OpenStreetMap News Digest

Hello, Habr! I present to you the translation of the digest " weeklyOSM 400 ".


  • Russell Deffner has launched a repeat discussion request (RFC) for the proposed tag shop=cannabis.
  • The voting stage for the proposal for aircraft signal lights is already open . This proposal implies accurate tagging of signal light sources at high-altitude objects (towers, buildings) in order to prevent collisions with aircraft in flight.
  • Another proposal for contractors, for example, when building an office building, was published by Christopher Baze as a tag contractor=. Voting is open until April.
  • Carlos Brice from Argentina reopens the discussion on the forum about tags for various types of paving, especially the Brazilian type (a variant of Portuguese paving), mentioned earlier on the Tagging mailing list.
  • Geochicas (Geodevushki, sp. ) Launched their Twitter project called #LasCallesDeLasMujeres (Women Streets), in which they created a map for analyzing gender balance in the nomenclature of Latin American and Spanish streets with links to biographies of women on Wikipedia, in whose honor named streets.
  • The proposal for pedestrian connections between the ski lifts and the ski slopes was accepted .
  • Strava updated its heatmap . The maximum zoom level is now limited to 12. In addition, places with very little activity will not be shown. As a result, in most cases it will be much more difficult to track or link tracks to a highly pixelated heatmap.


  • The community size of OpenStreetMap has reached one million registered members!
  • GeoHipster took the interview behind the project Anonymaps on Twitter.
  • Levente Juhász tweeted about his new freely available publication about ways to contribute to OpenStreetMap and about “educating” cartographers with an eye to their long-term involvement.
  • Maurizio Napolitano (napo user) posted a proposal on the wiki about “Mappers in Residence” (“Resident Cartographers”). This proposal is to repeat the experience of the resident wiki at OpenStreetMap: a volunteer idea designed to help institutions or companies provide their information to the open data world.
  • “OpenStreetMap, MapaNica, and Buses in Nicaragua” is the name of a presentation recently held in Esteli, Nicaragua that explains the mapping process for bus routes in Managua and Esteli. Additional information is available on the blog;
  • OpenCageData took interviews from Andy Mabbetta , which is active in the community Wikidata and OpenStreetMap. He talked about the connections between them.
  • Valentina Carraro and Bart Wissink wrote an article about the underrepresentation of minorities on OpenStreetMap and the risk that real-world inequalities seep into potentially democratic crowdfunding projects. The full article is available only to paid subscribers.

Data import

  • It seems that in Portugal large volumes of data were imported into OSM within two months without prior approval or documentation;
  • Ilya Zverev gained access to the Navads dataset at more than 59 thousand gas stations around the world. Currently, the data is checked and prepared for import - the current status can be tracked in the import mailing list and on the highlighted wiki page .

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Michael Reichert on the OSMF-Talk newsletter suggests closing several inactive or inactive non-moderated sections from the OSM forum to make better use of moderator time.
  • On March 15, a meeting of the OSMF Council was held. Nakaner published a report on the OSM forum (in German). Christoph commented on a blog post about translating the OSMF website into other languages.


  • Lars Lingner reminds ( German , translation ) of the upcoming OSM Hackweekend , which will be held at DB-Mindbox in Berlin on April 14-15.
  • The next Grazer Linuxtage will be held April 27-28 in Graz (Austria) at the FH Joanneum, Automotive Engineering course. In addition to various lectures and workshops on open source software, you can also visit the JOSM workshop. The entrance is free.
  • The 6th annual conference hosted by OpenStreetMap France will be held June 1–3 in Pessac, on the campus of the University of Bordeaux-Montaigne . Presentations of participants can be provided here .
  • On April 7, the General Meeting of the Swiss OSM Association will be held at the Office of Geoinformation in Solothurn , and then a cartographic party.

Humanitarian OSM

  • sev_osm spoke in detail in his diary (French, translation ) about a seminar that he held in Dakar with several members of the local OSM community, teaching various advanced editing technologies, processing several available sources of aerial and satellite imagery, information about the OSM ecosystem and managing it.
  • The minutes of the meeting of HOT US Inc., held on March 1, are published .
  • Biondi Sima explains what was planned by the Indonesian HOT team as part of the InAWARE project after the completion of the project in Jakarta.


  • James2432 is working on rendering craft businesses in OSM Carto.

Open data

  • The Uruguayan community gvSIG and GeoForAll Iberoamérica are organizing the 5th Conference on Free and Open Sources of Geographic Information Technology, to be held in Montevideo in October this year.
  • The municipality of Tirana has agreed to provide its geodata for OpenStreetMap under an open license.
  • The Asian Fund showed in a photo blog how the Nepalese community celebrated Open Data Day. Kathmandu Living Labs organized a map marathon (mapathon), where many participants were introduced to the capabilities of OpenStreetMap.


  • Wikimedia strongly opposes ( German , translation ) the European initiative to introduce filters in Wikimedia Commons when downloading data, due to “unprecedented changes” to legislative projects “last minute” . John Weitzmann noted that even Wikipedia “cannot avoid similar problems .


  • HeiGIT is currently developing an OpenStreetMap history analysis platform. This will facilitate access to OSM data from a complete change history. The preliminary results of the project can be found on the example of Nepal .
  • Want an OSM card wallpaper on your smartphone? A web service from Alvar Carto will help to fulfill this dream .
  • In its article, Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten describes the startup Calimoto . Their navigation application for motorcyclists is distinguished by the fact that it prefers the most picturesque and winding routes.
  • The OSM forum introduced a new editor , primarily designed to add new 3D buildings. Its authors are the creators of PlaceMaker, a paid plug-in for SketchUp that imports and processes 3D geodata in SketchUp. The developers also uploaded a training video .


  • Beginning May 1, Geofabrik’s public downloads will no longer contain metadata about OSM users. Access to full uploads will only be possible with an OSM account.


  • Simon Poole said that he will be in the new version 10.2 of the Vespucci editor on his blog .

"Do you know about? .."

  • ... a script for visualizing query results from a database on a map?
  • ... flosm thematic OSM cards ? There is another new site for creating your own map themes.
  • ... the OpenMapTiles project ? Here you can use a set of tools to create vector maps of the world that you can host or use offline. The program is available as free software at .
  • ... this video that illustrates our mapping activities with OpenStreetMap since 2006?

OSM in the media

  • A CityLab article on the distribution of sex among cartographers is discussed on the mailing list and Reddit . While commentators welcome cartographers of all genders and backgrounds, the statistics cited in the article are skeptical.

Other cartographic

  • Google Maps, following OSM, now also provides data for wheelchair users . However, so far only in certain cities and less informative than in OSM.
  • According to the World Bank, half of the world's urban population lives on the streets without names. Google Plus Codes are an alternative to regular addresses (city, street, house number). This system is also a free alternative to proprietary systems like “what3words”.
  • Google wants to make life easier for developers of augmented reality games like Pokémon Go using the Google Maps API.
  • An article on SciDev discusses the principles of humanitarian mapping.

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