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Coast-to-coast powerline is now complete

Posted by 42429 on 27 November 2011 in English (English)

The coast-to-coast powerline across the United States is now complete. Thanks to the mappers who contributed their part of the transcontinental line (AndrewBuck, asciiphil, bruck4, choess, Chris Bell in California, Gone a.k.a. Nakor, iandees, lyx, mario824, Minh Nguyen, neuhausr, OSchlüter, stucki1, Tronikon, Vid the Kid, Your Village Maps, zephyr)!

Each black dot represents a pylon, each red dot represents a pole, each yellow dot represents a substation.
White areas are still looking for active mappers, of course. The Gulf Coast is the next destination that needs a coast-to-coast connection.

Maps have been updated on:

ITO Map shows power lines with voltage tags:

JOSM -> File -> Undelete

Posted by 42429 on 19 October 2011 in English (English)

How to deal with dirt roads?

Posted by 42429 on 10 October 2011 in English (English)

On the German mailing list one mapper recently asked how to tag a dirt road:

There are many dirt roads with local importance which should be tagged as tertiary due to their importance, but also as track due to their road condition:

Let's take the Mosquito Pass in Colorado - it is a major connection between Fairplay and Leadville that looks like presented in these videos:

I wish we had a tagging mechanism for dirt roads combining importance (highway=*) and road condition (tracktype=* or 4wd=easy/moderate/difficult).

Any suggestions?

Location: County Road 3, 4WD, Hi Clearance, Lake County, Colorado, United States of America

CT are unacceptable for PD supporters

Posted by 42429 on 6 June 2011 in English (English)

As the elitist mailing list does not allow public answers, I am going to publish my answer here in the blog:

> > The contributor terms say "Subject to Section 3 and 4 below, You hereby
> > grant to OSMF a worldwide, royalty-free, blah blah blah".
> >
> > The one exception might be that OSMF choses the license under which data
> > is published (from the list under "one of the following..."), so
> > everyone else can *only* use the data under that license; whereas OSMF
> > could always use the data under *any* of the named licenses.
> >
> > Oh, and the other exception might be that OSMF can sue others for abuse
> > on your behalf. But again - is that a problem? Would you rather have the
> > sentence about suing for copyright violation removed from the CT, would
> > that be better?
> >
These terms are unacceptable for members who want to distribute their
contributions without any restrictions (public domain). Anybody who wants to
distribute HIS contributions without any restrictions (public domain) should
insist on three different wordings:

"Subject to Section 3 and 4 below, I hereby grant to ANYBODY a worldwide,
royalty-free, blah blah blah".

"only one of the following..." does not fit the personal intention to
distribute personal contributions without any restrictions (public domain)

"OSMF can sue others for abuse on your behalf" should be invalid for those
users who have clicked the Public domain button.

I suppose that roughly 100 contributors have declined because these
Contributor Terms do not enable a valid dedication into Public Domain.

Neubaugebiet in Schwanewede

Posted by 42429 on 27 May 2011 in German (Deutsch)

OpenStreetMap ist und bleibt die aktuellste Straßenkarte: Heute habe ich drei neugebaute Straßen in Schwanewede eingetragen, die weder bei Navteq noch bei TeleAtlas vorhanden sind. Auch die staatlichen Vermessungsämter (NiedersachsenViewer) haben diese Straßen noch nicht eingetragen.

These newly built roads are not available at other map providers (Navteq, Niedersachsenviewer, TeleAtlas)

Location: Haferkamp, Schwanewede, Landkreis Osterholz, Niedersachsen, 28790, Deutschland

US power lines are still incomplete

Posted by 42429 on 9 March 2011 in English (English)

Each black dot represents a pylon, each yellow dot represents a substation node.
White areas are still looking for active mappers, of course.

Maps have been updated on:

The powermap is updated on request:

US power lines are still incomplete

Posted by 42429 on 7 February 2011 in English (English)

Each black dot represents a pylon, each yellow dot represents a substation node.

Power outage in the USA

Posted by 42429 on 30 December 2010 in English (English)

Unfortunately, reviewing power lines was not accepted as Project of the Month, so there are still many unreviewed power lines in the USA:

Each black dot represents a pylon, each yellow dot represents a substation.

It would be great if each mapper could add some pylons or substations to the map.

Location: Cook Place, Rosemary Beach, Berrien County, Michigan, 49106, United States of America

The world at night

Posted by 42429 on 6 December 2010 in English (English)

the number of illuminated streets is rapidly growing:

Do you want to illuminate your street as well?
Just add lit=yes, if there is light (or lit=no, if there is no light)

Openbusmap shows railroads in the United States

Posted by 42429 on 21 August 2010 in English (English)

After 140 years of continuous service, the railroad between Chicago and San Franscisco is visible on Openbusmap:

Hopefully, Openbusmap will encourage mappers to add new rail and bus lines as relations (type=route, route=bus/rail/subway/tram/trolleybus, ref=99, network=XXX).


Posted by 42429 on 27 July 2010 in German (Deutsch)

Habe gerade in Burgdamm ein paar Gebäude und Hausnummern ergänzt.

Location: Burgdamm, Burglesum, Stadtbezirk Bremen-Nord, Bremen, 28717, Deutschland

Osterholz-Scharmbeck 100% complete

Posted by 42429 on 28 February 2010 in German (Deutsch)

Heute habe ich mich - zum ersten Mal in diesem schneereichen Winter - wieder aufs Fahrrad gesetzt und habe den Bernhard-Minetti-Weg erfasst:

(ausnahmsweise sogar als identifizierbarer Track)

Auf der Karte sieht das Ganze dann so aus:

Dadurch ist die Stadt Osterholz-Scharmbeck vollständig (100%) erfasst.

Location: Pennigbüttel, Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Landkreis Osterholz, Niedersachsen, Deutschland

PGS coastline is dangerous like broken glass

Posted by 42429 on 24 January 2010 in English (English)

A small triangle of bad PGS coastline can damage miles of good NHD coastline:
Look at the triangle island in this map before it disappears from the map:

If you zoom gradually from 18 to 11 you can see how much damage a little triangle can do.

Anschlussgleis = spur

Posted by 42429 on 10 December 2009 in German (Deutsch)

In ganz Deutschland finde ich Anschlussgleise, die als Hauptbahn (rail) eingetragen sind, obwohl sie eigentlich nur als Anschlussgleis (spur) dienen.

Außerdem sehe ich, dass einige Museumsbahnen nicht als preserved, sondern als normale Bahnlinie (rail) eingetragen sind, obwohl sie höchstens einmal im Jahr befahren werden.

Es wäre schön, wenn jeder in seiner näheren Umgebung diese falschen Einträge korrigieren könnte.

Gruß FK270673

Internet access problems

Posted by 42429 on 7 November 2009 in English (English)

Today, internet access with German internet provider T-Online is really a problem for me.

I have tried to access the OSM server via IP (, but the server didn't return even a ping signal.

Do you have similar problems? Is it intended to ignore ping signals?

Yours, FK270673

Location: 53.230, 8.780


Posted by 42429 on 5 October 2009 in German (Deutsch)

Worpswede hat jetzt auch einige Hausnummern (housenumbers).

Dank an Ebbe73 für das Wiederherstellen einer versehentlich gelöschten Kneipe.

Location: Findorffstraße, Worpswede, Landkreis Osterholz, Niedersachsen, 27726, Deutschland


Posted by 42429 on 12 September 2009 in German (Deutsch)

Das Nordseebad Burhave ist mittlerweile auch in der Karte vertreten.

If you don't understand German, just look at the map.

Location: Burhaversiel, Fedderwardersiel, Butjadingen, Landkreis Wesermarsch, Niedersachsen, 26969, Deutschland

Langen (bei Bremerhaven) ist fertig!

Posted by 42429 on 20 August 2009 in German (Deutsch)

Jetzt sind alle Straßen in Langen (bei Bremerhaven) drin.

Location: Speckenbüttel, Stadtbezirk Bremerhaven-Nord, Bremerhaven, Bremen, Deutschland

Housemapping is a madness

Posted by 42429 on 4 August 2009 in English (English)

In my opinion, mapping housenumbers is simply a madness.

However, I have started to add some housenumbers as well.

Location: Scharmbeck, Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Landkreis Osterholz, Lower Saxony, Germany

There is a software bug

Posted by 42429 on 1 June 2009 in English (English)

After having edited my diary, the language setting switches to English though my text remains German.

EDIT: Some hours later, I have added some lines to this entry AND I have tried to change language for THIS entry from English to German - nothing happened.

2nd EDIT: Removed comma between hours and later and changed blog entry language to German - without success.