News from the world of OpenStreetMap No. 457 (04.16.2019-22.04.2019)

Original author: weeklyteam
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  • Philip Perdomeniko posted on Twitter "coffee card" downtown Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), he recently made on the basis of OpenStreetMap.
  • According to Mapillary in its blog, the transportation departments of the US states of Utah, Florida, Arizona, Connecticut and Vermont uploaded 430,000 km of images to Mapillary. They were automatically processed in order to detect various elements of the road transport network (road signs, traffic lights, etc.).
  • Neue Züricher Zeitung has published(de) ( translated ) material on Raoul Krauthausen and his Wheelmap project , a map of the seats accessible on a wheelchair, which was supported by the Sozialhelden association.


  • Andy Mabbeth looked at some commonly used Wikidata tags (he also found random errors) and raised the question: should each branch of a company be marked wikidata=, like its head office, or with the exception of headquarters, should other branches be tagged with brand:wikidata=or franchise:wikidata.
  • Dave F wondered if it’s being used anywhere junction=yeson landfills. According to the answers of Mateusz and Tobias , used.
  • Valor Naram has developed a tagging scheme for changing tables and is waiting for comments.
  • The new tagging scheme “Police Institutions” , which was supposed to introduce new keys for objects used by the police, did not gain the required number of votes.
  • Leif Rasmussen developed a tagging scheme that contains more information about the connectivity of the lanes, because he believes that the existing model that uses turn:lanes=does not save all the necessary details for complex intersections. Simon Poole recalls that a similar tagging scheme ( transit=-key) was developed back in 2015, but was never adopted.
  • Joseph Eisenberg wants to map plateaus, flat hills, hills and plateaus, and therefore asks the “Tagging” mailing list to find appropriate values ​​to indicate them. Some offer their options, while others believe that some of these objects represent vast territories without clear boundaries, which, moreover, can not always be determined by a person, and this, in turn, does not correspond to the OSM data model. Therefore, such information, in their opinion, should be stored elsewhere.


  • Back in 2017, a yaugenka participant asked to add to iD the ability to “disconnect” the entire land use range from lines. Quincy Morgan recently implemented this feature and made a short gif about how it works.
  • A great feature for viewing geometry was added to the PgAdmin4 program , and OpenStreetMap acts as a background. When testing PostGIS scripts, programmers simply switch between viewing data and viewing geometry, now they don’t need other visualization tools.
  • A jguthrie100 member suggested a pull request for the iD web editor to warn if the same address was used multiple times.


  • MapRoulette version 3.3 is published . The latest update adds a completely new review system. You can mark each task that you solve as “verification required”. Some cartographers can independently view the solvable tasks of other cartographers. Portuguese localization and email notifications also appeared.

Do you know …

  • ... about the new validator Jochen Topf “ Osmoscope "? It shows superimposed dots, single dots and untagged lines.
  • ... about the tool " View of parking lines " (Parking Lanes Viewer) from the user ascd, with which you can view and edit the parking along the roads in OSM?
  • ... what tag to put if there is a landing zone (a place where you can sit or eat) in a store or in another infrastructure object? There are two keys for this: indoor_seatingand outdoor_seating. For the veranda itself, located outside the object there is a tag leisure=outdoor_seating. In some places, even the type of chairs ( outdoor_seating:comfort) or the degree of protection from precipitation ( weather_protection) or the sun is noted .

OSM in the media

  • On the website of the Spanish newspaper El Pais', an article on the 2016 general election in Spain provides voting cards . 11 of the 12 maps presented in the article do not have the required copyrights. The 2019 election was held on April 28th.

Other “geo” events

  • The Guardian talks about the struggle of one of the residents of the north-eastern London district of Ilford with the authorities for the postcode E19, which indicates the district belongs to London. This is due to the fact that the IG1 – IG6 index, which is now assigned to this area, is not always recognized as London and may be misinterpreted as part of Essex . His “fight” lasts as long as 15 years.
  • Mapbox at the Shanghai Motor Show announces the release of its Vision SDK . This development environment allows you to add the following functions to driving applications: augmented reality navigation and lane selection recommendations, warnings while driving, and many others. The SDK can also correlate data from sensors and cameras with classical cartographic information, which is processed using AI Maps .
  • Kenneth Field and Max Roberts have shown that schematic maps are a topic on which very emotional public debates can be held.
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation blog tells how spatial analysis of the data collected by GPS helps track malaria.
  • National Geographic reports that melting ice in the Himalayas is a greater threat than originally thought, as the area that could be affected by flash floods is gradually increasing. By the way, the researchers used data from OSM in their work.
  • Nico Belmonte became the chief map manager at Mapbox. He previously headed the visualization department at Uber.
  • There is a reception reports and speeches on the Caribbean GIS Conference URISA 2019 , to be held November 18-21 in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Open data


  • Ilya Zverev announced the beginning of the nomination for the OpenStreetMap Awards 2019.
  • OpenStreetMap marks 15 years this year. At the time of preparation of this news release, only one event is known dedicated to this date. Michael, thanks for the reminder .
  • The Portuguese OSM community, through the Talk-pt mailing list, discussed mapping a new hospital on Madeira Island. If this hospital is under construction, how should it be mapped? If built, but just closed? If it works without a license and therefore illegal? How to check for a license? What to do with the cartographer and when exactly to map this hospital? Here are some of the issues discussed by the Portuguese OSM community. (pt)(automatic translation )
  • Michael Reichert offers(de) ( translation ) on the OSM-Wikicamp to discuss issues related to the OSM-wiki, since they have accumulated quite a lot. As he notes on his blog, most likely the local OSM branch in German, FOSSGIS eV, will pay for the stay.
  • Cleaning WikiOSM has recently become quite a popular activity. Indeed, some pages that were deleted 7 years ago, as obsolete, are still available to readers. Ilya Zverev was critical of deleting an article about testing API 0.6. Unfortunately, but quite predictably, further discussion of the rules for removing articles from WikiOSM led to a debate about the meanings of the recent OSM API progress , the use of the word “vandalism” and the existence or absence of “watchmen” in OSM.
  • API 0.6 turned 10 last week: it was released on April 21, 2009. Ilya Zverev recalled how the switch from API 0.5 occurred and explained why he believes that we will never see API version 0.7.


  • Grigory Rechistov prepared the import of forests, farmland and other types of vegetation from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and documented his plan on the wiki. But the criticism voiced in the Imports mailing list is apparently ignored .

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Christoph Hormann discovered that the April 24 OSMF Board meeting contained a closed agenda item on GlobalLogic.
  • Rory McCann asks if GlobalLogic pleads guilty because they themselves proposed to terminate their OSMF membership.


  • Potential organizers of the next State of the Map 2020 conference may already apply. The deadline for accepting applications is June 15, 2019.
  • Christine Karch (Christine Karch) and Denis Helfer (Denis Helfer) plan to(de) organize OSM meetings in Strasbourg in May this year. Meetings will be held every six months and will be held in several languages ​​(German, French, English).

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