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Punti acqua

Posted by Unused123 on 20 September 2016 in Italian (Italiano)

Ho visto che i punti acqua (water fountain) non sono visibili sulla mappa ciclabile mentre lo sono visualizzando la mappa standard. Come mai ?

Location: Strada Provinciale Carpi Ravarino, Soliera, Unione delle Terre d'Argine, MO, EMR, 41019, Italia

Just two days to vote in the OpenStreetMap Awards!

Posted by Zverik on 20 September 2016 in English (English)

OSM Stars from wiki

This Sunday, we will meet the nominees for the first OSM Award and learn who gained the most votes in each of the six categories, including Mapping and Blogging. 650 mappers have already voted, and if you have not, please head to the awards website and make your choices. All you need is an OpenStreetMap account.

The voting closes on the morning of September 22nd, when the Brussels Maptember begins with two great conferences: HOT Summit and After that we will dive into OSM topics at the State of the Map, and on Sunday, before lightning talks and workshops, we will know the winners.

But for now, there are still ties in some categories, and your vote can decide who will get the award. Do vote now and meet us at the State of the Map!

label weight

Posted by MapMakinMeyers on 19 September 2016 in English (English)

I hope this isnt a dumb question - but why isn't Minneapolis > St. Paul? I am assuming it is because it is a capital, but I think every other map I have ever seen always has Minneapolis slightly bigger font for the label. Happy Monday,-92.7734437,7.75z

bing shows St. Paul over Minneapolis

(Not) Addicted Already. Honest!

Posted by Crumeniferus on 19 September 2016 in English (English)

There are only a few small areas where I often go and already I seem to have become obsessed with representing them as accurately and fully as possible. Norden Park and Ride is becoming a pet project and I don't even have anything to do with the steam railway that terminates there!

Somewhere, when I first joined OSM, I remember reading a warning to the effect that contributing to OSM is addictive. I'm not an addict, I'm just a frequent user. I can stop at any time I choose. Any time at all. Any time. After this next edit...

Open tools to improve OpenStreetMap for navigation in France

Posted by BharataHS on 19 September 2016 in English (English)

A review of the existing data in 5 most populated cities of France was detailed in our previous diary. Through this diary, we will be introducing you all to a handy tool for mapping turn restrictions.

Adding turn restrictions using OSM Navigation Map

OSM navigation map is an open tool that was built to review and add missing data for turn restrictions. It relies on Mapillary as a source to identify the turn restrictions in the detected traffic signages from the street level images captured by the volunteers.

The data team in Mapbox has used this tool for reviewing the existing restrictions and as well adding the missing ones for US cities, 5 cities each in Canada and Germany. The tool assists in reviewing the restrictions easily and quickly.

detected_only_right_turn Detected signage of only_right_turn restriction in Mapillary

detected_no_right_turn_france Detected signage of no_right_turn restriction in Mapillary

screen shot 2016-09-19 at 12 18 03 pm Verifying turn restriction with images from Mapillary in OSM Navigation Map

screen shot 2016-09-19 at 12 41 39 pm Reviewing turn restriction in OSM Navigation Map

Explore the tool with a detailed guide on GitHub on how to use the tool for reviewing and adding missing turn restrictions on OpenStreetMap.

Community participation has already ensured that around 436 turn restrictions across 5 cities (Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, and Nice) of France :clap: :tada: . Along with the local knowledge, this tool would be a great companion to improve data in OpenStreetMap for navigation.

If it's your first time mapping turn restrictions, read the guide on mapping turn restrictions using Mapillary to understand different scenarios and special cases. Help us by updating the special cases list for France that would help all community mappers as well our mapping team to be aware of these cases while reviewing turn restrictions.

We would love to collaborate with the community on improving the data in OpenStreetMap by collectively getting feedback on our tools as well as workflow.

As most of us in the team are English speakers, it is difficult for us to translate the guide into French. It would be great if the community members can help us in translating the OSM Navigation Map guide to French and host it on OpenStreetMap wiki or anywhere that would be valuable for local mappers to refer.


Progress update of missing turn restrictions in Germany

Posted by nammala on 19 September 2016 in English (English)

Last week, as a part of making OpenStreetMap more navigable, we started updating possible missing turn restrictions in 5 cities of Germany i.e., (Berlin, Stuttgart, Wolfsburg, Munich and Frankfurt), with the help of OSM Navigation map which uses Mapillary detected traffic signs. Around 1900 turn restriction were reviewed in these 5 cities and we managed to add 112 OSM notes where probable missing data was found.

screen shot 2016-09-19 at 3 00 19 pm

We have received a great response from the community on this task, and as of now, 71 notes are resolved. It would be great if the community could resolve remaining 41 notes to enhance the accuracy of navigation data present on OpenStreetMap.

Here is the list of OSM notes for missing turn restrictions.

We thank the community for all the support. We look forward to more interactions with everyone. Few of our team members will be present at SoTM Brussels this week, catch up with @PlaneMad, @jinalfoflia, @ramyaragupathy, @pratikyadav and @geohacker to talk more on this and the latest data team projects at Mapbox!


From Mapbox Data Team.

Actualizaciones en Lima (hasta septiembre de 2016)

Posted by Diego Sanguinetti on 19 September 2016 in Spanish (Español)

Hola a todos, en los últimos días, he añadido algunas mejoras para la ciudad. Después de la primera nota, ahora enlisté más aportes para revisar y conservarlo para los próximos meses.

  • Actualizando Vía Parque Rímac y Costanera
  • Retocando el centro histórico de Lima y algunas como Barrios Altos y Rímac
  • Calles en La Punta y el centro histórico
  • Parque en Campo de Marte y Paseo de las Aguas
  • Amplicación del aeropuerto de la ciudad y nueva autopista subterránea
  • Aceras en los parques
  • Añadido Mercado Unicachi y algunos retoques de Comas
  • Añadido un fuerte en Rímac y mapas de orientación en parques urbanos
  • Añadido pista acuática al sur de Lima para los juegos panamericanos de 2019
  • Más tiendas en Mega Plaza
  • Estructurando Pachacútec para diferenciar con Santa Rosa y Punte Piedra
  • Añadido mapa de la ciudad satélite cerca del aeropuerto
  • Retoques en Pachacámac (Lurin)
  • Diseño del edificio del Estadio Nacional

Quedaría por hacer

  • Edificios en centro comercial Gamarra
  • Calles con líneas vectoriales
  • Más colegios para ayudar en las próximas elecciones
  • Eliminar "cabaña alpina" y reemplazar por otros objectos
  • Semáforos ubicados estratégicamente en las calles
  • Averiguar si algunos locales funcionarán, especialmente en zonas con riesgo a derrumbes o similares
  • Actualización: Salidas nuevas entre 21 y 26 de la PANAM norte.

Es posible que las aplicaciones visuales como u Osmand terminen diciendo como "Mapa actualizado" por eso esta lista sirve de mucha utilidad tanto para experimentados como novatos en OpenStreetMap. Cualquier aporte en los comentarios es bienvenidos. Saludos.

Location: Breña, Provincia de Lima, Lima, Perú

Wozu ein Schreibfehler (alles) nützlich sein kann ...

Posted by Harald Hartmann on 18 September 2016 in German (Deutsch)

Zurück aus'm Urlaub, schaue ich mir so die Hinweise in meiner näheren Umgebung an, und da fiel mir dieser auf: Tossenthal ... laut OSM Daten ein place=village mit name=Trossenthal.

Also habe ich zuerst einmal Google nach Trossenthal durchsucht (Google sei Dank, schlägt es doch gleich Tossenthal als richtige Alternative vor)... wow, eine ganz schön lange Liste von Anbietern, die anscheinend OSM Daten verwenden, hier eine kleine Liste:

Und zu meiner Überraschung haben die alle (stichpunktartig geprüft) die Lizenz mehr oder weniger korrekt/prominent hinterlegt.

PS: Die weitere Recherche über den korrekten Ortsnamen (Katasteramt, Geoportal Thüringen, etc.) haben mich natürlich auch auf die Gemeindeseite von geführt. und sogar dort hat sich zumindest in der Überschrift ein Schreibfehler eingeschlichen: Tossental ... natürlich habe ich gleich entsprechenden Kontakt zur Korrektur aufgenommen :)

Location: Mausendorf, Schalkau, Landkreis Sonneberg, Thüringen, Deutschland, Europa

Carlton Fairies

Posted by alexkemp on 18 September 2016 in English (English)

As yet another in the “for heaven's sake, what on earth has this got to do with mapping” series of incidental snapshots, drawn from life & art seen on the streets of Carlton & Gedling, as your intrepid mapper penetrates deeper & deeper into the hitherto unexplored heartlands of England, I bring to you one of the unacknowledged obsessions of the Brits: Fairies

purchased from the internet

This plaque was on a house on one of the eastern slopes of Marshall Hill and caught my attention immediately. The lady householder told me that she purchased it a few years back via the internet.

The Oirish (and, indeed, all the celts in the British Isles) (which is to say, everyone except those descendants of William the Bastard) freely admit to an active engagement with the Little Folk. As is so often the case, this is just the English being disingenuous, since they are as fascinated by the natural spirits of this place as everyone else.

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

Stoney Pit Lane, Carlton

Posted by alexkemp on 16 September 2016 in English (English)

I've just added old_name=Stoney Pit Lane to Cavendish Road. This information comes from a historian within #66 (start-date=1930), a splendid lady who, due to old age, now has difficulty weeding her garden. Her body may be becoming infirm, but her mind is as sharp as a pin.

The houses on the north side of Cavendish Road increase quite normally until Belper Avenue. The last house (Short Cut To Beauty) is actually numbered on Belper Av; it's neighbour is 78 Cavendish Road, and the next house on the other side of Belper Av is Dom's Barbers, which is number 206. Originally, Stoney Pit Lane finished at Number 78. Then near the end of the last millennium the road was both extended & renamed to Cavendish Road. This information was not recorded previously.

My historian's mother was born in 1900 & began to attend school in 1903. That was not normal for the times. Each morning, her mum's cousin would call at the house in the morning, make a fuss of her mother, then carry on to school. Then her mother began to follow behind her cousin to school. Each morning a teacher would bring her mother back home until, eventually, after days & days of this happening, they let her stay. Naturally, she sat in on the lessons. By the age of 12 her mum had passed every exam that they could throw at her.

My historian also told me about Farmer Kerry & Farmer Tattersall. Dark-haired Kerry was the farmer that owned the fields on the College (south) side of Carlton Road, whilst blonde-haired Tattersall was the farmer that owned the fields on the Petrol Station (north) side of the same road. She went to school with Alma & Olga (Farmer Tattersall's daughters), and explained to me that the farmer insisted on having roads named after his daughters when he sold his fields.

Another snippet was that the authorities had to grade the top off Carlton Hill, so that the trams could get over it.

As you may be able to tell, I was fascinated by the things that she had researched & had to tear myself away in the end, so that I could return to mapping her area.

Location: Thorneywood, Sneinton, Nottingham, East Midlands, England, United Kingdom

ЕженедельникОСМ 320

Posted by Sadless74 on 16 September 2016 in Russian (Русский)

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ЕженедельникОСМ 320 - краткие новости о происходящем в мире ОСМ, можно прочитать на русском языке на сайте.

Importação edificações de Massaranduba / SC / Brasil

Posted by Tomio on 16 September 2016 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

A colaboração da Prefeitura de Massaranduba / SC / Brasil em fornecer um arquivo .shp contendo as edificações da sua base de dados, permitiu a importação destas para o Openstreetmap.
A metodologia utilizada foi a descrita pelo user "smaprs" na importação realizada no Rio Grande do Sul, incluindo a sua valiosa ajuda:,_Rio_Grande_do_Sul/Importa%C3%A7%C3%A3o_PMPA

Em resumo, os trabalhos realizados:
1. Abertura do arquivo .shp no QGis e salvo na projeção WGS84.
2. Edição na tabela de atributos do QGis, simplificando as edificações para as categorias de buildings do OSM:
- apartments, house, residencial, commercial, industrial, public, church, farm, roof, yes
Algumas considerações efetuadas nas classes de edificações / buildings:
- Rural=farm, Telheiro=roof, Religioso=church, Serviço Público=public
O resultado na tabela de atributos QGis foi uma única coluna com o nome do campo como "building" e linhas com as categorias de edificações, no total de 3395 unidades.
3. Importação do arquivo .shp no JOSM através do plug in "Open Data" e salvamento como .osm
4. Ativada a camada Bing e analisado comparativamente o alinhamento das edificações com a imagem satelital.
5. Realização da validação dos dados e a correção de objetos com erros ou conflito (edificações a serem importadas).
6. Realização de download dos dados do OSM, de toda a área do município.
7. Validação dos dados e resolução dos erros e conflitos, especialmente naqueles ocorridos pela duplicidade de dados das edificações existentes no OSM com as edificações a serem importadas.
8. Importação (Upload) dos dados para o Openstreetmap.

Próximo passo será inserir o número de porta das edificações. Esta etapa demandará muito mais tempo, por necessitar a edição individual de cada construção.

Em tempo: no QGis, as categorias de edificações na Tabela de Atributos foram renomeadas com a Calculadora de Campo/String/replace e o nome do campo foi renomeado com auxílio do plug in "Table Manager".

  • Agradecimentos a Prefeitura de Massaranduba pela colaboração, que tornou esta importação possível.

More Outdoor Khazis in Carlton

Posted by alexkemp on 16 September 2016 in English (English)

I've written before at my surprise in finding large numbers of houses in Carlton, Nottingham NG4, UK built between the 1880s & 1930s, that still had outdoor khazis. The ones that I used as my illustration were opposite the middle of the Carlton Cemetery (16 July, Worth Street).

In the past 2 months I have mapped clockwise down Cavendish Road, Coningswath Road and all the roads of Marshall Hill, Westdale Lane West then all the way back down Cavendish Lane on the other side of the road and yesterday (Thu 15 Sep) struck the western end of the same Cemetery. It should, therefore, not be a surprise to find some more Khazis outside each of these (at a guess) 1930s flats, but it was.

There was a service road supplying (what is now) some waste ground at the back of the flats (you can see the Cemetery on the other side of the fence:—

rest at last

Whilst exploring that I spotted a walk-through to the rear of the flats, and there were the khazis (these are for 4 flats, 2 in each of 2 adjacent houses):—

more carlton khazis

Meanwhile, the front of these flats had the most exquisitely-maintained gardens; I only wish that I had had a cold can of coke to be able to enjoy them on what was a very hot September day:—

the gardens

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

A new tag

Posted by Yoshinion on 16 September 2016 in English (English)

Because I cannot sign up for the osm wiki, I guess that I will have to suggest it here:


to be used when the geometry of the area/line is approximate

depreciates comment=location_approximate


to be used when a local survey is necessary

Also, the railway=light_rail needs a "easy key-value" changer like the normal railway=rail...

Garden Art: Old Favourites & New

Posted by alexkemp on 16 September 2016 in English (English)

I've mentioned Stone Lions before, and have seen many, many more since then in the gardens of Carlton & Marshall Hill (and ignored most, as I do not wish to bore with unnecessary repetition), but these pink-eyed lions on Cavendish Road seemed to call for attention:—

Cavendish Lions

The same 4 lions (only 3 pictured here) can be seen in Google StreetView, but they are grimy & street-dark (Cavendish Road is a main thoroughfare for cars & buses from Nottingham & Carlton). Since then, the householder has not only had them blast-cleaned to bright-white but has had their eyes painted pink. Excellent!

In complete contrast, here is a garden in Cromford Avenue, sheltered & away from that main road:—

buddha contemplates serpent

Buddhas are also one of the recurring themes within Nottingham gardens (within my experience, including across the last 6 months whilst mapping) but I think that you may agree that, by including a comedy sea-serpent swimming through the chalk, that the householder has raised this classic contemplation into another level. I understand that the general thought within the far East is that insanity & religious devotion are but a whisper apart; I cannot decide which this garden best illustrates.

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

Update on Using Benchmarks for Imagery Offsets

Posted by DougPeterson on 16 September 2016 in English (English)

In a previous diary entry I documented my use of survey points for creating imagery offsets for Bing and USGS Large Scale Imagery. At the time I did not think to create them for USGS Topographic as the points were not on the map. However, I came to realize I can still improve the offset there if features (primarily roads) in the area survey point are in good alignment and can be seen on that layer. These are not as good as the satellite but it would at least be an improvement for tracing old roads, trails and wetland contours.

I also decided I should create offsets for Mapbox Satelitte. I do not use that layer as much as the resolution or clarity seems a little less. In addition, I sometimes have issues with cloud cover on that layer. Creating the offset does not take that much more effort and it might be of use sometime for myself or someone else. The cloud cover issue means I was not able to create an offset each time.

Entry updated to move personal documentation to personal wiki.

Acesso a Informação em Jaraguá do Sul / SC / Brasil

Posted by Tomio on 15 September 2016 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

O México abriu seus dados cartográficos para o Openstreemap:

O Governo Italiano autorizou o uso de dados oficiais no Openstreetmap:

O Brasil aprovou a Lei de Acesso a Informações / LAI (Lei Federal n.12527/2011).

A realidade no nosso país, é que muitos órgãos públicos mantém seus dados trancados ou dificultam o acesso. Trata-se de uma atitude lamentável, porque estes dados foram obtidos ou elaborados com o auxilio de recursos públicos. Sendo assim, são de propriedade da população que os custeou.

Ano passado, conseguimos a edição de Decreto Municipal liberando as informações municipais do município de Jaraguá do Sul, para uso no Openstreetmap.

Gostaríamos que este ato possa inspirar outros órgãos administrativos e públicos a também liberarem suas informações ao Openstreetmap, em benefício da sociedade brasileira:

OSM Awards–Decision Guidance

Posted by Nakaner on 15 September 2016 in English (English)

This is the English of my previous posting in German.

How to cast your vote?

Open You will be redirected the OSM login page because the voting platform uses the authentication via OSM to ensure that every OSM account only gives one vote. The voting platform has been written by Ilya Zverv (Zverik), is hosted at his own hardware.

There are six categories I want to explain in the following paragraphs.

Core Systems Award

Following people are nominated:

  • Grant Slater and Tom Hughes who are members of OSMF Operations Working Group and operate the central servers of the OpenStreetMap project and additional services operated by OSMF, e.g. the wiki, the mailing lists, OSM Help. As you might have experienced, they do a great job. Do you remember the last downtime which was their fault?
  • Roland Olbricht has designed and developed the Overpass API and is its maintainer (relevant code contributions have been made in recent time by other contributors, too). He is responsible for the German instance of Overpass API which is sponsored by FOSSGIS e.V.
  • Bryan Housel is the main developer of iD. It is difficult for me as a JOSM fan to find nice words about him and his work. I do not like him very much because he has a mind of his own.
  • Mateusz Konieczny is a co-developer of OSM Carto map style which is used at and is the OpenStreetMap map for many people outside OSM community. He implemented the new road colouring scheme during Google Summer of Code 2015. Thanky you!
  • Sarah Hoffmann is the main developer of Nominatim, the only geocoder which is a community project. (There are other free geocoders but they are backed by a company). She operates the public Nominatim instance on and therefore is member of Operations Working Group. I admire her tilting at windmills—people who abuse the public Nominatim instance to do batch geocoding (converting addresses into coordinates).

It is difficult to come to a decision. Whoever you vote, it is no bad decision. I myself prefer Grant Slater and Tom Hughes, Roland Olbricht and Sarah Hoffmann.

Innovation Award

This is the category for inventors of innovative tools.

  • Yohan Boniface founded uMap, the free and OSM based alternative to Google MyMaps
  • The MapSwipe Team has been nominated for the development of MapSwipe app. Non-mappers can look through aerial imagery and mark areas where features are located which can be mapped (e.g. buildings).
  • American Red Cross has been nominated for the development of Portable OpenStretMap. This software makes it possible to go to remote locations (without internet access) do mapping there and upload your changes after the expedition. As far as I know, the main advantage is the multi-user capability. But POSM does not solve conflicts. Therefore its use is limited.
  • Martijn van Exel has been nominated for his work on MapRoulette. This quality assurance tool selects a random map error and presents it to the human user (who will fix it). It has been used much for TIGER clean-up work.
  • Manuel Roth and Lukas Martinelli have developed OSM2Vectortiles which makes vector tiles in Mapbox's format available for download. They have made the processes Mapbox uses to produce its vector tiles more transparent. It seems that they are that successful that Mapbox's lawyer asked them very friendly (!) not to build exactly the same vector tiles Mapbox sells.

Ilya Zverv wrote in the announcement) of OSM Awards that people and projects can be nominated whose work has been published after August 1, 2015. (This does not apply to Ulf Möller Memorial Award) If this rule is still valid, Yohan Boniface and Martijn van Exel cannot be selected because their innovations are older.

Therefor the remaining candidates are OSM2Vectortiles and MapSwipe. MapSwipe is innovative but its use for OSM is limited. It just makes HOT even more efficient. OSM2Vectortiles is the free download service for vector tiles and takes the work of creating vector tiles out of the hands of other developers. It is a little bit like a Geofarik download service but for vector tiles instead of planet extracts.

Influential Writing Award

Three mappers have been nominated for their user diaries:

  • Zu Edil Queiroz De Araujo
  • Joost Schouppe
  • Harry Wood

In addition, Nick Allen (Tallguy) has been nominated for his work on LearnOSM and the WeeklyOSM team (this includes the folks from German Wochennotiz because they are the mother and main source of all WeeklyOSM variants).

I can say as a team member of Wochennotiz that the work which is invested into WeeklyOSM/Wochennotiz is much larger than the time to be invested into a blog. WeeklyOSM is more important and therefore has more "influence" than a simple blog. The German Wochennotiz is also read by people from outside OSM community because Wochennotiz/WeeklyOSM produce a summary of all important and less important news of OSM universe. I did not hesitate to give my vote to myself (Wochennotiz/WeeklyOSM).

Greatness in Mapping Award

This category covers great mapping efforts. You have the choice between

  • a group of HOT mappers (Ramani Huria Team)
  • Nelson A. de Oliveira (naoliv) who does monitoring and quality assurance in Brazil,
  • UK Quarterly Mapping Team who organizes the quarterly mapping tasks
  • Martin Ždila (description says that he has mapped and walked 1.4 % of all hiking routes in OSM and 38% of all in Slovakia)—I hope it is true
  • OSM Los Angeles Building Import Team

It is not difficult to say who will not get my vote—neither Ramania Huria Team nor LA Buildings Import will get my vote. I have not found any reasons why I should vote Ramania Huria Team (I hear the name for the first time). Only the official SotM Twitter account advertises them (which should not happen from my point of view, official Twitter accounts should be neutral!). Imports should not get any awards. "No complains" is the best compliment an import should get.

Because I read the name Martin Ždila for the first time, only UK Quarterly Mapping Team and Nelson A. de Oliveira remain. It is difficult for me to find a final decision.

Expanding the Community Award

You have following options:

  • Pascal Neis for his tools
  • Ahasanul Hoque and Tasauf A Baki Billah
  • Courtney Clark
  • Kathmandu Living Labs—community of mappers who had been mapping before the Great Earthquake
  • Pete Masters

The only candidates, I know, are Pascal Neis and Kathmandu Living Labs. I do not want to give to much of my votes to humanitarian mappers because OSM is more than HOT and Missing Maps and they already gain enough attention from third parties. In addition, I consider usage of the term "leadership" in the description of Ahasanul Hoque and Tasauf A Baki Billah as a bad attribute because OSM is a community of independent-minded individuals, not of people who follow their boss (my country had enough bad experience with leaders in history).

Ulf Möller Memorial Award

This award should memorize the murder of Ulf Möller in January 2012. Ulf was mapper, developer, had been OSMF board member and much more. The idea of having such an award is rather old, it was published) a few months after his death. But the idea fizzled out. The original description was:

The Ulf Möller Memorial Award will recognize an individual each year who improves OpenStreetMap through good mapping, benefit to the community and other improvements to the OpenStreetMap project.

Following persons have been nominated:

  • Kate Chapman for co-founding HOT and "bringing HOT to" the developing world
  • Harry Wood for good mapping, organizing a local OSM group and his work at HOT
  • Frederik Ramm for his engagement to make OSMF (especially the finances) transparent and his responses on mailing lists which helped other people understanding OSM
  • Nick Allen (Tallguy) – has also been nominated for Influential Writing Award
  • Richard Fairhurst as voice of reason in OSM community and his projects (Potlatch 1, Potlatch 2, Tilemaker)

Because LearnOSM is too much focussed on HOT (if a newbie reads LearnOSM, he might not be aware of the other aspects of OSM) and therefore the name LearnOSM is not appropiate, I decided not to give my vote to Nick Allen. People who want to get this award should have done good work for the whole project, not only a part of it.

"Bringing OSM to a significant portion of the developing world" might sound well but it is not the way I want to support. Someone who distributes OSM like a colonial power, should not be awarded. OSM should origin from the local people. If they don't need maps, we should not force them.

I must admit that I am not a fan of the web editors but they attract many newbies (which is good). They lower the entry level. I assume that Potlatch was the main reason why the European OSM communities became so powerful between 2007 and 2010. Richard competes with Frederik for my vote. I admire the time he invests into OSM both as developer, entrepreneur, DWG and board member etc. It took a some time until OSMF became really transparent – Frederik joined the board in 2012. First the finances became more transparent (and published earlier), now even the board meetings are public.

OSM Awards could be better

The OSM Awards are not fair. The majority voting system is suitable for binary decisions (with optional abstention from voting). But it is not suitable for an election where opinions differ widely. I would like to give some negative votes to some candidates but I cannot. A system like STV (used for board election) is also not fair but better (and more complicated).

The best voting system is useless if your choice is limited. The candidates of these awards have been selected by "some members of CWG, SotMWG and the Board" (source). How are they legitimated to decided who will get an award? These awards will have an influence of the public image of OSM. Why do the awards not have a system with rounds? During the first round, all mappers (people with OSM account) could suggest candidates and the descriptive texts (but less than 80 words – otherwise you have to read too much) are written. Maybe you could introduce a minimum number of supporters every candidates should achieve during this round. In a second round, all mappers could vote. Four or five candidates per round progress into the third round.

A look into a sample of edits from MAPS.ME contributors from August

Posted by manoharuss on 15 September 2016 in English (English)

During the month of August this is the approximate changeset percentage breakdown between editors that uploaded user edits into OSM:

screenshot 2016-09-15 15 33 50 Source: OSMCha

As a follow up to our review of sample edits from Maps.Me, we decided to randomly review changesets during August to understand the difference in quality and contributions from this editor from our previous review.


  • Changesets reviewed: 475

  • Problematic changesets: 12

  • Minor issues: 33 Raw notes

  • No obvious issues: 430

Problematic changesets

1.Changesets 1, 2 with a lot of amenity=fountain and tourism=camp_site tags on residential areas with alphanumeric names. We commented on the user's changeset.

screenshot 2016-09-12 17 44 14 The edits looked like this on the map

2.Changeset with 91 toursim=attraction POIs. A community member commented and DWG reverted the changeset.

screenshot 2016-09-13 16 42 30 Density of artworks as seen on OSMCha

3.Changeset with 78 ATMs. Community reverted this changeset.

4.Changeset with a lot of of tourism=camp_site tags in one area and some are on water. We commented on this changeset asking for clarification.

5.Changeset with a lot of tourism=attraction tags in names such as I, Pa, ps and gym. We commented and reverted this changeset.

6.Changeset with POIs on roads. We commented on the changeset to let the user know of this.

7.Changeset advertising apartment in demand. We commented on the changeset.

8.Changeset added a bookshop and an outdoor shop at a stadium. We commented on the changeset asking for clarification if these are temporary stalls.

9.Changeset added tourism=guest_house POIs with personal names. We cleaned up all his changesets.

10.Changeset added tourism=attraction & tourism=camp_site POIs to map railway bridges, switches and crossings. We reverted the changeset with a changeset comment.

11.Added amenity=bus_stations over a residential area. A community member commented and reverted the changeset.

Changes observed since our previous review

  • We have not observed name=* modifications from users.

  • We have not come across partial upaloads and changesets with no changeset comments were very few.

But we have continued to observe below issues:

Comparatively, we saw less number of problematic changesets with respect to the number of changesets we reviewed. Let us know what you think of the editor and where it should improve.

Number of new contributors on OSM Source:

There has been a significant spike in new contributors to OSM that coincide with the launch of edit feature in Do you think it correlates with new user contributions using Let us know what you think.


Chetan, Krishna & Manohar

Iraq placename and internationalisation notes - WikiProject Iraq edits

Posted by Øukasz on 15 September 2016 in English (English)

Many of the placenames have been renamed once or more over the last decades. It is common in official sources to refer to such as 'New Placename (Old Placename)'.

It is common for the same name to be recycled and applied for multiple places (villages, city quarters/suburbs), however usually not within the same governorate.

There are cases where a village or a city quarter is named according to origin of people inhabiting it, so there may be a quarter in a city called after another governorate, district, or a city.

There are multiple languages used in Iraq. Two official languages are Arabic and Central Kurdish (Sorani), both written in Arabic script. In many pockets of various ethnic groups additional languages are used: Syriac/Neo-Aramaic (locally referred to as 'christian language') which uses Syriac script, Azeri ('Turkomen') in Latin and Arabic scripts, Norther Kurdish (Kurmanji) in Arabic and Latin scripts, and others. In areas of mixed ethnicities it is common for a village or town to have a name in each of multiple languages - often these names sound completely different, so they are not the same names in multiple scripts. City and street name signs throughout the country often feature Latin transcriptions of those, usually inconsistent.

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