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A Map Legend

Posted by SomeoneElse on 29 May 2017 in English (English)

I've created a map legend for the map style that I use. It's a set of map data that can be appended to a rendering database to create a map legend in a blank bit of map (actually in the middle of Australia).

There are currently two parts - linear features and POIs. As far as the map is concerned these are "real POIs" (though they're never added to OSM itself of course - just added to the rendering database) so you need to zoom in to see some of the POIs such as the one for vending machines, which only appears in this map style from zoom level 19. You could use it with other map styles, but some of the features are dependent on this lua script.

Here's a preview of what the "roads" part of the legend looks like:


but to use it properly follow the link and move around.

Wild Things

Posted by alexkemp on 29 May 2017 in English (English)

Don't misunderstand me; I like civilisation, I really do. I like that my grand-daughter Micaela can walk down the street without needing to actively fear every man that walks past, or worry about being pounced on by a sabre-toothed tiger, or a cave-lion. There are just so many benefits, like amoeba-free water plumbed direct into the home, lots of shops with shelves full of food good to eat, and maps of the area freely available. It's all excellent stuff, even if it's just the Matrix.

So why do I miss wild woods? With wolves, and deer running free? Possibly it is the Austrian blood from my mother calling to me, or perhaps because I have finally reached the edge of Nottingham's suburban housing (Spring Lane), but at my last mapping session I was able to stand within Gedling Country Park and gaze from the high sierra south across a vista of naturally-seeded trees (please forgive my whimsy) and gain a hint of what the long-gone Sherwood Forest might have looked like:–

lambs ready for the slaughter

However, make the most of it, for the Gedling Access Road (GAR) is coming, and many of those trees are lambs awaiting the slaughter so that tomorrow's civilisation can embed itself yet more firmly into today. That brown scar beyond the trees in the photograph below is land being made ready for the Arnold Lane interchange with the GAR:–

a scar upon the land

The developers have agreed 2 years to complete the GAR, starting spring 2017. Apart from a couple of decades of development blight, nothing has been seen until this work on the interchange.

I reached this part of Nottingham in my mapping schedule two weeks ago & realised that the whole area was due to change dramatically & drastically very soon. There were a couple of things that I wanted to photograph before they were gone, and gave myself yesterday (Sunday 28 May) to do it.

1. Chase Farm + Cottage

Chase Farm is one of the two farms that has been blighted by the GAR (Glebe Farm is the other). Unlike Glebe Farm, which still has horses in the eastern fields & an energetic lady that visits them, Chase Farm has been entirely deserted, as has all the fields that it once farmed. The access track for the farm runs from Mapperley Plains; the council has had to block that track due to widespread fly-tipping at the farm. Both farm & cottage are now sad sights:–

Chase Farm

Chase Cottage

2. Mapperley Tunnel

The Pepperpots' tunnel approach lay deep within a gorge of trees, with the former track-bed up to 20 feet (7m) below the top of the cutting. If you decide to explore it yourself then be warned that, once off the official tracks, there are zero fences to prevent a precipitous fall to the floor. Also, do not be a fool like myself & wear light-coloured trousers & street-shoes; Clarks are comfortable shoes & remind me fondly of Street in Somerset, but are mostly useless for exploring muddy forests.

Until I surveyed it I did not realise that there are two cuttings that run parallel to each other. The first I followed is to the north & seems to lead to a blank, dead-end. The second cutting to the south leads to the tunnel entrance, and most dark & spooky it was. There is already an exploration into the tunnel available on the internet, but I only went 10 foot inside at the most!

Mapperley Train Tunnel outside Mapperley Train Tunnel inside

Location: Arnold and Carlton, Gedling, Nottinghamshire, East Midlands, England, United Kingdom

Pánd: Village in Hungary

Posted by Urbán Máté on 29 May 2017 in English (English)

I have started to creating polygons and correcting road system/POIs in Pánd, Hungary.

Location: Fő út, Pánd, Nagykátai járás, Pest megye, Central Hungary, 2214, Hungary

[umap] Inserire stock di immagini dotate di exif

Posted by Cascafico on 29 May 2017 in Italian (Italiano)

Problema: la locale sede del CAI ha molte foto georeferenziate dei segnavia sentieri e vuole inserire le informazioni in Openstreetmap.

  1. installare exiftool sudo apt-get install exiftool

  2. creare il file csv da importare su umap con exiftool exiftool -filename -gpslatitude -gpslongitude -n -csv segnavia.csv

  3. mandare in qualche server i file delle foto; per esempio: sftp -P <<< $'put /root/Desktop/cai/out.csv'

  4. caricare come layer csv in umap e customizzare per un Level0 l'inserimento come nodi OSM

Supportive Contribution

Posted by mueller_jonas on 29 May 2017 in English (English)

Keep on updating openstreetmap guys. It is getting better and better. #makeopenstreetmapgreatagain

Location: B 26a, Arnstein, Landkreis Main-Spessart, Lower Franconia, Bavaria, 97450, Germany, Europe

Funny Street Name

Posted by mtc on 28 May 2017 in English (English)

Doing more TIGER verification, today. Changing the name "Ducks Head" to "Duck's Head Road" So I am wondering why they have chosen such a strange name as I look at the map and see the referenced duck in the map.

Maps.Me loses OSM editing?

Posted by RobJN on 28 May 2017 in English (English)

What's happened to app? I used to be able to add details to existing POI and now I just get "claim this business" which errors.

Obviously some attempt to better commercialise the app but massive shame for the OSM community.

Other apps to check out are Street Complete and (when it launches) the new Kory app.

Pali Frecce Indicatrici Parco Settefralelli ( guidepost)

Posted by Giovannigianni on 28 May 2017 in Italian (Italiano)

Pali posizionamento 6 sentieri.
1) sent. 800 PP 16 + ( 1 dei 7Fratelli) 2) sent. 811 PP 11 3) sent. 812 PP 8 4) sent. 814 PP 8 5) sent. 814A PP 1 + ( 1 Raccordo 815 814A) 6) sent. 815 PP 11 Totale guidepost n. 57

The Awaza resort area and downtown Turkmenbashy

Posted by apm-wa on 27 May 2017 in English (English)

Last week on the margins of the Turkmenistan Gas Congress held in Awaza I did some update mapping of the the Awaza resort zone, with extensive use of Mapillary to capture imagery. Since the zone is now off-limits to private automobiles it was a rare opportunity to capture bus stops, new hotels and facilities, and generally to upgrade the map. I also added several names of streets in downtown Turkmenbashy and edited the existing street names extensively to bring them into conformance with what is actually on street signs. Russian main name entries are now name:ru=* entries. I added two cemeteries, some street addresses, and edited a couple of streets based on GPS traces. The new expanded seaport, under construction by Gap Inşaat and due to be completed next year, has changed the coastline so I need to review recent satellite imagery and update that as well.

This weekend I added POIs to the new village of Bereketli Zaman, including the fire station and mosque, then added interpolation=* ways so the village should now be largely navigable by house number. It is a strictly cookie-cutter layout so deviation of the mapped house numbers from reality should be minimal.

Location: R-18 (Р-18), Balkan Region, Turkmenistan

Work on some notes!

Posted by rorym on 27 May 2017 in English (English)

OpenStreetMap allows people to add notes to the map, people can comment and mark a problem as resolved. This is an easy way for mappers to talk to each other ("Is this mapped right?" "Yes I was there the other month, the aerial imgaery is old" "OK So"), and is an easy way for non-OSM people to provide simple feedback without needing to log in, and (importantly) not break the map if they don't know what they are doing. Experienced mappers can use them to highlight areas or issues they think should be addressed.

There are now more than 1,000,000 notes in OSM. There was some discussion on the OSM main mailing list about this. Some people don't like how easy it is for some apps ( to add notes, and complain about the amount of useless notes. Yes, a high signal to noise ratio can make things hard. However OSM is open and a wiki map. There shouldn't be barriers and gatekeepers. If you want only "approved" people to be able to add data to your map, go play with Google Map Maker.

The concern about signal to noise ratios is valid. There are a lot of notes now. About 250,000 open notes. (check on pascal neis' notes page).

So I'm going to make an effort to look at notes and try to fix up problems. Some cannot be solved from the armchair, but there are lots of new users leaving notes that can be closed, or which describe things which have since been mapped. And some are things you could map. I'm going to work my way through some of the notes in Ireland.

If we all take a few minutes each day to look at notes that people are submitting, we'll keep the map updated and fixed up.


Posted by kaungmay on 27 May 2017 in Burmese (မြန်မာဘာသာ)


Location: 1, Tagondaing main road, ကြာအင်းဆိပ်ကြီး, Kawkareik, ကရင်ပြည်နယ်, 13071, မြန်မာ


Posted by kaungmay on 27 May 2017 in Burmese (မြန်မာဘာသာ)


Location: 1, Tagondaing main road, ကြာအင်းဆိပ်ကြီး, Kawkareik, ကရင်ပြည်နယ်, 13071, မြန်မာ

Descrição das atividades de 26/05/2017

Posted by Lucas Cupertino on 26 May 2017 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Por meio de uma análise feita pelo site veracidade, que mostra registros da área geográfica de vários anos, fiz a marcação de um ponto em que em 1998 havia uma mata no local, mas por algum motivo foi retirada em cerca de 2007.

Location: 29175-574, Brasil

Validation Scoop: Inconsistent edits observed

Posted by nammala on 26 May 2017 in English (English)

Resuming from previous diary posts, we would like to start off with interesting changesets we have observed over the last month. Nearly all of these changesets have been flagged by currently existing filters in OSMCha.

Here is what we found

image We found randomly added parks in the form of letters K N N in this changeset. This was detected while we were reviewing changesets from pokemon nest by new user filter in OSMCha.

image Added park over residential area. Here is the changeset. This was detected by park added by new user filter.

image We found a juggling teddy bear in Belarus which was posted in the Russian forum. Here is the associated changeset.

image We found a changeset which consisted of fictional edits that were basically some names and random characters. This was flagged through feature overlap filter. Feature overlap filter takes a feature and downloads nearby features to check if there is an overlap. We have been testing this filter with thresholds of overlap. Code for this can be found here.

image We found fantasy water bodies over a residential buildings. This changeset was detected by waterbody added by new user filter.

image Similar fantasy parks and waterbodies were found in this changeset. It was detected by waterbody added by new user filter.

image A park was found over buildings. This changeset was detected by park added by new user.

image We noticed suspicious edits in Japan by a new user, who is adding random parks, waterbodies, footways etc. This was detected by Park added by new user , Waterbody added by new user, and Footway added by new user filters in OSMCha.

If you are interested in getting into details of Pokemon specific edit detection, you can refer to the previous diary post for better understanding.

This is a very small subset of issues we have reviewed. Rarely do we find these kind of intentional errors on the map. We also have come across some detailed mapping activity. One of those is this changeset which added some beautiful details to a castle in Ludwigsburg. ✨ gif

Look forward to more such validation scoops from us. Let us know if you have feedback on any of these OSMCha filters. It would be great to hear similar stories of inconsistent or detailed mapping activity that you have come across. Comment on this diary post and share them with us (We ❤️ screenshots).

Excuse me, how do you use this map?

Posted by youngZhang on 26 May 2017 in English (English)

I have a program ,and want to make a map to show my staff's route. I copyed codes from the website of , but these codes doesn't work . I ask for help ,which online file can I read to solve my problem or can you give me some example? Thanks for your help.

Location: 火炬大道, Binjiang District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang, 310053, China

Alterações feitas no bairro Estancia Monazitica - Serra/ES

Posted by SarahMello on 26 May 2017 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Dia 25 de Maio de 2017, Hoje fiz uma pesquisa usando o site onde se dá pra ver mudanças de locais através do tempo, melhor dizendo desde 1970 até 2012. Então diante da minha analise utilizei o OSM para marca dois pontos no meu bairro que se chama Estancia Monazitica, em um dos pontos pode se vem um lote vazio mais nem sempre ele foi vazio, antigamente naquele local era o Reviera ou melhor dizendo um clube dos anos 70 onde ocorria umas das melhores festas de carnaval. Já no segundo ponto, pode se ver atualmente um condomínio mais também nem sempre foi um condomínio, antigamente lá era uma área de vegetação, então podemos concluir que ouve desmatamento.

alterações que ocorreu no barrio das laranjeiras

Posted by Dayane Brum on 25 May 2017 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Dia 25 de março foi entrado na plataforma ver a cidade, para ver as alterações que ocorreu durante 42 anos. A plataforma permite que você veja mudanças de 1970 até 2012. Podemos percebe que durante 47 anos atras tira uma área no barrio das laranjeiras, aonde podemos encontra muita água, é hoje encontramos casas.Acredita-se que por causa disso alaga quando chove nessa região

Mapeando lugares históricos em Jacaraípe, Serra - ES, Brasil

Posted by Henrique Pires on 25 May 2017 in Portuguese (Português)

Usando o site "" é possível visualizar as modificações no espaço físico ao longo do tempo através de um mapa. Visualizei uma área do meu bairro que não existe mais, é um lago que hoje grande parte do mesmo está aterrado, inclusive nota-se que essa área é uma área de constantes alagamentos. Então, usando a plataforma OSM, marquei essa mesma área no mapa atual, descrevendo-a e rotulando como um lugar histórico.

Location: Residencial Jacaraípe, Região de Jacaraípe e Manguinhos, Serra, Microrregião Vitória, Região Metropolitana da Grande Vitória, Mesorregião Central Espírito-Santense, Espírito Santo, Região Sudeste, Brasil

Paris, France

Posted by Cabanokid on 25 May 2017 in French (Français)

Dans le 13ème arrondissement entre la rue de la Santé et le boulevard Arago, la rue Léon-Maurice Nordmann a été totalement déformée comme si quelqu'un avait tiré dessus, comme un chewing-gum ! Tout du moins quand on ne grossit pas trop l'approche du plan. Il faudrait rectifier ça. J'ai fait une saisie d'écran mais il n'est pas possible de joindre une pièce attachée à ce message.

Location: Cité florale, Quartier de la Maison-Blanche, Paris 13e Arrondissement, Paris, Île-de-France, 75013, France

Hometown Mapping : Kolar Gold Fields

Posted by oormilavinod on 25 May 2017 in English (English)

I stumbled upon OpenStreetMap (OSM) recently. At first I was overwhelmed to see the amount of community work that is put together and reflects in the maps that are created. I was also excited to know how a hobby project of a person now resonates into something that has become a huge success. I started off my OSM project by mapping my hometown Kolar Gold Fields.

Kolar Gold Fields often acronymed as KGF is a small town located in Karnataka, It was once famous for the gold mining which eventually stopped in the year 2001 due to receding deposits. KGF is often compared to England due to its climate and the beautiful landscapes. hence known as “The Little England “

mine final

With some initial analysis of the place on OSM I noticed that it was fairly less mapped than most parts of the country . I was pleasantly surprised to notice major parts of the town were already mapped by a community member. This fills me with great enthusiasm to become a more active Community member myself and improve my hometown map.

Before mapping on OSM

screen shot 2017-05-24 at 6 15 41 pm

what I worked on

Initially it took me time understanding the interface , tools and the shortcuts on OSM . I arrived to conclusion to map my home town as it had very little data.

For a start I concentrated on the road features , Mainly the residential and the secondary road as there were missing. Data was added using Bing imagery as primary source. With time I enabled myself adding buildings , leisure parks , natural lakes, banks and schools, also tagging each feature suitably.

After the edits were made

screen shot 2017-05-24 at 6 15 41 pm

screen shot 2017-05-24 at 6 16 30 pm

My local knowledge of the place enabled me identify these features on the imagery and name them. The major strength of OSM can be attributed to its nature. Being an open source and a strong community driven project it enables us to create maps with such intricate details .

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