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Editing of our travels in Sudan completed

Posted by Jan van Bekkum on 27 February 2015 in English (English)

Editing of the roads we travelled during our trip from the Netherlands to South Africa and their environment has been completed.


Posted by Super-Map on 27 February 2015 in English (English)

Hi all contributors of Open Street Map project, this is how I draw, represent an amphitheatre in OSM

I specify, I never go over there, it's just an information of an other user, nevertheless I use Bing imagery for to represent it. An area in the middle and steps in several directions...

Enjoy yourself with your favourite editor.

Have a nice mapping.

P.S.: Remember this: "nobody want, like, to use a bad map... but everybody like to use a nice map very useful (who all persons can improve it)... We have "guide" in OSM for to help us, his name: "Wiki" (the last point, it's about several other thing in OSM...)...

I like this fable: "It's not enough that your run fleet, Start early, that the way to beat" Translation for French people: "Rien ne sert de courir ; il faut partir à point".


Posted by Oskar636PL on 27 February 2015 in Polish (Polski)

Czas się zabrać za detale mojej dzielnicy, jako że dobrze znam moje okolice, postaram się wszystko dokładnie popoprawiać, oraz dodać detale.

Location: Osiedle Marcelego Nowotki, Grodziec, Będzin, powiat będziński, województwo śląskie, Polska

Why i find vector tiles objectionable

Posted by zool on 27 February 2015 in English (English)

In reply to Steven Feldman on Twitter why do i object to vector tile services, it will definitely take more than 140 characters to explain, and then only partially explain.

The statement that i find vector tiles objectionable was triggered by a positive reaction nonetheless to Mapzen's Vector Tile Service. I'm fascinated to see it serving up GeoJSON according to a tile-based URL scheme like that in use for raster, imagery tiles.

VectorMap District is an underrated Ordnance Survey Open Data project for mid-scale views of maps. You can get it from the OS open data download pages, selecting from a series of National Grid tiles from what may be a horribly familiar image:

OS national grid

The National Grid tiles that we download with clenched teeth today come from grids and scales designed to be read on paper maps.

Registers of Scotland are my employers and they are well known for being some distance from completing a full "cadastral map", registering the ownership of all land and property in Scotland. Their Geographic Information Systems were probably once pioneering early-adoption when originally designed. But the database systems weren't strong enough to handle data on more than a county basis, so that's how the data got distributed amongst systems. Each county stores a set of overlapping tiles of OS data. It's converted back from modern data format into an archival format the old systems can understand. There is quite a maintenance load involved in this process alone.

When the organisation systems really were paper maps, tiled and scaled to the National Grid, Registers stored its model of land in the form of "parcel books". Chunks of OS maps, cut up and pasted onto cloth, painstakingly annotated with land ownership where it was registered, with extra copies at different scales describing "Research Areas" where work was ongoing and more than usual was known. The parcel books are beautiful, and in many ways more appropriate to the shared tasks of land registration and research than the GIS systems that are worked with today.

What does this have to do with vector tiles? My point here is that you get artefacts of the limits of the delivery system taking over the delivery system, being unnecessarily preserved. In addition, real problems are being masked by overdelivery of data, with a lot of detail unnecessarily handed over, or a lack of subtlety about what is appropriate scale in a given area. Standards evolved for raster data are a long way distant from what is now possible given the browser capability and bandwidth available in many places today.

Consider the OpenStreetMap API which limits data download to a maximum area or 50000 objects, whichever occurs the sooner. It doesn't serve up neat square fragments, but sections of longer ways are spilling out the edges of the request. It's hardly subtle as a regulating mechanism, but it's effective enough. The query support in Overpass API is much more powerful, and an application of sufficient size is likely to want its own cached store of GeoJSON, not depend on a third-party service for fundamental mapping.

What I would prefer to see than vector tiles is a data generalisation service that would produce the equivalent of products like VectorMap District & Local from OpenStreetMap data, making it all easier to work with at different scales. Clear annotations about what data sources have been subjected to what algorithmic processes. I also want to see clearer integration with QGIS and other open-source desktop tools. And I think these things will make more difference to delivery and to re-use than vector tiles.

Nomi delle vie errati

Posted by Francesco Maria Volpe Montesani on 26 February 2015 in Italian (Italiano)

Ci sono alcune vie che presentano nomi errati che non hanno nulla a che vedere con la reale denominazione della strada; e questi errori si riscontrano anche su strade di rilevanza Nazionale, quali la Strada Statale Tirrena Inferiore, indicata come SS 18, e persino l'autostrada A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria e non Napoli-Reggio Calabria

#OpenBeerMap fait peau neuve

Posted by OpenBeerMapContributor on 26 February 2015 in French (Français)

L'avez-vous remarqué, OpenBeerMap a été refait à neuf depuis quelques semaines !



Refonte graphique et ergonomique, mais aussi refonte sous le capot : le code a été nettoyé et simplifié afin de faciliter la contribution et la réutilisation.

En contrepartie, la plupart des traductions sont à faire à nouveau : traducteurs, à vos claviers !

Ce travail est l’œuvre notamment de Maxime Corteel, qui n’en est pas à sa première application Firefox OS sur la bière, et que nous pouvons remercier chaleureusement.

N’hésitez pas à nous envoyer vos retours par mail(openbeermap[at] ou sur les réseaux sociaux (#OpenBeerMap)

Location: Beaubourg, Quartier Saint-Merri, 4e Arrondissement, Paris, Île-de-France, France métropolitaine, 75004, France


Posted by pararan on 26 February 2015 in Japanese (日本語)

本日からマッパーとして初参加しました。 よろしくお願いします。

地図を作ってみるととても奥が深いですね。 色々と試行錯誤して楽しみたいと思います。

Campamento Laguna grande de la Sierra

Posted by Hannibalsax on 26 February 2015 in Spanish (Español)

Campamento base, ideal para aceder a los picos concavo, concavito, toti. pan de azucar, pulpito del diablo

Location: Ruta normal al Toti, Guicán, Boyacá, Colombia

Evolving HOT

Posted by Heather Leson on 25 February 2015 in English (English)

What can we do? This drives us every day to support HOT's mandate and mission. Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is a respected, global community within the larger OpenStreetMap family. For the past 2 years, I have proudly donated my time, network and skills to help HOT grow organizationally as your Board Member. I respectfully ask for a HOT nomination from the membership and community support to continue this mandate.

My previous election posts can be found on my personal blog. These were shared on the HOT mailing list with the wider community.

Summary of Achievements in the 2014-2015 term

Board Secretary

Organizational Development

  • Executive Director support: reviewed, wrote and edited key strategic and organizational process documents.
  • Board Retreat: Recruited Allen Gunn of Aspiration to facilitate the HOT Board Retreat. Curated the HOT Board Retreat Planning
  • Board primer: to better define Board responsibilities, I created the Board Primer
  • Actively participated in the HOT Strategy Planning
  • Actively supported the Membership Chair on Elections

Community Support

  • Supported the Community Working Sprint to better define the engagement opportunities
  • Wrote and gained support for the HOT Resolution process to better help us manage HOT topics.
  • Attended and co-lead a number of HOT Community Working Group meetings. These need some help to move forward.
  • Blogged and shared communications on various HOT Projects and Events
  • Hosted a HOT workshop at the IEEE Humanitarian Tech Conference (Canada) and OKFestival 2014 (Germany)
  • Hosted a HOT Birds of a Feather event at State of the Map US 2014


  • Wrote the HOT Terms of Reference for Fundraising
  • Edited many grant applications
  • Assisted in the community sprint for the Hewitt grant

Getting HOT to the next level

Every organization and especially open source organizations have an evolution. We aim to grow organically while building the healthy parts to support all the moving parts. HOT (the community and the organization) have made tremendous progress. In the coming year, it is key to keep up the momentum. The successful growth of the working groups and membership leadership gives way to a positive, sustainable future. HOT's Board counts on the organizational staff, Executive Director, consultants, membership and community. HOT is a well-established and sought after partner for projects. We have grown with staff and consultancies to support these amazing opportunities. Our funders continue to support HOT's evolution by funding strategic projects like OAM and Activation training. This, in turn, supports the whole HOT and OSM community.

This year I ask for your support to continue as your Board Member on the mandate of strategic planning, fundraising and organizational development.

As an active Digital Humanitarian and HFOSS leader, you can count on me to champion HOT as your Board Member and fellow community member. I will continue to advocate for HOT at events, online and for our community growth. You can learn more about me on my blog (TextonTechs) []

Be a HOT Board Member

To my fellow Hotties, HOT needs strong Board Members. I would encourage you to review the Board Primer, the HOT Strategy and all the Board Minutes. Please ask your current board and former Board Members for guidance. Together we can continue to support the amazing work of mappers, humanitarians and those citizens who want to learn.

I highly recommend that these skills be part of your personal toolkit to support HOT's future.

  • Strong network, partnership relationships, fundraising capabilities
  • Finance or legal background
  • Strategic and management experience
  • Language skills (Do you speak Arabic, Mandarin or another language?)

Thank you again for your support and here's to a great year.

Location: Al Dafna (60), Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar

Walking is good for you

Posted by dle0 on 25 February 2015 in English (English)

I did something to my ankle last Christmas, and have been walking recently as part of recovery. Birkdale has many hidden little nice places; I'm continually impressed by the quality of the local council's parks and water diversions.

OpenBelgium 2015

Posted by escada on 25 February 2015 in English (English)

OpenBelgium 2015 took place in Namur on February 23.

Ben Abelshausen organized a session on OpenStreetMap and asked me to be co-presenter. I arrived early in Namur, because I wanted to avoid the traffic jams around Brussels. Hence I had plenty of time for a short walk in the town center. Although a lot of POIs are already mapped, I still took over 300 pictures and hope to find some missing features. And yes, so far I found a couple of missing memorials, statues and it turned out that some POIs could be updated as. Haven't finished this yet.

Back to the conference. The session on OpenStreetMap was titled "It's the community, stupid" to emphasize that this data is not coming from the public sector, unlike most other data discussed in the other sessions.

I had the honour to kick of the session and talked about the daily life of a crazy mapper. After me, Jorieke showed the audience that mappers do work together via a variety of tools and that mapping can be a social event as well. She also talked about collaboration with communities in developing countries through HOT.

Next, Ben talked about imports and how good imports can enrich the community. Finally, Glenn talked about using OpenStreetMap data and how consumers can be part of the community as well.

Afterwards we had to answer several questions on quality, possible collaborations with the government and how people could start using data. It seems that there will be follow-up meetings on the use of and the contribution to OpenStreetMap within the public sector as well.

Exiting times and I hope this will increase the interest in OpenStreetMap.

It was also great to see Nicolas and Julien back, as well as meeting Marc Ducobu, who is doing the translations to French of our Mapper of the Month interviews.

The next event is a mapping party in Brussels with as main topics cycling and wheelchair access. The event will take place on April 25, for more info, see the wiki.

Hope to see you there.

Location: Bomel, Salzinnes, Namur, Wallonia, 5000, Belgium

пропал русский интерфейс

Posted by DimaMashnikov on 25 February 2015 in Russian (Русский)

запускаю онлайн iD редактор, а там все кнопки и описания стали на английском, кто знает как вернуть русский интерфейс iD редактора? В моих настройках стоит предпочитаемый язык ru-Ru.

Mapeo sistemático de vías en el municipio de Castrelo do Val (Ourense).

Posted by Mithus on 25 February 2015 in Spanish (Español)

He mapeado exhaustivamente durante mes y medio las vías de este municipio de 125 km² al norte de Verín, deberían estar todas las pistas, y muchos de los caminos. Evidentemente no he ido por cada vía, pero la configuración del terreno permite observar ampliamente la distribución de la orografía a grandes rasgos del entorno desde un punto dado en la mayoría de los sitios, tomar notas y sacar fotos; luego en el trabajo detallado ya intervienen las ortofotos.

Algunas consideraciones sobre el mapeo:

  1. He iniciado el trabajo en la zona sureste, entre las aldeas de Monteveloso y Marbán, y he seguido en el sentido contrario a las agujas del reloj, teniendo como eje la carretera OU-114, que cruza el concello de sur a norte casi por la mitad.

  2. Aunque al principio me planteé dibujar solo las pistas que "fueran a algún sitio", al final acabas mapeando todo camino viviente distinguible; de ahí que pueda haber vías perfectamente distinguibles en la zona este sin mapear, porque acaban en el huerto simplemente.

  3. Casi todos los cortafuegos son transitables, al menos a pie, de ahí que la mayoría también tengan la etiqueta highway=path (o highway=track si es el caso). He dejado sin marcar de esta forma los cortafuegos antiguos, que ya están cubiertos por monte bajo; a lo mejor debería quitarles esa distinción, porque fuego cortarán poco, si se da el caso...

  4. La población, al contrario que en la mayoría de los municipios gallegos, está concentrada, con lo que apenas he tocado los núcleos urbanos, que estaban además muy completos.

  5. He seguido las vías que se salían de los límites del concello hasta que encontraba otra vía con que unirla, para que no quedara "suelta" (tal como hice con las Bardenas Reales). Me da un poco de rabia dejar tanta pista sin mapear cerca de la frontera, pero tenía que marcarme un límite, si no no acabas nunca.

  6. Aparte de las vías, no he mapeado prácticamente nada, excepto un par de playas fluviales en el embalse de As Portas, el curso del río Camba hasta que sale de los límites, y las casas de una aldea en concreto ;-)).

  7. He ajustado el curso de algunas vías ya existentes que se separaban mucho del trazado real, realmente había muy pocas, el trabajo previo es muy bueno.

Quedan algunos puntos menores por resolver, en cuando pueda me acercaré y comprobaré in situ las cosas, me llevaré como poco unas miradas de reojo, pero bueno... Además, espero que con la mejora de la integración de las notas en el ecosistema osm se pueda mejorar mucho más el mapa.

Es el quinto municipio que mapeo, después de As Neves, Salvaterra de Miño, A Peroxa y las Bardenas Reales (que municipio no es, pero tampoco pertenece a ninguno). El próximo proyecto en mente es mapear el concello de Monterroso, en Lugo. La motivación es que en todos ellos he vivido o tengo familia :-).

Un saludo.

February release delayed

Posted by josmeditor on 24 February 2015 in English (English)

The February release is delayed a few days until we clarify a certificate problem with OpenStreetMap Foundation.

What could help us: if you are a StartSSL customer (or know one), please ask them when they intend to be included in Java list of Root Certificate Authorities.

The goal is to be able to keep HTTPS access to the OSM API and website, for old and new versions of JOSM.

Busroutes in Brugge

Posted by peeweeke on 24 February 2015 in English (English)

A month ago the busroutes changed for a the eveninglines (avondlijn). (90-98)

I am planning to dig in, who wants to help out?

Kind Regards,


ATMs in Belgium

Posted by peeweeke on 24 February 2015 in English (English)


I have started to scroll through the websites of the big Belgian banks to locate the ATMs in Belgium.

My procedure is checking off, bank by bank, province per province.

I started with ING in West-Vlaanderen. If you pass through Alveringem, you'll see my first change.

This is a big task, so if you want to dig in ... go for it :) I started a task on Producteev to coordinate the effort. Sent me a private mail to be added as contributor.

Kind Regards,

Brecht (peeweeke)


Posted by ILGIN on 24 February 2015 in Turkish (Türkçe)


Location: Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Marmara Bölgesi, Türkiye

Home Town Areal View

Posted by renewableenergy8838 on 24 February 2015 in English (English)

Areal image of my home town "Negombo- Srilanka"


Location: Taladuwa, Negombo, Sri Lanka

Cartes Vertes et Environmental OSM (découverte du jour)

Posted by EddieJ on 24 February 2015 in French (Français)

Je me repenche sur la question de l'utilisation d'OpenStreetMap pour servir des projets liés à "l'Environnement", en particulier des choses relevant des "Cartes Vertes".

Je viens de découvrir la page Environmental OSM sur le wiki OpenStreetMap

File:Bachalpseeflowers.jpg, via Wikimedia Commons

Environmental OSM is an attempt to provide OpenStreetMap tools to help tackle global warming, sustainable development and biodiversity. OpenStreetMap is proving to be an invaluable tool for a wide variety of projects & industries throughout the world and it also has the potential to help many environmental projects.

Voir aussi...

dans mon journal de contributeur OSM :

sur le blog de l'association Zoomacom :

Dans le cadre de la Fête de quartier de Montreynaud, qui s’est déroulée le 21 septembre 2013, l’AGEF, la Frapna Loire, la Ville de Saint-Étienne et Zoomacom ont organisé une promenade dans le Parc de Montreynaud sous la forme d’un sentier découverte afin de permettre aux habitants de (re)découvrir les richesses de celui-ci.

First Contributions

Posted by Mister_Contributor on 24 February 2015 in English (English)

Added a few basic points with iD on Avondale Lane, Aberdeen and Dunlop & Lisk, Matawan to gain basic familiarization with use of iD.

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