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OpenPoiMap - aka Taglocator

Posted by marczoutendijk on 17 February 2015 in English (English)

After almost 3 months of work, development reached version 1.0! Also I have changed its name from Taglocator to OpenPoiMap which is maybe more descriptive for the non-mapper.

And it is now available under its own domain name:

Compared to the first version many improvements have taken place (thanks to the community) and it is fully described in a wiki.

The tool is handy for mappers, to check their own work and see what is missing from the map in the areas they know, but it is at least as useful for the layman mapuser who just wants to know the nearest Busstop, Bookstore, Library, Restaurant, Pub, Cinema, Hotel, Giftstore, Optician, Monumental Tree, Picnic, Windmill, Museum, Viewpoint, Parking, Bicycle rental. . . (not necessarily in that order!)

But if you want to check which Bar has no Telephone number, that's also possible!

Many improvements are yet to come, and development continues. Give it a try!

Durham University Geography/Risk MSc workshop

Posted by mapteacher on 17 February 2015 in English (English)

This morning I was a guest in Durham University's Geography department and I gave a workshop to students. It was great to see people become interested and I hope it will inspire them to continue making improvements to OpenStreetMap in their free time. I've written a entry about this on my main blog

Do send a message to my account through the OpenStreetMap website if you have questions.

Location: The Viaduct, Durham, County Durham, North East England, England, United Kingdom

OSM now has routing as standard

Posted by Amaroussi on 17 February 2015 in English (English)

As of now, OSM now has routing on their website as standard: you can plan a simple journey from point A to point B, by car, foot or bicycle. GraphHopper, MapQuest and OSRM are the current routing information suppliers for this module.

I've already made a route to show you how it all works. I'm not sure when the "via" feature will come in.

P.S. at time of posting, Amaroussi's current exhaustion level is OVER 9,000 !!!

Location: Mayfair, Westminster, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom

Participated in first Missing Maps event in the Netherlands

Posted by Jan van Bekkum on 17 February 2015 in English (English)

I participated in the first Missing Maps event in the Netherlands on 2015-02-14 and worked on an area in the C.A.R. [Here[( are more details.

Primer Webinar OSM-EC

Posted by lomejordejr on 17 February 2015 in Spanish (Español)

Invitados todos!


La Comunidad de Software Libre y Seguridad informática Hackem invita a los usuarios de OpenStreetMap en Ecuador al Primer Seminario Web (Webinar) GRATUITO en el país sobre OSM, se utilizará la plataforma Google Hangouts para la transmisión del evento, a continuación los detalles:

Tema: OpenStreetMap Ecuador: Cómo y por qué se creó el mejor Mapa Libre del Mundo.

Expositor: Daniel Orellana, Ph.D.

Fecha: Sábado, 21 de Febrero 2015.

Hora: 16h00.

Dónde: Por Google Hangouts (Se enviará el enlace a su correo antes de empezar el evento)



Luis Reinoso.

Miembro - Comunidad de Software Libre y Seguridad Informática Hackem.

Quito - Ecuador.

== Actualizado ==

Para el arte se re-utilizó una imagen de:

La misma está bajo la licencia:

point de regroupement OM

Posted by corete on 15 February 2015 in French (Français)

bacs 4

Location: Rue de l'Église, Bouloc, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France métropolitaine, 31620, France

First Missing Maps in NL and Mapillary

Posted by Polyglot on 15 February 2015 in English (English)

After participating in the Missing Maps in Antwerpen, I went to the one in The Netherlands yesterday. Big thanks to Philip for making this possible for me!

The people from MSF/AZG/DWB/Red Cross had 2 Tasks in mind for us.

A though one in Africa where we had to add natural wood and rivers, as those are the (breeding) habitat for tse-tse flies, which cause sleeping disease. The beginners using iD had to abandon that one, as it's impractical to zoom in far enough to work and still see the bigger picture. With JOSM one can draw a general contour of the wood at low zoom, then refine it by using the Improve Way Accuracy mode zoomed in a lot further. It's still a daunting task to get it right though. What can be considered wood/forest? How does one recognise wetlands?

The other task was in Haiti. It was not easy either. A densely populated area and MSF wants to know how many buildings there are. (It's explained better in the description...)

It peaked my interest for 2 reasons:

  1. They used a drone to create superior aerial imagery
  2. The Red Cross drove around with a smartphone used as a dashcam. The pictures were uploaded to Mapillary. Press that little play button and enjoy the ride.

This allows to go and have a look around and see what's actually there. The width and state of the road, the state of completion of the buildings and so on.

Coverage is more limited than what can be seen from above, but it's possible to read the name of a school and then it's clear as well that it is a school.

The great thing about Mapillary is that the barrier of entry to contribute yourself is a lot lower than say, fly a drone to create excellent imagery...

All you need is a smartphone with a descent camera and GPS. Bonus points if it has a electronic compass, but that information can also be gotten from the GPX track. (electronic bread crumbs trail of where you've been).

I've been doing this for Geofort, somewhat surprised that I was the first one to do it. We've also covered a good part of the way over to Geofort from Belgium. Interrupted between Brasschaat and Breda because of a drizzle.

Only It's so Funny did the same. I had expected to see all the roads to the geofort from all directions. Now I feel bad for not having mentioned it on the Meetup group beforehand. Mapillary still seems less known than I had expected. Hence this diary entry.

Let's give Google Streetview some competition and do them one better! There are so many places their survey cars can't reach! And hopefully one day, they decide to be even nicer than they claim to be and give us permission to look at their Streetview to improve Openstreetmap. One can always be optimistic :-)

Location: 2ème Crochus, Croix-des-Bouquets, Arrondissement Croix-des-Bouquets, Département de l'Ouest, Haiti

First Edits

Posted by stevepcharlton on 15 February 2015 in English (English)

My first set of edits and additions are conducted as part of the GIS class I am currently taking towards my BSc in Geography at Northern Illinois University. Some initial edits were done around the university campus in DeKalb IL as part of a class initiative to comprehensively digitize the area. As part of the group effort I have digitized sidewalks, crosswalks and traffic calming features. I followed this up by examining the level of detail in the area where I currently live, La Grange IL, and have added sidewalks, parking lots, building polygons and restaurants in the town, though much remains to be done. Finally, I started to digitize physical features (lakes, streams, forest and roads) in the area around the village in which I grew up in Mayo, Ireland.

Infrastructure télécom

Posted by Gourmet on 15 February 2015 in French (Français)

Bonjour, j'avais posé cette question il y a 5 ans déjà suite à un projet entamé il y a 10 ans ( Il s'agissait alors de documenter une couche télécom en se basant sur les bases publiques ANFR, BRIFIC, ARCEPS. Pas eu de suite. Quelqu'un est-il intéressé ? db

New to OSM

Posted by AlexMaps73 on 15 February 2015 in English (English)

I am new to this world and realized that I can contribute to OpenStreetMap-project, so excited. I will finally get all details on the maps from my region up to date as I can directly contribute. Awesome!

Location: Parque Sumampa, Villa Udaondo, Partido de Ituzaingó, Buenos Aires, Argentina

First steps from Ganløse

Posted by blecourt on 15 February 2015 in English (English)

I discovered the OpenStreetMap-project yesterday, and I am very excited about it. I love contributing with my small nuggets of wisdom to projects like this - "for the greater good".

So I immediately started adding small bits and pieces of information about the countryside village where I live - Ganløse, just outside the greater Copenhagen area in Denmark.

Quickly skimmed the user diaries and already spotted som great work from other users/contributers.

Location: Højgårdsparken, Ganløse, Egedal Municipality, Capital Region of Denmark, 3540, Denmark

How to extract a topographic map of an area

Posted by Alberto1989 on 15 February 2015 in English (English)

Hi guys! I am a total noob of openstreetmap, but I am realizing what a great tool it is! here the question: For university purposes, my thesis, I am looking for a topographic map of a certain area. The kind of maps provided by are already awesome. I would need a 1:50000 scale map. Is it possible to extract it through the share button? I would prefer a vector file, like a svg but everything else is more than welcome! I tried to use the share option couple of time, but it says that the server is busy. Do you know any other way to get a proper topographic map from Openstreetmap? Thank you in Advance


itinerario peatonal prueba

Posted by Jaumin4 on 15 February 2015 in Spanish (Español)

Just testing it out


Posted by Jimiiee on 15 February 2015 in English (English)

Just testing it out

zmiany na edytorze OSM

Posted by Adam_Piszczek on 14 February 2015 in Polish (Polski)

zmiany na edytorze ,po angielsku tagi ale nie wszystkie,czasem idzie o pomyłke

suburban apartments/estates

Posted by ApexofHumanity on 14 February 2015 in English (English)

I just digitized a good portion of suburban estates and apartments were I have lived and worked for the last several years. I'm moving soon so I figured I ought to leave a legacy.

ul. Baczyńskiego w Andrychowie

Posted by wAndrychowiepl on 14 February 2015 in Polish (Polski)

Trwa mapowanie, pozostała jeszcze druga strona ulicy.

France : fin du bâti dans le département de la Creuse

Posted by rabeyroux on 14 February 2015 in French (Français)

Bonjour Je pense être venu à bout du bâti dans le département de la Creuse (23). Merci aux observateurs de terrain pour les corrections. Cordialement

mtb davide

Posted by giulianini on 14 February 2015 in Italian (Italiano)

perorsi mtb

Go home coastline data, you are drunk

Posted by bdiscoe on 14 February 2015 in English (English)

I've been having a great time recently using Osmium to write my own analysis code in C++ to look for anomalies in the PBF extracts. Today it found this very strange coastline in South Africa:


Perhaps, i thought, this is some rare geological formation, that makes an amazing wavy line? So let's look at the data over aerial:


Uh.... what? I've seen a lot of weird and bad map data, like the mechanical grit of PGS and all the horrors of TIGER, but this was new. It's as if some cartographer said... "yeah, it's a coastline! Uh, what kind? Uh.... a wavy coastline? Yeah, wavy! Lots of waves.... I LOOOVE to draw WAVES, wheeeee!"

I should mention that this appears to go on for hundreds of kilometers.

The importer of this way is an "Adrian Frith" but it's most certainly not his fault, the source tags says "Municipal Demarcation Board" so it was probably made by some government department, or maybe a contractor that was getting paid by the node?

I'm sorry to say I'll be quickly tidying up this coast, so perhaps by the time you read this, you won't be able to see the waves at, for example, here. On the other hand, coastline changes are special and take a while to process, so the blue ocean wobbles will probably stay for quite a while.

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