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Watching the Watchlist

Posted by mvexel on 12 July 2014 in English (English)

I like the Watchlist on the wiki - it helps me keep track of changes to pages I care about. When you are logged in, you will see a link to your Watchlist in the top right corner:

watchlist link

If you click on it, you get an overview of changes to the pages you added to your watchlist:


You can filter the output in various ways to make the result less cluttered.

Adding pages to your watchlist is simple - just click the star at the top of a page:


The biggest drawback is that you actually have to go to the page. I would rather be notified of changes on my phone.

This is where the Atom feed comes in. On your Watchlist page, you will find it in the left margin:

watchlist atom

The Atom link provides the latest items on your watchlist as a feed, meant for software to do something useful with. Much like RSS. Actually, if you use an RSS reader, you can probably add the Atom link to your reader.

I don't use RSS readers, but I do use IFTTT, or If This Than That. IFTTT is a very smart web site that you can feed all kinds of information from the internet, and perform actions on it based on triggers. For example, it can send you a text message whenever it is going to rain, based on weather data it gathers. IFTTT calls these things Recipes. People have come up with tons of useful recipes, and IFTTT is constantly adding interesting input options.

Let me show you how I created a simple IFTTT Recipe to get a notification on my phone every time someone updates an OSM wiki page I am watching.

First, if you don't have an account with IFTTT yet, create one.

Once you are logged in, you will be able to create new Recipes:


The first step in creating a Recipe is defining your 'this' or input:


Click 'this' and choose 'Feed' from the list:

choose feed

You can choose to pull this trigger on each new Feed item or just one that matches a certain string.

choose each or filter

Choose 'new feed item'. In the next step, you paste the Atom URL:

copy link

paste link

Then click to Create the Trigger.

This is the 'this' step that takes care of the input. IFTTT will monitor your Watchlist through the Atom feed and pull this Trigger every time it sees something new. I am not quite sure how often it goes and looks, but it's about every 10-15 minutes in my experience.

Next is the 'that' step, or what do you want to do when the Trigger is pulled?

that step

options that

There are a lot of options, most of which you will need to 'activate' by downloading an app for your phone, linking another account, or something similar so that IFTTT knows what to talk to on your end. IFTTT has native apps for iOS and Android that it can talk to to send you notifications. This is probably your easiest option if you want notifications on your phone.

notifications apps

You activate these 'Channels' by downloading the app from your app store and linking it to your IFTTT account. I use a third party notification app called Pushover myself, because it has an API that can receive notifications from elsewhere as well. If you don't care about that, go with the IFTTT apps or even the SMS Channel option. The example here assumes Pushover, but the steps are the same.

Once you have selected a 'that' Channel, you may need to choose between various output options. Pushover for example has two, normal and 'high priority'. In the app, you can have these two types trigger different alert types / sounds.

pushover prio

In the next step, you get to craft what your notification looks like:

notification definition

The text with a grey background will be replaced by text from the feed when the notification gets sent out. There are some more of these placeholders available under the + button:


Unfortunately, there is no 'preview' available, so sometimes it takes a little guess work to see what the results will look like.

I ended up with this:

notification result

The final step is to create the Recipe.

Now, when someone edits a wiki page on the OSM wiki that is on your watchlist, you will know right away!

notifications in action

(Note that these notifications are not about editing wiki pages :) I did not take a screen shot of those yet. The notifications you see here show whenever someone edits OSM in your area - something I wrote about on my old blog a while ago.

Umbau Wuppertal Busbahnhof Döppersberg

Posted by bilderhobbit on 12 July 2014 in German (Deutsch)

Hallo zusammen,

ab dem 21.07.2014 wirde der Busbahnhof Döppersberg gesperrt. Da müssen ca 30 Buslienien Umgebaut werden. http://www.ö

Die Positionen der neuen Haltestellen habe ich schon eingetragen. Welche Buslinien dort halten habe ich im Note-Tag beschrieben. Unter dem Website-Tag findet ihr noch weitere Informationen.


Morian Straße



Historische Stadthalle (Steinbeck)

Historische Stadthalle entfällt

Für die Übersichtspläne wurden teilweise Openstreetmap-Karten verwendet. Meistens mit richtiger Quellenangabe. Bitte jetzt nicht zu kleinlich sein wenn sie bei einigen fehlt.

Gruß Michael

Location: Gemarkung Elberfeld, Wuppertal, Regierungsbezirk Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland, Europäische Union

Umbau Wuppertal Busbahnhof Döppersberg

Posted by bilderhobbit on 12 July 2014 in German (Deutsch)

Hallo zusammen,

ab dem 21.07.2014 wirde der Busbahnhof Döppersberg gesperrt. Da müssen ca 30 Buslienien Umgebaut werden.

Die Positionen der neuen Haltestellen habe ich schon eingetragen. Welche Buslinien dort halten habe ich im Note-Tag beschrieben. Unter dem Website-Tag findet ihr noch weitere Informationen.


Morian Straße



Historische Stadthalle (Steinbeck)

Historische Stadthalle entfällt

Für die Übersichtspläne wurden teilweise Openstreetmap-Karten verwendet. Meistens mit richtiger Quellenangabe. Bitte jetzt nicht zu kleinlich sein wenn sie bei einigen fehlt.

Gruß Michael

Location: Gemarkung Elberfeld, Wuppertal, Regierungsbezirk Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland, Europäische Union

Please create Wiki entries for Tags!

Posted by AndiG88 on 11 July 2014 in English (English)

I have been spending some time in the Wiki recently cleaning up a lot of tags, mostly emergency= and vending=. The one thing I noticed over and over again was that the lack of a initial tag page often causes problems that could have been easily avoided (Translation errors, different understandings how to use a tag or even definitions on different wiki pages). It also allows you to link to similar tags (or be liked to), proposals, wikiepdia pages etc. which helps a lot.

Creating a new page

There are a lot of different ways, the easiest is probably that you just klick on a tag red link. Another option is to open a similar tag and just change the URL or just replace it here and hit enter.

Always use the Template

99.99% of the time you need the first one. Just copy the whole first column from the grey table into the empty wiki page you created. Now you should at least always add key= & value= One of the main benefits of the template is that it includes the language bar. It's also from where taginfo gets its description.

DO NOT DELETE ANY LINES YOU LEFT EMPTY! It does not have any negative impact. There is nothing more annoying than wanting to improve a page later and you have to go to the template and find the parameter.


Add images, especially in the template. Especially with all the translation errors this can go a long way.

Upload file:

But you can also link to any file from wiki commons ( Best way to find images is with google:

Found nothing? You can always look on Flicker or other websites for images licensed under CC. There is also a Uploader for Wiki Commons which checks the license and creates the attribution for you.

Countdown to #MapLesotho International Mapathon on 25th July - 14 days to go

Posted by DaCor on 11 July 2014 in English (English)

Its been a busy few weeks since we kicked off plans for the #MapLesotho and there has been a lot of activity going on since my last diary post.


Plenty of activity and support showing up for our hashtag #MapLesotho with lots of people supporting this activity

International #MapLesotho Mapathons

  • Maseru, Lesotho - Regional planners and local OpenStreetMap members will be having their Mapathon at a location to be confirmed
  • Medialab Katowice - In conjunction with OpenStreetMap Poland, are having an event
  • Fingal Council - Irish OpenStreetMap members in conjunction with Fingal Council will be having a mapathon on 25th July in the County Hall in Swords, Dublin
  • Munster, Germany - A group of students will be hosting their own mapathon, again at a location to be confirmed

Individual Mappers Taking Part

There has been a fantastic response with mappers from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Canada, Ghana, India & Japan all signing up on an individual basis to take part.

Current Tasks

If you would like to assist, but will not be able to do any mapping on 25th July, there are currently 3 open tasks for mapping Lesotho cities Hlotse, Mafeteng and the northern part of the capital, Maseru. Please feel free to take a tile and participate in those tasks.

Spread The Word!

We would ask that people please spread the word for this mapathon as we hope to map large portions of Lesotho during it and simply put, we need a lot of people to do it.

If you wish to spread the word, please use hashtag #MapLesotho and shortlink

Plymouth is really in the South West

Posted by Amaroussi on 11 July 2014 in English (English)

OpenStreetMap would like to assure the UK Department for Transport that we are not the data source that placed cities in the wrong regions. You might have confused us with OpenGeoFiction: the title of that map was so obviously clear.

OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about anything notable, from a stretch of motorway to a humble tree. A majority of what is on the map comes from what they actually saw. What you see is what you get.

The remainder comes from non-copyrighted sources, such as dataset donations from the likes of MapBox to help newbies get started, other ODbL compatible data like nananananananana NaPTAN!... and legislative texts from most countries.

This is why OpenStreetMap is one of the most accurate and up to date maps in the world. When the new Indian State of Telangana came into effect on 2 June 2014, PlaneMad immediately uploaded the necessary boundaries, in the right location. BAM! Just like that.

OpenStreetMap knows that because anyone can contribute to the map, vandalism can happen: however, OpenStreetMap will quickly revert such edits faster than the time it takes to top-up your Oyster card, and deal with them like the Terminator: Hasta la vista! The chances of downloading vandalised data is one in a googol, and even then the end user can catch and correct most vandalism in minutes.

Judging by the screenshots in the BBC article, the Maybe the UK Department for Transport should quit Google and come to us. Once you get used to OpenStreetMap, you'll never see Google in the same way.

Location: Pennycomequick, Plymouth, South West England, England, United Kingdom

User Tracks

Posted by Nick-Malvern on 11 July 2014 in English (English)

Just a small suggestion. User tracks are displayed in a very light feint blue - on many backgrounds they are very difficult to see! How about a slightly brighter trace?


Posted by Memoire on 11 July 2014 in English (English)

So, I'm a newbie, but I've caught on quick. I really like this project and hope to contribute more in the future. I've made my focus the Black Hills; this is where I'm located, and the coverage of the area is mediocre. I was especially disappointed by the state of the mapping of Deadwood, one of the most legendary towns in the American West... so I fixed 'er up! Or, at least, as well as little new me can.

I'm calling for help to outline parts of the US, especially the Midwest, that are often overlooked.

If you're also from the Black Hills, or, well, just want to chat, feel free to contact me here on OSM.

I feel nostalgic

Posted by Amaroussi on 10 July 2014 in English (English)

The title explains most of this post: given that OpenStreetMap is 10 years old this month, I wonder if anyone still has the original default map style, so I can render today's London in 2004's Mapnik (or its predecessor), preferably in Maperitive?

I've only got Maperitive, so if it isn't possible then can the OSM community help me accomplish this?


Location: Mildmay Park, London Borough of Islington, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom

Broken multipolygons in California

Posted by bdon on 10 July 2014 in English (English)

I've created a Gist of invalid multipolygon relations in California (having Closed ways that do not form a complete ring)

New Twitter account: @OSMBristol

Posted by Laurence on 10 July 2014 in English (English)

Just started a Twitter account for Bristol OSMers. If London has its own, then surely Bristol deserves one too.

Tweet at @OSMBristol if you want something mentioned. If you sound trustworthy, you might even get the password!

Koordinaten zu neuen Postleitzahlengebieten in Deutschland?

Posted by Gregorausffm on 10 July 2014 in German (Deutsch)


ich suche händeringend nach aktuellen Koordinaten zu Postleitzahlengebieten für Deutschland, etwa als shp - File. Ich benötige dabei die (genäherten) Umrisse der Gebiete als Geo-Koordinaten, damit ich die jeweiligen Flächen ausrechnen kann. Die GKZ - Ebene gibt's vom Statistischen Bundesamt, aber das hilft mir nicht weiter. Im Netzt habe ich an mehreren Stellen jeweils einen Koordinatenpunkt zu Orten und PLZen gefunden. Das hilft mir nicht weiter.

Ich brauche folgende Info (Beispiel, ggf. veraltet):

01097, Dresden, 13.727583,51.06863403,13.73200308,51.07025907,13.73651316,51.07210542,13.7338074,51.07489398,13.73603832,51.07505031,13.73573772,51.07577895,13.73605344,51.07612995,13.73670288,51.07619862,13.73798088,51.07593159,13.73832504,51.07574079,13.7415618,51.07775499,13.74604128,51.07743072,13.74742692,51.07864761,13.75175556,51.07999419,13.7529306,51.07860567,13.75339716,51.078186,13.75429428,51.07761387,13.7555532,51.07725909,13.75783524,51.0762825,13.75014384,51.06805416,13.749714,51.06716541,13.7493648,51.06375504,13.75149996,51.06274029,13.75234236,51.06149676,13.75430688,51.05926899,13.75564176,51.05810169,13.75719084,51.05694195,13.7536344,51.05537415,13.75114716,51.05468754,13.74983892,51.05443194,13.7485332,51.05418399,13.74720372,51.0541992,13.7458782,51.05422593,13.74254496,51.05455776,13.74013044,51.05562588,13.73702796,51.05793384,13.735017,51.06047436,13.734207,51.06212235,13.73232744,51.06452562,13.72943988,51.06772611,13.72820184,51.06833649,13.727583,51.06863403

Kann jemand weiterhelfen?

Vielen Dank.


Palmeira dos Índios - #1585

Posted by Bonix-Mapper on 10 July 2014 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Inserindo endereço, CEP e telefone das escolas estaduais.

Há conflito entre os nomes nos dados do IBGE e da Secretaria de Educação do Estado de Alagoas. depois de algumas edições preferi o dados da Secretaria por serem mais específicos. Em alguns casos nem endereço e nem posicionamento no mapa convergem. Deixo a indicação mais próxima na expectativa de que alguém acerte no futuro.

Também Inseri escolas que não aparecem nos dados do IBGE.

Corrigi alguns nomes de ruas e inseri o mais algumas novas.

Ajuda : Não encontrei uma forma de descrever uma criação de porcos (pocilga).

Help :I have not found a way to describe a pig breeding (pigsty).

White Sands Missile Range

Posted by J B Crawford on 9 July 2014 in English (English)

Previously, OpenStreetMap has shown the White Sands Missile Range and related military installations here in New Mexico to include their "call-up" areas, or areas reserved for occasional use.

I am currently in the process of redefining this area in OSM to include only the main part of the range. I think the reasons for this are worth discussing. When users see a military installation marked on a map, particularly one shown in red diagonal stripes as the standard renderer shows it, they probably mainly expect restricted access. However, the call-up areas surrounding White Sands are entirely open to the public except for rare scheduled closures, during which signs are put up. Lately, many of the northern and western call-up areas have not had closures in quite some time.

Map users will likely be confused to see a large area marked on the map as a military reservation, but then to find no fence or any other kind of indications at the marked border. This is because the security fence is possibly many miles farther in, around the actual main area. The new outline will reflect the location of the security fence (the point at which public access is no longer allowed), which I think is the best representation of "what is on the ground."

That said, it may be useful to mark the call-up areas, and so I plan to add outlines that enclose them, but I am not sure about how to tag these.

A good source of fairly up-to-date and authoritative information on this is the White Sands Missile Range Proposed Land Use and Airspace Strategy Plan (LUASP), which you can find online. It provides names and definitions for the call-up areas and main range, as well as maps which usually show enough detail to allow you to locate the fenceline in satellite images.

I hope that this change will be useful to people like me that use OSM as a source of information for offroading, because the old outlines marked as inaccessible a huge amount of land, some of which is very beautiful and isolated country in the Quebradas, when that land is actually perfectly open to the public as long as there are not posted closures (which I have never once seen happen in the northern FIX area).

FYI for anyone else who works on this area: the entire call-up area north of the main range I am marking is called Fix, to the west of the main range, from north to south, are call-up areas Aerobee, Abres North, and Abres South.

Location: White Sands Missile Range, Sierra County, New Mexico, United States of America


Posted by pierre1968 on 9 July 2014 in French (Français)

Inscription sur le site.

Gütersloh Adress und Gebäudevollständig

Posted by flohoff on 9 July 2014 in German (Deutsch)

Also wenn mir die letzten Monate nicht wirklich was durch die Lappen gegangen ist müsste Gütersloh, im Herzen von Ostwestfalen-Lippe jetzt Adressvollständig sein. Vergleich gegen andere Datenbestände hat zwar abweichungen gezeigt aber das scheinen eher fehler im alternativen Datenbestand zu sein.

Jetzt geht es drum noch die Adressen zu finden die zwar existieren, aber eben nicht offziell. Wer sich vor 10 Jahren eine 10a ans Haus geklebt hat und das auch im Personalausweis hat bekommt das auch bei OpenStreetMap - Auch wenn das im ALK nicht zu finden ist.

Es geht in Rheda-Wiedenbrück weiter. Dort sollten schon so gut wie alle Adressen existieren, aber lange nicht alle Gebäude ... Vermutlich fehlen 2-7000 Gebäude ...

Location: Kattenstroth, Gütersloh, Kreis Gütersloh, Regierungsbezirk Detmold, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland, Europäische Union

San Francisco building footprint data completed

Posted by lxbarth on 9 July 2014 in English (English)

We've completed work on the San Francisco building footprint dataset. We added or modified over 150,000 buildings in about 5 months of tracing with a team of three. My colleague Ruben just posted stats on the Mapbox blog. Here's an animation of all changes.

Location: West SoMa, San Francisco, San Francisco City and County, California, 94103, United States of America

Leopoldshöhe - Hausnummern

Posted by Leopoldshoehe on 9 July 2014 in German (Deutsch)

Die von wwwFrank eingetragenen Gebäude im Bereich des Ortskern werden von mir nach und nach mit Hausnummern versehen.

Sensor fusion, Data fusion and information fusion

Posted by d1g on 9 July 2014 in English (English)

Bus stops in Omsk, Russia

Posted by zaleslaw on 9 July 2014 in English (English)

After 8 month breaking I found more than 800 bus-stops, but 8 month ago there was only 300. Somebody mapped more than 500 bus-stops in my town.

One hero is andron7851

Link to him is here

I'm not sure about his person. His actions reming me robot import. But if an alive man, please contact me, let's collaborate together!

Omsk mapper, Alexey Zinoviev

Location: Большая Островка, Omsk, городской округ Омск, Omsk Oblast, Siberian Federal District, Russian Federation
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