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Mapbox satellite view experiment

Posted by kucai on 14 August 2014 in English (English)

Been trying to get more zoom than just level 17 with iD and Potlatch. I tried using browser zoom view, which is quite usable for Chrome and Mozilla, but doesn't work with IE. It didn't work with Potlatch either, the satellite view remained constant regardless of browser zoom level.

Also, using iD on 19in monitor with max browser zoom, will leave about 2 inches of vertical editing area. To get best alignment, I left out the tagging process for later so that I get to trace with thin lines instead of the fat iD highway line types.

It was a slow process. I'll rather wait for better imagery (or JOSM implementation of iD zoom interpolation) for those areas, which we'll probably get in 3 years. Hopefully!

Location: Taman Permai Indah, Temerloh, Gemas, Negeri Sembilan, 28000, Malaysia

Workaround: How to fix the retina problem.

Posted by Shmias on 13 August 2014 in English (English)

Are you a happy owner of a retina display? Then you might already experienced the mixed blessing of the 99% of the internet being not retina-ready. unfortunately is a part of this 99%.

openstreetmap on retina openstreetmap on retina

Here is my quick workaround for this problem:

  1. Go to
  2. Press + 0
  3. Press + - four times.

As you see the openstreetmap now looks as great as google maps or apple maps and less like bing maps.

By the way: The openstreetmap based service MapBox is offering retina tiles too.

How about Video-Mapping?

Posted by Yabba on 13 August 2014 in English (English)

Googele is mapping by Video-Cars. Why should not OSM use those posibilities?

Here you see a playlist with Videos including GPS-data from Wronki to Sieraków and Sieraków to Międzychód (Poland).

intermittent streams in arid environment

Posted by TorCguy on 12 August 2014 in English (English)

I have been shown the error of my ways. So I went back and changed those streams that had been marked as 'intermittent=dry' back to '=yes' as per standard usage. If I missed any, let me know.

It was also pointed out that I could use 'waterway=wadi' but this does not symbolize, and only shows up as a black line. Thus I hesitate to use this combination. But, in much of eastern Sierra County, this would be appropriate. Any thoughts?

It would be nice if OSM would use a dashed line when streams are marked as 'intermittent=yes' because it looks a little strange to have all these solid blue lines out here in the desert.

When I made maps for Dept of Defense, we categorized drainage with three levels of flow regime: perennial, intermittent and ephemeral. This is because the dry streams (wadi, wash, arroyo) have distinctly different physical characteristics than intermittent streams.

BTW: I finally got smart and used the map function to nail down my location. :)

Location: Kopra Street, Truth or Consequences, Sierra County, New Mexico, 87901, United States of America

New Version of OSM IQ with new KML Export

Posted by marco79 on 11 August 2014 in English (English)

OSM IQ The freedom of OSM mappers makes it sometimes difficult to create a map with a simple styling. The new version of OSM IQ has new functions and is able to convert all types of geometries in order to use a common point style.

Happy Birthday OSM

Posted by Vincent de Phily on 11 August 2014 in English (English)

I've been a user and contributor for almost 4 years now. I found out about OSM after my honeymoon : I had bought a trekking GPS for it but was disgusted at the price of proprietary maps for it.

I quickly caught the mapping bug, spending full days on the bike (no highres imagery available at the time) mapping neighbourhoods to finish my hometown's road network. I'm a loose "completionist", trying to be methodical in my contributions.

Potlach was too slow on my computer at the time, Mercator lacked manpower, so I switched to JOSM pretty quickly. I bought an Android tablet last year, so began using Vespucci too.

I don't have as much time as I used to have, so I switched mostly to armchair mapping and incidental surveying. I still stick to areas I know well or plan to visit, the exception being HOT tasks (got involved only recently, with Lesotho and the ebola tasks) and some maproulette-type fixes.

Got progressively more engaged with the community: IRC, help.o.o, the mailling lists, and most recently github (I still have to get any usefull code merged). I'm advocating and evangelising about OSM all the time.

A thousand thank yous to all OSM contributors, big and small, whatever their motivations, level of understanding, country of origin, and amount of bickering :p I am very confident that OSM will continue its impressive growth and will become the de-facto default source of map data, supplanting the big names ever more frequently.


The first thing I mapped…

Posted by Shmias on 10 August 2014 in English (English)

…is the beautiful little village in Brandenburg, Germany named Sommerfeld.

(Openstreet) Map of Sommerfeld

I eventually ran out of ideas what else to map here. Do you have any feedback?

Location: Dorfstraße, Kremmen, Landkreis Oberhavel, Brandenburg, 16766, Germany, European Union

The Notes feature, please read first before making a note

Posted by emj on 10 August 2014 in English (English)

Opinions differ on how the Notes feature on should be used. This is something for people how care about the notes feature and are thinking about using it. As an individual mapper I have a clear view on what kind of notes are helpful. Here are some guidelines

Your note should

  1. be hand made notes by a user, that means not done automatically in any way.
  2. be verbose at least more than 3 words, probably more.
  3. contain an specific mappable fact, for example a new name.
  4. contain the app you are using when the error ocurred, preferrably

Things you should keep in mind:

  • do not: use a template to write multiple notes. See rule 1
  • do not: use notes as your own notepad while mapping, unless you expect someone else to fix it.
  • do not use a script. See rule 1
  • do not write: "this area should be mapped better". See rule 3

Notes that are ok, but could be edge cases in the rules above

  • "two unmapped roads here"
  • "this area is in development, lots of new houses"

Notes that are really bad:

  • "hjasgdkhagsd"
  • "This area needs more details"
  • "I was routed left here it should have been right"
  • "the told me the speed limit was X but it was really Y"

Really all notes about routing apps are useless, they are too specific to the app to beable to verify.

Further more it would be nice if people were required to be contactable when leaving notes, but I guess I wouldn't want that either as an anon. And I really want to thank everyone involved in the notes feature.

10th Anniversary Name Fix Challenge

Posted by KristenK on 9 August 2014 in English (English)


Today I would like to share some words about the latest challenge to hit MapRoulette—the 10th Anniversary Name Fix Challenge ( ; active on 8/9/2014).

OSM data is not only used for cartographic purposes, but also for route navigation and guidance (audio/text). Spelling and punctuation errors in the raw OSM data affect navigation end-user experience. At Telenav, we've queried the raw data and identified various types of name spelling/punctuation errors that results in less-than-ideal text-to-speech pronunciation and display. Here's a sampling of the errors we've identified and pushed to MapRoulette--and suggestions on how to fix them. I've also included in a link below, sound bytes of the OSM names pronounced by our text-to-speech service.

Way ID = 12980620; "South8th Street"

Way ID = 110323605, "Treetop La\ne"

Way ID = 13090901, "40 Th Street"

Way ID = 19459430, "2 Nd Street"

Way ID = 12061780, "Cementary Hill Road"

Way ID = 9002952, "Altman Cemetary Road"

Way ID = 205289167, Street Joseph Street

Way ID = 17454543, "South Sweeetbriar Circle"

Way ID = 7797877, Oakwooods Drive"

Way ID = 12677584, My Happpiness Lane"

Way ID = 13451423, "Hedda St; La Jara Street"

My Dropbox folder that contains audio listed above:

If you've got any questions or can think of other types of spelling errors in the data, give me a shout via or at



Location: Fusion Sunnyvale, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County, California, 94089, United States of America

Happy 10th Birthday OSM. So where next?

Posted by Amaroussi on 8 August 2014 in English (English)

In nearly two years I've:

  • Added street light data to the roads of Athens, Barcelona, London and Paris.
  • Tried to turn Highbury into the densest area mapped globally by adding whatever notable feature there is.
  • Introduce a proper relation for the London Congestion Charge.
  • Introduce a proper standard for Greek Provincial Roads.
  • Mapped Bir Tawil despite facing the technical limitations as others did with Antarctica.
  • Kicked off a proper attempt at making London transport nodes "public_transport" ready.

And for my next endeavour:

  • I've started mapping the LEZ in London.
  • I've started mapping sidewalks in Barcelona and London.

So where next? Would it be nice to fork the OpenStreetMap engine for my roleplay on NationStates? Yes, I know OpenGeofiction but my priorities are different because it involves the real world map as a base and my visions have been bottled up for years.

Location: Mildmay Park, London Borough of Islington, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom

How would I use images in my blog without uploading those to an external hoster?

Posted by IOOI on 8 August 2014 in English (English)

Is there a way to upload images (screenshots of the map) here so that I don't need to resort to an external hoster?


Happy 10th Birthday OSM. What's your OSM story?

Posted by maning on 8 August 2014 in English (English)

(Re-posted from the talk-ph list.)

I discovered OSM around Jan 2006 (user# 1417) while trying to look for PH vector data I need for a research. Free geographic data in the PH back then is very limited. The idea of building it from scratch got me interested. However, I wasn't able to edit right away because I can't get the then java-based web editor to run. ~10 months later I stumbled upon JOSM in the wiki and created my first node.

The oldest rendering I was able to save was this. As far as remember, it was Mike Collinson who made those edits. After several borrowed, hacked, broken, lost GPS since, Marikina is still not complete. So, I'm still here mapping.

location, location, location....

Posted by TorCguy on 7 August 2014 in English (English)

For lack of a minus sign, my previous entry got tagged with a location in China! I hope this one's right.

Location: White Sands Missile Range, Sierra County, New Mexico, United States of America

dry streams

Posted by TorCguy on 7 August 2014 in English (English)

I'm adding streams, arroyos, buildings well as updating roads in Sierra County NM. Most of the drainage in this area is dry except immediately after rains. Tagging them "intermittent=yes" does not seem appropriate, as they are really ephemeral. I have started tagging these dry streams and arroyos as "intermittent=dry" and I will go back and change the rest as time permits.

Location: G316, 留坝县, Liuba County, Hanzhong City, Shaanxi, People's Republic of China

Qatif Vector roads

Posted by zman950 on 6 August 2014 in English (English)

Currently drawing vectors from Bing maps, will confirm with GPS as soon as possible and add names to roads

New version of Quality Assurance Tools script (v0.6)

Posted by coso on 6 August 2014 in English (English)

I have released v0.6 of Quality Assurance Tools script: a script to download OpenStreetMap errors in JOSM from different error detectors (OSM Inspector, Keep Right, Osmose, Housenumbervalidator) and fix them in sequence.

This video shows how the script works; see the Wiki page for more information.

Release changes

  • New supported tool: Housenumbervalidator, by Gulp21 (feature request by Poppei82).

  • New Favourites tool, where the user can save his/her favourite checks, by choosing among the ~200 supported checks. Add a check to Favourites by right clicking on it.

Saving a favourite check

  • Each check has an help link pointing to a Wiki page with info about it, if this page exists. E.g. help link for duplicate nodes reported by Osmose. Right click on a check to find the help link.

Help link for a check

  • A new dialog shows information about the error currently being fixed and the last user who touched the affected object (feature request by Poppei82).

Error info dialog

  • It is now possible to create more than one favourite zone (to fix only the errors falling inside a polygon or an administrative area). Their shapes are now shown on a map in Preferences dialog (credit to JOSM's imagery preferences).

Favourite zones dialog

  • A local file with errors' positions (GPX waypoints) can be opened from "QA Tools" menu (more info).

  • Tools can be updated by clicking a button from Preferences, if new checks or translations are available, without having to manually download all the script again.

  • The code has been refactored and cleaned up.

See this page for all changes.

Thanks to: Gulp21 for changes to Housenumbervalidator, Poppei82 for features suggestion and German translation, operon for French translation, Xmypblu, akks and mcheck for bugs reporting, fixing and testing.

Happy mapping :)

Update Bunda Map

Posted by wilsonandolo on 5 August 2014 in English (English)

I should update the Bunda Map by November, 2014.

A New Journey

Posted by TA777 on 4 August 2014 in English (English)

I'm new to OSM, found it by chance when I was looking for a Japan map for travel use.

Google does not allow offline use of Japan map and my phone isn't compatible with the Japanese phone network. The only Garmin map I found was expensive, not worth for a single trip travel. Continuous search brought me to OSM, although the Japan map isn't too comprehensive in it's coverage, it's more than enough for my intended purpose.

Tried to replace my Garmin unit with OSM on my phone for use locally but found it lacking. Decided to contribute back to where I benefited from and so here I am. :?

It's my first attempt at mapping so I'm starting small, labeling missing street names, later will be adding new traces which is yet on OSM. Especially after buying a new phone few months down the road, the current phone will be dedicated to mapping purpose.

Location: Taman Maluri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Fixing common & possible Tagging Mistakes

Posted by AndiG88 on 3 August 2014 in English (English)

I have been trying to document all the common tags for keys like amenity, shop, craft etc. in the Wiki using TagInfo. In the process I found several low usage tags that might have other matching well established tags. I put a small section with a Taginfo box and Overpass API link on those pages allowing mappers to find these tags in their area to fix them with local knowledge as some Tags might indeed be valid. Now I also added a category to them to make it easier to find all such tags in one's area!

Example how it looks on the page: Alt text

Would be great if everybody could take a look in his/her region and maybe clean up some outdated tags!

Bolivia Trip 2014

Posted by csch on 2 August 2014 in English (English)

I traveled to Quesimpuco and Chijmo, Bolivia for a service project (July 22-28, 2014) that included construction on an irrigation system and mapping the area using GPS and field observations.

Location: Bridge, Provincia Charcas, Potosí Department, Bolivia
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