weeklyOSM: weeklyOSM 483



  • On regio-osm.de there is now a house number evaluator for Kosovo.
  • Florian Lohoff wrote in his blog about the issues arising when access=private is used on service roads. Usually this choice means no routers will use these highways; more nuanced access options should be chosen instead.
  • Adam Franco created two videos about working with multipolygons using JOSM. The first one is about creating multipolygons for adjoining areas with shared ways. Please note that this type of mapping is being discouraged in many parts of the world. In his second video he explains how to identify and bugfix multipolygons.
  • Valor Naram’s proposal to deprecate the tag contact:phone= in favour of phone= is up for voting until 5 November 2019.
  • Voting also started for Vɑdɪm’s proposal to tag outdoor locations designated for sunbathing. The poll ends on 5 November 2019.
  • OpenStreetMap Croatia started their own instance of Tasking Manager (automatic translation) to better coordinate mapping and imagery recently made available from state sources. The first project is naming all the bays on the coast.
  • [1] Pascal Neis added some “leaderboards” to his OSMstats. Exactly 19 users contributed and mapped every single day to OSM last year, as reported in “Activity”. It is also worthwhile to have a look at the other reports: Map changes, Discussions, Traces and Notes.
  • Heather Leson points to a survey concerning people in FLO (Free/Libre/Open) communities.
  • RebeccaF provides, in an OSM diary entry, a long list of potential action points for increasing diversity with OSM, HOT and State of the Map. These points came out of the session at SotM Heidelberg.
  • OSM plays a key role in a dynamic earthquake risk model that processes updates on buildings every 60 seconds.


  • Data from the Estonian cadastre has been imported into OSM since 2013. OSM user SviMik has now developed a convenient and simple tool to maintain updates. He also created a validator that tells you where to add new and missing roads in Estonia. An overview of statistics and all tools is available on his personal site (ru); there is still scope for help from the community.


  • Betaslb wrote (automatic translation) in her user diary about her experience at the SotM 2019, including some inner thoughts from someone who is not an expert in OSM, but a beginner.
  • The registration for SotM Asia 2019 is open. SotM Asia takes place in Dhaka, Bangladesh 1 and 2 November 2019 .

Humanitarian OSM

  • Riley Champine, graphics editor at National Geographic, tweeted a link to slides of his presentation at NAICS 2019 on Mapping Refugees with Open Data. A bonus is the link to a Google Spreadsheet of a range of Overpass queries he used.


  • Russian user Pavel Gavrilov wrote (ru) a tutorial on OSM which can be useful for beginners. He talks about the project basis.


  • Russian user Nikolay Petrov launched an online project OpenRecycleMap (ru). This is a map which helps in finding recycling collection points. The service also allows users to add new waste collection points. Data is taken from OSM and then added to it.
  • maptiler.com published a blog post about the new offering of OSM in WGS84, French Lambert and Dutch Rijksdriehoekstelsel map projections. The article also provides a brief overview of map projections and links to Tobias Jung’s interesting comparison of selected map projections.
  • The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation has developed the “Geoinformation system of industrial parks, technoparks and clusters of the Russian Federation”, which uses OSM as a basemap.


  • The Russian portal E1 reports (automatic translation) that new smart traffic lights will start operating in Yekaterinburg in November 2019. They will give priority to public transport. On one of the photographs you can see that the traffic control system uses OSM as a map.

Open Data


  • The discussion about Facebook and missing attribution is still going on. On the one hand Christoph emphasises that the discussion and development of a new community guideline does not happen in the open. On the other hand, Nuno Caldeira details the licence infringement and supplies some detailed examples.


  • Jody Garnett asks via Twitter whether members of fossgis_eV would be willing to support GeoServer with OGC recertification measures.


  • Shay Strong of EagleView wrote, on the KD Nuggets site, about an approach to using machine learning to identify unmapped buildings on OpenStreetMap. His model is bootstrapped with known buildings on OSM.
  • Jochen Topf reported about his experiences with the Hetzner cloud, into which he has moved data.openstreetmap.de (formerly openstreetmapdata.com).
  • Andy Allan wrote on his blog about progress being made in refactoring the core code of OpenStreetMap to allow supporting multiple API versions at the same time.


  • Version 3.0.0 of PostGIS has been released.
  • Version 2.3.0 of the “Sight Safari” mobile application has been released (ru). Now you can share routes with other users right from the app and also create intermediate points on the route.

Did you know …

  • … of the website of Russian user AMDmi3? You can find various OSM renders there.

Other “geo” things

  • The Guardian has an amusing article where a journalist confronts teenagers with outmoded technologies of the 1980s, including rotary dial telephones, a Sony Walkman, and a transistor radio. One of the examples is a printed street atlas of London (the “A-Z”).
  • We reported last week on the demise of paper maps from Geoscience Australia. Now The Guardian has an in-depth reflection on this announcement.
  • Jens Jackowski reported (sv) (automatic translation) from Sweden and says: “interesting, now the Swedish land surveying office is already calling on citizens to improve the official Swedish maps and, for example, to report missing hiking trails.” We say: “Then we’d better work with OpenStreetMap right now.”
  • James Macfarlane believes that the increased use of navigation apps like Waze, Apple Maps, and Google Maps is multiplying chaos and making it harder to manage traffic.
  • An article in futurezone.at shows (de) (automatic translation) that map errors do not always have to be seen negatively. Due to an error in Google Maps a drug gang was caught.
  • El Pais noted (es) (automatic translation) that military maps of Spain, compiled during World War II by the Americans and British, have finally been de-classified.
  • Google announced that in the future it will be possible to report traffic incidents such as accidents and breakdowns on Google Maps. Google bought Waze six years ago and adding these features to Google Maps raises questions about Waze’s future.
  • A paper in Ecography demonstrates how textual analysis of scientific papers can be used to create maps of where studies of various insect pollinators (typically bees) have been carried out.

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