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Mala aktivnost u Novom Sadu

Posted by MiliCQ on 12 October 2014 in Serbian (Српски / Srpski)

Danas sam se igrao sa GPS-om i usput snimo voznju kolima Novo Naselje - Detelinara - Novo Groblje i nazad. Za sad toliko a kasnije vise. :)

Location: Бистрица (Ново Насеље), Општина Нови Сад, Град Нови Сад, Јужнобачки округ, Војводина, 21137, Србија

Contributor numbers Q3 2014

Posted by SimonPoole on 12 October 2014 in English (English)

I've updated the statistics that I regularly produce from our changeset dump, see stats page on, to the end of Q3 2014 numbers.

The well known trends continue with continuous growth in every category with a total of 447'883 contributors. Of special note is

showing that at the end of the third quarter we have already had slightly more active contributors than in the full year 2013.

August 2014 showed the 2nd highest increase in contributors in the history of the project with over 10'700 new mappers joining OpenStreetMap. It is not unwarranted speculation that this was due to the tenth anniversary celebrations.


Posted by Snusmumriken on 12 October 2014 in Swedish (Svenska)

Nu på onsdag är det Wikipub

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-träff.

Can we have sysnonyms?

Posted by charles philips on 12 October 2014 in English (English)

Blvd, Dr, and ave are common abbreviations for Boulevard, Drive and Avenue.

Many times people search for ABC blvd rather than ABC Boulevard. Can we make one a synonim of the other and then merge all Blvd and Boulevard together?

fire_hydrant tagging cleanup

Posted by Dakon on 12 October 2014 in English (English)

In the last days I mailed a lot of people about unusual values in their fire_hydrant tagging. The most important one was fire_hydrant:type, where some more or less unique values are already gone and replaced by the more common tagging. One nice thing were 3 things that were in fact no emergency=fire_hydrant, but emergency=water_tank. But since the original contributor was unsure on how exactly to tag these things he added an image tag to each of them, showing a photo. This way I could easily point him to the right direction, and as a nice side effect one of these images can now be seen on the wiki page for emergency=water_tank. Until now I only mailed those people that I was rather sure to understand either German or English and left out the Russian, Spanish (could also be Portugese or Italian, no idea), and French ones.

In the process of cleaning things up I learned that the New Tags JOSM presets, which I didn't know about before, introduced wrong tagging. It wrote the German names to the tag field instead of the English ones. Since this isn't exactly a new tag and JOSM already has a working template for this, I simply removed emergency=fire_hydrant from this presets.

Today I made the mistake to look into fire_hydrant:position values. This is probably unusable for any automated application, at least outside of your local clean area. There is a huge amount of inconsistent tagging in all sorts of languages. If I were really bored I would try to get clearance for a mechanical edit and would at start with deleting every fire_hydrant:* attribute that has an empty value. But sadly I'm not that bored, so any volunteers are welcome.

Finished adding the new stretch of Edsån

Posted by bjelkeman on 12 October 2014 in English (English)

Today I tidied up a bit of the land use areas around Edsån (a stream) which recently has been modified in RL to have a meandering path. I have done some GPS track walks around it to get the rough outline, and the new outline can of course be adjusted when the new air photography is available.

Location: Brf Regndroppen, Rotebro, Sollentuna, Stockholms län, Svealand, 19277, Sweden

Mapping my campus: cooperate with existing data

Posted by SimpleLuke on 12 October 2014 in English (English)

Since I finished mapping my hometown from almost white in the early September, I've been wondering what to map next. I've tried railway station sidings near my hometown but find that it's not the most urgent to do. Then I went to my university campus. Here's how it looks by now after my edit of ~300 ways and ~1200 nodes included in 5 changesets recently.

Situation here was quite different from that I met before in my less developed hometown where nothing has been mapped, actually, there were many features already here created by other students. It should be a good news generally, for less work is needed. However some of them are ambiguously and even inappropriately tagged, with grass tagged as meadow, dormitory tagged as hostel, wood tagged as forest, service roads tagged as track, etc. So the main work done by me is to correct them. Besides, some area was still left uncompleted for the cloud in the imagery and I mapped buildings there according to my knowledge and paper maps.

It's quite different to map the area where many other people have worked. Correcting and updating them gave me a new experience in contributing to OpenStreetMap in China. Next step, reorganize the main line railway network in China using relations and add the missing ones according to national standard ref numbers of railway lines, i.e. GBT 25344-2010.

Location: 东湖新技术开发区, 关东街道, Hongshan District, Wuhan City, Hubei, People's Republic of China

Condatos Mexico City: First Gathering of the Latin American OpenStreetMap Community

Posted by lxbarth on 10 October 2014 in English (English)

The annual open data conference AbreLatam / Condatos last week in Mexico City gathered for the first time the Latin American OpenStreetMap community. The OpenStreetMap track Conmapas connected people who've been working alongside in Latin America virtually for sometimes more than five years, and also drew in a huge crowd of city planners, activists, hackers, and map lovers who came to learn everything about OpenStreetMap.

This was a highly timely event in a year with heightened activity in Latin America's OpenStreetMap community and just a month from the annual OpenStreetMap conference State of the Map this year to take place in Buenos Aires from November 7th - 9th.

Here are some highlights of the event:

The morning was all talks and a panel about the growth of OpenStreetMap. We spent the afternoon with workshops and hacking on maps, editing OpenStreetMap, map making and opening data. You can read up on the full #conmapas program on the conference web site.

Mati Karwil and Aure Moser presented Bikestorming, an initiative to make cities world wide more bike friendly by providing more information about existing bike infrastructure using OpenStreetMap.

Thiago Santos described how he unlocked many dozens of PDFs from the Brazilian statistical institute IBGE. Here he's bribing attendees with chocolate to come out for his afternoon workshop to open Mexican INEGI data for OpenStreetMap. Without need as it turned out :)

Mayeli Sánchez Martínez from Proyecto Poder presented her work tracking extractive industry activities together with the Geoinquietos group.

Humberto Yances from Colombia with the Humantarian OpenStreetMap Team and the web service provider Náritas explained how he uses and contributes to OpenStreetMap both for the social good and as a private business.

Isaac Pérez-Serrano and Daniel Perez Tello from the Laboratorio para la Ciudad in Mexico City presented the lab's upcoming participatory mapping initiatives.

Pierre Béland from the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team made a call to map before disasters strike.

Marcelo Aliaga from OpenStreetMap Chile and then Chilean presidency walked through how OpenStreetMap became big in Chile and how the initiatives of the Chilean OpenStreetMap chapter.

Paul Goodman from the Mapbox team gave a walk through of mapping with drones.

See a full map of our three drone mapping missions in Mexico City

I loved the presentations at the open mapping panel together with Pierre Beland (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team), Gerardo Esperza (INEGI), Ives Rocha (Centro de Promoção de Saúde), about the benefits of OpenStreetMap for community mapping and government. Highlight: Gerardo Esperza from INEGI reiterated their data was available for OpenStreetMap. Now let's work on using that data!

At Conmapas core OpenStreetMap contributors from Latin America met each other for the first time in real life. Attendees from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua devised ways of working closer with each other. Concrete outcome: a new, much needed coordination channel for Latin America and many ideas on how to build stronger networks in Latin America.

To be continued

This Latin American network is just getting started. Join in and continue the conversation at State of the Map in Argentina.

Thank you

A big, big thank you to everyone who made this possible: Jorge Soto, Ania Calderón, Alejandra Ruiz and Rodolfo Wilhelmy of the Mexican presidency. Without the support of the Mexican presidency in terms of logistics and funding, this event would not have been possible. In addition to the presidency, Gabriella Gomez Mont, Stalin Muñoz, Jaime Quintanar, Lupita Gonzales of the Laboratorio para la ciudad were of amazing help coordinating locations for flying mapping drones in Mexico City. And last but not least, a huge thank you to all speakers for putting together an amazing program. Here's to more!

Photos: Vitor George, Humberto Yances, Paul Goodman, Eric Gundersen.

Location: Benito Júarez, Benito Juárez, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

Unregulated ferry service

Posted by Skippern on 10 October 2014 in English (English)

After staying on various vessels moored alongside Caix de Paul, Peiú Terminal, Vila Velha, I discovered that there is some form of unregulated ferry service from a point near Caix de Paul over to Vitória. This service is unofficial, unregulated, and most likely illegal.

The service is operated with two or three wooden row boats, bringing up to 6 passengers for each passage. From the side of Vila Velha there is some form of passageway or footway leading to the boarding point, while I believe that on Vitória side the access is with a vertical stepladder leading from a public sidewalk/walkway down to the water. It have just been works on extending a public pier in that area, and I am unsure of where the actual boarding point is, and how to get access to the boats.

Unofficial, unregulated, irregular and probably illegal ferry service

Location: Paul, Argolas, Vila Velha, Microrregião Vitória, Greater Vitória, Mesorregião Central Espírito-Santense, ES, Southeast Region, Brazil

Question on Features Related to Waterbodies

Posted by Jon W on 9 October 2014 in English (English)

Hi, I am new to OpenStreetMap. I often use the US National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) in my work, but I am also a paddler, and I know from that experience there are many interesting features along waterways that aren't captured in the NHD and probably never will be because of the bureaucratic hurdles. I'm wondering if OpenStreetMap might be a good way to capture these points of interest along streams, rivers, lakes, estuaries, etc. such as rapids (with the ability to classify the rapid I-IV), boat ramps, fish weirs, waterfalls, etc. Ultimately, I envision watershed protection/Riverkeeper type organizations using the features in OSM to create maps of their watershed on their websites. This is already happening here in the US as there is a movement to create interactive watershed and/or paddling trail maps, but I think it is being done ad hoc by the few groups with the technological skill and money to pull it off. I know there are free web map options now like Google Maps with kmz files each watershed group can use, but it might be better if we could create a common template of features that these watershed groups would like to add to their watershed maps within OSM so they can take use the tools already built within it rather than everyone reinventing the wheel. So I guess I have two questions: 1. If I met with some watershed groups to find out what kind of feature types they would want in a map, what would be the process of getting them added as feature type choices in OSM? Some of them already appear to be in there, such as dams, boat rentals, and wastewater treatment plants, so there might not be a lot to add. Most of the new features would be points, but it's possible we might want to add a linear paddle trail route, if those are acceptable. 2. If a watershed group wanted to add OSM to their website, is it possible to filter the map in some way to only show certain feature types, such as water-related features, like dams, boat ramps, etc? Thanks!

Mapillary trials

Posted by maning on 9 October 2014 in English (English)

Short post. Testing mapillary around my area.

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Crowdsourcing geotagged photos is not a novel idea, but, one thing that attracted me to mapillary is the friendliness to OSM.

Maybe a longer post on my rig and experience later.

Edificios Cruz Del Eje

Posted by Jvan on 9 October 2014 in Spanish (Español)

Comenzando en el dia de la fecha a editar edificios de la ciudad de cruz del eje. El dia de hoy agregue Super 10

Location: Cruz del Eje, Córdoba, 5280, Argentina

Amen, le nouveau mappeur

Posted by Amen ABBEY MATHEY on 8 October 2014 in French (Français)

500 modifications dans 2 mois => 08 Oct2014

Can someone replace all blvd with boulevard

Posted by charles philips on 8 October 2014 in English (English)

theres plenty of blvd in address which should be boulevard. someone should make it a challenge

First thoughts

Posted by CountryLoon on 8 October 2014 in English (English)

I am new to OSM. I stand on the cliff wondering to take the dive into editing. I spend much of the last 2 years editing Google Maps for the county I live in northern Minnesota. I am a 9-1-1 dispatcher for my county sheriff's office. At least once a month, we would get calls from concerned citizens wondering if we would be able to find them in an emergency. I assured them that yes, we would find them as we use a map maintained by our GIS office which has every address in the county. The biggest complaint was GPS devices were barely accurate in my county. We readdressed and renamed roads at the same time the first TIGER surveys came through in 2000. Needless to say ever since, our roads were a jumbled mess of names and roads that did not exist. Sending law enforcement out to find hapless motorists who were hopelessly lost and off the cellphone network was nearly a monthly exercise for us. It was then I discovered that online maps could be edited by people who know the area. 2 years later, Google Maps is done, the complains have vanished and suddenly many websites start changing to this "new" thing called Open Street Map. (Obviously not new but just to me) I started studying the map and saw many flaws but in this case not just limited to my county but also all of northern Minnesota. Many of the mainline highways are not even tagged to the specifications set in the help and wikis. I reached out to a few editors and appreciate the advise but wow, where to begin. I see evidence of editing in the history but not to the roads so much. So I need to make a choice, limit myself to my home county or start with the mainline roads over the entire region and work down. Either way a big project.

Skopanie - nadanie nazw ulic

Posted by bobok on 8 October 2014 in Polish (Polski)

Poprawiam głównie okoliczne miejscowości. Jako, że Skopanie doczekało się nazw ulic, została także zmieniona numeracja domów.

Numery stare i nowe znajdują się w tym linku

Location: Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego, Firanki, gmina Baranów Sandomierski, powiat tarnobrzeski, województwo podkarpackie, Polska

Trazados inconclusos y nombres de las calles dentro del libramiento de Morelia terminado.

Posted by Sergio_M on 8 October 2014 in Spanish (Español)

Ya esta la mayor parte de la nomenclatura de las calles dentro de todo el libramiento de Morelia, falta la tarea de concluir el resto de la periferia.

El trazado en su mayor parte ya estaba realizado solo faltaba complementar algunas calles, en cuanto a los nombres solo había quizás un 15% de avance en lo referente a todas las calles y avenidas dentro del libramiento, yo creo lo deje fácil arriba de un 90%. Incluso abarque algunas calles de la periferia del libramiento sobre todo de la parte sur en las colonias que se ubican debajo de la loma.

Deje en blanco aquellas calles que definitivamente no pude localizar el nombre.

Procure hasta donde me fue posible indicar el sentido de buena parte de las calles que conozco.

Si existe necesidad de corregir algún nombre o trazado de lo que realice haganlo con toda confianza.

Espero exista una mejor colaboración por parte de más usuarios en la conclusión total de la ciudad pues muchos de los programas de GPS que son gratuitos, recurren al uso del openstreetmap y a todos nos resulta de muchisima ayuda.

Mój biznes na OpenStreetMap w pięć minut

Posted by m93 on 7 October 2014 in Polish (Polski)

Może zauważyłeś reklamy Google promujące dodawanie ich firm do Google Maps. Pomyślałem że napiszę krótki tekst aby pomóc dodać swoją firmę do innego projektu: OpenStreetMap.

Bardzo prosto możesz dodać swoją firmę do OpenStreetMap (OSM), społecznie rozwijanej mapy świata, która jest coraz powszechniej stosowana jako dane udostępnione na licencji Open Database Licence (ODbL).

Oto pięć prostych kroków aby dodać twoją firmę do bazy danych aby każdy mógł ją odnaleźć. Prawdopodobnie zajmie ci to mniej niż 5 minut.


Wejdź na stronę OSM, odnajdź obszar gdzie znajduje się twoja firma i kliknij "Edytuj" Edytuj

Możesz założyć konto jeśli takiego nie posiadasz (zajmie to parę sekund!)


Kliknij "Punkt" i dodaj obiekt w miejscu gdzie jest zlokalizowana twoja firma. Punkt


Odszukaj typ firmy bądź najbliżej skojarzoną z nią kategorię i wybierz ją. Odszukaj


Dodaj szczegółu dotyczące obszaru działania firmy. Szczegóły

Możesz dodać dodatkowe informacje wybierając z pośród ikon na dole np. telefon i strona internetowa. dodatkowe informacje

Jedynym 'podstępnym' polem są godziny otwarcia. Upewnij się że znasz przykłady zaprezentowane na stronach wiki. W moim przykładzie, napisałem Mo-Sa 12:00-22:00 dla firmy otwartej od poniedziałku do soboty w godzinach 12 - 22.


Zapisz zmiany klikając "Zapisz" i dodając opis zmiany np "Moja firma" by doprecyzować ją. Zapisz


Zmiana którą wprowadziłeś będzie widoczna na mapie w ciągu kilku minut. Dodatkowo twoja firma zyska na widoczności!

Jeśli masz pytania bądź potrzebujesz pomocy śmiało komentuj poniżej bądź sprawdź OSM wiki gdzie znajdziesz opis specyficznych danych związanych z typem twojej działalności.

Gratuluję tym co ukończyli czytanie!

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New MapRoulette challenge: TIGER Mismatched Ways

Posted by mvexel on 7 October 2014 in English (English)

I know, I've written about TIGER before...Quite a few times. I've pointed out problems from time to time, but I have also attempted to come up with solutions, like the Battle Grid.


Today is another being-part-of-the-solution kind of day. We (a few colleages at Telenav were involved in this) took the output of the Battle Grid comparison we use to generate the Battle Grid cells, divided them into more and less severe cases based on the road class and amount of difference between TIGER and OSM, and created a MapRoulette challenge out of the more interesting cases. This will make it easier for anyone to help fix antiquated, bad TIGER data anywhere.

This is what a typical case would look like in MapRoulette:


Loading this case in iD, it's plain to see that this road is mis-aligned pretty badly:


Easy to fix! Just drag the nodes that make up the misaligned way to match the aerial image:



To point out these errors, we compare TIGER 2014 against OSM data. This gets us mostly good results, but it's not perfect. In most cases where MapRoulette will point out a non-error, the TIGER data is still wrong. This is the case in Alaska more than anywhere else, it seems.

alaska TIGER is wrong here, even though it's hard to see with the low resolution satellite imagery...

The number of non-errors is small enough to not be too annoying, I hope. If it is let me know, and I can see what more we can do to improve this challenge.

Not all at once

There are a lot of Mismatched Ways. A lot. Most of them, way more than 90%, are local and low speed roads, mapped to residential in OSM when TIGER was imported. Of course, these all need to be fixed eventually, but let's focus on the more important roads first. Based on how it goes, I will gradually add more cases.

I look forward to hearing from you about this new challenge! I am pretty excited about it!

To the TIGER Mismatched Ways challenge!

Мое заведение на карте OSM за пять минут

Posted by bigopenmac on 7 October 2014 in Russian (Русский)

Перевод, оригинал здесь.

Возможно, Вы видели повсеместную рекламу Google, предлагающую людям добавить информацию о своем ​​бизнесе на карты Google. Я подумал, что мог бы написать короткий пост, чтобы помочь людям, которые пытаются добавить свое заведение в другой проект: OpenStreetMap.

Вы можете очень легко добавить свою организацию на OpenStreetMap (OSM), совместно разрабатываемую карту мира, которая все более и более широко используется в качестве данных и выпущена по лицензии Open Database (ODbL).

Вот пять простых шагов, чтобы добавить свой магазин в базу данных, где ее найдет каждый. Вполне вероятно, что это на самом деле займет у вас не более 5 минут.


Перейдите на OSM сайт, найдите место, где расположен Ваш бизнес и нажмите кнопку "Правка" Кнопка редактирования Возможно, Вам придется зарегистрироваться, если Вы не сделали это раньше (это займет всего несколько секунд!).


Нажмите на "Точка” и добавьте точку на карту, в том месте, где находится Ваше предприятие. Добавление точки


Найдите тип Вашего бизнеса или наиболее подходящую категорию и кликните по этой строчке. Выбор типа предприятия


Добавьте подробности о Вашем заведении в соответствующие поля Добавление детальной информации

Вы можете добавить дополнительную информацию, нажав на иконку под полями. Таким образом можно добавить, например, контактный телефон и веб-сайт. Дополнительная информация

Единственная сложность возникнет с полем для времени работы. Посмотрите примеры на этой странице. В моем примере, я использовал синтаксис Mo-Su 10:00-24:00 для заведения, открытого 7 дней в неделю с с 10 утра до полуночи.


Сохраните Ваши изменения, нажав кнопку "Сохранить", и добавьте комментарий вроде “мое личное предприятие”, чтобы удостоверить их. Сохранение изменения


Вы сможете увидеть изменения на карте всего через несколько минут после того, как Вы сохранили изменения. И ваш бизнес будет намного более заметным!

Если у Вас возникли вопросы или нужна помощь, не стесняйтесь оставлять комментарии к этой статье или взгляните на OSM вики, где Вы можете найти информацию относящуюся к Вашему типу бизнеса.

Благодарю за чтение!

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