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Posted by MIMAHE4 on 22 September 2014 in Spanish (Español)


Location: Finca 5, Limón, Costa Rica


Posted by MIMAHE4 on 22 September 2014 in Spanish (Español)


Location: 805, Finca Limofrut A, Limón, Costa Rica


Posted by MIMAHE4 on 22 September 2014 in Spanish (Español)


Location: 36, Paraiso (Bananito Sur), Limón, Costa Rica

get children involved

Posted by Synapsensalat on 22 September 2014 in English (English)

My 5 year old one wants to "count houses" every day now. I'm not fast enough with scribbling it down on my field notes, though. And I want to fill the information into OSM first before I collect more and more. For half an hour outside mapping I need 2 days mapping in front of the computer. I couldn’t get the others to be so keen on it. I think it would have been a great opportunity for my Teenagers to learn something about community, do something meaningful with the family, get to know the area in more detail and get mapping/computer knowledge the same time. We will see if I can get them on board over time.

Bing Coverage

Posted by Jake Strine on 21 September 2014 in Russian (Русский)

Очень удобная штука эта дабы не скроллить каждый раз до 14 зума, чтобы понять есть ли снимки высокого разрешения или нет. В работе очень сильно помогает. От нечего делать обновил картинку для ДФО до последнего обновления от Bing.

Теперь уже точно не буду выискивать за Полярным кругом зелёные куски, а вдруг где ещё есть =)


Posted by MIMAHE4 on 21 September 2014 in Spanish (Español)


Location: 32, B Line de Matina, Limón, Costa Rica


Posted by MIMAHE4 on 21 September 2014 in Spanish (Español)


Location: 36, Penhurst, Limón, Costa Rica

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Posted by PeeWee32 on 21 September 2014 in Dutch (Nederlands)

More information about me can be found on

Как размечать электростанции

Posted by Junglist on 21 September 2014 in Russian (Русский)

На волне темы на форуме про отсутствие практического освещения работы с OSM и JOSM в частности, запилил часовой скринкаст про то, как размечал ГЭС в Кабардино-Балкарии. Возможно кому-то пригодится такой формат освоения JOSMа. Смотреть лучше в 1080p, тогда надписи лучше читаются

Anonymous note "spam" - not again...

Posted by AkuAnakTimur on 21 September 2014 in English (English)

So this week, there are suddenly a lot of notes popping up across the Malaysian North - South Expressway and also some other Malaysian expressways.

I usually consider anonymous note (sometimes) are good because the number of OSM mappers from Malaysia is not that big.

However, recently, I have came across a navigation application that posts a note (anonymously) where OSM database seems to contain incomplete or wrong information - most of the time it is just because OSM data is incomplete here, but also there is something wrong with the app itself e.g. speed limit in x5 km/h (the Malaysian speed limit do not use a speed limit in fives i.e. 35 km/h; usually an increment of tens i.e. 40 km/h, 70 km/h, 90 km/h, 110 km/h is in enforcement). Well, the developer already has took an action and hopefully this would improve the OSM database in a more convenient way.

Fast forward to this week, now, that weird notes. Probably in this coming few weeks, I would have to "resolve" that comments. They are really strange, because it appears that the anonymous note contributor(s?) is totally new to OSM, or, is using the OSM database on a third-party device or some unknown navigation (or map viewer) apps. I could handle probably few notes but there are, like, hundreds of them!


Some of the inputs are good (but they are not properly attributed - signs of someone new to OSM but this takes time and learning curve); furthermore, some of them is stating what is already obvious on the map. This makes me feel furious, as if, that user is copying from somewhere else (hopefully not from a proprietary, non-free database) - which leads to the assumption that the user itself is not familiar with OpenStreetMap at all! Worse, that user probably do not know about OSM - sigh.

Hopefully that user is not copying from the crowd-sourced Malfreemaps (or Malsingmaps) database as it contains proprietary data.

Ajudando a fazer um OSM melhor.

Posted by Sombra_XXI on 20 September 2014 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Sou de Macapá-AP, Brasil e iniciei a edição no OSM a alguns dias. Reparei que as ruas mais conhecidas da cidade já estavam cadastradas, mas muitas que são menos utilizadas estavam sem nomes e acho que mais de 70% estava por ser editada.

Minha meta é cadastrar todas as vias de Macapá e Santana (cidade satélite), além de algumas vias para o acesso a alguns locais do Estado. Senti alguma dificuldade porque o mapa com imagem obtida por satélite usado pelo OSM é bastante antigo e não possui novos pontos urbanizados que já aparecem no mapa do Google (que em alguns casos já é desatualizado).

É bom fazer parte desse grupo de responsáveis por uma navegação mais fácil nas ruas do mundo.

Location: Rodovia Duque de Caxias, Macapá, AP, Brasil

new at using JOSM - how go back and edit my work?

Posted by canopyleeper on 20 September 2014 in English (English)

I mapped with JOSM for the first time yesterday and realized after that I forgot to add the requested comments to my work. I don't know how to go back and find them to add the following information. I have been working on #624 Ebola Outbreak, Eastern counties, Liberia, road network Created by AndrewBuck This is the information I forgot to add as a comment:

Comment the changeset=Liberia, #hotosm-ebola-lr-624, Credit=HotOSM, source=Bing

I see that the entries are tagged according to the editor. So all of my edits in JOSM that were done on Sept 19th and 20th should have that information. I am not sure who I should contact this about so I put it in the comments and also here.

I wish I knew how to go back and find my work so I could comment on it. I know I was working on Project #624 but I do not know how to find out which tasks I was working on so I can go back and leave a comment.

Ok, so I am a bit tired now

Posted by arogen on 20 September 2014 in English (English)

This is my third active day editing the map.

I started using JOSM, the hardcore standalone client to edit stuff. When using a mouse it certainly was a good deal faster than using the ID editor. Both have their advantages though.

Now I am tired, I think I have mapped a couple of hundred houses and our little village with some 11000 citizens are starting to look like something more than just some random roads and a steel mill. I'll be very surprised if I don't score high on the statistics page tomorrow. To bad I cannot find my username on the heat map thing, that would have been cool. Maybe it just takes some days before it gets there. I don't know. I have also learned a lot making my work better. I also picked up all the shortcuts so I didn't have to use the mouse more than necessary.

Somehow it would be easier if I could get more people editing in my little village. But I don't have any friends here that I think has the time or interest to improve upon the map. I spoke with my sister who lives in some offshoot in the swedish countryside called Borlänge. If I could get her to start we could probably have a prefect city within days. She has a abnormal energy for OCD things.

My plan today was to render some OSM maps into Garmin images so I could have them on my GPS, but now I am so tired from editing. Maybe I could just edit like a madman for a week and then let the people who are skilled at doing these images do their job. We'll see, I don't like to take shortcuts.

It's still just 16:48, and if I rest a little I may come up with the strength to edit some more. I soo wish I weren't still suffering from this annoying cold, then I could be out walking and recording traces over small paths everywhere. All in due time I guess.

I notice my text does not have any flow and is kinda of jumpy, it's like driving, don't drive while tired, and don't write while tired.

Now some well deserved rest :-)

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

Mapping at Makerere Business Schoo; Jinja Campus - YMCA conference Hall

Posted by BamweseMansoor on 20 September 2014 in English (English)

Going a head with our mapping day at Makerere Business School Jinja Campus with Mapping Day Uganda

Redundancy in Buildings

Posted by Shmias on 20 September 2014 in English (English)

I've noted that most of the complex and important buildings in Berlin are duplicated for each geometry type. For instance the Berlin TV Tower:

Berliner Fernsehturm

As you see here its a tower with a fancy building on its base. This is what it looks like in Openstreetmap:

Fernsehturm Karte

So I suppose in osm this object should be a relation with different building parts as ways.

That is so, but certain tags a duplicated through this structure.

The same applies on the nearby Saint Mary's Church relation/node,the Bodemuseum relation/way/node and several other buildings.

What do you think is the reason for that? Well, my theory is that many services can't really handle relations. Such as wheelmap and the main renderer.

Mapnik won't show any label because of a relation tagged with name. At least not for museum& place_of_worship so a visitor will assume that the name is missing and add it to the structures he can see clearly on the map. Or he'll do it intentionally for the renderer.

Should I post this as an issue?

Location: Scheunenviertel, Mitte, Berlin, 10119, Germany, European Union

A year's difference, locally

Posted by bdhurkett on 20 September 2014 in English (English)

I'm not exactly why I did it at the time, but this day last year I saved a screenshot of my town in OSM. Today seems a good opportunity to see what difference a year has made - at least, in my little corner of the world.

Here's the old one (2013-09-20) (full-size): Burnie in OSM a year ago

And new (2014-09-20) (full-size): Burnie in OSM today

It already had most of the streets and roads, though quite a few were unnamed or broken since the redaction. It didn't occur to me to take a screenshot at a 'closer' zoom, as the biggest changes might not look too impressive here - the CBD has filled out with just about every building and shop included, there's (almost) no named ways without their names, and there's a lot of smaller detail like footpaths, BBQ areas, bus stops and turning restrictions. Houses and addresses have also started to appear, and most of the urban area has landuse types tagged. However, not everything has changed; the north area near the football oval is mostly blank (construction there having not yet finished, or progressed enough to mark) and the seaport only has a few items marked (presumably due to it being private property and somewhat hard to explore, and in my case not knowing appropriate tags for that kind of thing).

If I look further ahead and compare it to the other map services, considering the relatively small population contributing to OSM locally, it's really doing quite well. There's one spot in particular I'm "proud" of - the section of Bass Highway here underwent changes several months back, with several new roads and one less intersection, but neither Google or Bing Maps have updated to match reality (though Bing at least has almost-current imagery).

So. Not bad at all. But there's still plenty to keep me occupied for another year or more...

Location: Malompto Road, Tasmania, Australia

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

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