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Labor Day wknd 2014

Posted by pdfsmail on 2 September 2014 in English (English)

Went up Santa Fe Jeep trail near Montezuma, CO. Updated trail and names.

I am very familiar with Rocky Mountain NP after going there every other weekend for 3 years and volunteering there int he summer. I have been trying to update the park area, correcting improperly named areas and so forth.


Posted by Snusmumriken on 2 September 2014 in Swedish (Svenska)

Nu på torsdag är det Wikifika

Wikipedianerna är ett trevligt gäng att umgås med, så jag tänkte gå dit och om det är någon annan OSM:are (nybörjare eller gammal räv) som vill hänga på så är det bara att dyka upp. Så kan vi ha ett litet ex tempore osm-fika.

First Diary: Minor Fruit and Question

Posted by SimpleLuke on 2 September 2014 in English (English)

I've been actively mapping on OSM this summer vacation to complete the map of my hometown. After my effort of 20 changesets in which 2284 ways and 8989 points were contributed, there's just 5 blocks left blank in the town of Mengjin. I intend to finish them before the new semester starting on 7th. It's a pity that the export service is always too busy to be available and the new tiles have not been rendered to the map, so I cannot post the map picture here. :-( Here comes my question. It's about a natural feature which is very common in my area and northwest China. Having read the cliff article in wiki, I don't think it's proper to tag the feature as cliff because the same doubt was put forward in the discussion whether a cliff of around 1-3 meters deep as well as not made of rock but earth can be called a cliff. As far as I know, gully is the depression with nearly vertical scarp as a result of water erosion, which quite suits my situation. Luckily I found the gully article in wiki and used it in my work. The place where I used natural=gully. However this tag in not commonly used by others and not rendered as well. I wonder if what I did was appropriate and need help. And same problem for the agricultural terrace. How do I map that cliff of low depth?

Location: 小浪底大道, 孟津县, Mengjin County, Luoyang City, Henan, People's Republic of China

Premières impressions en tant que Contributeur OSM

Posted by CHETARD on 2 September 2014 in French (Français)

Editeur ID par défaut correct, éditeur Potloatch2 mieux pour ses symboles et sa carte, mais m'a perdu qqs dizaines d'informations suite à un plantage inopiné dans la carte ! Impossible de ré-injecter le fichier XML que j'ai réussi à récupérer... dommage.

J'aimerai savoir quelles sont les applications qui utilisent OSM, en fonction de la réponse, j'investirai plus ou moins de temps sur la création, modification et suppression des données OSM. OC

Progetto Legnano

Posted by PJ Hooker on 2 September 2014 in Italian (Italiano)

In previsione del Linux day2014, iniziamo a migliorare il territorio mappato di Legnano

Location: Via Palestro, Legnano, Milano, Lombardia, 20025, Italia

Error message

Posted by Sultanstrail on 1 September 2014 in Dutch (Nederlands)

I get the following message when I try to modify and upload.

Version mismatch: Provided 1, server had: 2 of Node 2971031277

How can I fix this?

Koordinaten Import

Posted by aballa on 1 September 2014 in German (Deutsch)

wie kann ich eine Tabelle mit vielen Koordinaten importieren?

Current map thinking

Posted by LollyMay on 1 September 2014 in English (English)


I like trees and I like maps. How can I contribute to detailed mapping on osm of the UK's champion trees (as listed by the Tree Register I have emailed and then written to the Tree Register with a tentative proposal to help them present a portion of their comprehensive database on openstreetmap, but so far have had no response. Not sure of my next move here, need to think about how best to approach them. Maybe I need to approach a more direct contact?

Are there any tree experts within the OSM community? I guess there must be, but no idea how to get in contact with them. Trees + maps = yum.


I've had a go at using Tilemill to make a custom map of the champion trees in my local park (Tilgate Park in Crawley). There's an enormous amount of CSS required to make stuff look good, and am therefore doubly impressed by things such as the awesome runkeeper presentation at Need to find more hours to play with this more. Am currently watching the GitHub feeds of mapbox carto and openstreetmap-carto with one eye.

Regarding the other type of trees, I've uploaded my gedcom (with lat/longs via gedgenie as data into Tilemill. Haven't tried to make it look good yet. Later. More pressingly, I need to formulate some ideas regarding visualisations of locations in family history data with maps, eg, diaspora, timelines, spread of names, families, & etc for my work at

Open Historical Map

Think about what I'd like to do regarding OHM How does it fit in with family history? Might we (as in be able to partner or join in somehow? Very pertinent conversation over this past weekend on the OHM list regarding recording and storage of family and local histories that might get lost. A colleague has just been given a booklet by a relative, written by her great-great aunt, that was published by Haverhill & District Local History Group - just the kind of thing that potentially gets lost in the mists of time, and has oodles of location based data. Also, backwards-projected dates of planting of champion trees could be plotted?

HOT - Humanitarian Openstreetmap Team

Been to two HOT/MSF/Red Cross map evenings, need to set aside regular time each week to get some squares done. Also thinking about doing a start up HOT mapping event at brother-in-law's pub, to get the handful of regular Crawley OSMers and also some newbies interested in HOT.


Posted by ahamedzulfan on 1 September 2014 in English (English)

I have started to mark POI's and the street names in the Al Muteena area in Dubai. I have modified a few old roads and marked down the new ones.

Posted by KDDA on 1 September 2014 in English (English)

Rory has recently moved his project to a new domain name ( ) and has invested a lot of time streamlining the code and adding features which mappers and non-mappers can make use of. Id like to thank Rory for his time and effort.

In true Open Source spirit, Rory has released the code to the community. The source code is on github: Should you wish to get involved, please request new features or report problems via github's 'issues':

Mapping Lesotho v2 (at least for me)

Posted by eireidium on 1 September 2014 in English (English)

A small cadre convened at the Lesotho Embassy in Dublin on Saturday 30 August to focus on keeping up the momentum on this great initiative. Facilities were graciously provided by the embassy and we were hard at work in short order. Hot Task Manager remains a superb tool for keeping the team directed and also providing motivating progress feedback. A rapid, round the room decision was made to focus on the rural task and attempt to move that one forward in a concentrated effort. We were challenged with some network connectivity issues that emerged during the process which conveniently divided efforts between editing and validating based on technological affordances. This arose as IDEditor seemed to place demands on the firewall and the OSM API that prevented certain participants from bei able to get feature updates in real time. Lesson: test all components of the process in situ in advance whenever possible to identify such limitations. As it was it probably was serendipitously beneficial to the process. Through a supremely solid effort we succeeded in breaking the 30% task accomplished threshold. Additionally we had 4% of the overall task validated as well.

Location: Donnybrook, Dublin, County Dublin, Leinster, Ireland

JOSM 7480 released

Posted by don-vip on 1 September 2014 in English (English)

The August version of JOSM is now available as version 7480 :)

This version brings a ton of enhancements and bug fixes, especially in map rendering, here's the changelog:

Notable changes

major enhancements

  • Map styles:
    • better view on low zooms (shrink nodes, hide texts and icons)
    • unification of font rendering on all systems (new Droid font)
    • better label placement inside areas (ex: addr:housenumber on buildings)
    • display real speed limit on maxspeed nodes
    • display name of highway
    • more prominent label for place
    • user-settings for mapcss mappaint styles
  • use N as a new shortcut for Move Node onto Way action
  • add offline mode with new command line argument --offline=[josm_website|osm_api|all]

minor enhancements

  • Presets/Map styles:
    • new icons for barrier=block, barrier=chain, natural=peak + tourism=viewpoint
    • new styles for highway=track, embankment=yes, landuse=residential/garages, barrier
    • new presets: man_made=embankment, natural=bare_rock/stone/ridge, place=farm
    • updated presets: natural=water, power=generator, tunnel, sport=handball, tourism, addr:*, bicycle=use_sidepath
    • removed presets: natural=land
  • Plugins:
    • openstreetbugs and nearclick plugins are deprecated
    • core changes for better integration of notes plugin
  • Validator:
    • Check MapCSS assertions in local rules (new option validator.check_assert_local_rules)
  • Improved performance of multipolygon computation
  • WMS: Improved exception handling. Proper message is now displayed on tiles

other enhancements

  • show undo/redo buffers state in Command Stack dialog
  • ask for JOSM update in case of crash with old version
  • add last error/warning messages to bug reports
  • Linux: add .desktop and AppData files
  • OS X: use native look-and-feel by default

major bugs

  • Incomplete menus on small resolutions
  • Text rendering issues on OS X

Summarized changelog

Complete changelog

Milestone view (need login)

Remember we're still holding a logo contest until 30th of September :)

Cheers, Vincent

Interesting city.

Posted by BladeTC on 31 August 2014 in English (English)

Many broken and missing streets. Correcting and mapping ....

Location: Kerkuk-Sulaymaniyah road, Kirkuk, Iraq

Mapping Botswana report for August 2014

Posted by Mapping Botswana on 31 August 2014 in English (English)

August 2014 was a busy month, we unveiled our Mapping Botswana website officially on August 12th, the 10th birthday of OpenStreetMap, and several new contributors joined the cause.

The map below shows the nearly 70 locations, some large and some small, that were updated during the month.

Locations of edits in Botswana August 2014

Nearly exhaustive list:

  • Beetsha
  • Bokaa
  • Bokaa Dam
  • Borolong
  • Chadibe, Central Mahalapye
  • Chadibe, Central Tutume
  • Dikgathlong Dam
  • Dobe
  • Dukwi
  • Eensterus
  • Eretswa
  • Etsha 1
  • Gaborone
  • Groote Laagte
  • Gudingwa
  • Gulubane
  • Gunitsuga
  • Juanqu
  • Kanyu
  • Kasane
  • Kauxhwi
  • Kazungula
  • Keng
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary
  • Lebala
  • Letsibogo Dam
  • Lotsane Dam
  • Mahito
  • Makaleng
  • Malotwana Siding
  • Maposa
  • Martin's Drift
  • Maun
  • Mawana
  • McCarthy's Rust
  • Metsiimantsho
  • Mmanxoate
  • Mogithlo
  • Mogomotho
  • Mohembo
  • Mokgacha
  • Mokobeng
  • Moremi Game Reserve
  • Nata
  • Ngarange
  • Ngwapa
  • Ntimbale Dam
  • Nxamasere
  • Palamakoloi
  • Qangwa
  • Sand Road
  • Sangoshe
  • Sefhare
  • Sekondomboro
  • Seronga
  • Shashe Dam
  • Shashe-Mooke
  • Sherwood
  • Tamacha
  • Tau Pan Camp
  • Tjiponga
  • Tlokweng
  • Tsodilo
  • Tsootsha
  • Xakao
  • Xamshiko
  • Xaree
Location: Moremi Game Reserve, North-West District, Botswana

Maps and Ale at OpenStreetMap’s 10th Anniversary Celebration in London

Posted by seav on 31 August 2014 in English (English)

The OSM 10th Anniversary blackboard greeting

The London OSM community is quite active having their regular pub meetups, so it was exciting for me to attend their 10th anniversary celebration, which was held at The Artillery Arms. Intentionally held near the Barbican Centre, where Wikimania 2014 was held, the party had a pretty good mix of people from the OpenStreetMap and Wikimedia communities. It was really great meeting people and talking about OSM over pints of ale and beer.

Read more at my blog.

Location: Saint Luke's, London Borough of Islington, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom

Missing Cardrona Trails

Posted by Foolscap on 31 August 2014 in English (English)

They all seem to have been deleted or edited away in the last month.

Just back from cardrona to add the missing whitestar and valley quad and where there was trail maps there is now nothing.

I have all the gps traces so I can recreate them but where have they gone ?

Slightly annoyed.


There appears to be new Bing and Mapbox Satellite imagery.

Posted by alexz3 on 31 August 2014 in English (English)

This is good news for people who have been tracing tracks in remote areas that didn't have bing imagery or gps tracks recorded.

Mapbox Satellite is visible as an available background in the Potlatch 2 editor.

BPT interaktivna karta bioplinskih projekata

Posted by Bioplin-Pro-Team on 31 August 2014 in Croatian (Hrvatski)

Kartografski prikaz projekata u OSM formatu


Posted by kaisako on 30 August 2014 in English (English)


Location: Michalová, District of Brezno, Region of Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

Adding data to Cypress Cay and Gateway Elementary

Posted by iansan5653 on 30 August 2014 in English (English)

I have added a ton of data to Cypress Cay, Fort Myers, FL and Gateway Elementary School, which is next door. Before I continue, I'd like some feedback on what I have added. I am relatively new to this, so I just need to know what I am doing wrong/right. Please check it out and give feedback.

Location: GES Bus Ramp, Gateway, Lee County, Florida, 33913, United States of America
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