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My maping are directly to the finding of Crown Lands for the purpose of Wild-Camping.

Posted by ParanormalTech on 28 August 2015 in English (English)

Here are my suggestions/demands if you're camping on crown land:

Clean up after yourself; if you can carry it in, you can carry it out! Just because there isn't a ranger looming around to fine you/clean up after you, doesn't mean you have the right to leave trash lying around. Not only does it make the site look like crap, it also attracts more animals and pests. To add, the fire pit is not a trash can.

There aren't any outhouses/treasure chests, so dig a hole! Mark a path well away from the site and go at least 100m from the water source. You'd think "don't shit where you eat" would be universally known, but I have come across a big steaming mess with a wad of paper only feet from the site more than once. To add to this (and I'm looking at you ladies), collect and burn your toilet paper. Every time you need to wipe, collect the used paper in a paper bag, and burn it. If this isn't possible, at very least bury it like your poop.

Please just bring a water purifier of some kind; the risk of getting parasites might be small in pristine water, but purifiers are so convenient nowadays that it's not worth going without. I have a Sawyer Mini filter, it weighs nearly nothing and I just fill a bag with water and hang it on a branch to drip (which takes a couple minutes). Chlorine or UV purification is even easier.

One of the best things about crown land is being able to camp where you like! Sometimes you just come across a very ideal spot, but sometimes you underestimated your plans and have to make do with what you can. If this happens, and you end up on a spot you don't intend to return to in the future, don't make unnecessary "improvements" to that site. Clear a spot for your tent, don't cut anything down you don't have to, and only build a fire if you need to - put that stove to use. If you had to build a fire, remove the fire pit and clean out the contents before leaving.

As for established campsites, do what you can to improve it. Clean up, clear brush, whatever little bit you do helps. These sites are user maintained, treat them as such.

Firewood! Great, you don't have to pay the park office for wood! The forest will provide. Only burn dead wood. I have camped for years without bringing a hatchet or axe, you don't need to cut down trees to get wood. There is plenty of dead fall and branches lying around to keep that fire going day and night. Collect the smaller stuff, it's easier the carry, and you can break it by hand - less chance of getting hurt. If anything I would bring a breakdown buck saw, it's safer and faster.

To me, the biggest benefit of camping on crown land is the seclusion. I don't need to check in, I'm not restricted to a site reservation, I can go where I please, and in a lot of cases I won't see another person for days. It's important to be more prepared since you won't have the luxury of park staff, rangers, established routes/directions, or any other resources a park might offer.

There are still plenty of places in Ontario without cell service, so tell others where you're going and when you'll be back. If you're accessing on an old back road/logging road and are parked way out in the woods, hide your keys somewhere on the outside of the vehicle (under the bumper or something). Unless there is a lot of traffic where you park, there is no reason to risk losing your keys.

Lastly, Enjoy and have a safe good time, and please add more findings!

Location: Nicholson Lake Road, Ontario, Canada

Celebrating Open Data Maps in Taiwan -- By Tracing it Hard

Posted by Littlebtc on 28 August 2015 in English (English)

The Open Data movement in Taiwan is growing fast. In July, after half year of discussions between authorities and communities, the platform released a new, permissive, CC-BY convertible open data license. It is a game changer for the open data community, and now for the OpenStreetMap Taiwan mappers.

In this week, the National Land Surveying and Mapping Center, or the NLSC, announced open data edition of Taiwan e-Map under new open data license. The zoom level of the open data edition is limited to 1/18000 or z15, but it already contains a lot of data that is not available in any other sources.

Great quality of NLSC maps

And most importantly, the accuracy of NLSC maps is superior. Take a look at it with Strava Heatmap. It is accurate not only for the downtown: Downtown Taipei, NLSC + Strava

But also for mountain area where accurate orthophoto is hard to achieve: Taroko, NLSC + Strava

I beilieve it has < 3m accuracy for most highways in Taiwan. For now, it should be available for tracing.

Celebrate by Tracing!

The community is very happy with that, and now we are working hard on tracing things that is not available before. Take Da-Yeh University for example, both Bing and Mapbox are not working, but now we can trace the place with NLSC data:

Da-Yeh University, Changhua

And a lot of village streets in Changhua. (In fact, in Changhua, you can only find the ref in maps!)

Changhua, Cloudy Mapbox + NLSC + OSM

Go out and map more!

I know that OpenStreetMap is all about "local knowledge", but the openness of more map sources should give us more opportunity to get a better result in less time.

The cloudy imagery in Changhua made the map progress there slower. It is now finally resolved with Strava Heatmap and NLSC Open Data. Now people can add more POIs without wondering why no roads present here.

Now it is time to go out and map more!

Location: Dongpan Rd., Yongjing Town, Changhua County, Taiwan Province, 51247, Republic of China

Maldives Update

Posted by MapMakinMeyers on 28 August 2015 in English (English)

looking around the maldives, it has some pretty rough coastlines or islands missing altogether. I am assuming most of the coastline data was from the prototype global shoreline data from the NGA (which is junk). get out and map some islands people!!!

have a good weekend!

HOT contributions by Missing Maps volunteers

Posted by dekstop on 28 August 2015 in English (English)

A few weeks ago pedrito1414 asked me to determine the share of HOT contributions that are attributable to Missing Maps. It took me a while to get around to it... but I finally did. If you follow me on Twitter you may already have seen a couple of these, but here's the full set.

Number of active contributors

Number of contributed edits

(Interesting to see the post-Nepal uptake in MM activity. I didn't actually check where this activity is going, but I expect the main driver are the mapping efforts for South Kivu, a new Missing Maps initiative launched in June with a very ambitious geographic scale.)

Average number of edits per user

(Note that averages are misleading, it's unlikely that many MM volunteers actually contribute that much. These contributor stats are typically long-tail distributed, with a small subset of highly prolific users that raise the overall average, and a large number of people who contribute little. In fact a good mantra for any community research is "there is no average user", partially because of the prevalence of long-tail distributions. Investigating the actual distribution of MM contributions is a task for another day...)

Number of active projects

admin boundaries: TIGER vs OSM...

Posted by rayKiddy on 27 August 2015 in English (English)

Wow. There are some interesting challenges in trying to figure this out.

I have figured some things out about how to find TIGER info in OSM. I can do things like look for "tiger:reviewed"="no".

I have downloaded a bunch of the TIGER data. I am going from the directories under One challenge I am having is finding the longitude and latitude data. I know it is there somewhere. Is it in the files under EGDES? No. Under ROADS or ADDR? No. Only 40 or so more to check.... But I am looking at only the dbf files in those zipped files, using the dbf2mysql utility for Ubuntu. Is the lat/long data only in SHP files? That would be obnoxious.

But the TIGER data does have TLID fields. So this should help me. Because OSM features have a "tiger:tlid"=num value. So, I should be able to pick a TLID from the TIGER data and see it in OSM, or see and id on OSM and find it in the TIGER data, right? Maybe not so much.

I have over 12,000,000 edges. I have all of OSM. Can I find one place where an id appears in both? No. How should I search? Randomly? I have done a bunch of random checks and so far I hit nothing. Which kinds of id values appear in both? Does OSM only include polygon objects? Or any of the other 20 or so types in TIGER? There are so many ways to slice this. I am sure when I figure this out, it will be sooooooo obvious..... :-)

We will see.

Field Trip

Posted by SoundVision Studios on 27 August 2015 in English (English)

Another successful field trip for Childtime Studios!

CheckAutopista2 is here

Posted by k1wi on 27 August 2015 in English (English)

If you just want to try it out right away here it is:

Interstate 15 in California on CheckAutopista

I have been working on this for months now. The new version of CheckAutopista is faster, easier to use on mobile devices and has been completely redesigned from the ground up.

What is CheckAutopista?

CheckAutopista is a quality assurance tool for motorways. This tool allows you to select a motorway in OSM (if it is tagged in a relation with type=route and route=road) and check a lot of features in it.

Car navigation is clearly one of the most popular use cases of OpenStreetMap data. Assuring that data is of high quality is a hard task, and even harder if we don't have any tools that help us detect missing, incorrect or old data. That is how visualization tools can help us.

CheckAutopista allows you to visualize a motorway in a simple interface using colors to detect missing information such as maxspeed, lanes, destination, exit_to, name, ref and to visualize exits, toll booths, service and rest areas.

What is new on CheckAutopista2 ?

  • CheckAutopista now comes with a custom designed background map which emphasizes motorways.

  • CheckAutopista has been totally remade externally trying to make it more beautiful and easier to use.

  • CheckAutopista can be used easily on small mobile devices. You can change the size of the circles on the settings.

  • CheckAutopista now supports destination:ref and destination:int_ref tags on the exit panels.

  • I am trying to contribute to the usage of destination tags instead of exit_to tags, so CheckAutopista now uses the green color only for destination and yellow for exit_to.

  • CheckAutopista is now much more efficient on the Overpass API requests making it much faster.

  • CheckAutopista has also been totally remade internally to make it faster and improve on the readability of the code.


Here are some examples of some motorways of the world on CheckAutopista:

That is all. I hope you like it. If you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below and if you would like to see the code, report any bug, contribute or fork it:

If you just want to try it out right away here it is:

Когда осмеру делать нечего...

Posted by Danidin9 on 27 August 2015 in Russian (Русский)

...он садится на велосипед, достаёт блокнотик/смартфон и мапит свой город поквартально. Результаты сей деятельности в исполнении автора видны из приведённой ниже схемы:

Конечно, в "красных" кварталах на севере не только квартиры добавлены: если бы я занимался только этим, то было бы слишком просто. Там и все дороги нарисованы, и дома в 3D, и лежачие полицейские, и детские площадки, и много чего ещё. Тут ведь как: начнёшь с одного, а там вылезет ещё что-нибудь, а потом ещё и ещё. Расположение подъездов малоинформативно, если дом нарисован криво, а если выправлять его, придётся и дороги двигать, и заборы, и т.д. Но именно по ситуации с addr:flats результаты работы нескольких месяцев выглядят максимально наглядно.

В общем, за 4 тёплых сезона (немного - в 2011, 2012, и побольше - летом 2013, и в июле-августе нынешнего) в OSM были внесены номера квартир в более чем 10 тысячах подъездов, в которых проживает, по общим прикидкам, миллион человек. Не обошлось конечно и без интерполяции, там где она была уместна. Тем не менее, считаю полученные данные достаточно валидными для подсчёта численности населения в том или ином квартале (исключая, пожалуй, лишь общежития и подобные им здания - к ним нужен отдельный подход).

Два года назад я первый раз подбил статистику по использованию тега addr:flats. Что же изменилось с тех пор? Общее количество употреблений тега возросло в три раза, с 15 до 47 тысяч. При этом доля России не только не уменьшилась, но и выросла, превысив 72%; а вместе с ближним зарубежьем достигла 90%. Рейтинг же по городам, по состоянию на нынешний день, выглядит так (топ-22):

  1. Санкт-Петербург 12917
  2. Москва 4994
  3. Витебск (Беларусь) 3876
  4. Владимир 1342
  5. Краснодар 1273
  6. Россошь (Воронежская область) 1209
  7. Луцк (Украина) 1206
  8. Киев (Украина) 995
  9. Жуковский (Московская область) 886
  10. Новосибирск 806
  11. Томск 776
  12. Выборг (Ленинградская область) 745
  13. Троицк (Челябинская область) 729
  14. Коломна (Московская область) 694
  15. Архангельск 671
  16. Ульяновск 538
  17. Екатеринбург 421
  18. Хельсинки (Финляндия) 389
  19. Авдеевка (Украина) 384
  20. Калуга 332
  21. Каменск-Уральский (Свердловская область) 328
  22. Шлиссельбург (Ленинградская область) 300

Вид рейтинга очевидно странный, и наличие в нём целого ряда райцентров говорит о том, что даже в России тег addr:flats используется лишь отдельными энтузиастами, рисующими карту "в поле". Можно даже сказать, что на постсоветском пространстве он является одним из индикаторов происхождения данных (а также и их качества). Ведь вряд ли где-то есть базы в открытом доступе, где содержатся геопривязанные данные по нумерации квартир.

Que tal jogar "Pac-Man" pelas ruas da sua cidade? - Conheça o BucketMan - Coloring your city

Posted by santamariense on 27 August 2015 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Fiz a tradução para Pt-Br sobre o wiki do aplicativo. Confira:

"BucketMan - coloring your city" ("BucketMan - colorindo sua cidade") é um jogo para dispositivos móveis que é similar ao Pac-Man mas o cenário é as ruas do mundo real. Atualmente ele só foi elaborado para dispositivos com Android. Mas em breve você também poderá jogar em seu IOS. O jogo está em seu estágio beta e pode ser baixado na playstore. Ou também pelo site oficial do game. Você pode ver o video de divulgação do game em português (Pt-Br) no youtube.

O Jogo:

No jogo você controla o BucketMan para colher água e tintas de modo a evitar que os VIA (Veículos de Inteligência Artificial), em inglês AIV's, dirijam pela cidade com um unico objetivo: dirigir o máximo possível, congestionando a cidade. Você pode pular sobre os AIV´s e recolher tintas para pintá-los, deixando-nos inofensivos. Você pode desbloquear as supertintas para ficar o "hulk" e daí quem atropela os carros é você. Dependendo da cor, você tem a recompensa. Durante o jogo você pode mudar a água e as tintas para melhorar as habilidades (velocidade, tempo de pulo, ...) e as características (tempo de vida, entre outros).

O tempo não pára e você precisa coletar água para poder passar de fase, com a água você ganha tempo, e matando os AIV's também.

Há dois principais modos de jogo: Missões e sobrevivências. Nas missões você tem que fazer as tarefas, como pular sobre 8 AIV's, pintar certos AIV's de determinadas cores, matar um certo número de AIV's de uma específica cor, ...

No mapa de sobrevivência você simplesmente tem que... sobreviver. Aqui você pode coletar águas e tintas para deixar seu BucketMan melhor. Existe também um ranking mundia via Google Play Game Services para mapas salvos, onde constam as pontuações de cada mapa. Além dos mapas salvos você pode também jogar os mapas online do local onde você está (desde que haja conexão com a internet e GPS).

Os mapas online são enviados pelos usuários de todo o mundo. Cada mapa online tem seu próprio ranking que permite uma batalha pelo comando de seu bairro.


*Link para o vídeo no youtube (Pt-Br)

*Link para o vídeo no youtube (En)

*Site oficial do game:

*Link para baixar na PlayStore

Mapas de calor ou dados agrupados com o Mapa do RGM

Posted by Edil Queiroz de Araujo on 26 August 2015 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Agrupar marcadores pode ser muito interessante. Agora o mapa do RGM suporta agrupar elementos e marcadores ou exibir os dados no estilo "mapa de calor".

Saiba mais no tutorial

(;´Д`A ``あれ・・

Posted by age-iso on 26 August 2015 in Japanese (日本語)


Недельное задание 24: статистика

Posted by edward17 on 26 August 2015 in Russian (Русский)

Темой прошедшего недельного задания был город Нежин Черниговвской области. Ниже - немного статистики по изменённым объектам:

statistics statistics statistics

Как изменился город, видно на GIF-анимациях:

Изменения несущественные, но количество участников - аж 11 человек! Да, новый рекорд :) Вклад каждого из них - на диаграмме: statistics

На этой карте видно, кто какой участок редактировал: users

В этот раз тоже писал старым и новым участникам, редактировавшим Нежин (посмотреть можно здесь).Спасибо пользователям Mallavar и EvgeNEO за то, что откликнулись!

Стоит отметить, что работа над городом продолжается и после завершения недельного задания. Это можно увидеть на вкладке "Деятельность" на странице проекта.

Сейчас: маппим area:highway=*.

Location: Синяковская улица, Нежин, Нежинский городской совет, Черниговская область, 16600, Украина

Trvelling and explore places connented with World War II

Posted by colekane7745 on 26 August 2015 in English (English)

World War II was vary cruel time in national history. This time show what people can do to be on the high of the authority. This time show us how much cruelty people have inside. This time should be warning for new generation to do all what we can to not allow to happen such a big conflicts, and especially racial conflict. Nowadays people are more tolerant for any kind differences. People want to integrate, we want to integrate and piece to live comfortable. Our mind should feel comfortable. It's very important to educate new generation, and not only young people, but also this who lived a lie, who couldn't find out what really happened. we should spread knowledge about history of this time. I am going to plane my route in the footsteps of the World War II to create program which will be attractive for people and simultaneously will be educate. If someone is willing to help me or could give me some tips please write comment.
I'll be glad.

Location: Mistrzejowice, Cracow, Krakow, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland

Expanding the OSM Community

Posted by FTA on 26 August 2015 in English (English)

One common theme weaved into the State of the Map US conference was the difficulty of community onboarding...once people are finally drawn into OpenStreetMap, how can we retain them and help them feel like a part of the community? I think we should have some sort of OSM Ambassador program. A welcoming committee, or mentoring program, that reaches out to greet new users as they join the community and serve as a contact point for questions about OSM, correct tagging, using the data, or just why this community is so great. This group can also be the connection from individual mappers to local OSM chapters, Maptimes, and other organizations.

The program should be somewhat local, focused on the country, province, or even city to provide a “local” touch to the communication--not just a generic response. The ambassador/mentor/welcomer doesn’t necessarily have to live there, but it would be great for them to have some knowledge of the location to provide advice tailored towards that region. This initial contact would perhaps help the new mapper realize they aren’t the only person in a TIGER desert of nodes. It would also give them a direct contact point if they don’t want to approach the mountain of mailing lists or try their hand at IRC and other help mediums.

A similar mechanism has likely been informally happening already by many of us in the community. I have personally sent messages to people as I’ve randomly seen a new editor show up in the history, usually when they are in my area. Minh Nguyễn, had a great talk at the SOTM US, where he touched on how he has also reached out to new mappers in the bigger picture of inspiring local mappers. It makes sense that we already do this, because we truly care about the OSM community. But we should organize our efforts so that we can ensure all of the areas are covered.

This project is, I think, the biggest step forward for springboarding an ambassador program. We should look to organize this worldwide and rally around welcoming people into our community to provide a group of fellowship for mapping and open data!

Location: North Lake Mendota, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, United States of America

admin boundaries: school districts in CA, US

Posted by rayKiddy on 25 August 2015 in English (English)

My continuing effort to learn, before I start adding a bunch of data, the proper way to get relations for the school districts in CA into OSM is making me aware of some interesting issues.

Question: Is there a tool that takes a relation id (or presumably a node or way id) that allows you to add or edit a key-value setting? In the relational db, this would be a simple update statement. Is OSM, you download the entire relation, add the value and upload all (I think) the data. This to change or add one key-value pair. It seems a command-line tool for doing this would be an obviously useful thing.

I recently spoke with someone at the Santa Clara County Registrar and found out how they use GIS data. Or rather, how they do not use it. They have to run elections, such as school board elections, and also state or country races. The state gives them district boundary information as TIGER data. The county gives them something else. And school districts provide them, basically, with textual lists, like narrative maps. Apparently they list streets and which side, or both sides, in a completely non-standard ways. So, the Registrar has to manually sync this up with their data. Could these government entities be using OSM data? I think they could....

That being said, TIGER says this:

 ELSDLEA: 38460
 GEOID: 0638460
 NAME: Sunnyvale Elementary School District
 MTFCC: G5400
 ALAND: 35549740
 AWATER: 9341
 INTPTLAT: +37.3897355
 INTPTLON: -122.0247588

Obviously there is TIGER meta-data in the OSM map. But locating the ways defined via TIGER for "GEOID" = "0638460"? I am still trying to figure out how this works. Maybe the Overpass syntax for this will one day be obvious. (sigh). I hope so. For now, I can re-use and extend queries that people are handing me, but I do not grok enough to actually write any query that works as I expect.

It would be good to be able to go to government entities and say: "If you verify your geographic boundaries in OSM, you will be able to use this set of lines defined by this tag and track/verify/ignore changes to them so that your internal systems can use OSM." I can't say that yet. We will see.

Colocando Empresas sobre Carril Rodriguez Peña

Posted by Javier Parsich on 25 August 2015 in Spanish (Español)

Hoy he colocado algunas empresas ubicadas sobre el carril Rodriguez Peña. Trabajo y vivo por la zon y me gusta ver mas datos en este mapa.

Location: Pinares De Nazareno, Jesús Nazareno, Distrito Jesús Nazareno, Departamento Guaymallén, Mza., M5521AAR, Argentina

Wieder Garmin

Posted by zut on 25 August 2015 in German (Deutsch)

Das HCx schaltet sich jetzt immer öfter ab, wenn es am Fahrrad ist. Ich habe gelesen, daß die Lötstellen der Batteriehalter bei Erschütterungen aufgeben - da ist die Garmin-eigene Radhalterung natürlich prädestiniert zu, die Schläge gehen voll auf das Gerät. Zum Glück gibt es Smartphones, so daß ich nicht mehr so sehr angewiesen bin auf diese Produkte...

Import des lignes de base droites de la France métropolitaine

Posted by Damouns on 25 August 2015 in French (Français)

Le décret n°2015-958 du 31 juillet 2015 indique les coordonnées des lignes de base (à partir desquelles est mesurée la mer territoriale) de la France métropolitaine dont la Corse (il remplace un vieux décret de 1967 qui était difficilement applicable).

Dans le wiki on a la page Tag:boundary=maritime qui récapitule tout ce qui concerne les limites maritimes des pays.

Je les ai donc créées avec le changeset 33567453.

Location: 47,620, -3,463

From JOSM search & replace to processing Openstreetmap with your favorite text edition tools

Posted by Jean-Marc Liotier on 25 August 2015 in English (English)

There you are, in some Openstreemap editor, correcting the same typo for the 16th time, cursing contributors who neglect correct capitalization and thinking about how tedious this necessary data gardening is. While JOSM is endowed with unfathomable depths of cartographic potentiality, you long for a way to simply whip out your favourite text editor and apply its familiar power to the pedestrian problem of repeatedly editing text. Or the problem requires editing multiple mutually dependent tags and some XML-aware logic is therefore required – all the same: you just want to perform Openstreetmap editing as text processing. [..]

Daily MAPS.ME data updates

Posted by Zverik on 25 August 2015 in English (English)

If you are not yet using MAPS.ME, you are missing out :) The most frequent complaint from the mappers was that official maps in that application get updated only once a month, along with new releases. I usually map stuff the day before I'm going out, so this update cycle does not suit me. And since I work for them now, I can fix this.

Since this month, there are daily updated map files for MAPS.ME. To install downloaded files on Android, find MapsWithMe directory on your device (you can check "Settings → Map storage" in the app), and put new files there. You should delete old maps and directories with same names (the latter is to clear caches). And probably restart the app. On iPhone and iPad, just use iTunes: find and open MAPS.ME application, delete old maps, upload new.

Maps are published every day at around 5am UTC. Mwm files are maps, routing files are needed for car routing (pedestrian routing doesn't need them). In a couple of days a new version would be released, and it will be required for daily maps to function.

These files are not official. The application may behave strangely (there will be notifications about outdated maps), data may be broken (it's OSM, it is always broken), and your application may crash. If you encounter anything strange, you can clean the MapsWithMe directory and/or move the app from SD to the device memory, which must fix most bugs. Daily maps are my initiative, and MAPS.ME company is in no way responsible for these. Of course, I'm ready to answer any questions.

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