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Ну и зачем так делать?

Posted by s0mik on 14 October 2014 in Russian (Русский)

Вот чем руководствовался человек, рисуя на карте преграду? Чтоб страдали простые пользователи карт? Столкнулся случайно, при автоматической прокладки маршрута для велопоездки: Вот проблема А вот причина, появившаяся на карте 2 месяца назад: причина проблема

Location: Заводская улица, Новотроицк, городской округ Новотроицк, Оренбургская область, Приволжский федеральный округ, Российская Федерация


Posted by Richard on 14 October 2014 in English (English)


And so is Potlatch... just about. (Insert obvious Flash reference here.)

Potlatch 2's core purposes are (a) being an intermediate-level editor and (b) annoying Germans. It's never going to get major new functionality or important rewrites, but for those of us happily using it, I've always intended to add and fix little things over time.

In the summer it gained support for the editor-imagery-index project, which provides a central list of background imagery suitable for tracing. Today it has a couple of improvements to the long-standing feature where you shift-click away from a way to add a new point (roughly comparable to JOSM's "Improve Way Accuracy" mode, but we don't do modes round here) - which is a really useful technique for TIGER fixup.

I've also added the ability to memorise tag combinations and recall them by a single keypress. Very simple: press shift and a function key to memorise the tags from the current selection. From then on, pressing that function key will add the tags to the selected items. (Those with long memories may remember this is a Potlatch 1 feature, and one I've always meant to add to P2!)

I have a couple of larger features which are 90% coded but were never quite finished, both firmly "intermediate-level" tools. As and when I get the time, I'm hoping to finally finish them off and get them out there.

No Waiting

Posted by kucai on 14 October 2014 in English (English)

I am getting tired fixing the automated notes. For every river crossing, some darned program will put a river name note. For every overpass, it will put no waiting on both sides of the bridge. Then there is the "Go ahead" notes popping up here and there.

Luckily, our main North South highway is only few hundred kilometers long. God help me if it is as long as I-40...

Location: North South Expressway, Tapah, Malaysia

Uzupełniona Słoneczna

Posted by wAndrychowie on 13 October 2014 in Polish (Polski)

Cała Słoneczna odwzorowana na mapie.

Your opinion about the relation "type=person"

Posted by Pieren on 13 October 2014 in English (English)

Express your opinion about the relation "type=person" here:
This is also questioning the limits of the project (what has to go into OSM and what not)


Posted by Minh Nguyen on 13 October 2014 in English (English)

Warning: This post makes absolutely no sense to anyone outside the United States, or to anyone who relies on a mode of transportation that uses a sane numbering scheme.

Development on the OSM U.S. shield renderer seems to have stalled a bit, and my request to render pictoral route shields on the Standard stylesheet is effectively tabled for now. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot to get excited about on the shield rendering front.

Just to bide my time, I decided to approach route shields from the other direction, using OpenStreetMap’s coverage of the Cincinnati Tri-State area as a starting point. Slapping shields in random locations all over a road map is so… functional. So let’s ditch the map, fire up TileMill, and let the shields do the talking:

The first thing you see

A bit of a mess, isn’t it? It’s even worse when you zoom out:

The next thing you see

But pan around, and you might start to notice some patterns if you’re from the area. You can make out the most prominent highways. Here’s a map Nate made from OSM data, for comparison:

Back to reality

You can make out the Ohio–Kentucky state line where the state route shields in the shape of Ohio turn into plain old circles:

These states have a lot in common, really

So what’s going on? Each shield on the grid indicates the nearest Interstate, U.S. route, or state route, with an understandable bias towards highways over surface streets. A shield isn’t necessarily positioned along the route it indicates; rather, it just happens that no other route is closer. That property gives rise to an interesting phenomenon that I’ll take the liberty of calling a routeshed. Much like a watershed, a routeshed encompasses the area in which cars naturally flow toward a single route. OK, that sounds so ridiculous it belongs in a Wikipedia article. But this is what the sparse terrain of western Hamilton County looks like:

No choice but the Interstate

If you’re as sleep-deprived as I am, it does kinda-sorta look like a watershed.

Here’s the full slippy map.

Credits: Road data from OpenStreetMap contributors, mostly me, Nate, and NE2. Shield blanks from Wikimedia Commons users SPUI, Ltljltlj, Fredddie, and Scott5114. Shield labels set in Roadgeek 2005 Series C and D. Code under the MIT license; tiles under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

Location: Over-The-Rhine, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States of America

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

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