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Posted by LuxApart on 11 February 2016 in English (English)

A journey into the magical world of Iceland is considered among the most fascinating things to do in a lifetime. The seemingly cold and wild land of Iceland is often viewed as an almost exotic destination, with untouched natural environment and adventures that cannot be experienced elsewhere. Natural wonders and stunning landscapes, doubled by inciting activities and a unique culture create the perfect combination that so many travelers dream about. For someone just arriving in the capital of Reykjavik, there are plenty of things to see and do, but mostly feel. Apart from the long adventures into the wilderness of Iceland, there are also extremely fascinating day tours from Reykjavik that offer unforgettable experiences. Leaving the Reykjavik apartments, travelers can uncover the wild beauty of Iceland. As accommodation in Iceland is very easy to find and often above the usual quality, there is one thing left; choosing a day tour from Reykjavik into the heart of Iceland. One of the most famous and popular day tours from the capital is known as the Golden Circle, a unique journey that links the most beautiful and interesting attractions of inner Iceland, returning to Reykjavik after about 300 km. The Golden Circle tourist route connects three major attractions of Iceland and passes through some amazing landscapes, its highlights consisting of the Thingvellir National Park, with its insightful historical site of the Icelandic First Parliament back in 930 and other impressive sights, the splendid waterfall of Gullfoss with its majestic beauty and the incredible geysers of Geysir and Strokkur, the latter being still active and offering an impressive spectacle. There are also many other interesting day tours from Reykjavik, like a trip to the famous Blue Lagoon. Located fairly close to the capital, this makes for a great experience in Iceland, with its spa that has become known in the whole world. In the middle of a lava field, the Blue Lagoon spa is more of a spiritual experience, although bathing in the warm waters does have many health benefits. With splendid and majestic volcanoes, glaciers and waterfalls, the south coast of Iceland is also a great destination from Reykjavik, as travelers can experience the unique beauty of this country. Iceland is also the perfect place for whale watching expeditions, as well as a marvelous opportunity to see the incredible Northern Lights. Overall, there are countless day tours from Reykjavik and immense choices to be amazed and fascinated.

Lux Apart – Car Rentals

Posted by LuxApart on 11 February 2016 in English (English)

The great majority of international travelers arriving in Iceland and Reykjavik particularly have just several options on getting around the wonderful and wild island. As one of the most enticing and fascinating destination in the world, there are millions who dream of visiting Iceland at one moment, but few know where to start. Arriving at the Reykjavik International Airport, the best option would be to rent a car, as this allows the maximum level of freedom and access to most attractions of Iceland. As for accommodation in Iceland, a great choice is the LuxApart guesthouse Reykjavik with its amazing location and luxury, yet comfortable amenities. Combining the LuxApart accommodation with a rent a car service is the perfect option when visiting Reykjavik and Iceland. Among the comfortable stay Iceland offers, the LuxApart has plenty of features to appeal to both business and leisure travelers. The luxury apartments are located in a quiet area, close to the center of Reykjavik, offering a luxurious but comfortable experience to people who wish to visit the city or other attractions of Iceland. The Reykjavik apartments have been recently opened and include all the necessary amenities and services to make the guests satisfied at the utmost level. There are a total of 8 studio apartments that include everything from king sized beds to private bathrooms and kitchenette, some even feature balconies. For the ultimate experience in luxury and comfort, the LuxApart Reykjavik apartments offer a mix of excellent location, privacy, easy access, modern design and amenities, as well as a pleasant ambiance. The LuxApart guesthouse Reykjavik is located about 10 minutes away from the city center and 40 minutes from the airport, so the best option for travelers who truly wish to explore the country is to rent a car. There are plenty of companies to choose from the roads of Iceland are truly worth driving on, offering unforgettable views of the majestic natural wonders. Combining a rental car and a luxury comfortable accommodation Iceland is the best idea one could think of, allowing the exploration of this magical destination at your own preference. The LuxApart guesthouse Reykjavik offer plenty of free parking spaces, acting as the perfect starting base for trips to the capital or the countryside.

Location: Digranes, Kópavogur, Capital Region, Iceland

OSM introduction and training with Hlalele and Portmarnock high school students

Posted by Khahliso on 10 February 2016 in English (English)

Introductions of what OSM is, its importance and relevance to the country were made by Motsieleli Mafatlane to both ha Hlalele and Portmarnock high school students and overall it went well.

After introductions were made, training began by helping each student create their own OSM accounts by Refioe Leotla, Motsieleli Mafatlane and Lineo Mothae. Then basics about ID editor were introduced and mapping began with all the instructors ensuring that every one understands what they are doing.

Later in the afternoon we were joined by four APPs from Botha Bothe District council and all were assisted in creating OSM accounts

Location: Hills View, Maseru, Maseru District, Maseru, Lesotho

Kartierung von Veranstaltungsarealen

Posted by Toliman on 10 February 2016 in German (Deutsch)

Welche Tools existieren zur Kartierung von Veranstaltungsarealen?

Häufig ist, insbesondere bei größeren Veranstaltungen, wie Volksfesten eine detaillierte Kartierung erwünscht. Wenn das Volksfest im nächsten Jahr wieder stattfindet, sind die Attraktionen häufig wieder am selben Ort errichtet, so daß es sinnvoll ist, für eine Neukartierung die Version aus dem letzten Jahr als Vorlage zu benutzen. Kann man auf diese wieder zurückgreifen? Kann man für bestimmte Areale mehrere austauschbare Karten definieren, was für die Kartierung von Festplätzen sehr sinnvoll wäre.

Welche Tools existieren, um die Route von Umzugsveranstaltungen auf Openstreetmap zu definieren?

Mapping small / lesser known businesses in Slums of Mumbai

Posted by ArunMaharajan on 10 February 2016 in English (English)


I have been walking the Mumbai back alleys and streets lately. I have noticed a lot of businesses. Either B2C or B2B setups, but small ones. They definitely do not have computers. Some setups do not even have a name board. They are industrious and produce useful products. For e.g. the Leather Industry in Dharavi produce export quality products.

Problem / Issue

It is very probable that an outdated system of selling through middle men is the one prevalent by which the artisans and skilled / semi skilled labourers get money. If we connect them with people who would be interested in directly dealing with them, they might make more money and possibly lead improved lives. Possibly.

Initial Thoughts on Mapping solutions

I was wondering about making a mapping project where we put such shops / businesses on the map with 2 tags : 1. A phone number 2. A list of words describing the products / services provided

Feedback ?

I would appreciate feedback on this - at a technical execution level, your comments on feasibility, references to similar work done in other places, best way to approach this etc. Apart from this, is there any value in collecting more data along the way which might be useful for other work? Some advice?

Mapping bus routes in South and West Yorkshire for 2016

Posted by Paul Berry on 10 February 2016 in English (English)

No sooner had I formally started to work on the very incomplete and mostly out-of-date bus mapping in South and West Yorkshire (see my profile page for details) then this happens to one of the major operators of rural services in the area.

We wait and see if there any permanent changes to the affected services before re-mapping.

Монастырский скит

Posted by Hohlov on 10 February 2016 in Russian (Русский)

Удивило хозяйство скита Рождества Христова г.Алатырь.

  • Кроме молочно-товарной фермы, курятника, свинарника, там имеется пруд с форелью и лебедями, страусиная ферма и два павлина.
  • Монахи и послушники радушны - всё покажут и расскажут. С удовольствием проведут экскурсию по территории скита где вы всё воочию увидите. По благословению разрешают рыбачить.
  • Для приезжих имеется парковка, можно договориться о ночлеге.
  • Есть и своя вертолётная площадка.
  • Свято-Троицкий мужской монастырь г. Алатырь
  • Церковь Иверской иконы Божией Матери
Location: 97К-012, Чуварлейское сельское поселение, Алатырский район, Чувашия, Приволжский федеральный округ, 429810, Российская Федерация

Usando ID para editar OSM

Posted by geryescalier on 9 February 2016 in Spanish (Español)

Es feriado por Carnaval en Bolivia, he estado editando algunos lugares de peatones y otros, en la ciudad de Santa Cruz de la Sierra y he usado el editor ID que esta configurado por defecto en OSM.

Los amigos de OSMcbba me preguntaron algunas cosas sobre las ediciones de estos días de feriado, bueno aquí vamos.

  • ¿que te motivó a editar el mapa?

Identificar lugares en la ciudad que se pueden usar bicicletas, como transporte, diario urbano y que se pierda la percepción de usar bici en Santa Cruz, es peligroso. De paso, aprovechar el feriado xD

  • ¿recuerdas qué fue lo primero que buscaste en el mapa OSM?

Si mal no recuerdo, dirección de una calle, la cual encontré rápido, no recuerdo el nombre de la calle para variar xD

  • ¿cuál fue lo más divertido y aburrido al mapear?

divertido, recorrer la ciudad desde el mapa y poner info que nos ayude a todos los que usamos el mapa. aburrido, es difícil aburrirse :D

  • ¿qué descubriste al mapear?

Varias cosas:

*que muchos monumentos no estaban identificados *mucha info en el mapa es una belleza *hay mucho por mapear

  • Cuéntanos qué te parecen las herramientas, si hay algo mal hecho, y qué cambiarías

Las herramientas no las uso mucho, pero lo que he usado esta interesante y practico como el editor ID que tiene por defecto OSM. Mas que cambiar agregar un método de comunicación con otros mapeadores. Tuve muchas dudas como mapear, etiquetas, etc. me ayudo mucho el estar conectado al grupo de Telegram con los amigos de OSMcbba canal recientemente creado, su pronta ayuda amigos me ayudo muchísimo, gracias mil.

  • Tu comentario general

Bueno es interesante mapear la ciudad, se aprende mucho, OSM es una gran herramienta para todo el país, seria interesante que la aprovechemos lo más posible y nos divirtamos en el proceso. Seguro que no todos tenemos el mismo objetivo o incentivo, pero seria bueno que nos unamos todos, para que crezcan nuestros mapas en el país y porque no? en todo el mundo.

OpenStreetMap Humanitario. Una comunidad mapeando por solidaridad

Posted by Carlos Brys on 9 February 2016 in Spanish (Español)

Logotipo de la Comunidad OpenStreetMap Argentina

A principios del año 2016, la Provincia de Misiones (Argentina) comenzó a ser noticia al ser alcanzada por la epidemia del dengue que ataca la región, y los reportes de números de casos ha ido en aumento desde entonces.

En el afán de comunicar a la sociedad los lugares donde se informaron los casos, distintas organizaciones están tratando de mostrar en mapas las zonas de mayor incidencia para alertar a los ciudadanos, y crear conciencia de las acciones necesarias para frenar al vector de la epidemia: el mosquito Aedes Aegypti.

Pero muchas veces estos mapas carecen de la precisión adecuada, porque están incompletos o porque algunos datos de referencia directamente no son fácilmente accesibles. Y ese es un caso particular de la ciudad de Posadas. La ciudad de Posadas, utiliza desde hace mucho tiempo atrás la denominación catastral de las “chacras”. Áreas de cuatro manzanas por lado, delimitadas por las avenidas. Esta nomenclatura se utiliza hasta hoy en día, y es una forma rápida y práctica de ubicar un punto en el mapa urbano.

Lamentablemente, no había ningún mapa interactivo de acceso público que permitiera referencias las chacras para luego compartirlo con la población.

Ante esta situación, la comunidad de mapeadores voluntarios de OpenStreetMap Argentina, comenzaron a discutir la necesidad de facilitar el dato de las chacras en el mapa de Posadas, y el domingo 7 de Febrero, en una acción espontánea y usando datos públicos realizaron el “Mapatón Chacras de Posadas contra el Dengue”, que concluyó ese mismo domingo a la noche con todas las chacras delimitadas.

OpenStreetMap (también conocido como OSM) es un proyecto colaborativo para crear mapas libres y editables. Los mapas se crean utilizando información geográfica capturada con dispositivos GPS móviles, ortofotografías y otras fuentes libres. Esta cartografía, tanto las imágenes creadas como los datos vectoriales almacenados en su base de datos, se distribuye bajo licencia abierta Licencia Abierta de Bases de Datos (en inglés ODbL). Wikipedia:

Gracias a la comunidad de OpenStreetMap Argentina, al consultar el único mapa de Posadas donde podemos ver la identificación de las charas: es OpenStreetMap

Un hecho interesante, es que OpenStreetMap no es en sí mismo un mapa, sino que es es una base de datos abierta y colaborativa, y su visualización dá como resultado el mapa. Y precisamente por ser una base de datos, se le pueden realizar consultas que devolverán sus resultados en el mapa. La siguiente consulta muestra las chacras de la ciudad de Posadas, como resultado del trabajo comunitario del domingo 7 de febrero: Consulta en Overpass-Turbo

Lo destacable de la comunidad, es que a partir del trabajo grupal, la información creada fluye, se enriquece y potencia el conocimiento colectivo. Esto se puede ver en la la página de Posadas, en la Wiki de OpenStreetMap, donde las referencias individuales de cada chacra ya están referenciadas para su consulta: Wiki OpenStretMap:Posadas

Este tipo de acciones, nos demuestra que la solidaridad se puede manifestar de muchas formas, a veces impensada. En particular, proviniendo de un colectivo tecnológico que usando los datos abiertos y el software libre, sumó su esfuerzo desinteresado por el bien común.

Notas relacionadas:

Adding buildings in SF peninsula

Posted by saikabhi on 9 February 2016 in English (English)

This month local mappers, in collaboration with our data team at Mapbox, completed the task of adding missing buildings in the SF area. Our sprint focused on the whole of SF Peninsula covering the areas of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Menlo Park areas covering ~1290 This is a continuation of our earlier efforts from 2014 when we addded ~114,000 buildings in San Francisco.

Based on the existing building density, we estimated a total of ~180,000 missing buildings in the project area, and finally traced ~173,447 buildings over the last two months.

Methodology and Observations

  • An initial trial run was conducted to determine a rough estimate of the amount of buildings to be added. It was crucial to gather an idea to timebox the task to a particular timeframe.
  • Regular reviews were conducted to determine any gaps in coverage and accordingly create new tasks.
  • There were outdated imports in the area which needed to be cleaned up. Accordingly clean up tasks were created for these areas. Since these misaligned footprints aren't due to any mapping efforts a separate ticket was created for the clean up tasks in mapping repository.
  • Imagery is outdated in some cases, where new buildings have cropped up. One such instance was the new Apple spaceship campus in OpenStreetMap which was absent from Bing/Mapbox imagery.

Timelapse of building footprints added in the SF peninsula over the last 3 years

This task provided us with an opportunity to streamline our mapping efforts in the open and how we engage with the local community in the form of blog and diary posts. Feel free to join us in our current effort to clean up imported buildings in Palo Alto and Cupertino and also suggest other areas that require improvement.

Do drop into our mapping repository to track our latest OpenStreetMap mapping projects and provide your inputs in how we can be doing better. Happy Mapping!

Location: Indiranagar 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Bangalore Urban, Karnataka, 560001, India

fingal county council 4th year training

Posted by Lineo on 9 February 2016 in English (English)

So much has changed on #MapLesotho. I first joined training provided by Fingal County council in 2013 and the main focus of the training was on ARCGIS. However, so many changes had to be put into place as it became too expensive to maintain the software licences annually.

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Now there is no need for software licenses as MapLesotho has moved into another phase of opensource. It now uses JOSM, Mapillary, Hotosm software that do not require any expensive license fees.

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Location: Hills View, Maseru, Maseru District, Maseru, Lesotho

#maplesotho# A Thank YOU

Posted by hipzo13 on 9 February 2016 in English (English)

I only started mapping last year through my colleague and mentor,Tshedy Thobei,she showed me a lot of things about OpenStreetMap.

There were a lot of challenges along the way,we would not have enough data to draw due to lack of support from our superiors, we only had one laptop to use so you can imagine how challenging it was. Today is my second day of training in OpenStreetMap and I am glad that all of the things I learnt from her are now coming up in training.THANK YOU MADAM!!!!!!!

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Location: Hills View, Maseru, Maseru District, Maseru, Lesotho


Posted by hipzo13 on 9 February 2016 in English (English)


Location: Hills View, Maseru, Maseru District, Maseru, Lesotho

In Addition to weeklyOSM

Posted by derFred on 9 February 2016 in German (Deutsch)

Mapa del Asado


Here the statement from Miguel Graziano:

"El Mapa del Asado nació en medio de una situación compleja y con la intención de dar una respuesta al aumento de precios y la pérdida de poder adquisitivo de los salarios. La idea es compartir los datos de los comercios (carnicerías) en donde el producto se ofrece a menor precio para combatir la inflación.

Los comerciantes pueden ver que sus colegas venden a mejor precio y los consumidores cuentan con una herramienta para cambiar el lugar en el que realizan sus compras. El mapa demostrará que muchas veces la relación entre el precio y la calidad es un prejuicio. Y que exactamente el mismo producto, con la misma calidad, se vende a valores muy diferentes en diferentes comercios.

Además, como el gobierno desmanteló los organismos para medir la inflación, sirve también para establecer una estadística sobre la fluctuación del precio del producto. En Argentina, el asado es una excusa para el encuentro entre familiares y amigos, por lo que otra de las ideas que motorizó la creación del Mapa es, frente a la crisis, mantener este acontecimiento cultural que nos reúne alrededor de la mesa."

*and another Email to us: We developed a Collaborative map with the main objective of compare meat price and to know the potential price distribution, lower and higher price by boundary box / zone.

We are currently going trough an inflation process here in Argentina, and meat price is getting higher and higher.

This tool helps people find cheap and good meat price near house. It's kind of that simple.

Since we launched the web, it is huge success. The first 2 days people marked three thousand butcher shop with address and meat price.

There was lots of media noise around here. This is a list of media interviews we had:

The next step is to import this data into OSM and keep a updated dataset of butcher shops.

I won the #MapLesotho validation challenge

Posted by Fifi1984 on 9 February 2016 in English (English)

I first used opensteetmap in February 2015. There was a #MapLesotho Validation Challenge at the beginning of this year whereby I came in the first place and I won a Samsung Galaxy Tablet


I was given a #MapLesotho printed T-shirt yesterday and I walked down to the mall with one of my colleagues. Our T-shirts drew a lot of attention from the people we met. They might be eager to know more about openstreetmap and participate in #MapLesotho.

My first OSM diary post

Posted by Khahliso on 9 February 2016 in English (English)

I first started using OSM to help #MapLesotho in June 2015 in the mapathon that was held in Lesotho Maseru Avani. All thanks to my instructors from Action Ireland and my colleagues in Lesotho, Lineo Mothae and Mats'eliso Letsie who introduced me to all the necessary steps to mapping. I am now a very happy mapper.

me at OSM training

Location: Hills View, Maseru, Maseru District, Maseru, Lesotho

Mapillary joins #MapLesotho

Posted by oscarlorentzon on 9 February 2016 in English (English)

I have just joined the Fingal County Council #MapLesotho team in Maseru for this years training sessions. Fingal are arranging two weeks of training and workshops that will give a number of members in the #MapLesotho community better tools for mapping. One of the tools for improving the detail of the now almost completed base map of Lesotho will be Mapillary. I will be holding workshops explaining how to use Mapillary and there will be mapping events.

Flying in to Lesotho was beautiful - clear sky, mountains, fields and in the end these neighbourhoods surrounding the airport.

Landing in Maseru

Location: Mazenod, Ramokholokotha, Maseru District, Maseru, Lesotho

Starting with album of unofficial bicycle routes around Malacky

Posted by MiroJanosik on 9 February 2016 in English (English)

Starting with album of unofficial bicycle routes around Malacky. It can be found at , it is of course based on OSM data (and my paper notes) and drawn by hand in UMAP.

I'm expecting to slowly add new tracks as I find them and as I get contributions from other cyclist in the region. I found a local cyclist group "SCK Záhorák Malacky" which will have knowledge about local paths.

Location: Malacky, Region of Bratislava, Slovakia

Releasing GraphHopper 0.6

Posted by karussell on 9 February 2016 in English (English)

A new version of the routing engine GraphHopper appeared!

Read more here

alternative routes with GraphHopper

Re-tagging quadrant routes in Pennsylvania, USA from `ref` -> `ref:penndot` (Part 2)

Posted by oini on 9 February 2016 in English (English)

Continuing from the previous diary post.

Last week, the quadrant routes (routes having 4-digit route numbers prefixed with SR) in Pennsylvania were re-tagged by replacing the ref key with the ref:penndot key.


Total routes re-tagged: 6787

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Breakdown of re-tagged routes

  • ref=Sr **** -> ref:penndot=SR ****: 35
  • ref=SR **** -> ref:penndot=SR ****: 3151
    • This was a mass-edit and have been uploaded in one go
    • After the edit was done it was noticed that in 29 of these routes SR **** was followed by a non-state route number like T*** , PA ***, Historic PA ***
  • ref=SR**** -> ref:penndot=SR****: 3592
    • This edit was done in 7 parts, each changesest containing the following number of routes:
      • 32: In this case, ref=SR**** was changed to ref:penndot=SR **** using the TODO list plugin in JOSM. Since changing the rest 3560 routes in a similar way would have taken a very long time, from the next step only ref was changed to ref:penndot by mass modification and SR**** was left as is
      • 474
      • 179
      • 325
      • 592
      • 1422
      • 568
    • Also this time it was ensured that none of the routes of the order of SR followed by a non-state route number were edited
  • ref:penndot=Sr -> ref:penndot=SR: 9


  • Of these 6787 re-tagged routes, 1031 routes were found with the penndot_ref tag alongside the ref tag. Following the OSM Wiki guidelines, the penndot_ref tags were deleted for these routes.
  • @rickmastfan67 pointed out that 4 nodes with exit numbers were wrongly re-tagged to ref:penndot in this process. This change was reverted back here

Next Action

  • 37 routes were found where SR**** is followed by a non-state route number like T*** , PA ***, Historic PA ***
  • 79 routes were found where a non-state route number like T*** , PA ***, Historic PA *** is followed by SR ****

For the above 116 routes, the ref tags were not changed to ref:penndot as we're unsure of the correct tagging convention for these cases. We would appreciate any input on what would be the correct way to tag them and if the 29 similar routes that were unintentionally re-tagged to ref:penndot in the second step need to be reverted back.

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