelchair=* tags.


  • The developers of Jungle Bus shares a tweet on Twitter for help to translate their app.
  • The Atom Feed interface of Pascal Neis Suspicious OpenStreetMap Changesets has now got the optional bbox parameter. The parameter country can then be omitted. (Source)
  • User ChristianA wrote a blog post about the drawbacks of open data. The lack of outdoor and more armchair mapping.
  • An incorrect wikidata link in OSM caused an area of the Bronx to be mislabelled on Mapbox Vector tiles.
  • Kathmandu Living Labs invited the current Women Leaders in Technology ([WLiT(http://wlit.org.np/)) fellowship holders to join a special OSM session. Participants gained their first experiences in the use of OSM through hand-on mapping. They also had a chance to learn about mapping and OSM, as well as possible ways to contribute to the global OSM database.
  • Sterling Geo describes in their blog how they compared Sentinel-2 data with OSM land use data.


  • The company Cybo which operates a yellow pages directory wants to offer its POI data to OpenStreetMap. There are two parallel threads on the Imports and Talk-us mailing list. the coordinates seem to be retrieved using Google’s geocoding API and cannot be used by OSM due to legal reasons.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Just less than three years ago, a member-initiated initiative proposed to reorganize the terms of office for OSMF board members and limit the terms of office. Simon Poole writes to the Osmf-talk mailing list about getting a clear statement from the board on addressing this in 2018
  • Data Working Group has published its activity report (PDF) for the third quarter of 2017.
  • Members of FOSSGIS e.V., the de-facto local OSM chapter in Germany, discuss about a grant application (de) (automatic translation) to sponsor a secondary production server for the German instance of the Overpass API (overpass-api.de).
  • This year’s meeting of the OSM Foundation members will take place on December 9th via IRC. Details can be found in the invitation email. Two new board members must be elected. OSMF members can register as candidates until November 25th. Details on the elections in the OSM-Wiki, and there is also a page for voter questions.

Humanitarian OSM

  • HOT calls out an acitivation due to the Iran-Iraq earthquake.
  • John Whelan inquires on the HOT mailing list to assist in testing building mapping projects in Malawi.
  • OSM Zambia received a “microgrant” from HOT that made it possible to carry out extensive mapping training in Zambia’s schools.
  • HOT has published a call for applications for a position to develop a mapping visualisation tool which creates videos visualising edits in an area. Application deadline is 17th November.
  • A BBC radio feature talks about Missing Maps, mapathons, armchair mapping, Red Cross, mapping buildings, roads, and rivers.


  • Developers of OSM Carto discuss if restaurants, pubs, and similar amenities should be rendered as small brown squares on zoom level 17 as it already happens with most shops (in pink).
  • [1] The ADFC (member of the ECF) tries to use an OSM based map to get the Dresden administration to do more for cyclists. Nils Larsen, the author of the map, has announced a “how to” post which will be published shortly.
  • User Komzpa submitted a pull request to OSM Carto which adds rendering of place=* on areas. Some people fear that it supports the duplication of place=* tags in OSM (currently mainly mapped on nodes).


  • Pieter Vander Vennet shows how to write your own OsmAnd routing profile.


  • Richard Fairhurst describes in his user diary how to debug Lua scripts of Osm2pgsql and OSRM without re-running a time consuming import each iteration.

Did you know …

  • … that you can create new nodes in JOSM while you are in the extrusion mode (key X) by doing a double-click? It saves pressing A and X. (via a thread (de) in the German OSM forum)
  • Latest Changes on OpenStreetMap by Martin Raifer? It shows all changed objects in the last seven days in an area.

Other “geo” things

  • CityLab reported: London’s Oxford Street will become a pedestrian zone. 800m of traffic will be closed to vehicles by 2018. This fact is also a challenge for OpenStreetMap.
  • An interview by MARTECHSERIES with Javier de la Torre, the founder of CARTO (including the basic map of OSM).
  • In its latest issue, the Spanish online magazine NOSOLOSIG reports on the first maps of the Palaeolithic period. The map carved in a stone, which clearly contains geographical references, was found during excavations in the cave of Abauntz near the village of Arraitz about 20 km north of Pamplona, Spain, and is therefore called “the map of Abauntz”. A translation of the article with deepl is worthwhile. 😉(es) (automatic translation)
  • Gulf News reports that the 2nd “Louvre” was opened in Abu Dhabi. Of course, it is already recorded in OSM. The tagging is obviously still not complete. 😉
  • Theodolite, an app for “Augmented Reality”, which according to prMac contains excellent OSM data even in “the middle of nowhere” is coming for iPhone X.
  • A tourist from Milan got stuck with his vehicle in a medieval alley in Como because he trusted his satnav more than his eyes. The map data was not from OpenStreetMap, but the incident inspired the local OSM comunity to recheck the area for possible mistakes.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country online via Mumble OpenStreetMap Foundation public board meeting 2017-11-16 everywhere Digne-les-Bains Cartopartie : Libre information sur les services de santé 2017-11-16 france Fort Collins CSU Ger Community Mapping Center Mapathon Colorado State University 2017-11-16 united states Suzhou OpenStreetMap Youth Promotion 2017-11-18 china Helsinki HOT-OSM Finland Geoweek Mapathon 2017 2017-11-18 finland Brazil Brasília OpenStreetMap Edit challenge begins with a focus on road characteristics 2017-11-19 brazil London Raincatcher Mapathon for Tanzania 2017-11-21 united kingdom Lüneburg Mappertreffen 2017-11-21 germany Nottingham Pub Meetup 2017-11-21 united kingdom Edinburgh Pub meeting 2017-11-21 united kingdom Viersen OSM Stammtisch Viersen 2017-11-21 germany Lübeck Lübecker Stammtisch 2017-11-23 germany Apach (Moselle) – Schengen (Luxembourg) – Perl (Saarland) 1. OpenSaar-Lor-Lux Stammtisch 2017-11-24 germany Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2017-11-27 germany Bonn 100! Bonner Stammtisch 2017-11-28 germany Brussels Missing Maps @ MSF/HI 2017-11-28 belgium Dusseldorf Stammtisch 2017-11-29 germany Lima State of the Map LatAm 2017 2017-11-29-2017-12-02 perú Yaoundé State of the Map Cameroun 2017 2017-12-01-2017-12-03 cameroun Dar es Salaam State of the Map Tanzania 2017 2017-12-08-2017-12-10 tanzania Rome FOSS4G-IT 2018 2018-02-19-2018-02-22 italy Bonn FOSSGIS 2018 2018-03-21-2018-03-24 germany Poznań State of the Map Poland 2018 2018-04-13-2018-04-14 poland Milan State of the Map 2018 (international conference) 2018-07-28-2018-07-30 italy

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, Polyglot, SK53, Softgrow, Spanholz, Spec80, YoViajo, derFred, jinalfoflia, sev_osm.

November 16 2017

Pascal Neis: Public profiles on “How did you contribute to OSM?”

The web page How did you contribute to OpenStreetMap? (HDYC) provides individual detailed information about project members. Some time ago, the page has been revised, that member profiles can only be accessed, when users logged in with their OpenStreetMap (OSM) user account. This feature has been implemented, after a long and important discussion about “protecting user privacy in the OSM project”. The complete German discussion can be found here. However, I don’t want to continue the discussion here. I still support that any information, which are available about contributors, should not be hidden in project data dumps, APIs or on webpages. In my opinion, information such as contributor names or ids and modification timestamps are essential for doing quality analysis and assessments to protect the project against e.g. vandalism or unintended map edits.

Anyway, after the last modification, which required the mentioned user login on HDYC, I got positive and also negative feedback. Most negative feedback concerned that profiles are now hidden and not public anymore. But because contributors want to show their mapping efforts, I implemented a new feature, that profiles can be accessed without a user login on HDYC. So, if you want that anyone can access and see your OSM profile, just add a link to your HDYC profile on your OSM profile page. Similar as you did this maybe already for your OSM-related accounts (see blog post). The tool-chain checks the profiles of every contributor, who has been active within the last 24 hours.

Additionally, the HDYC web page got several small updates. The overall ranking has been switched to more meaningful recent country rankings. The “last modifier of” amounts have been temporary removed/replaced by detailed numbers of created and modified way elements. The changeset table now also contains some really useful hints about used words in the changesets comments and hashtags and their amounts. This feature has been requested by a German contributor, thanks “!i!”. Most of the displayed numbers should be updated on an hourly basis. Only the activity areas and information about changesets are “only” updated every 24 hours. Some numbers also contain links to further statistics such as detailed information about recent changesets, ranking lists of a country and commented or discussed changesets. Overall I tried to highlight further efforts and activities, such changeset discussions, related accounts or roles, and not “only” raw mapping element amounts.

Thanks to maɪˈæmɪ Dennis.

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries: Building 2020

Currently working with Canadian universities and manitoba GIS users group on the building 2020 initiative.

Had the Canadian team make a task manager from Winnipeg - http://tasks.osmcanada.ca/project/89 Next up building footprints (then addresses!!)

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries: Nepal

Vandaag 3 tasks gevalideerd. Steeds dezelfde fouten waargenomen, niet rechthoekige gebouwen of zo maar wat gedaan. Mogelijk te moeilijk om te meten. Heb geprobeerd de tasks volledig af te werken.

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries: Saindo de Brasília-DF para Açailândia-MA.

Prezados, boa tarde! Como está a BR que vai de Brasília - DF, para Açailândia - MA, quem tiver informação por gentileza compartilha.

OpenStreetMap User's Diaries: Nova camada de ruas do IBGE para Salvador

Salvador é uma cidade bem difícil de se mapear. A cidade cresceu desordenadamente, com uma quantidade imensa de morros, favelas, ruas estreitas, becos, vielas... Além disso, o relevo é muito acidentado e faltam dados públicos.

A camada "IBGE - Mapa de Setores Urbanos" ajudava a obter nomes de ruas em alguns locais, porém o alinhamento tá bem ruim em muitos locais e faltam muitos nomes de ruas.

exemplo camada

Assim, há alguns dias eu criei uma camada com nomes de ruas da cidade de Salvador/BA, utilizando como fonte o dataset de Faces de Logradouro do IBGE. Essa camada não é perfeita (já percebi alguns erros de traçado de ruas e muitos nomes duplicados), porém, no geral, tem uma qualidade bem superior à antiga camada.

Esse recurso já está disponível no index de camadas do iD e JOSM. Veja onde você encontra a camada no iD:

ativar no iD

Quero expandir a camada para Lauro de Freitas e talvez alguns outros municípios da Região Metropolitana de Salvador. Caso alguém queira ter esse recurso para alguma outra cidade cuja camada de Setores Urbanos do IBGE está com má qualidade, me avise que posso fazer.

Em breve, pretendo publicar o código fonte que usei para tratar os dados e enviá-los para o Mapbox Studio.

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