News from the world of OpenStreetMap No. 466 (06/18/2019 - 06/26/2019)

Original author: Team WeeklyOSM
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Places in Moscow that are associated with terror during the USSR 1 | NextGIS | Map data OpenStreetMap contributors, ODbL


  • In the Austrian province of Tyrol during the summer holidays, as well as during the long weekend, the traffic often increases. As a result, this leads to the fact that motorists who go to Italy or Germany, trying to avoid traffic jams, arrange them on local roads. Now local authorities are trying to prevent this by banning transit traffic on local roads until September 14. Information about this was transmitted to manufacturers of navigation equipment through the Ministry of the Interior. Therefore, Reiner Fügenstein on the Austrian Communication mailing list asks the OSM community to pay attention to this and make the appropriate changes.
  • Michael Brandner suggests introducing a new tag - amenity=power_supplywith which it would be possible to mark places where access is possible (paid or free) to an electrical outlet. In addition, his proposal includes subtags specifying various nuances: type of outlet, payment, operator, power and much more. ( Nabble talk )
  • The Australian cartographer directly examined the banks of the Gwydir River , which he had previously brought to OSM remotely, relying only on official sources, and found that in some places it was dry. After talking with the locals, he came to the conclusion that this happened because this river was intensively used for irrigation. Therefore, he proposes to remove most of Guidira. Reflecting on why this river is still listed as full-flowing in official documents, he suggests that this is due to political motives and the will of the government.
  • Richard Fairhurst talks about the new features of the online editor Potlatch-2. Mapping routes can now be made much easier, since you can assign certain relationships to function keys. He also shares some tips in the comments on how function keys can be used, for example, to add tag groups.
  • User WoodWoseWulf in his diary talks in sufficient detail about the world of the game Pokenom Go from Niantic from the point of view of OSM. He shares the terms of this game, shows how OSM data affects the mechanics of the game, gives a classification of hobby vandals and explains their motivation, and also shows different ways of manipulating OSM data for gaming purposes.


  • Now the OpenStreetMap website has been translated to မြန်မာဘာသာ. As you probably know, this is Burmese - the official language in Myanmar, spoken by 33 million people. Andy Allan on Twitter asks for help in translating the OSM website into this language. He wants the degree of localization to be more than 25%.
  • Andy Allan and Ian Dees are looking for ways to make sure that the aggressive and destructive behavior that the OSM community sometimes exhibits, especially on some mailing lists and on GitHub, comes to naught and people become more friendly and willing to support each other. Ian Diz is ready to tell open-source community managers how to deal with rude manners that are especially common when people use anonymous communication channels.
  • Do you know someone who deserves the annual OSM Awards? Then hurry up - applications are accepted until July 15.
  • A group of five cartographer volunteers from the OSM community in Ghana and open source enthusiasts traveled to Ghana as part of the Open Source Way project. Along the way, they mapped, took street panoramas for Mapillary, and also promoted OpenStreetMap and open source software in every way.
  • The OSMF Council published the results of an OSM community survey asking to select a topic for discussion by the Council at an upcoming meeting. Christoph Hormann in his blog criticizes some dubious ideas and trends, and also expresses his point of view regarding the study of the views of the community.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • We join the JOSM team and many others who help distribute the announcement of the OSMF operation team, which is now looking for volunteers. We clarify that this working group is responsible for the operation of servers belonging to the OpenStreetMap Foundation.


  • Kristina Karch on the OpenStreetMap Foundation mailing list suggests discussing where next year the State of the Map-2020 conference can be held, as this issue has not yet been resolved.
  • Conference “State of the Map-2019” is just around the corner. The program of this major event in the OSM world, which this year will be held from September 21 to 23 in the German city of Heidelberg, is available on the official website of this conference.

Humanitarian OSM

  • On World Refugee Day June 20, a medium was published on about the joint work of the University of Oregon (USA), HOT and Development Seed to find refugees and internally displaced persons as a result of military conflicts or natural disasters in order to support them. The article shows the scale of the problem and how it is solved, and also concludes that in the near future with the help of artificial intelligence it will be possible to help even more people.
  • The Maptime Salzburg team (regular cartography conferences in Salzburg) will hold two youth workshops as part of the upcoming AGIT exhibition. At the first meeting, we will talk about the basics of humanitarian mapping, and at the second , about the creation of youth clubs-departments of cartographers in European educational institutions. Note that the association of young cartographers OSM - YouthMappers - was founded by students from US universities, at the moment it consists of 143 branches in 41 countries.
  • The nomination of candidates to the council of the non-profit HOT organization ended on June 17, 2017. For 7 vacancies, 8 people claim. By decision of the organization’s board, the number of seats on the board was increased from 2 to 7.
  • Rebecca Firth of HOT , a non-profit organization, talks about how street panoramas help make OSM more accurate, especially in regions with poor map quality. In particular, panoramas provide data on waste management, road conditions and much more.


  • The founders of the small online workshop OpenSchoolMaps , implemented as part of the local OSM community in Switzerland, published a study guide (PDF) - "Self-mapping of the environment." While it is available only in German. It talks about how to organize a field cart meeting and what is needed for this. Authors are waiting for feedback, but it is desirable that it be framed as a problem in the Git repository.


  • Sven Geggus turned off the Open Brewpub Map, but instead began supporting a new project - the Open Brewery Map (brewery map), which is based on the osmpoidb technique .
  • Updated Portuguese version of Historic Place. The site is currently fully translated into Brazilian Portuguese.

Open data

  • Yandex allowed the use of information from Yandex.Panorams to refine data in OpenStreetMap. This time by e-mail.


  • Mateusz Koniezhi received a grant from NLnet as part of the NGI Zero project to work on StreetComplete . Basically, he plans to work on solving the problems that were raised on GitHub.
  • The online service Sight Safari , which can build interesting itineraries for sightseeing in unfamiliar cities, has now become a mobile application for Android. Beta testing is underway. Of course, OSM data is used as the basis.


  • Out the new version of QGIS: 3.8 (Zanzibar) and long supported version (LTR) 3.4.9 (Maider). LTR versions are usually relevant throughout the year.

Do you know ...

  • ... a periodic table of PostgreSQL?
  • ... that the Russian maper Konstantin Moshkov has developed the OsMo monitoring mobile application ? This is a tracker that allows you to share your location with others. It is also possible to organize group monitoring. OSM is used as a card, but the attribution is "lame."
  • ... that the Russian company NextGIS, together with the international non-profit organization Memorial, developed the map " It's right here: Moscow. Topography of terror. "? The map shows places in Moscow that are associated with terror during the USSR. OSM is used as the basis.
  • ... the difference between the tags amenity=post_boxand amenity=letter_box? The first indicates the place where you put the letters to send them, the second - a personal mailbox for receiving letters. By the way, these boxes can serve as landmarks in the rural outback, where mailboxes are located along the main roads away from homes.

Other geo events

  • The cartocalypse user on Twitter posted a photo of the souvenir from the QGIS-CH meeting.
  • WGS84 is a coordinate system in which OSM data is stored, but it turns out that it is not as simple as it seems at first glance.
  • The 2019 African Conference on Geospatial Data and the Internet will be held October 22-24 this year in Accra, the capital of Ghana.
  • The ORF.Tirol report shows how important geodata is for the operation of all services related to saving people (doctors, firefighters, rescuers, police officers, etc.). It mentions GIS-Tirol, which supports the operation of 358 fire brigades in the form of web GIS.
  • According to, Facebook made a unique high-precision map, which was created by the artificial intelligence team. The company claims its population density map is three times more accurate than that of other suppliers. Facebook plans to make this map available to the public for humanitarian purposes.
  • Michael Sumner writes on Twitter about a scientific study that studies the geolocation of animals using light-sensitive sensors.
  • Google seems to be struggling with the hundreds of thousands of fake POIs of various businesses and organizations that appear on Google maps every month. According to an article by The Verge, there are currently over 11 million fake Google Maps profiles.
  • A number of economists analyzed user reviews for various food outlets and came to the conclusion that the closer the institution is located to a tourist site, the lower its rating will be. Their research is based on Yelp and OSM data.
  • Berlin's Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district has published a map of drinking fountains, which also has various information about them.

Communication of Russian OpenStreetMap participants is in the Telegram chat room and on the forum . There are also groups on social networks VKontakte , Facebook , but they mainly publish news.

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