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Recent diary entries

Sharing with you again some of the things that Ruben and I have been excited about, and some of what’s coming up, in the HOT community and across the humanitarian open mapping movement.

Things that have excited us this week…

Congrats to the HOT training working group who had an impressive 52 participants at the advanced JOSM training last weekend!

Chisom Okwuchi shared a lovely OSM diary of her experiences as a Community Working Group mentorship lead

… and, the organising group for the mentorship program is now planning for the next phase and will be looking for mentors and mentees in the next few months!

Shout out to Kraan46, one of HOT’s global validators, who has now validated on 360 days out of the last year — an impressive feat and huge contribution!

Contribution timeline for Kraan46

Contribution timeline for Kraan46!

Kudos to OSM Uganda, who have established a new MOU with the Terego district on integrating OSM learning into schools.

Cool to hear that the Suza YouthMappers have just started working with the Jane Goodall Institute for forest monitoring through community mapping.

The State of the Map Africa logo was launched to the public and is really nice! The event is in December this year in Cameroon.

New state of the map africa logo

Ruben Martin also shared that he’s been digging deeper into the research on declining contributions in 2022 and is seeing some upward trends too (in the numbers too at a more granular level). Full report to come once the research is done…

The Open Mapping Hub — Asia Pacific has published an approach for improving OpenStreetMap data quality in the region.

Lastly, at the OSM Africa mapathon, hosted by OSM Angola recently, the mayor of the town being mapped turned up and addressed the mappers directly! Very cool…..

What’s coming up?

The Llamitas Mapeadoras YouthMappers chapter released the schedule for the Tambomachay project, which looks like a very exciting, collaborative mapping project in Peru. Also, they have the best logo 😎👌🔥

Lalamitas mapeadoras logo

The 28 of 28 campaign from OSM Ghana is taking place in February again with a prize for the winner. Get involved!

Following a successful pilot, the HOT Summit Working Group proposed to the senior management team to evolve the unSummit concept over the next two years as core programming and it was unanimously supported. The working group is now moving into planning to make it bigger, better, and more impactful.

We’ll be continuing work on replacing the HOT website in order to provide a better experience and resources, help people find the right path to solve problems through open mapping and discover others who have been solving similar issues.

As always, we hope this update helps you keep up with some of what’s going on. We’re just trying this out to see whether a weekly digest like this is useful to people across the community… If you have any questions or want to suggest something that should be in here but isn’t, feel free to reach out in the comments!

These weeknotes are cross-posted on Medium

Wahda is an alternative and holistic health centre in Hyderabad. We provides a first class Cupping service in Hyderabad and surrounding areas of Hyderabad. We also provide a range of natural health products and Sunnah remedie. Hijama or cupping is the process of removing harmful materials out of your body and it is approved by not just Islamic narrations in fact the western scientists and physicist also commend for its effectiveness and call it an ancient Chinese method of treating issues in the body; as Drs. Annie Zhang and Andrew Shubov, UCLA Centre for East-West Medicine say that

Location: Ward 69 Nanal Nagar, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Central Zone, Hyderabad, Asifnagar mandal, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Posted by Pieter Vander Vennet on 2 February 2023 in English (English).

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Oceana Santa Monica Hotel: The Ultimate Luxury Experience

Are you looking for the perfect vacation spot that combines luxury and relaxation?

The Oceana Santa Monica Hotel offers a unique experience featuring stunning ocean views and chic interior design. From its dramatic cliffside location overlooking the Pacific Ocean to its art-filled lobby. Part of Hilton’s luxury brand, Oceana Santa Monica LXR Hotels Resorts is conveniently located on Ocean Avenue and stands out as one of the best boutique hotels.

From cozy one-bedroom suites filled with amenities and convenient services like spa treatments and cocktails at the Rooftop Sunset Club to ample opportunities for exploration in this busy tourist neighborhood. Find out why joining Oceana’s growing list of satisfied customers is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Booking Your Stay Making a reservation is effortless and hassle-free. Staying here at the hotel property typically costs around $750 plus taxes and a $45 daily resort fee.

However, redeeming Hilton Honors points are usually 95,000 per night, equivalent to roughly $570, and exempts you from the resort fee. Additionally, they offer a price-match guarantee for those who find a lower rate with the same terms as Hilton through a third party. Hilton will match the lower rate and give an additional 25% off, saving you a couple hundred dollars on your stay. You can also maximize their return by using a cobranded Hilton credit card.

Exploring The Local Neighborhood Take a 10-minute walk from the Third Street Promenade, a pedestrian-only street full of shops and restaurants. The Pier is also just 20 minutes away. Additionally, the property offers a complimentary house car that can drop you off so you can walk around popular spots like Malibu, Venice, and Beverly Hills.

Take advantage of the house car service: The complimentary house car can drop you off at nearby popular spots around the city. This can save you money on transportation and make it more convenient for you to explore the area. Save money on parking by opting for free street parking. For instance, Montana Avenue is free of charge.

Efficient Check-In Experience The Oceana Santa Monica hotel staff is friendly, welcoming, and professional. They will take care of your registration and ensure you have all the information about your stay while you check in your room. The front desk is knowledgeable and can recommend many things to do in the area.

Upon arrival, you will be asked to show a valid ID and credit card for verification and check-in. Once your identification is confirmed, the hotel staff will provide you with your key and any additional details you may need, such as how to get to your room, different common areas, parking, wi-fi, and hotel policies.

The process usually takes only a few minutes and is designed to be as fast and efficient so that you can start enjoying your hotel room as soon as possible. The hotel staff is happy to assist you with any needs or requests.

Upgrade Options May Include: Bedroom Suite Upgrade: You may be able to upgrade to a different one bedroom suite, which typically includes more space in your room, separate sleeping areas, terrace, and a larger bathroom.

Ocean View Upgrade: Upgrade from a standard room to an ocean bedroom suite that provides stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding area.

Club Level Upgrade: You can upgrade your one-bedroom or standard room to club-level, which typically includes a private lounge with complimentary breakfast, snacks, and drinks throughout the day, as well as evening hors d’oeuvres.

Butler Service: Upgrading from your standard room with a butler provides personalized treatment such as unpacking and packing, pressing and laundry, and providing recommendations for dining and entertainment.

Spa Suite: Upgrading your standard room and one bedroom typically includes a private spa room with a jacuzzi and sauna.

It’s worth noting that availability and pricing for upgrades for particular rooms may vary depending on the time of year, occupancy level, and other factors. If you’re interested in upgrading your stay, inquire with the hotel directly. The Oceana Hotel Suites

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, the hotel has something to suit every taste and budget.

The Presidential Beach House Presidential Beach House: This grand hotel suite features multiple bedrooms, a spacious living room, and large terrace with panoramic views of the city. Enjoy a private hot tub and fire pit on the balcony and a private butler or personal chef.

The Penthouse Oceanfront Penthouse Oceanfront Suite: The Penthouse Oceanfront Suite offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. These suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows, a separate living room, bedroom, and a balcony or terrace. Watch the sunset over the Ocean while relaxing in the comfort of your suite.

The Signature Oceanfront Signature Oceanfront Suite: The Signature Oceanfront Suite is the perfect choice for a spacious and comfortable living space. These suites feature a separate living room, bedroom, patio, or terrace with beautiful ocean views. Enjoy the convenience of a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area.

The Seaside Oceanfront Suite Seaside Oceanfront Suite: Offering a comfortable and elegant living space. These suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows and a patio or terrace with beautiful ocean views. Enjoy the convenience of a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area.

The Coastal Kitchen Coastal Kitchen Suite: Perfect for anyone who wants to cook meals in their room. Featuring a fully-equipped kitchen, separate guest rooms, a bed, and a terrace with beautiful ocean views.

The Penthouse Lanai Penthouse Lanai Suite: Featuring a separate living room and separate bedroom and terrace with beautiful views of the city. Enjoy a private hot tub and fire pit on the deck with privacy in your room.

The Pacific Lanai Pacific Lanai Suite: Comfortable and elegant living space that features a separate living room, bed, and patio with the convenience of a fully-equipped kitchen.

The Lanai Lanai Suite: Features a separate living room, bedroom, and terrace with a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area.

The Oceana King Oceana King Suite: Spacious and comfortable living space that features separate living room, bedroom, terrace, and fully-equipped kitchen and dining area.

The Oceana Double Queen Oceana Double Queen Suite: Ideal for families or groups of friends. Featuring two queen beds, a separate living room, a bedroom, and a terrace with beautiful ocean views and minimal street noise. The convenience of a fully-equipped kitchen and dining room is also a huge bonus.

Stylish and Elegant Decor The rooms are designed to provide a luxurious and comfortable stay. The decor features a mix of modern and traditional elements, creating a soothing and refined atmosphere. Featuring plush bedding, Frette linens, comfortable seating, and a work desk. The color palette is soft and neutral, with pops of color that complement the coastal setting. The furniture is made of high-quality materials, and the overall design is sleek and modern.

The bathrooms are luxurious and comfortable, with marble floors and countertops. They have high-end amenities, including fluffy towels, premium toiletries, and a hairdryer. The bathrooms are large and well-lit, with a separate shower and bathtub. The attention to detail and use of high-quality materials make for a truly memorable and relaxing stay.

Exceptional Amenities In-room guest request devices The in-room devices are user-friendly and easy to navigate. You can use them to call housekeeping, make reservations, order food, and even extra towels or pillows. The devices also allow you to contact the hotel’s staff with any questions or concerns they may have.

One of the most convenient features is the ability to make dinner reservations. Browse the hotel’s restaurant menu, view available seating times, and make a reservation, all from the comfort of their room. This feature eliminates the need to wait on hold or navigate through a phone menu, making the dining experience more convenient.

In addition to the convenience factor, the in-room devices also offer a level of privacy. Rather than speaking with hotel staff in person or over the phone, guests can discreetly communicate their needs and requests through the device.

On-Site Spa: The “Aura Spa” offers a variety of massages, facials, body treatments, and nail services. The spa also features a sauna, steam room, and fitness center. It is a full spa open to hotel guests and the public.

Ocean & Vine: The Rooftop Lounge Ocean & Vine, a dining experience that combines stunning views of the Pacific Ocean with delicious farm-to-table cuisine. The restaurant’s name is a nod to its location, sitting on the hotel’s rooftop, and its focus on using fresh, local food ingredients. One of the standout features of Ocean & Vine is its outdoor seating area, which offers panoramic views of the Ocean and coastline. The atmosphere is elegant but relaxed, making it the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or a casual lunch with friends.

The menu at Ocean & Vine features a variety of seasonal dishes made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The menu changes regularly, depending on the season, but some dishes you might find include grilled seafood, artisanal cheeses, and farm-fresh salads. The restaurant also offers a selection of signature cocktails, beer, and wine to complement your meal.

For those looking for a more casual dining experience, Ocean & Vine also offers poolside servers. Enjoy a meal while lounging by the hotel’s rooftop pool and enjoy the views. Ocean & Vine is also a popular spot for special occasions and events. The restaurant offers guests dining options, group packages, as well as a beautiful setting for weddings and other celebrations.

Overall, Ocean & Vine at the Oceana hotel in Santa Monica is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a luxurious dining experience with breathtaking views. The farm-to-table cuisine, signature cocktails, and elegant atmosphere make it the perfect spot for any occasion. The rooftop lounge is a stunning space that offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and coastline.

Fitness Center: The fitness center has state-of-the-art cardio and weight-training equipment, including Peloton Treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, and weight machines. This tech-forward studio features a large flat-screen TV, which displays live and on-demand classes to follow along with the instructor and stay motivated throughout their workout. It gives guests the opportunity to stay fit and healthy while on the go, making it the perfect destination for business travelers and fitness enthusiasts.

Curated In-Room Libraries Each room is equipped with a curated library of books that have been carefully selected to reflect the interests and tastes. The books cover many genres, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and are handpicked by literary experts. The in-room includes a mix of classic and contemporary literature, ensuring something for every reader. Choose from a wide range of books by bestselling authors, literary icons, and new and emerging voices in the literary world. The books in the in-room libraries are also regularly updated, ensuring reading enthusiasts will have the latest and greatest in literature. Take advantage of the book exchange program, allowing you to trade in the books you’ve finished for new ones. The hotel’s in-room library is not just a collection of books but an experience. By implementing a complimentary book lending program, guests can borrow books from the hotel’s library and return them after they are finished. Allowing you to take a piece of the hotel’s literary charm with you and enjoy a book even after you leave.

Curated Local Excursions Designed to showcase the best of the area and provide a unique and memorable experience. One popular excursion is a bike tour of the famous beachside bike path. Rent bikes from the hotel and embark on a guided path tour, taking in sights such as Muscle Beach, Santa Monica Pier, and Venice Beach. Learn about the history and culture of the area, and have the opportunity to stop and take photos or enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the many beachside cafes. Another popular excursion is a food and wine tour of the Farmer’s Market. Walk around and sample a variety of fresh, locally grown, delicious produce and artisanal foods, as well as taste wines from local wineries. The tour also includes visiting the famous Third Street, a popular shopping and dining destination. For those interested in art and culture, the hotel also offers a curated art walk tour of the area. Visit local galleries and artist studios, learn details about the history of the art scene and talk with local artists.

For a more active experience, the hotel also offers a guided hike in the nearby mountains. Explore the area’s natural beauty, taking in views of the Ocean and the city and learning about the local flora and fauna.

All of these excursions are led by knowledgeable and experienced guides who are passionate about the area and are eager to share interesting details and insights on the subjects. These curated local excursions are a great way to experience the city’s best and create lasting memories.

Private Boat Excursions Designed to showcase the best of the Bay and provide unique and luxurious experiences. Take a 2-hour sunset cruise on a luxury yacht along the Bay, with stunning sun views setting over the Ocean. Enjoy a glass of champagne and light appetizers, and have the opportunity to take photos of marine life, such as dolphins and whales.

A full-day trip to the Channel Islands on a private boat exploring the beautiful and unspoiled islands of Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and Anacapa Island. You will have the opportunity to swim, snorkel, and kayak, and also have a chance to spot marine life, such as sea lions and seals.

Deep-sea fishing: Board a private fishing boat and spend the day fishing for tuna, marlin, and swordfish. With the help of an experienced crew, learn the basics of deep-sea fishing, and enjoy a delicious meal of their day’s catch.

Private boat tour of the Marina del Rey harbor: Take in views of the Ocean and yachts, and learn about the history of the marina all from licensed crewmen who are dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable experience.

Outdoor Swimming Pool: The pool is heated, making it enjoyable to swim in year-round and decorated with stylish, comfortable furnishings that complement the hotel’s coastal setting. Lounge chairs, perfect for sunbathing, surround the pool area. Whether you’re looking to host a birthday party, corporate event, or just a fun day out with friends, the hotel offers cabanas and daybeds; the rooftop pool is the perfect setting.

The chairs are made of high-quality materials designed to provide maximum comfort and plenty of umbrellas for shade and privacy. Decorated with plush cushions and equipped with side tables, lighting, and other features to make you feel comfortable and relaxed while at the pool.

Business Center: Open 24 hours a day, the on-site business center is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and staffed with experienced professionals to assist with your business needs. The business center includes computers, printing, copying, faxing, overnight shipping, and high-speed internet.

Meeting and Event Space: The ultimate flexibility and convenience with its meeting and event space accommodates groups of all sizes and styles. The grand ballroom accommodates up to 300 people and is perfect for large conferences, weddings, and other special events. The hotel ballroom can be divided into smaller spaces to accommodate smaller groups and can be set up in various configurations to suit the event’s needs.

Offering several smaller meeting rooms that accommodate groups of 10-40 people is ideal for smaller business meetings, intimate gatherings, and social events. The meeting rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including high-speed internet access, AV equipment, and on-site technical support.

Concierge Service: The concierge team is available 24 hours a day to assist with any requests or needs during your stay. Take advantage of the concierge to make reservations at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, book a spa treatment, arrange transportation, purchase tickets to local events and attractions, or make recommendations for shopping and entertainment. The concierge team is knowledgeable about the local area and can provide insider information to ensure an unforgettable experience.

Valet Parking: The valet is available 24 hours a day and can be requested through the front desk. Your vehicle will be parked in a safe and secure structure and returned to you upon request. Valet also provides car detailing, so your vehicle is cleaned, polished, and filled with gas.

Beach Cruiser Bike Rentals: Explore the beautiful city in a unique and eco-friendly way with the complimentary beach cruiser amenity. Take advantage of the complimentary cruisers to explore the city on two wheels and experience the neighborhood’s beauty in a fun and playful way.

Ride to the Santa Monica Pier, the Third Street Promenade, or even head down the beach path to Venice. The cruisers are a great way to get around the city in a unique and eco-friendly way.

24-hour Room Service

If you want to enjoy food in the comfort of their rooms can take advantage of room service available around the clock, which means ordering food at any time of the day or night. The room service menu features a variety of dishes to choose from, including breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, and entrees. The hotel’s experienced culinary team prepares the menu using fresh ingredients.

Place the food order by using the in-room dining menu provided in the room. You can pay at the time of ordering or delivery, and you choose to have the meal delivered to the room or rooms and enjoy it in the privacy of your suite. The culinary team is dedicated to providing everyone with a satisfying meal experience.

Bespoke Experiences: Oceanfront Yoga, Surf Lessons, and Beach Butler Services Offering a variety of bespoke experiences that are sure to create lasting memories, the front desk will provide all the information needed. Hike and surf lessons, butler service, coastal horseback riding, and private Getty Villa access are just a few of the many ways you can make the most of your stay.

Hike and Surf Lessons: If you’re looking for an adventure, try the hike and surf lessons led by experienced instructors. The hike and surf lessons allow you to explore the beautiful mountains and beaches while learning new skills.

Beach Butler Service: Experience your day at the beach in ultimate style. Relax in a private cabana while the butler takes care of all the details, from setting up umbrellas and chaise lounges to providing refreshments.

Coastal Horseback Riding: The hotel can arrange for a coastal horseback riding excursion. The excursion takes you on a scenic ride along the coast, allowing you to take in the beauty of the Ocean and the mountains.

Private Getty Villa Access: The hotel can provide you with private access to the Getty Villa, one of the most iconic art institutions in the world. Enjoy the villa’s beautiful gardens and art collections in a more intimate setting.

Reducing Environmental Impact and Promoting Sustainability Committed to reducing its environmental impact and promoting sustainable tourism, several eco-friendly initiatives have been making positive impacts on the environment.

Water Conservation and Energy Efficiency The installation of low-flow shower-heads and toilets, as well as using drought-resistant landscaping have helped reduce water consumption by over 30%. Also, replacing traditional incandescent light bulbs with LED lighting and installing solar panels on the roof to generate clean energy.

Recycling Program Making it easy for visitors to recycle paper, plastic, and glass, which is processed by on-site management.

Green Key Program and TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Part of the Green Key program, an international certification program for hotels and resorts that are committed to sustainable practices. Receiving the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Silver Level recognition for its efforts to reduce its environmental impact.

Environmentally-Friendly Cleaning Products and Practices By using eco-friendly cleaning products and methods in guest rooms and common areas to minimize environmental impact. Also, you have the option to opt out of daily housekeeping services to reduce water and energy consumption.

Check Out The hotel offers express check-out, allowing guests to settle their bills without having to come to the front desk in person. This feature can be conveniently done via phone, email, or through the hotel’s mobile app.

849 OCEAN AVE, SANTA MONICA, CA 90403 +1-800-777-0758

Location: Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, CAL Fire Contract Counties, California, United States

Upon getting the news of being awarded a scholarship to attend and participate in the State of the Map Tanzania 2023, I was so excited to travel since it was my first time to visit Tanzania. I thank God that I made it to the conference which commenced on the 20th-23rd of January.

My highlights from the first day were from the Resilience Academy I was amazed by the tremendous work they do to impact the society through collaboration and partnerships to train young people with skills and knowledge to achieve the country’s sustainable development goals. My evening was sparked when I toured around the neighborhood I noticed that the transport system was properly planned with easy access and convenience.

The lightning talks were very insightful as people shared their experiences in OpenStreetMap and how they have been able to grow their communities. I realized that Tanzania has a wide network of mappers whereby they have established and promoted youth mapping chapters within their universities as compared to my country therefore I learned that more effort to grow our community here in Uganda is key in order to achieve the designed goals for the country with the use of OpenStreetMap.

I got a chance to participate in the Advanced QGIS training with the trainers Ian Coady and Steve Penson who did an amazing job teaching us the course exhaustively. I learnt a lot and I plan to use the knowledge to advance in my career. I was also given an opportunity to present the application of photomapping in OpenStreetMap with the use of Mapillary.

Meeting the Geochicas (women in Geospatial) was enlightening, we got to share experiences and the way forward to expand the number of women in this sector. The conference gathered many people from different parts of the world. Interacting and engaging with them broadened my thinking scope from their experiences in OpenStreetMap and beyond. I made so many friends and am grateful for having them join my network.

I would like to thank the organizers of the conference OpenMap Development Tanzania for giving me the scholarship to be part of the many great minds in OpenStreetMap and my people in Uganda for their overwhelming support.


Location: Kijitonyama, Kinondoni Municipal, Dar es Salaam, Coastal Zone, 11000, Tanzania
Posted by komalsh1995 on 2 February 2023 in English (English).

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Location: Høgda, Nordre Follo, Viken, 1404, Norway

I am looking for a way of making an API call and obtain a list of routes that started within a given location and ended within a given location:

Inputs or columns from data table

Input variable the departure place: Lat range and Long range Input variable for arrival place: Lat range and Long range Input variable (range) for the duration of the trip Filtering per vehicle type, avoid certain routes per multiple variables….. Timespan for the search (data start and date end).


List of all the trips existing for the above, including :

date and times polyline format if possible Name of roads, turn left/right Speeds on the streets (optional)

Does anyone know if at all possible?

Location: Sydenham, Greater London, England, SE26 4PN, United Kingdom

In diesem Blogpost zeige ich ein Python Skript mit dem osm2pgsql Importe automatisiert werden können.

In this blog post I show a Python script how to automate osm2pgsql imports:

Recently I found Streamlit which is a pretty cool Python library that makes it easy to create web apps for visualising data.

I converted changeset dump from to Parquet file format and uploaded it to AWS S3 storage. Then created this streamlit app in their free cloud: which displays some basic statistics.

The app leverages the power of DuckDB, a database engine that can query these files over internet on demand. Parquet files, which are a popular format in modern cloud data lakes, have several advantages over traditional file formats. They are column-oriented, compressed, and support range requests, which means that you can download only the portion of the file you need, instead of having to go through the entire file, making processing larger datasets much faster.

DuckDB works similarly to SQLite in that it doesn’t have a dedicated server. You run the queries locally [0]. This makes the setup super simple you either install the binary or configure connection in IDE like DBeaver and you can run SQL queries.

Running these simple SQL queries over remote Parquet files takes about a minute or two. Trying to do the same with a custom script on raw changesets.xml.bz2 file would run longer not to mention that the effort to prepare the code would be much much larger.

It would be great if OSM hosted more “consumption ready” data instead of relying on users to do their own coding and parsing.

Let me know if you have some ideas for charts/tables that could be added to the demo.

[0] - well in this case they are running on streamlit cloud’s server but you can run the queries locally on the same parquet files easily

Posted by DeLouredo on 30 January 2023 in Galician (Galego).

O actual cruceiro da Alfarrapa é contemporáneo do situado no cruce de Refexón co Tabolado. O seu autor foi don Juan Míguez Domínguez. Anterior a eles é o do barrio da Torre. Os tres compóñense de pedestal, fuste octogonal e cruz. Non teñen imaxes.

O anterior cruceiro que aquí estaba caeu por mor dun carro que chocou con el, segundo unha versión. O párroco, don Esteban Viso, decidíu poñer os restos no muro da súa viña, ben visibles, e restauralo. Nunca pasou tal. Levantouse un novo cruceiro, por obra e desexo de don Juan Míguez (mesmo autor que o do Tabolado). Os restos están ben visibles no muro da antiga viña de don Esteban, no Pireiro, enfronte dun cruce de camiños, así que poden visitarse e fotografar con toda facilidade.

Location: A Telleira, Soutelo, Rabiño, Cortegada, O Ribeiro, Ourense, Galiza, 32200, España

For this area beside the Blue Ridge Wilderness, I started out by adding what I knew of the Dangerous Park Trail and the Pueblo Park Interpretive Trail. There were a few miles of Dangerous Park already on the map, but they didn’t get all the way to the park. Unfortunately, the trail was diverging from what the Forest Service claims at the point I left it, so the little bit to the northern terminus includes guesswork. There’s some trail visible there.

I then worked on stuff in the wilderness and primitive area near the state line. It looks like someone has added in the trails from FS information (including attribution) in this area. I had a couple of adjustments based on my GPS, but the trail routes look good. I’m not sure if these are downloaded tracks or copied from the FSTopo. I’m seeing some changes between the two. The tracks that can be downloaded are more recent. I added signs to the mix. Guideposts and an information board. And parking.

I wanted to add the trails that connect to Dangerous Park, so I took the time to figure out downloading FS trail data again. There’s only about 4 different ways. Do they all connect to the same database or is it possible does one have to choose the right one to get the most recent data? All kinds of regulations are encoded into the tags on these trails. There’s also an indication of the state of the trail in “trail class”. Class 1 and 2 are generally represented here. Class 1 is minimally maintained and tread is intermittent and indistinct. Class 2 expects tread to be continuous, but still rough. Class 3 is continuous and obvious tread. These are trail_visibility statements! Always good to have that included.

So I got those trails added and while I was at it, I adjusted a few roads onto their route and added names and numbers. Lots of roads were called Saddle Mountain that are actually something else including a main one that is the Frisco Divide Road.

I also noticed that while someone added the bit of Dangerous Park I increased, they also added a line for WS Mountain, which heads south from the same area. I’m not sure why they did this as there was already a longer line for it already existing.

As I poke around the area to write this entry, I’m also seeing other things that need done. I didn’t add the information board that is by that trail or the little bit of road for parking at the trailhead and now I’ve seen a missing trail on the wilderness side. Oh dear.

Those not withstanding, I may be done with these edits. The earlier excursions were in Chiricahua, which has been mapped exceptionally well including trail visibility, SAC difficulty, trails are really on route, guideposts are there. Well, that’s what I remember from hiking it before, anyway. Maybe I should still check it? There were excursions along the CDT south of Lordsburg and the trail definitely isn’t perfect there, but I have limited feelings about the value of improving it. My personal improvements would be to move it so it climbs a thing once in a while instead of plodding along service roads for cattle water. It’s so much better when one gets high up. But that’s something to tell the folks who decide on the route and if they agree, then map it. There were excursions that were off trail. Nothing to map there.

Location: Catron County, New Mexico, United States

MapComplete has - for some thematic maps - the ability to leave a review on an entity with Mangrove.Reviews. Up till now, I had no idea how much this feature was used. However, due to technical reasons I had another look to the reviews module and discovered the ‘download all’-option on

Mangrove Clients

The analysis was made with data from 20 january 2023, downloaded around 17:00 UTC time.

This data contained 660 reviews. As the website making the review is recorded, we can make a breakdown of the top websites:

  • is unsuprisingly the most popular website to make reviews on, with 318 reviews made
  • MapComplete is the second (and the biggest ‘external’ website), with 192 reviews (of which 13 are made with the development version)
  • is third, with 35 reviews

A variety of smaller websites follows, each with a few reviews made. At first glance, most of them seem to be swiss or german. Furthermore, there are 5 reviews made by localhost:1234 and 7 by localhost:5000. The former is probably me, testing the creation of reviews while developing.

The full table is listed below.

Client website Number of reviews 318 179 35 29 13 13 12 12 9 7
https://localhost:5000 7 5 5
https://localhost:1234 5 3 (has NSFW content) 2 1 1


It seems that pet owners gave reviews the most. The ‘pets’-theme - first known as the ‘dog’ theme - yielded 35 reviews in total (if summed). The ‘Pin je Punt’-campagin by Visit Flanders (which included pubs and cafés) is a close second with 29 reviews, followed by the shops theme.

While it might be surprising that the pets-theme has such a high number of reviews, the reason for this is straight-forward: the review-module is placed on top of the infobox for vets, whereas most other layers do have the images module there.

Theme Review count (incl 14 reviews made under the previous name ‘dog’) 35 29 28 18 16 14 14 9 9 8 7 3 1
lgbtmap (theme on a fork) 1


At last, due to the full client URL being saved, we also know what language the user interface was in when the review was made:

language count
en 77
nl 37
de 27
ru 13
fr 9
da 6
es 2
unkown 21


And as map makers, a quick geolocation-analysis can’t miss as well.

Unsurprisingly, most of the reviews are in Europe:

All reviews

When zooming in, a clear cluster in Switzerland and Flanders is visible:

All reviews in europe

When keeping only the Reviews made with MapComplete, the cluster in Flanders remains:

All reviews in europe made with MapComplete

(Copyright: pins are Mangrove Reviews, background map is OpenStreetMap of course)


So, no big conclusions and surprises in this little analysis. The reviews are being used - but not very much, especially in comparison with the image-upload feature. Placing the reviews higher up might help or including in into the questions flow. The core question is how important reviews are within the vision of MapComplete.

As usual, data is available online here, script is here

Posted by DeLouredo on 29 January 2023 in Galician (Galego).

O cruceiro máis antigo de Louredo en pé. Sería o modelo no que se fixaron canteiros do pobo, como o señor Xaquín ou Juan Míguez, para tallar os outros dous?

Cruceiro e detalle do pé

O seu autor foi don Juan Míguez Domínguez. Este cruceiro, como o do Tabolado e o da Alfarrapa, segue un mesmo estilo sinxelo, de fuste octogonal e sen imaxes.

O único con inscricións, ilexibles inscripcións na súa base. Este pé de cruceiro ten varias (queda pendente revisar por cantas caras, pero alomenos son dúas (ollada onde se percorre o pé do cruceiro dende o frontal, pasando ó lateral esquerdo, traseira e lateral dereito: Esta vese se te pos fronte a el e te agachas polo lado esquerdo. O solpor axuda a detectar os riscos, inda que eu non me atrevo a dicir que poñen. Xeralmente, data de confeción e donante.

Este cruceiro moveuse hai bastantes anos. Orixinalmente, ocupaba un recuncho, en curva, onda a casa “da raiana”, pretiño da casa do “grilo”.

O barrio da Torre queda en ladeira, limitando cos lugares dos Diestros e O Regueiro, na parte alta, co Cazapedo, por un lado, e O Outeiriño, polo outro.

Diante deste cruceiro pasa a procesión da festa do san Xoán, a da natividade do bautista. Pretiño del soe pararse a imaxe para a primeira oración (a segunda é na praza do Cazapedo) e a partir del enfílase cara o Cazapedo, comenzando a veces a tocar a banda que ameniza o paso.

Actualmente, o cruceiro de Louredo máis antigo que segue en pé (o máis antigo sería o que se conserva en parte, esnaquizado, no muro da viña do Pireiro, o único con imaxinería).

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Location: Barrio da Torre, Louredo, Cortegada, O Ribeiro, Ourense, Galiza, España

Situados na beira dun muro dunha viña, no lugar do Pireiro, estes anacos dun vello cruceiro son o testemuño máis antigo dun cruceiro en Louredo. Este situábase na Alfarrapa, preto da Telleira, e é un modelo único no pobo. Dispuña das imaxes do Crucificado, no alto, por riba dunha caveira, ós pés da cruz, onde estaban dúas imaxes máis: san Xoán e a Virxe. Digo que é único porque os cruceiros que viñeron despois son todos moi parecidos entre eles, sen imaxe algunha. Se o da Torre resulta ser o máis antigo en pé, podería ser o modelo que se seguí para os da Alfarrapa e Tabolado, ambos da autoría de don Juan Míguez Domínguez.

Este vello cruceiro caeu por mor dun carro que chocou con el, segundo unha versión, ou foi derribado por algúns republicanos en datas cercanas ó alzamento nacional, segundo outras fontes orais. O párroco, don Esteban, decidíu por os restos no muro da súa viña, ben visibles, e restauralo. Nunca pasou tal. Levantouse un novo cruceiro. Os restos están ben visibles no muro da antiga viña de don Esteban, enfronte dun cruce de camiños, así que poden visitarse e fotografar con toda facilidade.

Máis en:

  1. Notas sobre os cruceiros de Louredo
  2. Notas sobre restos do cruceiro no Pireiro
Location: Louredo, Cortegada, O Ribeiro, Ourense, Galiza, 32200, España

In case you wanted to use my note viewer with another openstreetmap-website-based project - now you can. Although most likely you didn’t because there aren’t many of them and they don’t use notes actively. Additional projects that note-viewer is already configured to work with are:

It’s not a surprise that notes aren’t heavily used in these projects. Often you place a note where the map diverges from reality and you can’t edit the map at the moment. But neither OpenHistoricalMap nor OpenGeofiction represent something that is currently real. Right now OpenGeofiction has less than 100 notes, and it’s not obvious if that project even needs notes. Maybe they might use notes to coordinate editing of their collaborative territories?

Now you can also edit the loaded and selected notes by commenting, closing or reopening them. This might be useful to deal with several notes at once. Actually it was one of the original plans for note-viewer. The situations where it’s helpful include someone modifying a lot of notes without a good reason. For example, users sometimes close existing notes without making any map modifications or providing reasons why the notes are irrelevant. They may do this because open notes look wrong (red with x marks) and closed notes look right (green with ticks). Closing a note may look like confirming it. Probably that’s why users sometimes close even their own notes without making any edits. Now it’s possible to quickly deal with such note modifications by searching for a given username, followed by filtering for user’s close actions, selecting all filtered notes and reopening them.

Editing the notes most likely requires you to log in first. This is true for OpenStreetMap but I haven’t checked other servers. To log in or change a server, currently you have to open the About tab. Later I’ll replace it with a menu button. You can also configure note-viewer to use your own osm server there.

I’ve started a new project working with watmildon. While we were working together on applying the USGS Sq___ name changes to OSM we noticed was that there were often features in OSM that were out of sync with official name changes that happened years ago.

That got us thinking about walking through the USGS GNIS data set to find places where names had changed and OSM could be updated. After all, there are many features in OSM that have gnis:feature_id (and similar) tags that can be directly matched back to the GNIS data set.

After kicking the idea around for a while, we recently started writing some code. I’ve been working on a matching engine in C# that matches records from GNIS to OSM by Feature ID. The code also looks for likely matches where the feature name, primary tags, and geometry are close to the information from GNIS. So far the results are pretty good, but we’re still working on improving the matching.

Meanwhile, watmildon did some large scale statistical analysis on a local PBF file to look at the scale and scope of the problem. The results were very interesting!

Of the 2.3 million features in GNIS, there are only 1 million corresponding features with GNIS IDs in OSM. Some portion of these are surely existing features that just don’t have the gnis:feature_id (or similar) tags. But given our manual review of results from the matching code, there are a lot of GNIS features that are not present in OSM at all.

That’s not too much of a surprise. Some of the most common types of missing features are Streams, Valleys, Lakes, Springs, and Ridges – all things that not widely mapped in the US.

GNIS recently archived the feature classes for civil names and man-made features. About half of the 1.3 million GNIS records that don’t have corresponding features in OSM are for those archived features. You might reasonably wonder whether it’s worth tagging the archived features in OSM. But that leaves about 600,000 current GNIS features that aren’t fully tagged in OSM. And a large portion of those are likely not mapped at all.

At this point, we’re still working on improving our tools, collecting, and analyzing the data. There do seem to be some opportunities for some automated tag cleanup, and if that makes sense we’ll follow community practices for anything like that.

But fixing the untagged/missing features is going to require manual review and there are too many features for us do that alone. We’ll have to keep working to find ways to enlist the rest of the community to help!

Posted by kechan on 28 January 2023 in English (English).

Can someone explain why this happened? It seems there is some weird fisheye lens thing going on here.

Location: Fremont County, Wyoming, United States

تاسیس 1400/11/03 سهامی خاص سرمایه اولیه ** تجربه کاری 1.اصلاح هندسی میدان مادر 2اصلاح هندسی میدان نگین 3ایجاد گذر گاه عابر پیاده 4 فرهنگ سازی ترافیک بر مبحث شهر ساری نوین 5…..

Location: سنبلستان, منطقه ۳, اصفهان, بخش مرکزی شهرستان اصفهان, شهرستان اصفهان, استان اصفهان, 81486-00000, ایران
Posted by b-unicycling on 27 January 2023 in English (English). Last updated on 2 February 2023.

As usual, I can’t quite remember how it started, but this week, I was trying to find a list of all the National Monuments of Ireland. The National Monuments Service publishes lists by county which only contain the ones under state care. These lists have made their way to Wikipedia which is a great start. They have their numbers recorded there which I have transferred to OSM under ref:IE:nm for the counties of Kilkenny, Laois and Offaly so far. (the key is recorded on the wiki, of course.)

I have sent an email to the National Monuments Service asking for a list, but so far, no reply. I probably have a reputation there by now…

However, I noticed while visiting and taking some pictures of Freshford Church that it has a black plaque (the type of which I had seen before, but never read in much detail) which stated that it was a National Monument.


I have not been able to figure out what the numbers mean; but there are two buildings (both early modern townhouses) in Kilkenny with the same second number, so I’m presuming it is a category.

I remembered seeing more of these signs in Kilkenny. According to the official list, there are only 3 National Monuments in the City of Kilkenny, but using these plaques, I have already identified 4 more which I have added to the list on Wikipedia. I would not be surprised if Kilkenny turned out to be the town with the highest density of National Monuments, but I can only run that overpass-turbo query, once I have the numbers to add to the key ref:IE:nm.

For now, this is the state of recorded monuments: overpass

In the long run, it would really help if other people photographed these plaques and uploaded them to WikiCommons, so we have the ground truth. And eventually, we might even figure out the numbers from those plaques.

Counties transferred from Wikipedia to OSM:

  • Carlow
  • Dublin
  • Kildare
  • Kilkenny
  • Laois
  • Longford
  • Louth
  • Meath
  • Roscommon
  • Westmeath
  • Wexford
  • Wicklow

shrine of St Lachtain's arm (Shrine of St Lachtain’s arm in the National Museum)