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1 million buildings in LA, but what about the community?

Posted by schleuss on 30 July 2016 in English (English)

Part of our series of diaries sharing experiences on the ongoing LA Building Import into OpenStreetMap. Last month, we talked about the tools. Two weeks ago it was about the data. Today it's about the local community.

Omar Ureta and I presented the L.A. County building import to the US State of the Map last weekend. We've imported more than 1 million buildings. And we've done that with the help of Mapbox, my employer the Los Angeles Times and the local community.

Organizing the community has been very time consuming. But it's also been very important.

Before starting the import we got a list of local mappers with a lot of edits in L.A. County. Then we messaged users asking for feedback and involvement. This took a while, because the OSM website only allows us to send one message to one user at a time. I've spent many hours copying/pasting markdown files to users in the hope that they'd get involved or reach out with feedback.

Not everyone wrote back, but those that did offered helpful advice and interest.

It's been weird to hold all these profiles in my head. A local gentleman who's interested in fixing rural roads before the import. A woman in the Bay Area who's a Dodgers fan. A retired tech journalist from Santa Monica who has come to every meetup. A lawyer-turned GIS student. A German programmer two hours to L.A.'s north. And many, many more.

We post new events on MaptimeLA's meetup page. I message folks through the OSM website. We email. The county's GIS blog has promoted a few of our events.

Here are the import-related events we've hosted so far:

  • March 31 - JOSM training at Arup in Downtown L.A.
  • April 2 - Import party at the L.A. Times downtown
  • April 14 - Import party at Arup
  • May 21 - Import party at the Times
  • June 5 - Import party at Angel City Brewery in Little Tokyo/Arts District
  • June 25 - Import party at the Times
  • July 7 - 3D modeling training session using OSM data from the import

Import party at the Los Angeles Times Import party on May 21

And now we have to schedule more. We need to break out of Downtown Los Angeles. We're reaching out to local universities and companies. I'd like to host an event in Santa Monica. One in Long Beach. Maybe even one in the high desert/Lancaster. Oh, and we're really interested in hosting an event on Catalina Island (still L.A. County) to our south!

Catalina Island L.A.'s Isle of Wight???

Los Angeles is really, really big. We have a lot of work to do. I'm keeping an open mind going forward. We have to listen to the community and understand what it wants. We have train people in different parts of our county. We need new faces and new communities to show us what's missing.

I'm thinking these events shouldn't be import only. Some users don't want to import.

"It feels too much like work," one of my colleagues said recently. And he's right. It's a tedious process to conflate buildings with what's already on the map. It's painful to scan an area to find little slivers of buildings sliced by the city's less accurate parcel boundaries. And then there's the wait time to upload 9,000 nodes.

So we're branching out. Future events will be focused on the import, but also offer training and the ability to hack on any other OSM-related projects.

Our current list has fire hydrants, bus stops, cultural monuments, parking restrictions, the Walk of Fame stars, bike routes, earthquake-risk buildings and many many more.

So, I'm excited for the future. I think we can build the community. I even think we can beat Germany at active users.

Yeah, I said it. ;)

PS - Reach out if you have a way of contacting several OSM users at once. I'm not against writing some script to automate the process on top of the website. Obviously I'm not interested in creating spam. But the OSM website doesn't have the tools needed for community organizing.

Location: Historic Core District, Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, 90014, United States of America


Posted by Supaplex on 30 July 2016 in Chinese (Taiwan) (‪中文(台灣)‬)

圓山水神社一帶真的有草地!原來的蓄水池現在變草地了,水神社參拜道前的確是草地。看來愛台玩至少在水神社,不完全是map for rendering。

Location: 大直, 永安里, 竹子林, 中山區, 臺北市, 臺灣

My investigations of the Bosnian Pyramid Complex have begun

Posted by jonwit on 30 July 2016 in English (English)


I have decided to begin verifying claims the there are a set of ancient pyramid structures) just north of Sarajevo near the town of Visoko and making a better map of the area. After vacationing last year and visiting the site myself I felt the directions to this tourist attraction was lacking. I also felt that the investigators needed help with their claims.

For those unfamiliar with Visoko's #1 thing to do based on tripadvisor

Highlighted areas show the "pyramids"

##Current Tourist Map tourism map There is no pyramids on the map

##Other Tourist Sites

There is many more things to see and do in the area including the 14th century castle known as Stari Grad Visoko

##Constructing the basemap

Most of the buildinga were missing and as its easy to do armchair mapping I begun the process mapping all the buildings in the western area of Visoko.

The current landuse dataset is from a 2006 landcover dataset that while accurate does not reflect the actual landcover. This will be modified to accurately reflect the landcover

Location: Gornje Rosulje, Visoko, Visoko municipality, Zenica-Doboj Canton, Entity Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 71300, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Drinking water fountains in Brussels

Posted by philippec on 30 July 2016 in English (English)

I am proud to have carefully mapped and checked all drinking water fountains inside the Brussels Large Ring road. I have mapped also some toilets, without pursuing completeness.

Location: Marolles - Marollen, Brussels, Ville de Bruxelles - Stad Brussel, Brussels-Capital, 1000, Belgium

Hint Filmleri

Posted by sherchie on 30 July 2016 in Turkish (Türkçe)

Dunyanin en fazla film ureten ulkesi olarak one cıkan Hint filmleri sizlere en iyi filmleri sunmaya devam ediyor.

Repairs to Woodsetts CP Boundary

Posted by alexkemp on 30 July 2016 in English (English)

Woodsetts appeared on my screen (literally & metaphorically) whilst entering the very wonderful Worksop Unparished parish on to the OSM map. The northern edge of Worksop parish that I was working on (pun deliberate) was at the southern edge of Woodsetts CP. However, the Woodsetts parish line seemed to be 200m or more adrift from it's true place.

‘CP’ is short for “Civic Parish”, and is the smallest of the English Administrative boundaries (admin_level=10). Woodsetts CP was entered before my OSM time, in the days when one of the few bits of reference material available was NPE maps. Now, I understand fully that “something is better than nothing” (I already have that attitude to Bing imagery), but when I see “source=NPE” I have now come to expect wild inaccuracies. And am rarely disappointed, with Woodsetts CP as my current example.

Woodsetts Road is a tertiary highway that runs north out of Woodsetts village. After a short distance it meets Acorn Lodge and changes into Gilding Wells Road; to the East of that road is a farmer's field that contains the site of a Cartographic atrocity!

One of the parishes to the north of Woodsetts is Dinnington St. John's. Did you spot the single quote in that name? Well, unfortunately csmale did not. URLs within his Parish page use single quotes as delimiters within HTML <a href=...> syntax, but have not themselves been encoded, which means that the Dinnington St. John's link is ineffective. It should be\Rotherham_District\Dinnington_St._John's_CP.gpx (which will work in a browser or JOSM). However, in html page source the quote (‘'’) should have been rendered as ‘%27’ (so-called “percent encoding”) (this also normally applies to spaces, but all spaces have already been transformed to underscores (‘_’)).

Having crafted an effective Dinnington St. John's CP.gpx url I can see that the boundary never goes East of Gilding Wells Road, although the Woodsetts CP boundary travels across the northern edge of that field until it meets a bunch of Regional (admin_level=5) & other boundaries running north-south along the course of a stream that can be seen in Bing to clearly run through the centre of the wheat-field. Unfortunately:—

  1. OSM currently shows the boundary as “Dinnington St. John's TC”
  2. The mis-named Dinnington St. John's TC currently runs where Woodsetts CP is supposed to run (across the northern part of that field), and follows the Regional boundaries south for 200m or so.
  3. Woodsetts CP does NOT run across the northern part of that field
  4. Woodsetts CP currently has an invented path which follows (what appears to be from Bing) a dried-up stream-bed across the middle of the field 200m or so south of it's true route
  5. The mis-named Dinnington St. John's TC follows the Woodsetts CP invented path to return back to it's accepted path
  6. The OSM route for the North-South waterway bears little relation to current reality

As you can see, it's all a bit of an abortion. I'm getting out my wellies, face-mask & chainsaw as I write these words, and will write more after some serious surgery.

Adding Worksop *Unparished* Parish

Posted by alexkemp on 29 July 2016 in English (English)

(see also Nottinghamshire Civil Parishes - names for unnamed areas)

It's vital to have your UK civil parish area entered in the map if you want your house and/or locality to be easily found by the search & location aspects of OSM. However, many areas of the country are Unparished, and that includes 9 distinct areas in Nottinghamshire (12 towns). The Ordnance Survey have provided shape files for every parish, and that includes the Unparished parishes. However, each of those is unnamed. Before I did the research, none of the Nottinghamshire Unparished parishes were on the map. They are now!

Worksop is one of the last Unparished parishes waiting to be added to the map, and Unnamed_shape_5619 shows the boundary under JOSM. In contrast to all the others it seemed to be the easiest, as it needed the least editing. However, right at the end it threw a little wobbly.

Part of the northern edge of the 5619 boundary ran up Worksop Road (A57) then turned right along an unclassified road and Owday Lane. In contrast to all of the other 37km of the boundary, this little length along the unclassified + Owday Lane had no other boundary line already on it. That smelt all wrong.

A couple of hundred metres north of this unpopulated line was a way with a dozen or so boundaries in it, running parallel to Owday Lane through the middle of woods:-

  1. Nottinghamshire (Ceremonial); (vice_county); (administrative admin_level=6 (County))
  2. South Yorkshire (Ceremonial)
  3. East Midlands (administrative admin_level=5 (Region))
  4. Yorkshire and the Humber (administrative admin_level=5 (Region))
  5. Bassetlaw (administrative admin_level=8 (District))
  6. Rotherham (administrative admin_level=8 (Unitary_Authority))
  7. North and South Anston CP (administrative admin_level=10 (Parish))
  8. Woodsetts CP (administrative admin_level=10 (Parish))

The source for the way was supposed to be OS_OpenData_BoundaryLine but the two CPs were NPE and I smelt a rat. I downloaded Woodsetts CP.gpx + Nottinghamshire County.gpx in addition to the Unnamed shape 5619.gpx. As I thought, at this point all 3 GPX shared the same boundary. All those multiple BoundaryLines were supposed to run along Owday Lane, and the early reliance on NPE had led to a wrong placing.

In addition to re-routing those multiple boundaries at that place, I reset the very southern bit of Woodsetts CP. However, I did notice in the window that, in general, the entire current layout of Woodsetts bares only a passing resemblance to the OS GPX; it needs a complete repair. I suspect that the same may be true for North and South Anston CP and possibly for all other NPE-derived boundaries. I've decided to tackle fixing Woodsetts CP as well, but will write that up in a separate diary entry, once complete (it's a mess at the moment).

And finally, here is the proof of the pudding.

Location: Worksop (Unparished), Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire, East Midlands, England, United Kingdom

Hayat Güzel

Posted by hubenso on 29 July 2016 in Turkish (Türkçe)

Hayatı yaşamak için sevmek ve Yangın Kapısıen önemlisi sevilmek lazım.

Location: جبة, حائل, Suudi Arabistan

1º dia de mapeamento

Posted by Zanok on 29 July 2016 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Corrigidos alguns nomes de ruas e traços das mesmas.

Restaurant Los Sueños de Merlín

Posted by ximoberna on 29 July 2016 in Catalan (Català)

What's going in Egypt?

Posted by Chetan_Gowda on 29 July 2016 in English (English)

From last week I'm noticing lot data coming to OpenStreetMap using DigitalGlobe imagery. Some users are adding residential roads and overlapping the primary roads.

screen shot 2016-07-29 at 6 52 32 pm

Augmented changeset viewer:

Throwing here a small post to let know the community.

My Plan to Create the Big Map of Sibiu – One House at a Time

Posted by HermannstadtGeographer on 29 July 2016 in English (English)

When I have first discovered OpenStreetMap in 2010 I was happy that there was an alternative to Google Map Maker. I must say that I have discovered it for the second time and that was in 2015. I was absolutely astonished by the level of details that can be added to this map and I soon began to map out my city. I am now a full-time mapper and I work very hard in order to add in the footprint of every building from my city. I even keep track of my progress on a dedicated website –

I believe that such a historical event in the life of my city needs to be well documented for future reference. I also believe that I can inspire others to map if I document all of my work on a website. Sibiu is a large city but it is not extremely big. A good mapper can finish this entire city in about 3 months of work. However, there are a lot of small towns around the city and this is where the real work needs to be done. There are a lot of miles to travel and without adequate funding or time, it is really impossible to add in these small towns to OpenStreetMap.

However, I am quite confident that with enough willpower these small towns (Cisnadie,Avrig, Talmaciu, etc) will be added to the map in the near future. My plan is to map these towns as well and I plan to do this right after I finish mapping my own city. The biggest problem that I have to face is related to the cost of printing the satellite imagery. As of today, nobody from the local community has offered to help but I will keep on mapping anyway. I want Sibiu to be one of the finest mapped cities in the entire country as this is extremely important for our local community and local economy.

Sibiu is an important tech hub in Romania and it is quite a shame that the overall quality of OSM data is not that great and I took the challenge of mapping the city as if it was a personal mission that must be fulfilled with the utmost sacrifice in terms of personal time and finance. I am fully aware about the effort that is required to finish this project however I am also enlightened to know that my work will help tens of thousands of people that want to have a better understanding of their local community.

Why is OpenStreetMap Fundamental for Search and Rescue by Drones

Posted by HermannstadtGeographer on 29 July 2016 in English (English)

Search and rescue crews from all over the world need a technology that is able to cover vast distances with a minimum cost. This type of technology can take the form of aerial drones because drones are cost effective and they can cover vast distances. Moreover, recent developments in terms of collaborative mapping and computing power mean that drones will have a higher resolution camera and they will benefit from a universal map that can be of significant importance to the coordination effort.

Drones need to use a common map in order to keep track of the distance that they cover. This map can be created by the OpenStreetMap community and it can be supplied to organizations such as in order to save lives. We need to acknowledge one fact and that fact is that OpenStreetMap is a fantastic tool for search and rescue people. Moreover, OSM is also great for tourists who may get lost on a mountain.

Imagine a scenario for example – one person gets lost in the woods. There is the need to establish a perimeter around the area and given the fact that a lot of victims are found dozens of miles away – the perimeter needs to be larger than usual and this implies the fact that securing such a perimeter with foot power is not easy. It is far easier to secure this perimeter with drones. With the help of a map and with the help of an automatic communication system between drones this type of perimeter can easily be established and maintained while essential manpower can be used in order to provide additional effort inside the perimeter.

Search and rescue crews need drones more than ever and it is about time to use technology in order to save more lives. Far too many people get lost in the woods and far too many people are never found. Just imagine for a second how much land a drone can cover and you will soon realize that this technology has a huge potential for amplifying the effort of search and rescue crews.

Now, to begin with – search and rescue operations are not typical. They do not have a typical response and it is not easy to determine what can happen. Quite often, the weather goes bad and this fact alone can spell gloom and doom for the victim that may get lost in the woods or natural forests. For this exact reason, I strongly believe that the OpenStreetMap community must be fully aware of the fact that mapping remote locations is a fundamental effort for the search and rescue people.

As members of this community, we are fully aware of the fact that we are working on one of the best maps in the world and we need to add in all the details that we need in order to create a useful map for search and rescue people. I believe that we need to map out only important information and this information is local. Local knowledge is important but in the rest, when it comes to armchair mapping – we need to come up with something smart and fortunately, there are plenty of options available in order to do some great armchair mapping.

I believe that in the near future, the price of drones will go down exponentially due to the fact that computer chips will become cheaper. In about 5 years we will be able to use 40$ drones in order to create high-quality imagery and this fact alone is going to contribute to the overall quality of our maps in an exponential way.

In the end, it is important to acknowledge the fact that search and rescue organizations need aerial imagery and maps and with our strong community we have the power to help these organizations in a truly innovative way. Just as drones have created a revolution in the realm of imagery, drones will also create a revolution in OSM and the innovations brought on by this revolution will spread to the search and rescue organizations of the world.

Really trying to review Scout

Posted by ryebread on 28 July 2016 in English (English)

As I try to continue writing about various OpenStreetMap-based navigation applications, I'm really struggling to write something about Scout.


It is a weird application.

It is a combination of a navigation engine (offline download costs money), but it only works in the US, ignores service roads, and does not show buildings. It has a chat built in, but I have 5 chat clients already. It supports sending your location to other people, but these other people must have Scout installed as well, and you can't just say "here, watch me go somewhere", you MUST provide your destination (unlike Glympse). You don't see POIs unless you search for them, and the POI database may not have correct location for the addresses. Since there are no buildings (and no satellite imagery), you can't see you are directed to a shed instead of Walmart Superstore.

Has anybody here used Scout and thinks it is the best thing since sliced bread?

Location: North Pontiac Trail, Commerce Township, Oakland County, Michigan, 48390, United States of America

Adding Mansfield + Mansfield Woodhouse (Unparished) Parish

Posted by alexkemp on 28 July 2016 in English (English)

(see also Nottinghamshire Civil Parishes - names for unnamed areas)

What fun (not) this is.

A fantastic amount of work has already been put into the OSM map by masses of folks in the past. In this diary entry I document myself trampling all over some of their work and (hopefully) leaving all the good bits intact as I make nips & tucks to correct some errors introduced from NPE maps & stuff in the past in addition to adding a hole (which is what, in effect, an unparished parish is).

The source material for these edits is csmale's GPX downloads derived from the 2016 OS .shape files. Those include the latest corrections to all UK BoundaryLines.

I'm absolutely terrified when editing these sorts of things! By the nature of Boundary Lines there can be several boundaries within the same line. In OSM a boundary is established as a Relation. That relation's members are the ways that constitute the totality of the boundary. There are 6 different levels of administrative boundary, from Border, external (admin_level=2) (with the Irish Republic) down to the Civic Parish (CP) (admin_level=10). By the nature of it, each lower level consists of sub-divisions within the larger boundary that is the level above it.

Then it swiftly gets more complicated. There are also Ceremonial boundaries (I have zero idea as to the difference between it & an Administrative boundary). And there are others, some of which — in my darker moments — I begin to think have been invented, just for malicious fun.

To illustrate, here is a current tally of boundaries within the area that I started at, at a spot where both Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire County boundaries meet Warsop CP (southern tip):

  1. name=Derbyshire; boundary=ceremonial
  2. name=Nottinghamshire; boundary=ceremonial
  3. name=VC56 Nottinghamshire; boundary=vice_county; ref=56
  4. name=Derbyshire; boundary=administrative; admin_level=6 (County)
  5. name=Nottinghamshire; boundary=administrative; admin_level=6
  6. name=Bolsover; boundary=administrative; admin_level=8 (District)
  7. name=Mansfield; boundary=administrative; admin_level=8
  8. name=Shirebrook CP; boundary=administrative; admin_level=10 (Civic Parish)
  9. name=Warsop CP; boundary=administrative; admin_level=10

Now, you may well think — and you would have a point — that this level of detail is far too much. The issue, for me, is that I dare not do anything unless I understand things at that level of detail. As an example, I've just changed the ‘Warsop Civic Parish’ name from “Warsop” to “Warsop CP”, and could only do that because I can back up the name-change from both documented sources & also from depth of understanding of the issues involved.

This post was prompted because I've just shifted Rainworth CP + Rufford CP boundary line a smidge from it's NPE-designated meeting with the Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood (districts) & Clipstone CP boundary lines. I ended up using Unnamed_shape_5861.gpx, Rainworth CP.gpx + Mansfield district.gpx to be able to convince myself that yes, that node needed nudging. Really, I wanted those that worked on it before me to know that I was showing the best respect to their work that I could muster.

Moorhaigh Bridge

Aargh! A complex of boundaries come together near the Moorhaigh Bridge and, unfortunately, the Mansfield + Ashfield District boundaries that come together up from the south had been joined at the wrong point to a vast plexus of boundaries coming down in 2 streams from the north (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Bolsover district, Ault Hucknall CP + Pleasley CP). The joint had been made as a single point on an unclassified road next to Newboundmill Lane, whereas the OS BoundaryLines all said that it happened as 2 joins, with the second to the south close to where the 2 streams met & the bridge crossed them both.

I'm starting to get good at this relation surgery, so here is how to do it:

  1. In JOSM, switch OFF File | Download OSM Data Continuously
  2. Identify the correct boundary relations
    (I've had to use Ashfield District.gpx, Pleasley CP.gpx, Nottinghamshire County.gpx, Mansfield District.gpx + Unnamed shape 5861.gpx to be certain of the correct routes)
  3. For myself, select the Mansfield/Ashfield plexus + the join-node & use Alt+J (Tools menu) to disconnect the node from the Mansfield/Ashfield way.
    (That leaves the main way + Pleasley way intact & disconnects Mansfield/Ashfield from those ways)
  4. Re-join the free end of Mansfield/Ashfield in it's correct location (‘M’ for menu: Tools | Merge Nodes)
    (There is now a strip of the main way which wrongly has Mansfield as one of it's relations, and is missing Ashfield as a relation)  
  5. Select the new join-node + main-way & press ‘P’ (menu: Tools | Split Way)
  6. Select the main-way between the old join-node & new join-node & select ‘Mansfield’ in the Memberships window & delete it.
  7. Now to add the missing-snippet for Ashfield
    Whilst the split-off way is selected, press Alt+Shift+R (menu: Windows | Relations), select ‘Boundary[8] (Ashfield)’ relation + press the Relation Editor button. The split-off way was selected in the rhs window, and one of the buttons added it as a member in the lhs window (the first time I've been able to do that!). It also needed a role of ‘outer’ applying.

The final item was to make sure that I could get all members to join up in a circle. It is very likely that some of the members will not yet appear in the editor (they will show as ‘incomplete’). Selecting such a member will make a “download incomplete members” button available. Alternatively, a similar option is available via a right-click from the Alt+Shift+R Relation window. For that I pulled the view back a long way (using the ‘-’ button) and “walked the bounds” as described at the bottom of my original post on Nottinghamshire Civil Parishes. I was successful in that act. Hooray!

I'm now going to do the same for the Mansfield district boundary and then, hopefully some time soon, I shall be able to add this Unparished Parish.

(later same day)
2 unparished-parishes entered:

  1. Mansfield + Mansfield Woodhouse
  2. Kirkby-in-Ashfield + Sutton-in-Ashfield

The first was horrible due to needing to fix mistakes in existing Boundary Lines. The second was fiddly, but easy.

A lesson from both is that there are un-referenced level-10 admin boundaries originated from NPE maps but without any name nor Relation. I was able to re-use one for the ashfields above, but others simply need deleting.

Location: Mansfield Woodhouse, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, East Midlands, England, United Kingdom

Carlton Vistas:— the Fair Comes to Town

Posted by alexkemp on 27 July 2016 in English (English)

Serendipity allowed me to be in the right spot at the right time to catch a troupe of Travellers as they began to setup their Summer Fair on the fields above the Carlton Richard Herrod Centre:

Carlton Summer Fair, July 2016

I've surveyed my way Eastwards along both Carlton Hill & Foxhill Road until I found the Carlton town-centre. I discovered from the local historian, living within the town's original Police Station, that St Paul's Junior school was demolished & the end of Foxhill Road East re-routed so that Tesco could be built (Foxhill currently terminates on Cavendish Road, but originally turned right & terminated on Carlton Hill). Even more astonishing, I discovered from a council worker at the Cemetery that a churchyard next to the Junior School was de-consecrated, also to allow the Tesco to be built. If we consider that the nearby Methodist Church parishioners have an average age in their 70s and are numbered at a score or more, it is clear where the modern spiritual attendance has shifted to (hint: it begins with a ‘T’).

Having reached Carlton town-centre I turned around and am now surveying along Cavendish Road, then Coningswath Road + all roads between those & the previous patch. Thousands & thousands of houses & lots of interesting discoveries.

To join the large list of House Art listed at the bottom of a previous post here is yet another Leaded-Lights front door. The lady that let me photo this one (the door is recessed and, unfortunately, I had to get very close for my mobile's photo-circuitry to register it correctly - there is much more of it to see) proudly boasted that she had designed it; and very fine it looks, too:

the best so far

Now back to the fair. Quite a few folks may know that Nottingham boasts of having the largest fair in Britain (held during the Autumn months). That happens to be wrong - as a Hull-born man, and as a much younger man having spent some of my time selling trinkets from a bench at that fair, I know that Hull Fair is much larger than Nottingham Goose Fair. It just doesn't have as good a name.

In general, the fairground folks rest during the summer. However, there are enough that need to eat during the summer, so Summer Fairs are a feature throughout England.

That entire vast patch of sports-fields & tennis courts splits the lands to north & south. I took my opportunity on Monday 25 July to return home by walking one of the footpaths across the field. A sign near the start says “land is prone to flooding” (there is an entire diary entry devoted to the nearby Flood Lagoon). So, if you plan to visit the fair & it starts raining, then probably best to take some thigh-high waders with you!

Location: Thorneywood, Sneinton, Nottingham, East Midlands, England, United Kingdom

Session videos from the State of the Map US 2016 in Seattle - 43 videos Updated today!

Posted by ImreSamu on 27 July 2016 in English (English)

State of the Map US 2016 - videos

current status: OpenStreetMap US : 43 videos Updated today

Feedback regarding a enhancement to JOSM that will speed adding of a Grid city

Posted by baditaflorin on 27 July 2016 in English (English)

I define a grid city as a city formed from straight roads.

You can read more and see a video where i try to explain here

Now, if we have a matrix of 7*7 grid, we have to click almost 50 times to add the city.

With this solution, we should only add the vertical and horizontal lines, clicking 14 times, and then using the Validation, it will see that we have 49 Crossing ways, and would offer the possibility to fix, by merging the overlapping ways together


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ЕженедельникОСМ №313

Posted by Sadless74 on 27 July 2016 in Russian (Русский)

Замечания по переводу оставляйте в комментариях, исправьте в вики, напишите на форуме, сообщите в телеграмм


Logo Проект Graphhopper ищет помощников программистов, а также нужны переводчики


  • Идёт обсуждение в немецком списке рассылки нужно ли отмечать мобильные магазины (например, мобильный магазин кофе) в OpenStreetMap или нет. Если да, то как такие магазины нужно отмечать.
  • Правительство Эквадора сделало доступным TMS слой аэрофотоснимков для картографов в OpenStreetMap чтобы они могли его использовать для улучшения данных OSM.
  • #MapatonxGuapi генерирует открытые геоданные для борьбы с малярией. Пожалуйста присоединяйтесь и начанайте картографировать. Проект нацелен на нанесение зданий, проверку и создание полной транспортной сети (дорог) и идентификации водных путей и озёр муниципального района Гуапи, Каука, Колумбия.
  • Предложение по тэгированию "education 2.0" от пользователя Keder (как мы уже сообщали в предыдущих выпусках) теперь открыто для голосования.
  • Maarten Deen задается вопросом о недавно появившемся теге для водного пути waterway=fairway (фарватера).
  • Manohar Erikipati детально взглянул на изменения, сделанные пользователями Maps.Me и пришёл к выводу, что есть много конструктивных правок которые полезны.


  • Пользователь Ziltoidium задал вопрос на немецком форуме о месте нахождения Берлинской стены. Последующие мероприятия восстановили участки в значительной степени исчезнувшей стены.
  • Создайте свой собственный сервер тайлов OpenStreetMap на базе дистрибутива Ubuntu 16.04, пошаговое руководство от Xiao Guoan.
  • Marcos Costales публикует введение о том, как настроить свой собственный тайловый сервер (для Европы) затратив только 120GB дискового пространства.
  • Наш редактор Jinal Foflia из weeklyOSM сделала новое интервью в рамках её проекта "Картограф в центре внимания".
  • На всякий случай, если кто забыл - Картографирование полей очень весело!
  • Как играющие в Pokémon Go в реальном мире, некоторые задавались вопросом об источнике картографических данных. Anita Lankinen спросила об этом в блоге Spatineo и пришла к выводу, что эта игра определённо не на основе OSM . Кроме того, в списке рассылки OSM Talk обсуждают Pokémon Go и его последствия для OSM. Одно должно быть очевидно: Пожалуйста не добавляйте объекты Pokémon в OSM, если вы не можете добавить фактически полезную информацию о самой POI.
  • Так как с администратором OSM форума, Lambertus было очень трудно связаться, люди в сообществе интересуются есть ли другой администратор форума который может связаться с ним?
  • Graphhopper ищет помощников программистов, а также нужны переводчики.


  • "Добро пожаловать в Германию - Наведение мостов" является девизом конференции FOSS4G в Бонне проходящей с 24 по 26 августа. Пожалуйста зарегистрируйтесь до 12 августа и станете первыми ласточками и получите скидки.
  • Международная конференция Открытые Данные, где мировое сообщество будет обсуждать и вести дебаты о будущем открытых данных, будет проводиться в Мадриде, Испания 6-го и 7-го октября 2016 года. Предварительная регистрация открыта.

Гуманитарный OSM

  • Если вы желаете помочь картографическим усилиям Гуманитарной команды путём предварительной обработки аэрофотоснимков, в то время как вы находитесь на дороге, теперь вы можете сделать это используя Mapswipe, это поможет картографам сосредоточиться на тех областях карт где есть реальные возможности для работы и где снимки полезны (без облаков, с достаточным разрешением). Вы можете загружать данные заранее и работать с ним в автономном режиме. В учебном пособии приведены некоторые примеры, так что «картирование», как его называют там, может быть выполнено правильно.

Программное обеспечение

  • Карты Gnome пострадали от закрытия тайлов MapQuest-Open. Они ищут альтернативы, и они хотели бы использовать тайлы карт у которых английские наименования для всех объектов мира.


  • Вдохновленный игрой Pokémon Go сотрудник Mapzen John Oram описывает как создать карту в стиле Pokémon Go с использованием Tangram.
  • Mapillary и Mapzen вместе сделали отчет о совместной работе по сопоставлении данных Mapillary и OpenStreetMap с помощью их продукта Meili. Тем не менее, ни в одной статья нет оценки проблем с перекрёстным лицензированием данных.
  • Nicola представил поддерживаемый ЕС проект i-locate который посвящён разработке открытых стандартов и инструментов для отслеживания перемещений внутри здания. Тем самым он пытается тесно сотрудничать с OpenStreetMap.


Программа Версия Дата релиза Комментарии

QGIS 2.16.0 2016-07-08 -

OpenStreetMap Carto Style 2.41.0 2016-07-12 -

Mapbox GL JS v0.21.0 2016-07-13 11 новых функций и улучшений, 10 исправлений ошибок

Naviki iOS 3.45 2016-07-13 Некоторые улучшения

Komoot iOS 8.2 2016-07-14 Некоторые расширения и улучшения

QMapShack Lin/Mac/Win 1.6.3 2016-07-15 -

Cruiser for Android 1.4.9 2016-07-16 SVG графика

Cruiser for Desktop 1.2.8 2016-07-16 -

Locus Map Free 3.18.4 2016-07-16 Исправление ошибок

osm2pgsql 0.90.1 2016-07-16 Исправление ошибок, без новых функций

iD 1.9.7 2016-07-17 -

Mapillary iOS 4.4.3 2016-07-17 Некоторые исправления

Naviki Android 3.45 2016-07-18 Некоторые улучшения

список предоставлен OSM Software

А вы знаете …

  • ... про Kartotherian который будет сервером векторных тайлов, сделанным на основе открытого исходного стека MapBox, разработан фондом Викимедиа для использования в Википедии..

Другие “гео” события

  • Проект Bicycling представляет новую возможность для велолсипедов от немецкого стартапа COBI для автономных путешествий с использованием данных OpenStreetMap.
  • В газете "Spiegel" опубликованы (автоматический перевод) отчеты об изменениях в пограничных реках и последствиях для пострадавших государств.
  • SuperGIS последней версии помогает пользователю интегрировать бесплатные онлайн карты, такие как OpenStreetMap.
  • Ian Grasshoff предлагает карты для 3D печати.
  • Жители Фарерских островов желают чтобы у них были снимки Google StreetView. И они начинают сбор подписей под петицией и свои собственные SheepView.

Предстоящие события

Buenos Aires Geobirras en Bellagamba 22/07/2016 argentina

Seattle '''State of The Map US 2016''' 23/07/2016-25/07/2016 united states

Cerro de Pasco Mapping Raymi en Oxapampa 26/07/2016 perú Tokyo

'''State of The Map Japan 2016''' 06/08/2016 japan

Ballerup OpenStreetMap 12th Anniversary 13/08/2016 danmark

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  • Этот выпуск подготовлен Hakuch, Laura Barroso, Nakaner, Peda, Polyglot, Rogehm, SrrReal, TheFive, derFred, escada, jinalfoflia, malenki, stephan75, widedangel.

Cities by only buildings

Posted by schleuss on 26 July 2016 in English (English)

Just a quick post here:

Maning Sambale already posted about the meta data added by Los Angeles Building Import. We've imported more than 1.2 million buildings and we were flattered to talk about our work at last weekend's State of the Map. You can see our slides here.

But what I find particularly interesting is how this building data stacks up against other city imports. These maps show any polygon tagged as building=value. Feedback welcome.

sanfrancisco newyork chicago seattle bakersfield portland austin la-jan1 la-jul23

Location: Historic Core District, Bunker Hill, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, 90014, United States of America
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