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Posted by Thelone1986 on 3 December 2023 in French (Français).

Une semaine calme sur OSM avec seulement quelques petits updates de micromapping vraiment. C’est toujours un objectif actuel, en tout cas pour certains coins de Seraing, mais le temps libre m’a fait un peu défaut et donc c’est tout ce que j’ai fait.

Au niveau des vidéos, j’ai également été un peu plus lent avec seulement deux nouvelles cette semaine :

Ce randonneur se balade sur le tracé du tram vicinal 713 à Seraing et part sur une tangente - Deuxième partie de la randonnée du 19 novembre où je me balade sur un ancien tracé de tram vicinal… et m’énerve un peu à cause d’un trio de motards que je rencontre par trois fois ce jour-là

Ce cycliste part sur les traces de l’ancien tram vicinal 456 à Seraing (et Neupré un tout petit peu) - Une “vieille” vidéo ici (elle date d’avril 2023) où je prends le même tracé en VTT (et en entier) jusqu’au “finish” devant une barrière à Neupré. Je mentionne cette vidéo ici vu que ça a aussi un rapport avec la dernière qui est…

Ce mappeur OpenStreetMap fait un débriefing de sa dernière vidéo et explique sa logique pour mapper - Le contenu est dans le titre, mais j’explique pourquoi j’ai mappé une partie du vicinal 713 d’une certaine manière sur OSM, ce que je ferais si je me décidais à faire le Bois de la Neuville un jour, et aussi pourquoi j’ai mappé un chemin à Rotheux différemment que le tronçon du 713 malgré une situation similaire. Je m’attends à quelques critiques ici pour être honnête, mais je voulais un peu exposer ma logique dans cette vidéo

Une semaine un peu plus light donc. Il reste deux vidéos “live” de cette randonnée qui devraient être plus simples à éditer, et la semaine qui vient semble plus calme donc je devrais reprendre un peu plus mon micromapping sur OSM.


Location: 4100, Liège, Wallonie, 4100, Belgique
Posted by rtnf on 2 December 2023 in English (English).

Today, I received an email regarding the Foundation Board election. It’s finally time to vote. So, I read all the board candidates’ manifestos and Q&A session answers before finally deciding on whom to vote for.

While reading those materials, I came across several interesting quotes along the way. Take a look :

My long-term vision for OpenStreetMap is it becoming the default map because it has eclipsed its competitors in accuracy, completeness, actuality and detail.

The ideal state of OpenStreetMap is trivially a state where everyone knows that the project exists. The threshold to contribute shall be so low that everyone can record or update any map feature they consider notable.

First of all, I would like to thank all DWG members for the enormous amount of work they have to do to ensure that our work is not destroyed. If elected to the board, I will try to ensure that part of the OSMF funds are allocated to solutions that facilitate the work of DWG colleagues as well as to support them in recruiting new volunteers.

The recent cases of vandalism in Ukraine and Israel have undermined trust in our data; some data consumers have stopped updating their maps there. Investing in advanced tools to aid the Data Working Group is imperative for enhancing prevention, detection, and reversion of vandalism.

The board should consult the community on what to do for large anonymous donations if we have that luxury problem in the future. I am strongly against strings attached to any donations. The only ones we have ever accepted was the promise that we would earmark the donated funds for the fundraised purpose.

Our greatest strength is our community of editors, and as long as we are united, the project will not be at risk.

We shall start to attract the next generation. The existing generation of mappers have been intrinsically motivated by the absence of useable map data before OpenStreetMap came to frution. Now, good map data is a commodity, and we need to retell the story to remind people that there is hard and ongoing work behind the data.

Strengthening local chapters is vital, not just for diversity but to encourage local initiatives that improve quality.

We should explore support for temporary data like festivals or roadworks and maybe even real-time data integration. This could significantly enhance the utility and relevance of our maps.

2024 promises to be an exciting year with the launch of our new vector tiles. These will be open-schema, minutely updated, and designed for easy remixing with personal or open datasets.

Posted by jcr83 on 1 December 2023 in French (Français). Last updated on 2 December 2023.

Work In Progress … Please wait until it is finished

Qu’est-ce que Strava ?

Selon Wikipédia, Strava est un site internet et une application mobile utilisés pour enregistrer des activités sportives via GPS. Ses membres utilisent des dispositifs tels qu’une montre GPS ou un smartphone pour enregistrer les traces de leur parcours, et envoient celles-ci à Strava. Actuellement (2023), il y a plus de 100 millions de membres

Les cartes de chaleur (heat maps) Strava

Sur son site Web, Strava publie une carte de chaleur qui montre l’agrégation de toutes les traces de ses utilisateurs.

Pourquoi utiliser Strava plutôt que la BD Topo ?

En réalité, l’idéal est d’agréger ces deux données. En effet : - les traces Strava reflètent la réalité du terrain actuel, et indiquent qu’il est possible de passer sur ce chemin (mais pas toujours, voir plus loin) - les chemins de la BD Topo sont souvent plus précis que Strava, mais ils comportent aussi des erreurs.

Précautions à prendre lorsqu’on utilise Strava

Principe de détection des chemins manquants

A few years back, I successfully led a crowdfunding effort to raise £975 to purchase scans of the 1970s / 1980s 1:50k topographic map series of South West Africa / Namibia from a commercial map archive. It was a great success and I put them online:

Recently I have been speaking to the archive again about purchasing similar map series for other African countries. The map series vary per country from the 1960s to 1990s. Many were created with support from the United Kingdom’s former Directorate of Overseas Surveys (DOS).

The 1991 1:50k Topographic series of Swaziland (now Eswatini) published by the Swaziland’s Surveyor General is available. It is made up of 31 sheets in total. The scans are supplied clipped and unclipped. Total price is US$ 400 for the scans.

It would be fantastic to get these maps online. Would you be willing to support this purchase?

Link: Worldcat reference for the 1991 Swaziland map series.

Example of the join between 4 cropped sheets: Example of 4 cropped sheets joining

Location: Extension 3, Mbabane, Inkhundla Mbabane, Hhohho Region, H100, Eswatini

Hello, i’m maplemoths. This is my first diary entry, and i decided it’d be fun to discuss OSM topics occasionally here.

What have i been mapping recently?

I’ve been doing tons more mapping recently, because it’s pretty fun. It’s nice to just listen to music/twitch stream vods, and just map. Here’s what i’ve mapped recently.


Most recently, i’ve been mapping in Hawai’i. A large amount of my edits actually are in Hawai’i in general, because i used to live there. Specifically, i’ve mostly been editing in the city i lived in, Hilo. When i first started mapping in i believe September of 2022, Hilo’s map quality wasn’t super good. Lots of missing landuse or POIs, lots of stuff that was all offset from eachother, the polygons were really messy, etc. But, i feel like there’s been tons of progress! I’ve been working on making things better, and there’s been some progress from others. There’s been more landuse, i cleaned up lots of the messy/incorrect polygons, and i’ve also micromapped the zoo right outside of the city, but i’ve also done some other stuff in the area.

Plains, Georgia

A lot of times, i map an area because something interesting has happened there, or that it’s significant for an interesting reason. Examples include me mapping Oleona in Pennsylvania because the area was the site of a small failed Norwegian colony, and yes, Plains, Georgia. It’s a small little town right in the south of Georgia that’s famous for being the hometown of US president Jimmy Carter, so i decided to map it! I mostly did landuse and cleanup, and it was quite fun! If you’re wondering, i did not map the town because of Rosalynn Carter’s death, i started the project a month earlier but only finished it after.

What do i plan to do next?

This section is for stuff i want to get to, and maybe i can get some help on if you want!

More Hawai’i

I still have much to do in Hawai’i. My main focuses currently are on landuse, POIs, some micromapping, and a lot of polygon cleanup. The interior of the Big Island has much work that i want to help with, mostly natural stuff. The Hawai’i Volcanoes national park also has some work i’d like to do, mostly natural landuse and trails.

Pueblo, Colorado

I live in Pueblo, so it’s natural i want to do mapping here. I’ve done plenty already, but i have some goals. Pueblo does not have many homes mapped, which i would like to do even though it’ll take a long time. There’s also some landuse that should be done. Once imagery updates, i’d like to micromap some of the new school buildings that have opened recently but aren’t displayed on imagery yet. These schools are Chavez Huerta K-12 Preparatory Academy’s recent new school buildings, Centennial High School’s new building, and East High School’s new building.

Monterey, California

When i went there, i loved it. So, i want to do more mapping of the city! I’ve already done some landuse and micromapping of the college, but i’d like to do more.

More outside of the USA

Most of my edits are in the USA, but i’d like to do more worldwide edits. If anyone knows some countries that are undermapped, i’d like to see what they are!


That’s the end of the entry, for now. is there anything that catches your attention about my post, or any questions or help? I’d love to have some! I will post more occasionally. Goodbye, have a great day! :3

well, i’ve mapped on both locations..


but if you want to learn something about climate change and its consequences, you better chose to travel to vunidogoloa.

Posted by DW2515 on 1 December 2023 in English (English).

Dear OpenStreetMap Community, As we celebrate the vibrant spirit of OpenStreetMap (OSM) and the incredible progress it has made over the years in the upcoming annual meeting, I am excited to express my interest and enthusiasm in becoming a potential board member for the OpenStreetMap Foundation.

While I may not boast thousands and thousands of edits on the OSM platform, I have dedicated my efforts to advocacy and education, recognizing the which I think play a crucial role these aspects play in fostering a thriving OSM community. My journey with OpenStreetMap has been one of constant learning, teaching, engagement, and a commitment to making OSM accessible and valuable to people users around the world.

From when I made my first OSM edit in Nepal during a HOTOSM & Maptime Miami Mapathon. (Maptime is a global volunteer meetup group that teaches beginners and experienced folks alike about mapping, geography, OSM and more.) Since then I have volunteered to teach others about OSM in a few ways, such as through Maptime meetups, where I served as the leader of Maptime chapters in Miami and Boston, and to teaching the basics of geography and OSM to Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) fellows about how they can use and apply geography and OSM in their communities, to leading Maptime chapters in Miami and Boston (as I moved around).

For the past three years, I have had the privilege of serving on the OpenStreetMap US (OSMUS) Board, where my I focused on collaboration and commitment to community values and collaboration has been paramount. In my role as a member of the Code of Conduct Committee, I actively contributed to the drafting of the official Code of Conduct for OSMUS, ensuring a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members. Additionally, I played was a volunteer organizer a crucial role in of the organizing Mapping USA and State of the Map US Conferences, facilitating spaces for knowledge exchange and community building. Throughout my tenure on the board, I’ve made it a priority to actively listen to the needs of the OpenStreetMap community, striving to bridge gaps and promote a vibrant and supportive atmosphere within OSMUS.

Advocacy has been at the forefront of my contributions, as I firmly believe that awareness and understanding are key components to the sustained success of any open-source project. I’ve also worked with OSM as part of my career in transportation planning, where through my work, I have strived to explore shed light on the potential of OpenStreetMap in more unconventional areas, such as its capability to map curbs / kerbs – “seize the curb” as I like to call it.

One of my articles, titled “Potential for OpenStreetMap to Seize the Curb”, explores the innovative ways OSM can be used utilized to map the curb effectively. This not only showcases the versatility of OSM but also underscores its relevance in addressing real-world challenges such as mobility, transit and accessibility. Additionally, I had the honor of presenting my insights at the 2018 and 2021 State of the Map US conferences , where I delved more into the intricate details of curb mapping using OpenStreetMap.

My passion for education extends beyond individual projects. I believe in empowering OSM users with the knowledge and skills they need to contribute meaningfully to the map. As a board member, I envision creating and supporting initiatives that foster learning, inclusivity, and collaboration within the OpenStreetMap community, and to welcome and support more chapters around the world.

I understand that my candidacy might differ from others in terms of edit counts, but I think editing is only one of many ways people can contribute to the OSM project. I firmly believe that a holistic approach is vital for the overall health and sustainability of any community. I believe my focus on advocacy and education complements the technical expertise present in our diverse community, with the goal of contributing to a more well-rounded and robust OSM ecosystem.

I am excited about the opportunity to bring my unique perspective, energy, and dedication to the OpenStreetMap Foundation Board. Together, let’s continue building a map that truly represents the world we live in.

Thank you for considering my nomination. - Daniela (Dani)

Posted by bengarcia11 on 30 November 2023 in Russian (Русский).

Привет, я Бен Гарсия, сотрудник ООО “ЛИГОПЛАСТ-СЕРВИС”. Специализируюсь в области пластиковых изделий, принося в команду опыт и ответственность. Если интересно узнать больше, посетите наш сайт: Готов ответить на ваши вопросы!

Hallo Zusammen

Ich möchte euch mein Projekt für mehr Sichtbarkeit der OSM Apps vorstellen.

Ziel ist es der breiten Öffentlichkeit OSM zugänglicher zu machen. Dazu habe ich Anpassungen im Wiki und meiner Webseite OSM Apps Catalog gemacht.

  • Ich habe die Dokumentation von Software überarbeitet, nun kann einfacher Software und deren Features erfasst werden.
  • Ich habe die bestehenden Felder neu gruppiert und mit Beschreibungen ergänzt. Viele der Beschreibungen habe ich dem TTTBot entnommen, für welcher Ursprünglich das Software Template erstellt wurde.
  • Im OSM Apps Catalog können nun Applikationen und deren Features verglichen werden.

Ich möchte euch alle dazu aufrufen fehlende OSM Apps zu dokumentieren und bei den bestehenden die Dokumentation zu verbessern und Features zu erfassen. Über 900 Applikationen sind bereits dokumentiert. \o/

Hilfreich ist es auch die Felder im Software Template in andere Sprache zu übersetzen. Geht dafür auf Template:Software/doc

  • Klickt auf Quelltext bearbeiten
  • Vorlagedaten verwalten
  • Wählt oben die Sprache aus oder fügt sie hinzu
  • Dann kannst du los legen mit Übersetzen um anderen dabei zu helfen Software korrekt zu erfassen.

Spannend finde ich auch eine Diskussion darüber, welche Felder, Kategorien, Genre hilfreich sind zu erfassen um Applikations zu finden und zu vergleichen. Es gibt bereits einen Talk Beitrag dazu.


  • Wichtig ist es mir in Zukunft anzeigen zu können, welche Software Frei ist. Damit möglichst viele Menschen OSM nutzen können.
  • Auch möchte ich eine Funktionalität hinzufügen um Vergleiche zurück ins Wiki exportieren zu können um veraltete Vergleiche im Wiki zu ersetzen. Hier findest du Software listen. Kennst du noch mehr?
  • Ich freue mich über Austausch und Vorschläge zur Verbesserung des Katalogs

Hello everyone,

I’d like to present my project aimed at increasing the visibility of OSM apps.

The goal is to make OSM more accessible to the general public. To achieve this, I’ve made adjustments to the Wiki and my website, OSM Apps Catalog.

  • I’ve revised the documentation for Software, making it easier to capture software and its features.
  • I’ve reorganized the existing fields and supplemented them with descriptions. Many of these descriptions were taken from TTTBot, which was originally used to create the software template.
  • In the OSM Apps Catalog, applications and their features can now be compared.

I’d like to encourage everyone to document missing OSM apps and improve the documentation for existing ones, as well as capture their features. Over 900 applications have already been documented. \o/

It would also be helpful to translate the fields in the Software Template into other languages. To do this:

  • Go to Template:Software/doc
  • Click on “Edit Source”
  • Manage template data
  • Select or add the language at the top
  • Then you can start translating and helping others correctly capture software.

I also find it interesting to discuss which fields, categories, and genres are helpful to capture in order to find and compare applications. There’s already a discussion talk about this.

Looking ahead: