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The Mapbox OpenStreetMap Data Team Guidelines

Posted by lxbarth on 19 September 2014 in English (English)

Earlier this week Danny and Richman joined our growing data team. Alongside Ruben, Edith and Luis they will help us here at Mapbox contribute even more and better improvements to OpenStreetMap. With our data team up to five full-time members, we can redouble efforts on projects like tracing all of San Francisco's buildings, fixing massive amounts of TIGER misalignments and importing 1 million New York City buildings. This is a huge step up in our ability to contribute data and give back directly to the community. To make this work, we're creating public guidelines that ensure our involvement is positive for OpenStreetMap as a community and as a map.

Updates to TIGER roads in US by Mapbox data team

In addition to the rules that apply to everyone in the community, here are the guidelines we want to reiterate and add for ourselves:

  1. We listen to community. We are looking for your feedback on how to make a better map. Get in touch with any of our data team members. For general feedback drop me a line.
  2. Quality is paramount. We hold ourselves to the highest mapping standards as documented on the Wiki or as established as common practice in the community.
  3. Local knowledge first. Where in any doubt, the locally surveyed information prevails over remote updates.
  4. We disclose all ongoing mapping efforts on the OpenStreetMap Wiki.
  5. All full time data team members will be listed OpenStreetMap Wiki and identified on their user profiles.
  6. Where possible we use public tools for coordinating work, allowing anyone in the community to participate.

You can find these guides on our Wiki page. Let me know what you think of them, and what we could do better.

Here's to making the best map in the world!

Was ist hier bei Straßen wichtig bei der Farbe?

Posted by Thomas021071 on 19 September 2014 in German (Deutsch)

Da ich mich sehr viel hier aufhalte, fällt mir auf das eine Bundesstraße rot, ein Kreisstraße gelb bzw Hellgelb und Landes-bzw Staatsstraßen braun bzw dunkelgelb markiert werden.

Leider werden Straßenabschnitte die eine Fahrbeziehung haben auch so markiert, obwohl eine andere Straßenklasse.

Jetzt meine Frage : findet sich jemand der diese Fälle mal ändern kann mit meiner Hilfe?

My problem with GPS traces and my Garmin Monterra

Posted by arogen on 19 September 2014 in English (English)

About a month ago I started doing this thing called geocaching. I had heard about it from someone and was intrigued. We had one right outside our apartment so I took my family on a tiny walk and logged it. Since then I have continued to search for and log caches.

Because I am a geek and like gadgets I realized that I could buy a dedicated GPS instead of using my phone. So in true megalomania fashion I bought most feature rich thing I could find, the Garmin Monterra.

The thing is huge and heavy, not something you want to bring on a hike unless you have leg muscles like the ballerina Jean-Calude Van Damme. Apart from that though, I like the thing. It feels like I am back in the ninetieth when people were carrying around those huge phones, except I can not use mine for phone calls.

So now I end up going for walks all the time, to find caches everywhere. I also record the walks on my new toy.

So the other day I was going to checkout some maps for the device, OSM was of course on the table because who has not heard of that one. I downloaded an IMG file and put it on my device. Imagine my horror and chills going down my spine when the little arrow is placed in a mostly empty area with a single house standing lonely next to me. -This isn't right! I am pretty sure I myself am located in a building, and that there are several apartment buildings in my area.

This took me to And there it was, the glistering, inviting, and mysteriously green Edit-button. I pressed it and I could feel my pulse increasing as my browser blacked out before loading the map. I made an edit, then one more, and then some. I sat reading tutorials and added things the rest of the day. I was home sick from work so I had the opportunity to at least exercise my brain. After a while I noted one could upload GPS traces, now there was something I could use I thought. Problem was though, that I wanted to make this as easy as possible. I downloaded and installed Vespucci on my Monterra. It felt a bit old but I found an entry where you could upload a GPS-trace to the OSM-server. I tried it and it worked. Only thing that bothers me is that it would be easier to just press share and have it upload directly to the server. I do have Locus map Pro on the thing as well, and that one can also upload the trace, among the other gazillion things it does. Maybe I could search the Google-Play store for more apps.

The issue at hand though is not my device but that I can not see all my traces, I can only see one at a time. They do get registered on the server, and I even get an email telling me that it has been imported. I see them under my traces, and there I can look at them one by one on the map. But I want them all, and at the same time of course! I marked the show public GPS-traces and some of them show up but strangely none of mine. Maybe it's a bug, or a weird feature. But I want to overcome this so I map things better and let others use my traces.

Next task is to read how to make steaming fresh IMG files for my GPS device so I can enjoy the fruits of my labour.

Location: Frösäng, Oxelösund, Södermanlands län, Svealand, Sweden

Zone de relevés de terrain

Posted by Britz on 19 September 2014 in French (Français)

Ayant déménagé du Pays de Retz, je ne cartographie plus dans cette zone


Posted by senapa on 18 September 2014 in Russian (Русский)


Suporte para fotografar com celular usando o aplicativo Mapillary

Posted by Edil Queiroz de Araujo on 18 September 2014 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

1 celular, 4107 fotos por cerca de 121 quilômetros mapeados.. Veja como foi construir a segunda versão do suporte para celular para coletar fotos para o Mapillary, site colaborativo de fotos baseado no OpenStreetMap -> OBS: A foto abaixo é da primeira versão do suporte :)

I had no idea this was so additive!

Posted by arogen on 18 September 2014 in English (English)

I am new to this mapping thing in OSM. I started some days ago and I could not stop. It's like a voluntarily OCD. At the same time it is kind of hard. There is a lot to learn, and I mean a lot. Unfortunately there is no simple tutorial on how to edit simple things in the one editor I chose, Id. And who would come up with the bright idea to name an editor id?? How do you google support for it? There are some questions popping up all the time 1. What do I call a regular bicycle/walking path? Is it path or foot-path or bicylcle-path? I chose foot-path for walking/biking and path for the things which people have made by cutting through the forrest. 2. How do I model residential area trees? And bushes? I ended up using landuse=grass to tag open grass fields.

I also noted that I could upload GPS traces, I did so with a couple but I can only access them on by one when editing the map. How do I access them all? I made them public but they do not show up when I add the public GPS-traces.

Well well, time will tell. Maybe it is just the OSM server that are working on something else for the moment.

Back to editing, a colorful map of my surroundings await :-)

Location: Frösäng, Oxelösund, Södermanlands län, Svealand, Sweden


Posted by Syoma11rkomi on 18 September 2014 in Russian (Русский)

С Усть-Куломским районом вроде всё. Переход на Корткеросский

Leaving messages for edit-work done

Posted by Synapsensalat on 17 September 2014 in English (English)

Today I learned that every time I safe during an edit session I have to keep the message(s) I made the last time I safed. Otherwise only my last comment will be kept. And I safed quite often with detailed information why I did what. Until I discovered my mistake. That is frustrating. Encouraging is that others have small questions as well and get detailed answers.

Location: Greenmount, Cork, County Cork, Munster, Ireland

New Category

Posted by Illogiko on 17 September 2014 in English (English)

"Wellness Centre" or "SPA", is not present in Categories... How to add it?

Подзабросил немного OSM.

Posted by Эцелоп on 17 September 2014 in Russian (Русский)

Много других дел появилось. Но думаю, это временно.

Если что лучше мне писать на


Posted by Pedro Mendez on 17 September 2014 in Spanish (Español)

Probando esta herramiente!

eLSantoo Republica Dominicana

Mein kleines GIS MeTAssi

Posted by DJDago on 16 September 2014 in German (Deutsch)

Hallo allerseits Hier ist Dago aus Laage/Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Nachdem ich meine Kleinstadt einigermaßen erfasst habe, will ich euch heute mein kleines GIS "MeTAssi" vorstellen. Die Version 1.0 steht ab sofort auf meiner Seite kostenlos zum Download bereit. Das Tool ist noch nicht ganz ausgereift... Es besteht aus der App "MeTAssi" GPS-Tracker für Android und der Windows-Anwendung. Alles weitere findet Ihr auf meiner Seite Screenshot

Viel Spaß beim ausprobieren m.f.G. Dago

Location: Am Markt, Laage, Landkreis Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 18299, Deutschland

Lowongan Kerja Terbaru

Posted by Lowongan Kerja Terbaru 2014 on 16 September 2014 in Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia)

Lowongan Kerja Terbaru

Udacity course

Posted by ajvol on 16 September 2014 in Russian (Русский)

Знаете ли вы, что... в курсе по MongoDb на Udacity используют OSM в качестве учебного проекта, и даже предлагают его улучшать

"Use important skills from data munging to improve OpenStreetMaps data for a part of the world that you care about and give back to the community."

Location: Савёловское, Савёловский район, Северный административный округ, Москва, Центральный федеральный округ, Российская Федерация

How to quickly find opening hours on websites

Posted by ypid on 15 September 2014 in English (English)

As I often added opening_hours and sometimes had to search a bit on the websites. I thought why not letting Google do the searching for me ;)

Here is what I came up with. I am using this Google query:

"öffnungszeiten" OR "opening hours" site:$website

and saved the query as bookmark and added a keyword to it in Firefox.

Now if I am at a website like and I can not find the opening hours right away I just select the location bar with Ctrl-L, hit the right arrow key, add my keyword ("go " for google opening hours) and hit enter …

Ruas da cidade de Corupá / Brasil

Posted by tomio on 15 September 2014 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Finalizado o lançamento de todas as Ruas que constam no mapa urbano da cidade de Corupá / SC / Brasil. Os dados foram obtidos do mapa fornecido pela Prefeitura e integram a Lei Complementar Municipal 027/2011 (Plano Diretor).

Embora muitas vias rurais estejam lançadas, ainda não foi possível concluir em virtude da falta de informação. Também, faltam lançar muitos pontos de interesse, áreas verdes, cursos de agua,...

Mas, agora a cidade é roteável a partir de qq aplicativo.

Excited to Say, I am a Presidential Innovation Fellow

Posted by mikelmaron on 15 September 2014 in English (English)

Today, it can finally be said, I am a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the State Department working on OpenStreetMap for Diplomacy.

This is very exciting, and honestly a bit boggling, how it's all turned out.

9 years ago, I was living in Brighton, UK, and travelled to Nottingham for several days of hacking with some very creative technical people. Invitation was from Ben Russell, "author" of the Headmap Manifesto (read this). Ben was a kind of hero to me, so that was great, and we spent a lot of time with Steve Coast, I built a slippy map for OpenStreetMap. We blew our own minds. Ben summed it up ... OpenStreetMap was going to totally succeed, or fail spectacularly.

The people I've met through pursuing this crazy dream of OpenStreetMap, the adventures, the real places opened up ... I won't even try to sum up how this project has taken over my own life, and changed the whole world for the better. Just this. When we first started talking about OpenStreetMap for Disasters, the response was sometimes polite, often condescending, and always bewildered. Today, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) provides geographic data direct to the ebola response. We didn't ask permission, but believed, listened very carefully, kept working, and created something entirely new.

And this year, the White House and State Department created a Fellowship for OpenStreetMap. The Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU) has already moved mountains with Imagery to the Crowd, providing satellite imagery for digitization into OSM for humanitarian response. Makes whatever comes next seem easy! I'm really looking forward to working with HIU on MapGive, with eDiplomacy, and with others at State, USAID, and other agencies working with OSM. Our class of Round 3 fellows are an impressive bunch, working on hard problems. We've met many folks at our sister groups, 18F, US Digital Service, White House Office of Science and Technology. There is a vibrant spirit here, true believers in transformation of government, but rooted in smart, sobering, hard work and commitment.

The problems facing the world, humanitarian, climate, environmental, economic, are so extreme, everyone must find a substantial way to work together. No matter if you are a slum dweller in Chennai, or a bureaucrat at the World Bank, you contribute to the same database in OpenStreetMap, and that is powerful. In fact this is the role of HOT, to serve as the interface between the quite different worlds of the OpenStreetMap community and humanitarian response, and bring people together. And this is why I put myself forward to serve as a PIF. There are entirely new ways to cooperate and organize now open to us, and while the answers are certainly not obvious, I felt a calling to explore the landscape of potential.

The specifics of what I'll work on are still being created. But all our discussions so far focus on supporting growth of OSM, building as usual in the open, with reusable work for all. I think there will be three parts. First, contribute to curriculum and guides for teaching OSM, and organizing OSM projects and communities (the "softer" stuff, mostly in our collective heads). Second, build software tools to support community organizing, improve data quality, and flow of imagery. Finally, trial all of this somewhere out there, including connecting with other groups working for OSM in DC, through cross agency and organizational collaborations.

I needed to make a few changes to focus on the PIF. I'm stepping down from my role as President of the Board of HOT (but will remain a dedicated Board member). As well, have minimized other commitments at GroundTruth Initiative, Map Kibera, and Moabi. Yet, I'm not going far. I'm still editing right here, contributing on GitHub, publishing, probably more than ever. And especially listening. In a very fundamental way, I can't do this fellowship alone, and rely on the energy and ideas of our collective. I will need your help.

With nothing else to say at the moment … Maps!

Disclaimer: Views are my own!

Nhà cái uy tín nhất VIệt Nam

Posted by winbookies123 on 15 September 2014 in Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt)

nha cai uy tin>

Location: D17, Ngong, Bénoué, NO, Cameroon

Paul Lake

Posted by Arkady4669 on 15 September 2014 in English (English)

Short drive from Kamloops and beautiful day to go there. Neat rocks on lake beach and slow part of trace shows brief hike done on a trail featuring numerous fallen tree obstacles.

Location: Paul Lake Road, Kamloops, Thompson-Nicola Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
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