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Posted by Gustavo22Soares on 20 June 2024 in English.

We are a study group from the University of Brasília (UnB) conducting research on OpenStreetMap ( Our goal is to improve OpenStreetMap by better understanding the profiles of its users. Through this research, we aim to gather valuable information that will allow us to identify the needs, preferences, and challenges faced by users when using OSM. Participating in the survey will take between 5 to 10 minutes. Your responses will be confidential and anonymous. Please answer all questions sincerely. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact us via email at We count on your collaboration to improve this important collaborative mapping tool. Help us translate:

Survey on MS Forms

Survey Backup on Cryptpad


Why are you using Microsoft Forms?

We have access to Office365 through an agreement between the university and Microsoft (I don’t really agree with this agreement), so for us, MS Forms was the best solution as it has no response limit and supports multiple translations. Why didn’t we use LimeSurvey? It’s paid. But if you’re not comfortable responding via MS Forms, we also published on Survey Backup on Cryptpad

Who are you?

We are an extension group at the University of Brasília (UnB). During university education in Brazil, we have the opportunity to develop projects that benefit the community. Currently, we consist of 2 students and two professors.

Is there an official project page?

No 😔 We are a small project. However, if it helps, I have published some diaries on OSM discussing ideas on how to improve

How can I help?

You can help by sharing the survey! ;) Or help translate or review it into a language that is not yet available in the form. (Note: we use Google Sheets, if you want to help but don’t want to use Google Sheets, contact me on Telegram Gustavo22soares or email) We haven’t started any interface development yet; we plan to start thinking about it in the second half of 2024. If you want to help, you can contact me via email and tell me your skills and how you want to help

How can I follow the project?

You can follow me on social media and on OSM Perfil OSM


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Do you intend to publish the results?

Yes, we plan to write an article with the results and publish the data on GitHub. We believe this data can help other researchers and the OSMF to improve OSM.

Why are you asking for my age?

The survey is answered anonymously, and if you prefer, it can be even more anonymous by responding via Cryptpad, so we can’t know your exact age! But we want to understand how each generation deals with OSM. In our round of conversations with Brazilian mappers, many started between 2007 and 2012. We can understand this as the growth and establishment of the internet.

How were the responses formulated?

We started with a round of conversations with active mappers in the Brazilian community, and from that, some questions arose that needed to be validated.

Why are you doing this project?

The main goal is to improve, but it’s also an opportunity for us to learn and put our skills into practice. is not for the “end user,” so your research is useless!

We don’t think so! First, any improvement for the “end user” also impacts usability for mappers, and it’s also an opportunity for us as students of a public university to give back to the community the education we are receiving. As students, we have a unique opportunity for learning and personal development! I imagine many in the community feel grateful for finally being heard regarding the issues of, and moreover, it’s an opportunity for the community to finally have a group of designers concerned about user experience, as not all FOSS projects have this same opportunity!

Posted by valhikes on 20 June 2024 in English.

I have been deeply tempted to use this. There have been times when I didn’t even tag the disposal not because it slipped my mind, but because “pitlatrine” is wrong.

From the wiki for toilets:disposal=pitlatrine, “waste falls into a lined or unlined pit”. This is a lie. A pit is an unlined hole in the ground. A pit toilet uses an unlined hole in the ground. A lined hole in the ground is a vault and the difference is important to land managers and, I would argue, the end user.

As to land managers, one example would be the United States Forest Service. If an area has over a certain number of visitors a year, they try to supply a toilet facility. If that number is still few enough, a (unlined) pit toilet is sufficient. Over a certain amount, it needs to be a vault. This is due to the waste leaching into the surrounding soil with an unlined system. With sufficient volume, it’s more likely to cause contamination in the area.

When a pit toilet is full, the land manager digs a new hole, moves over whatever construction they’ve got in place to help you stay above ground while you make your deposit, and cover over the old hole. When a vault toilet is full, someone comes to pump that thing out and it stays just where it was before.

For the end user, well, the stories I could tell you about using a pit toilet. The floor of the one in Little Round Valley sagged as I stepped into it. Volunteers had just finished digging the hole and moving the little building over it at Santa Cruz Guard Station as I arrived. Practically smell free throughout the stay! Most of the rest of the backcountry pit toilets in the area don’t actually have full buildings, just 0-3 privacy walls around a topped hole. When not spacious by not having a complete set of walls, they tend to be exceedingly tight. The building of one near Blue Lakes was so tight, it was hard to stand to pull up my pants without opening the door.

I don’t have these kinds of stories about vault toilets. The horse parking one at First Water was getting pumped out when I was there. I’ve got some on how people treat vault toilets, but that’s not about just the toilet itself. They’re a much more uniform item, being a larger construction. Usually they’ve got sufficient room for a wheelchair even if it would be hard to get a chair up the step outside.

I expect there’s a few others thinking as I do. There’s 102 improved_pitlatrine and another 45 blair_ventilated_improved_pitlatrine. No one has gone for vault yet. It’s universally used by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, but that doesn’t make it the UK usage. They are far outweighed by the 65362 uses of pitlatrine, but most of my own uses and some where I have not tagged would be better as vault, at least if we were using American English. (I’m not keen on improved_pitlatrine simply because it doesn’t say how. One (unlined) pit toilet I encountered was outfitted with a lid several decades old that proclaimed itself patented and capable of fitting tightly to prevent flies and smell! Improved, but not meaningfully. On the other hand, vault is very specific to the disposal.)

Location: 34.632, -119.763
Posted by NLBRT on 20 June 2024 in English.

As a proud OSM contributor since the start of 2023, I’ve been busy mapping my way around Jalpaiguri and the North Bengal region, leaving a trail of improved data in my wake. It’s been an incredible journey so far, and I’m thrilled to have made a tangible impact on the OSM community. But, I didn’t stop there.

Last December, I learned about the Open Mapping Hub AP’s OMGuru Fellowship from a fellow OSM India member, and I just had to apply. Long story short, I got accepted, and it’s been quite great ever since.

Through the OMGuru Fellowship, I’ve had the chance to dive deeper into the world of OSM and learn about an array of tools and techniques for contributing to and improving OSM data and sharpen up my skills using JOSM. Specialising in Validation Track, I’ve honed my skills in ensuring the accuracy and quality of data – a crucial aspect of mapping that’s often overlooked. But it’s not just about validating HOT TM tasks; I’ve also acquired the skills to further map my region, add quality data, and even use it for research and analysis (cue the HOT x DataCamp Scholarship).

It’s been an incredible experience, and I’m excited to see where my newfound expertise takes me next. The OMGuru Fellowship has been a game-changer, and I’d like to extend my gratitude to HOT and APHub for the opportunity to have been a part of it, and to Mikko, Dinar and Honey for their guidance (esp. Mikko and Dinar, you guys have helped me out a lot and take on questions which I now realise were REALLY dumb :’D).

Location: 26.524, 88.720

I started using OpenStreetMap in 2020 when I realized the amount of surveillance put upon us by Google and other similar services. I wanted to use software which respects my privacy. In the process, I discovered OpenStreetMap - a map which is privacy-respecting, run by the community, and can be used without restrictions, similar to Wikipedia. When I noticed that some points of my interest were not on the map, I started editing and adding things in 2021. Subsequently, I became an active mapper by mapping regularly over many years. Besides using and mapping, I also advocate and promote the use of OpenStreetMap and raise awareness about it.

At the start of 2024, I enrolled in the Guru Program of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and got to know about the OMGuru Mapping Fellowship program in March 2024. The tasks ranged from mapping amenities using mobile applications like Every Door to remote mapping using HOT Tasking Manager, which is a sophisticated mapping management tool.

Before the fellowship, I did not have much experience with remote mapping, especially buildings. This program gave me an opportunity to hone my skills in JOSM, adding one more editor to my mapping arsenal. My friend contrapunctus helped me in catching up with JOSM. Another skill I learnt was validating already mapped tasks, which is done to ensure data quality and provide feedback to mappers on their work. My mentor Honey Grace Fombuena was very patient and accessible throughout the fellowship, making my experience smoother.

I am highly grateful to HOT and APHub for providing me this opportunity.

Credits: contrapunctus and sahilister for proofreading.

It was a privilege for me to be part of the HOT’s Open Mapping Guru Fellowship Programme, where I sharpened my mapping skills and became more knowledgeable about OpenStreetMap (OSM) tools. Though I had many trainings for volunteers in OSMmany times, this was first time I am involved in a longer programme with a structured plan. The structured training activities and assignments helped me learn about OSM such as validation techniques, changeset discussions, and creating MapRoulette challenges. Beyond expanding my knowledge base, this fellowship introduced me to an energetic community of mappers that has livened up my journey as a mapper.

As a Fellow of Open Mapping Guru, my adventure was a crazy pursuit of education, discovery and community involvement. The program allowed me to go deeper into the Open Street Map (OSM) tools and sharpen my skills in mapping, validation and community collaboration.

In this fellowship period I explored some new JOSM plugins such as validator.other which made validation tasks much faster, easier and enhanced data quality. Another different aspect of mapping is when I would actively contribute to changeset discussions. The use of tools such as OSMOSE and OSM Inspector to identify issues of data quality was something which I liked the most in the entire program. For some reason creating my first MapRoulette challenge was not done to a satisfying level. I will be exploring the tool in detail later in the programme.

Besides that, going through OpenStreetMap Changeset Analyzer aka OSMCha again reminded me of how we dealt with vandalism in OSM of Taj Mahal before thanks to the development SEED blog post quoting the Taj Story. That was noticed by chance and usage of tools like OSMCha will help in analysing these in a much better systematic way.

As the fellowship came to a close, I thought about all the lessons that I had learned and the developments that had taken place during this fellowship. Additionally, I am enthusiastic about what lies ahead; This involves advancing on new tools; continuing to engage in community and also venturing into mapping with new tools.

Although I used to write, advocate, and preach about OSM wherever possible, this fellowship became a reason to write my first OSM Dairy too.

Also check about other OSM writings
1. Mapping Evolution in my Life
2. Tutorials
3. OSM Kerala - The past, present and future
4. Mapping for Tomorrow: Building Resilience through OpenStreetMap Contributions
5. All my writings on OSM

Posted by utteringmute on 19 June 2024 in English.

To map with a cause in mind…

THROWBACK… My mapping journey began in 2016. I started as a volunteer of Project NOAH – a disaster risk reduction and management program of the Philippine Government. Through its risk mapping initiative, I was engaged in OpenStreetMap tracing of building footprints in some provinces of our country. Even though the project was phased out last 2017, I continued to contribute to other initiatives that utilize and improve on OSM data. Some of these are UnmappedPH and OSMaPaaralan. Driven by my interest in carrying out humanitarian mapping focused on Disaster Preparedness and Response, I was fortunate to join the 2022 Data Quality Internship of Humanitarian Openstreetmap Team. This program paved the way for more opportunities for me.

Forward to 2024, Open Mapping Hub Asia Pacific’s call for Guru Fellows:

Open Mapping Guru

  • For this Fellowship, I have been invited to participate and become a part of the VALIDATION Track which primarily focus on OpenStreetMap (OSM) data quality aspect through validating tasks of assigned urgent projects.
Key Outputs:
  1. Validate tasks on HOT Tasking Manager
  2. Engage in changeset discussions
  3. Clean-up of OSM data
  4. Create MapRoulette Project/Challenge
  5. Validate changesets using OSMCha
  • As a highlight to this fellowship, I find it note-worthy and gratifying that the community has evolved into a force for good. From mappers, validators, to trainers alike, the AP Hub proved that the program it has implemented measured up to its own expectation. Indeed, a lot has really been achieved in the past months and sustaining it in the future would surely help to capacitate more advocates of open mapping.
Key Takeaways:
  1. There is no doubt that this fellowship has expanded the horizon now serving as a platform for better public access and consumption.

  2. This initiative as well by the hub builds up the base for more motivated contributors and volunteers.

  3. The cause for mapping is sustained through localized efforts.

To this end:
  • I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Asia Pacific Hub and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team in general, for giving me as well as many others, such avenues where we hone our relevant skills and consolidate our individual efforts towards helping communities around the world through various capacities including TRAINING of potential contributors or volunteers, MAPPING of specific projects, and VALIDATING which ensures better data quality.

  • My gratitude also goes to our TRACK MODERATORS. I would particularly mention, Mikko, Honey, and Dinar who collectively administered and managed the fellowship with great competency and skill. They have ensured that such an endeavor would be fruitful for everyone involved. It is also worth mentioning that relative to this, questions by fellows that need to be answered are well addressed with proper guidance, making a mechanism for smooth feedback.

To more mapping… #APHub #OMGuru #HOT #OSMPH
Posted by IrdiIs on 19 June 2024 in English.

Kuzhnen was almost fully mapped, so I only had to add some buildings. I also surveyed the surrounding area and added a few more structures, but there wasn’t much left to map.

After that, I decided to explore around my hometown and added buildings in some small villages. Still not satisfied, I moved down the list and also mapped Kotorr.

I didn’t know we had a village named Kotorr in Elbasan. The only Kotorr I knew of was in Montenegro.

I have also been mapping in Kosovo and North Macedonia lately and have been enjoying the process.

“#100villagesin100days #day15”

Posted by IrdiIs on 18 June 2024 in English.

Ever been so tired that you miss a day without even noticing? :P

In my head, I had already mapped the village for yesterday, and I was wondering why it was showing “No Changesets”. Had to refresh multiple times before realizing that I had indeed not mapped the village.

Anyway, today I mapped Lapulec a village in Mallakaster, Fier and the surroundings.

Following the suggestion from a comment on one of my previous diary entries i am also adding link to the mapped area .

I am not sure how to add images in here. Will get there!

“#100villagesin100days #day14”

OMGuru Validation Fellowship 2024 Journey

This year 2024 I got a OMGuru Validation Fellowship of OpenMappingHubAsiaPacific. Fellowship was started in January 2024 and end will be June 2024.I had a great experience in the 6 month fellowship. I validated 125 task in tasking manager. OSM Data quality issue cleaned by OSMOSE or OSM Inspector. I created a Connected highway/cycleway MapRoulette Challenge

MapRoulette challenge.

And I validated the OSM data cleaning by OSMCha base on Mapillary Imagery. ##I also participated the training session : 1. JOSM Plugins 2. MAPSWIPE FOR WEB DEMO 3. Communication Skills + Miro Board Training. 4. Disaster Activation. 5. Rapid Editor with Meta 6. OM Guru Network X HOT Tech Training: Accessing and Visualizing Open Map Data 7. QGIS for Specific Use Case Scenarios: Flooding/Landslide, Land Tenure 8. QGIS to JOSM Workflow Training. 9. Overpass Turbo - Unleashing the Power of Querying OSM Data

10.OM Guru Network X HOT Tech Training - AI assisted Mapping in an open and ethical way: fAIr 11. OM Guru Network X HOT Tech Team Trainining - Collecting and Sharing Open Drone Imagery for Mapping

I am thanks for the training session to organize.

Everyone Can Learn Data Challenge: Win up to $5000 from DataCamp

I was selected the DataCamp Challenge.


My team was selected the CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGE.

Thank you

Arnalie Vicario, Online Community Engagement Lead at HOT &
Mikko Tamura, Regional Community Manager at HOT &
Dinar Adiatma &
Honey Grace Fombuena.

And thanks for all the fellowship person and Open Mapping Hub Asia Pacific Team and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team ( HOT) .


Md. Samsul Arafin

OMGuru_ Open Mapping Hub Asia Pacific
General Secretary of EC committee in OSM BD.
Location: 23.764, 90.378

OpenStreetMap to projekt społecznościowy, oparty na dobrowolnym i wolicjonalnym wkładzie jego uczestnika. Czyli na czym? Na dobrej woli i na chęci poświęcenia tej woli na rzecz dokonania wkładu względem projektu. OpenStreetMap, podobnie jak Wikipedia, opiera się na “szaleńcach” (z punktu widzenia ekonomii kapitalistycznej i koncepcji “homo oeconomicus”), którzy dają coś (a właściwie: pracę) od siebie na rzecz społeczności (społeczeństwa) bez oczekiwania zysku w rozumieniu wynagrodzenia pieniężnego. Co ich ku temu motywuje? Mogę od siebie podać kilka takich czynników, które są moim “motorem”:

  1. Dysponowanie mapą zmniejsza poczucie lęku i niepewności przed danym miejscem. Czy gdzieś wyjeżdżasz na wakacje, a może przeprowadzasz się na stałe w nowe miejsce zamieszkania - lubisz wiedzieć czego można się spodziewać w docelowym miejscu (lub na trasie do niego). Czy i gdzie znajdę lekarza, ulubiony sklep spożywczy, czy miejsce jest zazielone, czy raczej jest siedliskiem betonu i wszechobecnych budynków wokół? Czy jak będę chciał odpocząć, albo coś zwiedzić - to gdzie, jak daleko?

  2. Dysponowanie mapą pomaga - i Tobie i wszystkim tym, którzy mogą chcieć Ci pomóc w określonej sytuacji. Straż pożarna szybciej dojedzie do pożaru, karetka pogotowia szybciej będzie mogła udzielić Ci pomocy, kurier czy listonosz sprawniej dostarczą to, na co czekasz.

  3. Tworzenie map jest pożyteczne społecznie, zwłaszcza gdy mapa ta nie jest tylko Twoim prywatnym projektem i na Twój prywatny użytek, lecz z chwilą prac nad nią udostępniasz jej wyniki (jak to ma właśnie w przypadku projektu OSM). Nic tak nie dodaje pozytywnych emocji (a więc motywacji) jak myśl i fakt, że “to, co robisz, ma sens” (ile i ilu z nas, na co dzień, wykonuje pracę niemającą jakiegokolwiek sensu i pożytku dla społeczności, w której żyjemy?).

  4. Tworzenie map ma charakter natychmiastowy - nie musisz czekać na to, aż Twoja praca zostanie przez kogoś zrecenzowana, zaakceptowana, “przeznaczona do użytku” - z chwilą publikacji swojego wkładu jest on dostępny dla każdego zainteresowanego. Masz tym samym poczucie realnego sprawstwa (tak rzadkiego w społeczeństwach, w których żyjemy), a i miło się robi gdy widzi się efekt swoich działań.

Co o tym myślicie? Co Was motywuje do rozwijania OpenStreetMap? Korzystajcie z systemu komentarzy :-)