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Inclusão dos bairros de Jataí-GO

Posted by Ivaldo on 16 March 2015 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Ultimamente estive trabalhando na delimitação dos bairros de Jataí-GO. Apesar de ser uma cidade com aproximadamente 100.000 habitantes, ela tem muitos bairros, mas todos foram adicionados.

Link de localização: Jataí-Goiás-Brasil

O que foi feito

  • Criação das vias que não apareciam no mapa
  • Inclusão dos nomes das vias
  • Delimitação dos bairros (relações e seus pontos)
  • Hidrografia completa (rios, córregos, lagos e canais)
  • Criação de áreas (institucionais e comerciais
  • Adição de alguns pontos nas vias (faróis e faixas de pedestre)
  • Observação: não trabalhei na classificação de vias e direções, salvo raras exceções.

Fonte das informações

... google translation:

Inclusion of Jataí-GO neighborhoods

Lately I've been working in the designation of Jataí-GO neighborhoods. Despite being a city with approximately 100,000 inhabitants, it has many neighborhoods, but all were added.

Link Location: Jataí-Goiás-Brazil

What has been done

  • Creation of routes that did not appear on the map
  • Pathways of names of inclusion
  • Delimitation of neighborhoods (and their relations points)
  • Full hydrography (rivers, streams, lakes and canals)
  • The creation of areas (institutional and commercial
  • Adding some points on the roads (lights and crosswalks)
  • Note: I did not work in the process of classification and directions, with few exceptions.

Source of information

  • map of Jatai Prefecture: everything except hydrography)
  • Urban IBGE layer: only hydrography

Hallo community

Posted by frankstiller85 on 16 March 2015 in German (Deutsch)

Hallo Leute ich bin der Frank aus Oberursel bei Frankfurt und neu hier .

OS Street View Copyright Easter Egg

Posted by James Derrick on 15 March 2015 in English (English)

Over the past few years, I've been a regular user of ITO World's very useful map analysis and comparison tools. One tool (not unique, but well done) compares OS Street View data with OSM highway names and produces both a completeness report, and also a set of map tiles which show differences.

This diff layer is very useful in JOSM to spot errors in both map databases, be it simple typos or show areas for physical survey. In my area North of Newcastle, this has typically shown up schools being closed and turned into small development plots for housing which I've worked into my cycle training runs to make a physical survey.

As I know my local patch well, these areas are often already tracked as landuse=brownfield, of highway=construction so it's just a case of adding in the street names once the developer has bothered to actually put the name plates up!

One such diff intrigued me - close to where my old University digs used to be (Ethel Williams Halls were demolished years ago!), a very small stub off a residential close started changing name.

Penfold Close became Whitby Crescent which ITO dutifully reported on. I though this to be a plausible omission, so added the name change and gave the credit to OS using the source:name=OS_OpenData_Locator tag. As this is about 12 miles away, and the road section in question about 20m long, I didn't undertake a physical survey - slapped wrists all round!

Recently, it changed again to Whitbay Crescent, which seemed strange - had a mapper in OS Towers lost a key from their keyboard? Well, as this seemed so strange and my Winter fitness improving, I cycled out from Cramlington to find out.

Off a small residential road, a t-shaped stub is surrounded by 5 blocks of semi-detached homes. Only one has a name plate showing Penfold Close, but the door numbers show odd and even consistently showing they are in the same street.

So, what is going on with OS Street View changing names of a cul-de-sac all of 20m long? Well, I suspect it could be a Copyright Easter Egg!

The suspicious mind in me wonders if OS has been making small but insignificant changes in OSSV open data to track if and how fast they appear in OSM and other databases? I don't believe this raises any copyright issues (I added the source tag to credit their information, as requested by the licence interpretation), but the feeling of possibly being tracked is both creepy, and reassuring.

Creepy - no one likes being instrumented and put in an experiment.

Reassuring - If my paranoia is correct, could it be that OS take OSM seriously to the point that our Open Street Maps are being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than our own*?

With apologies to HG Wells!

Location: Benton, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, North East England, England, United Kingdom

Rückblick auf die FOSSGIS 2015 in Münster und Ausblick auf die Zukunft der FOSSGIS

Posted by Nakaner on 15 March 2015 in German (Deutsch)

Interessante Vorträge

Die folgende Auflistung basiert auf meiner persönlichen Präferenz und ist auf OSM zentriert. Es gibt (dem Programm zufolge) zwar auch im GIS-Track einige interessant klingende Vorträge, diese Videos habe ich jedoch noch nicht angesehen (während der Konferenz war ich am Donnerstag und Freitag im OSM-Track als Kameramann/Mixer).

Für Mapper eher uninteressant, aber als Einführungsvortrag für OSM-Neulinge ist Frederiks Keynote Nicht zuschauen – mitmachen! empfehlenswert.

Robert Klemm stellte seine Bachelorarbeit Automatisierte OSM Aufbereitung & Analyse von LKW-Mautstrecken in Deutschland vor.

Wer OSM-Daten analysiert, für den ist Claas Leiners Vortrag Daten aus OSM extrahieren und in QGIS weiterverarbeiten einen Blick wert.

Thomas Jakubicka von Mentz DV stellte in seinem Vortrag Indoor Routing in Gebäuden des öffentlichen Verkehrs auf Basis von OpenStreetMap-Daten vor, wie Mentz DV im Bereich des Indoor-Routings und der Indoor-Kartographie OSM nutzt.

Uneinigkeit im Publikum herrschte am Ende von Robert Buchholzs Vortrag FlatMatch – Online-Wohnungssuche mit OSM-Daten, ob eine Plattform, die Wohnungen in 3D in ihrer 3D-gemappten Umgebung darstellt, wirklich dazu führen würde, dass Vermieter ihre Umgebung mappen.

BRouter-Maintainer Arndt Brenschede berichtete in einem Lightning Talk über das intermodale Routing, welches er für BRouter implementiert hatte. In seinem Vortrag Neues zu BRouter ging er näher auf seinen Router und die Einbindung von BRouter in OsmAnd ein.

Für die Freunde freier Spiele präsentierte Tobias Knerr, der Maintainer von OSM2World, einen Workflow, wie man aus OSM-Daten mit OSM2World und Blender eigene Rennstrecken für das Open-Source Rennspiel SuperTuxKart erstellt.

Jochen Topf stellte neue Features in Taginfo vor und Roland Olbricht zeigte, wie man mit ein paar Overpass-API-Abfragen auf Schatzsuche in OpenStreetMap gehen und Tagging- und Mapping-Kuriositäten entdecken und daraus einen Reiseführer der anderen Art erstellen kann.

Da es zahlreiche Anwendungen gibt, die auf hoch aufgelöste Geländemodelle angewiesen sind, stellte Peter Barth seine Versuche zu Crowd-Sourced Elevation vor. Dabei geht es darum, wie man mit den Barometern in Android-Smartphones Geländehöhen ermittelt und somit horizontal besser aufgelöste Modelle als SRMT erstellen kann.

Alexander Lehner berichtete von seinen Versuchen, mit einem Kopter zu mappen.

Alle Vorträge gibt es auch als Dateidownload (HTTP, FTP auf den GWDG-Servern (Benennung erfolgt nach der Vortrags-ID). Die Videos (Youtube und Dateidownload) sind auch im Programm bei den einzelnen Abstracts verlinkt.

Zukunft der FOSSGIS-Konferenz aus OSM-Sicht

Die FOSSGIS ist eine Konferenz für zwei Themen – auf der einen Seite das dominante Thema Open-Source-GIS, auf der anderen Seite das Thema OpenStreetMap. Auf dieser FOSSGIS hat sich gezeigt, dass die FOSSGIS eigentlich keine Konferenz für die OSM-Community ist. Geschätzt waren von den über 410 Teilnehmern nur etwa 50 der OSM-Community zuzuordnen und dementsprechend leer waren auch die meisten Vorträge des OSM-Tracks. In Berlin waren gefühlt mehr OSMler auf der FOSSGIS, in Münster habe ich jedoch überwiegend nur noch alte Bekannte getroffen, die mir sonst auf Hackweekends begegnen. Es gibt mehrere Gründe dafür.

Zum einen spricht die Konferenz schon vom Namen her OSM-Aktive nicht besonders an. Bei allen Ablegern der State of the Map ist OSM das einzige und Hauptthema, bei der FOSSGIS kommt OSM nicht einmal im Namen vor. Dies hat auch mich 2012 und 2013 davon abgehalten, die FOSSGIS zu besuchen. Terminlich liegt die FOSSGIS auch sehr ungünstig für OSM-Aktive, die das meist als Hobby in ihrer Freizeit tun. Da geht man dann nicht einfach auf eine Konfernz, auf der OSM eine Randrolle hat und die auch noch von Mittwoch bis Freitag (früher Dienstag bis Donnerstag) stattfindet. Aus GIS-Sicht ist es verständlich, denn die meisten Teilnehmer der FOSSGIS ohne OSM-Bezug kommen aus beruflichen Gründen, sei es als Entwickler oder Nutzer (u.a. Behörden). Ein Community-Mitglied kostet solch eine Veranstaltung jedoch drei Urlaubstage!

Ein dritter und nicht zu vernachlässigender Punkt ist auch die thematische Ausrichtung der OSM-Vorträge. Viele Vorträge richten sich an Entwickler, Mapper sind aber häufig keine Entwickler. Dieses Problem haben auch die SotM-XX-Konferenzen. Ich selbst kann die "normalen Mapper", die ich auf der SotM-EU in Karlsruhe getroffen habe und nicht direkt zum Orgateam gehörten, an einer Hand abzählen.

Nächstes Jahr wird es voraussichtlich keine FOSSGIS im herkömmlichen Format geben, denn der FOSSGIS hat den Zuschlag für die Ausrichtung der FOSS4G 2016 in Bonn bekommen. Die FOSS4G ist eine Konferenz zum Thema frei Software für GIS (also eine globale FOSSGIS ohne OSM-Track). Es handelt sich dabei schon aufgrund des Eintrittspreis nicht um eine Community-Konferenz (750 Dollar bei FOSS4G 2014 in Portland, in Bonn wird der Eintrittspreis auch im mittleren dreistelligen Eurobereich liegen).

Möglicherweise (?) wird es, angedockt an die GIS-Konferenz Agit in Salzburg, eine kleine FOSSGIS geben. Dort wird OSM jedoch noch exotischer sein als jetzt schon. Die Agit ist nämlich eine wissenschaftlich-proprietäre GIS-Konferenz.

Daher ist es an der Zeit, dass die OSM-Community im deutschsprachigen Raum sich veranstaltungstechnisch selbstständig macht und eine eigene Veranstaltung auf die Beine stellt. Nach sechs Jahren OSM+GIS auf der FOSSGIS hat sich jetzt meiner Meinung nach gezeigt, dass die Idee OSM@FOSSGIS aufgrund der oben genannten Gründe als gescheitert zu betrachten ist.

Eine OSM-Konferenz sollte sich jedoch nicht nur an Entwickler, sondern auch an unseren größten Schatz, die unzähligen Mapper richten. Das könnte zum Beispiel ein OSM-Barcamp sein oder ein Konferenzformat mit hohem Workshop-Anteil sein, denn ein Mapper möchte auch etwas praktisches von der Veranstaltung mit nach Hause nehmen. Ihn interessieren vermutlich nicht, wie man eine PostGIS-Datenbank optimiert, sondern, so glaube ich, eher für Workshops/Vorträge wie "Einführung in 3D-Mapping", "ÖPNV für Mapper", "Vier Editoren in zwei Stunden" oder "Wie erstelle ich ein erfolgreiches Proposal?".

Disclaimer: Die Idee eines OSM-Barcamps stammt übrigens nicht von mir.

EDIT: Videolinks sind jetzt im Programm intergriert. EDIT 19. März 2015: Links zu Youtube-Videos korrigiert

Витязево пляж

Posted by zdforum on 15 March 2015 in Russian (Русский)

Источник: http://www.vityazevo-beach.ru/ Наш сайт «vityazevo-beach.ru» посвящен отдыху в курортом поселке Витязево. Мы планируем, что это будет большой информационный портал с описаниями отелей и пансионатов, рассказами от туристов, советами по отдыху и время провождению на курорте.

На нашем сайте будем публиковать информацию о кафе, барах, дискотеках, танц полах, ресторанах, конечно о пляжах и всего того, что может заинтересовать отдыхающих для проведения качественного отдыха в Витязево.

Мы публикуем только правдивую информацию, ни каких купленных статей от хозяев отелей! Только реальная информация.

Заходите на наш информационный портал «Витязево Пляж», регистрируйтесь и давайте общаться! Мы создадим хороший и правдивый ресурс про отдых в Витязево только вместе!

Edits of our travels in Kenya completed

Posted by Jan van Bekkum on 15 March 2015 in English (English)

Added road, campsite etc. information in Kenya that we collected during our drive to South Africa from the Netherlands.

Observations during a HOT task

Posted by dcp on 14 March 2015 in English (English)

I recently did a little work (for the first time) on a HOT task 892 in Africa. It was the simple task of adding highways between the settlements. Using Bing imagery we were ask to mark the settlements as landuse=residential and the connections between as highways.

Easy enough you may say and yes it was apart from some poor imagery.

However, paths of about 1 meter width were traced with a higher category even up to highway=unclassified

Tracks of one vehicle width were also traced as highway=unclassified

The highways connecting the settlements were attached to the perimeter of the landuse=residential. Routing would be impossible.

I abided by the HOT instructions and used the landuse=residential but most of the settlements were small homesteads similar to landuse=farmyard. The tag landuse=homestead would have been more appropriate but we don't have it.

It was also mentioned that locals on the ground would clean up the OSM data after we OSMers left but is that not being a bit unreasonable. These homesteads don't even have tap water let alone an internet connection.

I shudder to think I would have to use this data for routing!

XD

Posted by Sephera on 14 March 2015 in Chinese (Taiwan) (‪中文(台灣)‬)

Great map, I found my house~~

mappe sapio

Posted by stefano manuguerra on 13 March 2015 in Italian (Italiano)

dsdsds

Two Million Registered Users

Posted by Central America on 13 March 2015 in English (English)

Declaration of Conflicts

Posted by dkunce on 13 March 2015 in English (English)

American Red Cross

I work full time for the American Red Cross where I lead the GIS team. We work around the world and frequently have contact with HOT and other organizations throughout our work. We work closely with HOT during disaster response to prioritize and plan activations. I often talk about HOT or about HOT's perspective in my work with government agencies, corporations, and other non-governmental agencies.

In the past I have worked to give money to HOT for collaborative technology projects such as the Tasking Manager Upgrade. HOT is currently under contract to the American Red Cross support the development of OpenMapKit.

I serve as a de facto liaison between the Missing Maps project and the US Department of State Humanitarian Information Unit given my physical proximity to the HIU. I help coordinate imagery requests from the project and often create tasks on the tasking manager for Missing Maps.

I am frequently interviewed by the media in my role at the American Red Cross and often speak on behalf of the larger humanitarian mapping community which includes HOT.

Missing Maps

I co-founded the Missing Maps project with the British Red Cross, MSF, and HOT. I co-wrote the Memorandum of Understanding that explicitly outlines that member organizations must donate a defined part of all donor raised funds to HOT to ensure HOTs economic viability. Missing Maps is the only instance where I oversee any funds that are given to HOT for operations. The HOT Board approved and signed the MOU in 2014.

As I have stated before I will recuse myself from any discussions concerning financial matters with HOT and ARC. This follows not only good board practices but existing ARC and HOT rules.

Mobilisation around Critical Tasks

Posted by eireidium on 12 March 2015 in English (English)

Stumbled on http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/938 this am. Call for maximum participation on a small but important task to aid MSF. Was gratifying to be able to switch a few cycles from other tasks and be able to contribute. 100% complete within 10 hours and validation now under way. The power of collaboration and tasksharing. South Sudan

Location: Juba - Kajo Keji, Juba, Central Equatoria, South Sudan

Le samedi 14 février 2015, cartopartie sur le thème des charbonnières à Combas

Posted by Amélie on 12 March 2015 in French (Français)

Le Collectif des Garrigues, en collaboration avec le Collectif du Bois des Lens et Altimara, a organisé une journée d’échanges sur le territoire du bois des Lens à Combas, autour de la cartographie participative sur le thème des charbonnières.

L'objectif de cette journée était de partir sur les traces d'Emilie et Roland Bonnaud, qui ont réalisé en 2012, un inventaire considérable des charbonnières, mais aussi des fours à chaux et des capitelles présentes sur le massif du bois des Lens.

Une trentaines de personnes étaient présentes samedi 14 février, afin de découvrir ce patrimoine sur le terrain, mais aussi de compléter la carte de bois des Lens en vérifiant le positionnement GPS des relevés d'Emile et Roland Bonnaud, tout en réalisant la trace des sentiers de promenade et en essayant de localiser de nouveaux objets.

Nous nous sommes organisés en cinq groupes. Les trois premiers sont repartis dans la Combe des Chêvres, le ruisseau de la Combe du Duc et le ruisseau de la Font du Bayle là où Emile et Roland Bonnaud avaient déjà fait leurs relevés GPS. Un quatrième groupe a décidé de s'élancer en plein bartas, dans la Combe de la Réserve, à la recherche de nouvelles charbonnières. Un dernier groupe, est resté dans le village, pour relever le plus de patrimoine possible.

Ces relevés des sites charbonnières s'intègrent dans la mise en place d'un inventaire du patrimoine vernaculaire des garrigues. Une carte répertoriant les sites charbonnières, fours à chaux, capitelles... est en cours de création. Les participants de cette journée ont appris à reconnaître une ancienne charbonnière et peuvent participer à cet inventaire.

Une rétrospective de cette journée a été présenté le dimanche 08 mars, lors du festival Lo Garou à Sainte-Croix de Quintillargues, Avec ce beau temps, de nombreuses personnes sont venues découvrir le travail du Collectif des Garrigues sur la cartographie participative. Nous avions le stand le plus connecté du festival !

Location: Rue de la Liberté, Combas, Nimes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon, France métropolitaine, 30250, France

5. Abenteuertage in Glauchau

Posted by malenki on 12 March 2015 in German (Deutsch)

OSM booth

Auf den AbenteuerTagen durfte ich vor zwei Jahren als Gegenleistung für einen GPS-Workshop OpenStreetMap mit einem Stand repräsentieren. Letztes Jahr lud mich Gil Bretschneider als der Veranstalter zu den nun fünften Abenteuertagen ein, OSM zu vertreten. Dankbar nahm ich die Einladung an, auch wenn ich mir kurz vorm Festival den rechten Arm angebrochen hatte.

Das Festival war wieder sehr gut organisiert, alles klappte reibungslos. Auch abseits vom OSM-Stand traf man viele interessante Leute. Diesmal nahm ich mir die Freiheit, einen der Vorträge zu besuchen: Mongolei – Mit Kind & Kamel unterwegs im Nomadenland. Er war faszinierend, aber wie immer bei solchen Gelegenheiten möchte ich eigentlich nicht den Vortrag über die Reise hören, sondern sie selbst unternehmen…

Heinz Stücke Heinz Stücke

Mein persönlicher Höhepunkt war die Anwesenheit von Heinz Stücke. Er ist mit dem Fahrrad in reichlich 50 Jahren fast 650.000 km weit um die Welt gereist. Den größten Teil der Strecke hat er mit einem Dreigangrad zurückgelegt. Mehr Details kann man bei Wikipedia nachlesen. Mit seiner Erlaubnis habe ich Wikimedia Commons um einige Bilder. ergänzt.

Von Reisestatistiken zu denen vom OSM-Stand:

Ein Besucher beklagte die traurige Qualität der OSM-Daten in abgelegenen Regionen wie Guatemala, die ich unbesehen glaubte und zu erklären versuchte. Über die unvollständige Panamericana war ich beim Testen von Routing über große Entfernungen gestolpert.

Zwei Besucher lobten die Qualität der OSM-Daten in abgelegenen Regionen, darunter der Mann, den ich vor zwei Jahren mit OSM-Kartenmaterial für die die Philippinen versorgte.
Drei oder vier Besucher installierten sich OSMAnd auf dem Smartphone, einer kaufte die App gleich darauf und ließ sich von mir die ganze Welt im OSMAnd-Kartenformat geben (etwa 55 GB).
Vier weiteren Besuchern konnten wir mit Kartenmaterial fürs Garmin helfen, darunter einem passioniertem Wasserwanderer, der das Mittelmeer und Nordeuropa von OpenSeaMap erhielt. Die Besucher bat ich auch, wiederum OSM zu verbessen, zumindest ihre unterwegs gesammelten GPS-Daten hochzuladen – oder an mich zu senden.

Da wir diesmal keinen Internetzugang zustande brachten, konnten wir vor Ort keine Änderungen an OSM-Daten vornehmen. Aber ich legte eine Liste an, die ich in Kürze abarbeiten werde.
OSM-Flyer und Anleitungen zum Installieren von OSM-Karten auf Garmin-Geräten fanden guten Absatz.
Von den vorsichtshalber mitgebrachten Speicherkarten verkaufte ich die Hälfte (1x 4GB und 1x 8GB) jeweils zum Selbstkostenpreis, das Kartenmaterial gab es natürlich kostenlos. Auch zwei OSM-Aufkleber wechselten den Besitzer. An der Idee hinter [mapillary[(http://www.mapillary.com/) waren einige Besucher interessiert.
Nicht zuletzt konnte ich mit meine Albanophilie einige Leute begeistern, die dieses Land nun wohl früher oder später bereisen werden. :)

Auf dem Weg von und zu meinem Zimmer legte ich 10,5 km zu Fuß zurück und sammelte 33 Wegpunkte für Korrekturen oder Ergänzungen in OSM.

Für das Gelingen möchte ich danken:

  • zuvörderst Gil Bretschneider von grenzenlos-expeditionen für die Einladung
  • meiner Mutter für die Beförderung und Hilfe beim Aufbau
  • Rockus für die Langzeit-Anwesenheit am Stand während der drei Tage
  • Frederik Ramm von der Geofabrik für die Versorgung mit Poster und Karte
  • mapillary für die Versorgung mit Aufklebern und T-Shirts
  • allen Besuchern für die vielen aufschlussreichen und interessanten Gespräche

PS: Ich vergaß die Spende von 1,50 EUR eines Besuchers an OSM, die ich gerade an den FOSSGIS überwiesen habe.

Location: Gesau, Glauchau, Landkreis Zwickau, Sachsen, Deutschland

5th Adventure Days in Glauchau

Posted by malenki on 12 March 2015 in English (English)

OSM booth OSM booth

At the AbenteuerTage (Adventure Days, a festival where adventurers present their travels) two years ago in exchange for hosting a GPS Workshop I was allowed to represent OpenStreetMap. Last year Gil Bretschneider, operator of the festival, invited me again to have an OSM booth at the festival last weekend. Happily I agreed, although I partly broke my right arm shortly before the beginning.

Again the festival was well organised, everything ran smoothly. Of course one could also meet interesting people when not being at the OSM booth. :)
This time I was so bold to visit one of the presentations of a family with two girls of now eight and four which had travelled Mongolia during three years for about ten months with camels. Although I am of course fascinated by this kind of reports I'd prefer not to listen to the traveller but instead do the travelling on my own.

Heinz Stücke Heinz Stücke

My personal highlight was Heinz Stücke. This German travelled the world for more then 50 years and nearly 650,000 km. The biggest part of the distance he went with a three-gear-bicycle. More details are to be found on Wikipedia. I also added some pictures with his allowance to Wikimedia Commons.

Now from travel statistics to the ones of the OSM booth:

One visitor mourned about the bad quality of OSM data in remote regions like Guatemala and Indonesia which I believed without research because of the small number of active mappers in less developed countries. Over the incomplete incomplete Panamerican Highway I had stumbled when testing long distance routing

Two visitors praised the good quality of OSM data in remote regions. One of them was the man whom I equipped with OSM based maps for his Garmin device at the 4th Abenteuertage two years ago. Three or four visitors installed OSMAnd, one even purchased the app after short testing. He also took the whole world in OSMAnd maps which I had with me – 55 GB.

Another four visitors we could give OSM maps for Garmin devices. Amongst them was a man who travels by kayak a lot – he was happy to receive the Mediterranean Sea and the north of Europe. I also asked the visitors to donate data back to OSM, at least to upload their collected GPS data to OSM – or email them to me.

This time we weren't able to establish an internet connection so we couldn't edit OSM on site but I mad a todo list of things to add/fix visitors told me.

OSM-Flyer and a HowTo sheet for installing OSM based maps on Garmin devices were of interest to a lot of the visitors.
Of the µSD memory cards I brought with me just in case I sold the half (1x 4GB and 1x 8GB) for the net cost, the maps were free of course. Also two OSM stickers got purchased.

Several visitors were quite interested for the idea behind [mapillary[(http://www.mapillary.com/).

Last but not least I could infect some of the visitors with my Albanophilia [de] so I assume that there will be some more people to travel Albania soon.

Walking to my room and back I travelled 10,5 km and collected 33 waypoints for corrections and additions at OSM.

For the success of this weekend I want to thank:

  • firstly Gil Bretschneider from grenzenlos-expeditionen for the invitation
  • my mother for transportation and helping erect the booth
  • Rockus for his presence during the three days all the time
  • Frederik Ramm from the Geofabrik for the posters
  • mapillary for stickers and T-Shirts
  • all visitors for all the interesting conversations

PS: I forgot the donation of 1,50 EUR for OSM by a visitor. The amount I just transferred to OSM.

Location: Gesau, Glauchau, Landkreis Zwickau, Saxony, Germany

"Autobahn"-Abfahrten ohne name oder ref

Posted by MKnight on 12 March 2015 in German (Deutsch)

Sodala im Rahmen der Wochenaufgabe 47/48 - ne Weile her aber ich (und andere) bin immer noch dran - ist mir ein neues Schmankerl untergekommen: Abfahrten ohne name Bild: Abfahrten ohne Name

Das Wiki meint, dass name und ref gesetzt werden kann. Wieso eigentlich nich soll? Meinem Gefühl nach "soll"te die Information überall dran.

Wer da mal bei will; Abfragen (für Thüringen, andere Länder einfach anpassen...):

Die Abfragen müssen sich nicht doppeln, heisst: es gibt diverse ref ohne name und andersrum.

Frohes Mapping! :p

Edit: Zahlendreher

Improving the OSM map - Why don't we? [3]

Posted by marczoutendijk on 12 March 2015 in English (English)

How useful is a tag that exists only once?

The OSM database is simple: A key and a value for every node you want to store into that database. And because it is a liberal database with no checking at all, you can put anything you like, in it.
Of course we have some rules and guidelines:
Map Features
From that we can learn that amenity=hospital is the preferred way to mark (you guessed it) a hospital on the map. Which is used 122164 times on the map (taginfo)
I think most map users have a clear idea on what exactly is meant by that specific tag combination.
But what about this one:
According to the wiki, man_made is:
A tag for identifying man-made (artificial) structures added to the landscape.
Below you see what this man_made=1417-32 looks like: Can you see what it is?? I don't!
Looking it up in the wiki for that specific value gives (you guessed it) an empty page. Why does one create a specific value for a key, without explaining to others what it means??


On taginfo you can find 1132 entries (75 screen pages) for man_made with a uniqe (used only once) value. This is the last page of taginfo on the man_made key: And the last entry is "junk".
I looked that one up again: Of course (you guessed it) there is no wiki page on man_made=junk.
In terms of data storage, those 1132 entries don't take much room, but why use them in the first place? Could the mapper - at least - not have taken the steps (setting up a wiki on that value) to help other mappers with this obscure value?

So please, mappers. If you create a value for a key that is not yet used anywhere else in the database (and think thrice before doing so), be so kind to the other mappers and explain what you are doing and why you are doing it! And even better: discuss this first on the appropriate forum or talk-list.

Hamlets in US cities

Posted by samely on 12 March 2015 in English (English)

Hamlets in US cities

Here's the oddest thing: US cities are full of hamlets.

This data goes back to the GNIS import and remains unrepaired in many parts of the United States. So how bad is the problem exactly?

I extracted all nodes tagged place=hamlet and intersected the data with Natural Earth's urban polygons data.

  • place=hamlet = 132 774
  • place=hamlet in urban areas = 20 330
  • place=hamlet containing GNIS tags in urban areas = 19 997

Here's a map showing the extent of the issue. Red dots are hamlets that intersect with Natural Earth's urban polygons. All other hamlets are yellow. If you find places to fix, click the "Edit" link to hop directly into your favorite editor.

What are your ideas to fix this issue?

Photos: Ikiwaner / CC-by-SA

Running again for the Board of the HOT US NGO in 2015

Posted by sev_hotosm on 11 March 2015 in English (English)

My Bio

I am a French GIS expert with 15 years of professional expertise and backgrounds in Geography, Geomatics applied to Prehistory and History, Humanitarian and Development. I have been working in GIS since 2000, respectively as a GIS Officer in Local Government/Authorities (France), as a PhD student in Archeology (France and Brazil), as a GIS Officer in United Nations Organizations (OCHA, PAHO and IOM in Haiti and WHO in Pakistan), then as a volunteer, project manager and finally Officer of the Board of the US-incorporated NGO HOT US Inc.

In Local Government, I had the opportunity to work as a project lead on census operations and census data, ordering orthophotos, running call for bids for electing webmapping application, sub-building a cadastre scale urban landuse, geocoding at building scale, chasing and georeferencing old aerial pictures, etc. I acquired an inner and thorough knowledge about how the geographic information is processed and handle by governments and local authorities at multiple scales, and I could measure the constraints and limits of non open data, limiting the possibilities of analysis and data cross-cuts. I always studied at the same time: made researches about geography of car construction, learnt remote sensing during a year and also started a complete course of prehistory, thus participated to excavations or field analysis in Syria, France and Greece. Even there, my focus is not only based on the technical analysis of archaeological remains (stone tools, pottery sherds...), but also on spatial and statistical analysis.

I was working on a PhD about an unknown civilization of first farmers in Eastern Brazil, analyzing pottery sherds, stone tools and other remains, when the earthquake hit Haiti. Then I both discovered OSM through mapping the affected areas and decided to apply for a GIS position in the humanitarian organizations deployed for the response and came eventually at the UNOCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) Information Management and GIS office through iMMAP in February. In March, I met for the first time the Hotties deployed in the country (Nicolas, Robert and Kate) and help them the best I could to organize training or to facilitate their meetings with a few stakeholders. I remained working as a consultant for two years (Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, International Organization for Migrations) but joined HOT (that had become a NGO meanwhile) in early 2011 for mapping + community building project in Haiti, and basically I have been keeping on working within the HOT Project until now as a volunteer, as a project manager on a given projects and also as a Board member (2014).

My HOT and OSM year in 2014

In 2014, I have been have involved in various activities:

  • As a Board Officer of HOT US
  • As a Project manager for HOT US, I co-designed with Kate Chapman and coordinated the implementation HOT Community Mapping and training project in Lower Shire, Malawi during two months (August and September) working with Maning Sambale and Emir Hatarto.
  • As a member of the community of the HOT project, I have coordinated primarily the CAR activation (completing almost the mapping of this country) and secondarily the South Sudan and Malawi activations, I supported other activations (mapping and mobilizing for mapping) in support of other crisis and also facilitated the Activation WG meetings
  • Within the Projet EOF, I co-authored a technical and an organizational guides around OSM ; I am specifically proud of an open data GIS guidebook that will be hosted in FlossManuals soon
  • With Nicolas, I coordinated the Projet EOF activities and had the opportunity to deploy in many countries: in Burkina Faso (May), Morocco (October), Ivory Coast (October), Chad (November), Senegal (November), Mali (December).
  • I spoke and/or did outreach about the projects OSM, HOT and EOF in various events Conférence Humanitaire (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Quai d’Orsay), State Of the Map France (Paris), UN GIS Day (Geneva), Salon Des Solidarités (Paris), SOTM (Buenos Aires).

My Vision for the HOT Board in 2015

This is the vision that Nicolas and I have for the Board of HOT US in 2015. Work is ongoing to produce and release a collective version from individual statements that will guide our action in 2015 within the HOT Project. 2015 will de facto be a year of changes for HOT with:

  • On the one hand, the resignation of its ED and a majority of its former Board members.
  • On the other hand, the many candidacies with a diverse set of skills and varying levels of experience within the organization. It’s likely that a sound mix of people shall come out from this election.

If elected, my actions within the Board of Directors for HOT will be as follow:

My vision of what a Board member shall be doing

I’ll be using the many hats that my experience provided me with: strategy, project engineering (design/implementation), reporting, admin/business processes, outreach, networking, advising, grants writing/fundraising and the field-specific technical and organizational skills building local OSM communities developed in Haiti and Africa in the past 5 years.

My priority

My compass will be to ensure that our organization fosters its support to the growth of autonomous local OSM communities (made of individuals, groups, chapters and economic operators) and develop their ability to sustain relations amongst themselves (global-local, South-South, North-South) and with technical communities (OSM, free software and open data) as well as the humanitarian and development actors. My intention is to provide feedback from my field experience in many contexts and type of projects, including e.g. budget optimization to systematically encompass support for local emergent OSM communities.

Reinforce HOT US as a member-based organization by carrying out internally

  • Ensure that HOT is a transparent organization for its members who can attend all meetings (Board included) and access all meeting notes, communications and all the Organization documents (specifically finance, admin, projects) ; within of course the respect of privacy
  • Make of HOT an inclusive organization in terms of decision making ; specifically in project design tied to subventions, grants, or core funds
  • Make of HOT a learning organization for its members from voluntary contributions in Working Group down to project implementation which shall continue to primarily seek hotties' participation
  • Redefine relations and roles between the Board Of Directors and Operational staffs (ED and Project Managers). Ensure a shift towards a more active role for the Directors in strategy/planning/design/implementation/monitoring of operations and projects with the ED in charge of running the day to day business. Resume operations meeting (stopped in 2013) between the ED and Project Managers and introduce continued attendance by Board and WG representatives.

What the organization shall do

  • Consolidation of the Commons of the HOT Project (tools, documentation, communication, network) and design a Charter of the HOT Project to which HOT US, other regional HOT organizations and partners have to be compliant with
  • Consolidate capacities to support remotely humanitarian and development actors.
  • Expand again HOT on-the-ground presence (after its shrinking in 2014) in order to support humanitarian and development actors and grow local OSM communities. Assess and review the fundraising approach to tentatively succeed in securing core funds for the first time in 2015
  • Strengthen our neutrality/autonomy from large partner and funding organizations within the humanitarian and development fields
  • Ensure that the Organization benefit from continued advisory support through its members and Working Groups and/or in the form of ad hoc simple consultations of experts or through the form of advisory projects tailored to address a specific need of the organization

What is the HOT Project?

Historically, the HOT Project develops as follow :

  • It started first as a community made of individuals forming an informal collective from 2007 until the first field work in the 2010 Haiti response (March/May/June).
  • In Aug 2010, the HOT Project developed as a community coupled to a US-incorporated NGO, HOT US fulfilling the role of a de facto Humanitarian/Development chapter operating mostly through volunteerism and an economic operator relying for project implementation on a mix of paid and voluntary work.
  • In 2015, the HOT Project consists of a community, a chapter (HOT US) and economic operators (HOT US, TheMissingMap project and many others)

The components of the HOT project can be developed as follow:

  • A community of individuals involved through remote activations and field work far beyond the HOT US voting members and the stable core of active contributors
  • An associative component as a kind of Humanitarian/Development Chapter with HOT US, for voluntary activity around OSM in the Humanitarian and Development fields in the form of mapping, training, outreach, documentation and tools creation
  • Economic operators, including HOT US, using the business mechanisms (proposals, calls for bids) and raising funds to support the use of OSM in the Humanitarian and Development fields.

HOT US within the HOT Project

  • Organize the Decentralization/Regionalization of HOT US into autonomous HOT regional entities (both chapters and/or economic operators) able to operate worldwide. By so doing, they will comply with the HOT Project Charter (cf supra) and maintain and enrich the HOT Project Commons (cf supra) and seek coordination/cooperation synergies in running their voluntary or economic project-based activities.
  • Organize for HOT US to play the role of incubator for such a regionalization process and for the regional entities to share in return with HOT US the financial costs of maintaining the Commons of the HOT Project (through a project fees, for example like TheMissingMap project).
  • Organize the cooperation between HOT US, future emerging HOT regional entities and already existing partner entities (GroundTruth, TheMissingMaps, etc.) or projects like the Projet EOF. This will ensure that HOT US incubate/support (if needed) those entities and that mechanisms are in place for those entities to operate by the HOT Project Charter and its Commons and contribute with HOT US to those Commons
  • Organize/address the handling of conflicts of interest for Board members involved in professional uses of OSM

Running for the Board of the US NGO Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT US)

Posted by Nicolas Chavent on 11 March 2015 in English (English)

Bio

I am a French Geographer and a GIS/Cartography expert with a background rooted in Litterature/ Social Sciences/ Social activism and 14 years of work in Overseas Academic Research, Humanitarian and Development actions.

I had been living over 7 years in Senegal and developed in this time an interest for Humanitarian and Development understood as fields of practices (theories and actions) where space and location tied to agile, innovative approaches to individual and community empowerment - geography in action - have a role to play which potential has not been fulfilled yet.

From my years as a practitioner in Overseas Academic Research, Humanitarian and Development worlds, I strongly believe that the OpenStreetMap project, the wider open data and open source movements are building a new emerging paradigm in territorial dynamics which allows for renewed global and local citizen actions and empowerments relevant for Humanitarian contexts and leading eventually to human Development.

The HOT Project

To foster the maturation of this paradigm, I invented the concept of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Project with Mikel Maron from late 2007 to early 2009. I engaged in the OSM response to the Haiti 12-January 2010 earthquake, both remotely and on-the-ground, by leading the first field work of the HOT Project from March 2010 onwards. I co-founded the US-incorporated NGO HOT Us with Mikel Maron, Kate Chapman, Robert Soden and Dane Springmeyer in August 2010 to widen and deepen the HOT Project in Haiti and in Humanitarian and Development work overseas. I served as a Board Officer and Programs Director for HOT US between 2010-2014 and focused my engagement in developing the capacities of this Organization, its community and its partners to support and build local autonomous OSM communities in Haiti and Western/Central Africa.

The EOF Project

To better address the specifics of community building in French speaking countries of the Caribbean and Africa, I ideated and started in 2012 the Espace OSM Francophone (EOF) Project with the support of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). The EOF Project represents both a collective as well as an efficient and agile mechanism to support continued local OSM animation. This consists of a mix of volunteerism and a series of small well targeted support projects tailored to the poverty context of those territories. Typically EOF activities spans in-country and remote mapping (humanitarian activations included), training, building of technical and organizational support materials. These are happening within an overall capacity building scheme and a continued mentorship which provides support to the most active individuals and groups. EOF works and operates through local partnerships with Academics (Research), Free Software Associations, Local Government or humanitarian actors. They form the basis of the OSM ecosystem and provides workplaces and resources for collectives of local OSM animators to grow local OSM communities.

2014 in the HOT Project

Over the last year (March 2014 to March 2015), I focused my actions on developing the EOF Project with the support of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) to consolidate and expand OSM in Haiti, Sénégal, Togo, Burkina-Faso, Morocco, Niger, Bénin, Ivory Coast, Mali and Chad. In parallel, I worked fostering EOF’s contributions to the Crisis activations and preparedness work of the HOT and The Missing Maps Projects. The work happened through a mix of paid work (as a freelancer) with OIF and OIF partners and a continued volunteered work. This entailed the following:

  • Continued support and mentorship to the most active individuals/groups of the EOF countries
  • Design and implementation of the EOF small sized support projects for continued animation, hardware purchases, capacity building missions and production of technical and organizational materials.
  • Carried out Western African field support mission in Burkina Faso, Sénégal, Togo and Ivory Coast and provided project support to the other countries
  • Lectured for the fourth year about OSM/GIS in master classes of Geomatics in a network of French Universities and Engineering Schools (Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Agrocampus de Rennes, Universités of Paris 1 Sorbonne, Paris 8 Saint-Denis and Paris 10 Nanterre)
  • Outreach in various events and conferences : Conférence Humanitaire (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Quai d’Orsay), State Of the Map France (Paris), UN GIS Day (Geneva), Salon Des Solidarités (Paris), GeoBretagne (Rennes), GeOrchestra (Clermond-Ferrand), GeOnG (Chambéry),

Vision for the HOT Board in 2015

This is the vision that Severin and I have for the Board of HOT US in 2015. Work is ongoing to produce and release a collective version from individual statements that will guide our action in 2015 within the HOT Project.

2015 will de facto be a year of changes for HOT with

  • On the one hand, the resignation of its ED and a majority of its former Board members.
  • On the other hand, the many candidacies with a diverse set of skills and varying levels of experience within the organization. It’s likely that a sound mix of people shall come out from this election.

If elected, my actions within the Board of Directors for HOT will be as follow:

My vision of what a Board member shall be doing

I’ll be using the many hats that my experience provided me with: strategy, project engineering (design/implementation), reporting, admin/business processes, outreach, networking, advising, grants writing/fundraising and the field-specific technical and organizational skills building local OSM communities developed in Haiti and Africa in the past 5 years.

My priority

My compass will be to ensure that our organization fosters its support to the growth of autonomous local OSM communities (made of individuals, groups, chapters and economic operators) and develop their ability to sustain relations amongst themselves (global-local, South-South, North-South) and with technical communities (OSM, free software and open data) as well as the humanitarian and development actors. My intention is to provide feedback from my field experience in many contexts and type of projects, including e.g. budget optimization to systematically encompass support for local emergent OSM communities.

Reinforce HOT US as a member-based organization an carry out internally the following

  • Ensure that HOT is a transparent organization for its members who can attend all meetings (Board included) and access all meeting notes, communications and all the Organization documents (specifically finance, admin, projects) ; within of course the respect of privacy
  • Make of HOT an inclusive organization in terms of decision making ; specifically in project design tied to subventions, grants, or core funds
  • Make of HOT a learning organization for its members from voluntary contributions in Working Group down to project implementation which shall continue to primarily seek hotties' participation
  • Redefine relations and roles between the Board Of Directors and Operational staffs (ED and Project Managers). Ensure a shift towards a more active role for the Directors in strategy/planning/design/implementation/monitoring of operations and projects with the ED in charge of running the day to day business. Resume operations meeting (stopped in 2013) between the ED and Project Managers and introduce continued attendance by Board and WG representatives.

What the organization shall do

  • Consolidation of the Commons of the HOT Project (tools, documentation, communication, network) and design a Charter of the HOT Project to which HOT US, other regional HOT organizations and partners have to be compliant with
  • Consolidate capacities to support remotely humanitarian and development actors.
  • Expand again HOT on-the-ground presence (after its shrinking in 2014) in order to support humanitarian and development actors and grow local OSM communities. Assess and review the fundraising approach to tentatively succeed in securing core funds for the first time in 2015
  • Strengthen our neutrality/autonomy from large partner and funding organizations within the humanitarian and development fields
  • Ensure that the Organization benefit from continued advisory support through its members and Working Groups and/or in the form of ad hoc simple consultations of experts or through the form of advisory projects tailored to address a specific need of the organization

What is the HOT Project?

Historically, the HOT Project develops as follow :

  • It started first as a community made of individuals forming an informal collective from 2007 until the first field work in the 2010 Haiti response (March/May/June).
  • In Aug 2010, the HOT Project developed as a community coupled to a US-incorporated NGO, HOT US fulfilling the role of a de facto Humanitarian/Development chapter operating mostly through volunteerism and an economic operator relying for project implementation on a mix of paid and voluntary work.
  • In 2015, the HOT Project consists of a community, a chapter (HOT US) and economic operators (HOT US, TheMissingMap project and many others)

The components of the HOT project can be developed as follow:

  • A community of individuals involved through remote activations and field work far beyond the HOT US voting members and the stable core of active contributors
  • An associative component as a kind of Humanitarian/Development Chapter with HOT US, for voluntary activity around OSM in the Humanitarian and Development fields in the form of mapping, training, outreach, documentation and tools creation
  • Economic operators, including HOT US, using the business mechanisms (proposals, calls for bids) and raising funds to support the use of OSM in the Humanitarian and Development fields.

HOT US within the HOT Project

  • Organize the Decentralization/Regionalization of HOT US into autonomous HOT regional entities (both chapters and/or economic operators) able to operate worldwide. By so doing, they will comply with the HOT Project Charter (cf supra) and maintain and enrich the HOT Project Commons (cf supra) and seek coordination/cooperation synergies in running their voluntary or economic project-based activities.
  • Organize for HOT US to play the role of incubator for such a regionalization process and for the regional entities to share in return with HOT US the financial costs of maintaining the Commons of the HOT Project (through a project fees, for example like TheMissingMap project).
  • Organize the cooperation between HOT US, future emerging HOT regional entities and already existing partner entities (GroundTruth, TheMissingMaps, etc.) or projects like the Projet EOF. This will ensure that HOT US incubate/support (if needed) those entities and that mechanisms are in place for those entities to operate by the HOT Project Charter and its Commons and contribute with HOT US to those Commons
  • Organize/address the handling of conflicts of interest for Board members involved in professional uses of OSM
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