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Posted by Raquel Dezidério Souto on 15 April 2024 in Portuguese (Português).® realizou mini curso sobre mapeamento com OpenStreetMap voltado à redução de riscos de desastres

No dia 11 de abril de 2024, o Instituto Virtual para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável -, na pessoa de sua presidenta, Dra. Raquel Dezidério Souto, promoveu um mini curso sobre mapeamento colaborativo com OpenStreetMap e voltado à redução de riscos de desastres (RRD). O treinamento foi oferecido aos(às) servidores(as) de defesas civis de diversos estados do Brasil, como parte de um curso sobre logística para desastres.

Como parte dos documentos, foi incluída uma lista preliminar de feições relacionadas à RRD e as etiquetas correspondentes. Todos os arquivos da apresentação podem ser encontrados neste LINK.


فروشگاه لوازم آرایشی و آرایشگاهی بیوتی لند قم

لوازم تخصصی تاتو ، فیشیال ، کاشت مژه ، کاشت ناخن ، رنگ مو و …

عرضه لوازم آرایشی در بازه قیمتی متفاوت از چندین برند معتبر

پیج اینستاگرام

Location: زنبیل آباد, منطقه ۴, شهر قم, بخش مرکزی قم, شهرستان قم, استان قم, ایران
Posted by Capcom - NASA on 14 April 2024 in Thai (ไทย).

หลังวันสงกรานต์​ก็จะเป็​นวันครอบครัว​ในปฎิทิน​ไทย​ คือการกลับมาของลู​ก หลาน ของปู่ย่าตายาย​ หรือของพ่อแม่ที่อยู่ห่างไกล ของครอบครัว​เดี่ยว​หรือครอบครัว​ขยาย ส่วนตัวฉันไม่ค่อยจะพิเศษ​มาก​นักในวันนี้ เพราะอาศัยอยู่กับแม่เห็นหน้าเห็นตากันทุกวัน ส่วนครอบครัว​ฉันก็ใช้ มีเดีย ​ทุกวัน สรุปว่าไม่ห่างเหิน ❤️ เข้านอนดีกว่า 4 ทุ่มกว่าๆแล้ว Good​ Night All Sir and frien’s

Location: จังหวัดสตูล, ประเทศไทย
Posted by richlv on 13 April 2024 in English.

Having both GoPro Hero11 and Max360, I was curious whether there would be any use from running both cameras at the same time. While Max 360 captures all around, would Hero 11 possibly have better resolution, which could be useful for streetview platforms like Mapillary and Panoramax, thus also providing additional detail for OSM mapping?

Here’s the same object - a surveillance camera - from both action cameras. Hero11 is even a little bit further away.

Max360: Max360

Hero11: Hero11

As can be seen, Hero11 does offer notably better resolution, which could be crucial with signs and other objects - thus it does make sense to collect imagery with two cameras like that at the same time.

Posted by tbibby on 13 April 2024 in English.

My first diary entry in thirteen years, and so much has changed on OSM. The editing tools have come on so much, and there is now an incredible level of detail, even in the rural town I’m living in now. I think I need to go back to the documentation to refresh my memory and look at adding all the things missing in my neighbourhood.

Location: Nenagh North, Nenagh West Urban, The Municipal District of Nenagh, County Tipperary, Munster, Ireland

วันปีใหม่​ไทยหรือวันสงกรานต์​ ก็ตื่นเที่ยงคีนไปขายถุงพลาสติก​ที่ตลาดท่ากลางเหมือนเช่นทุกๆวัน ตกบ่ายนั่งทำงานเขียน html ทำงาน​projectต่อเนื่อง​ พร้อมจิบวิสกี้ on The​rock ได้เวลาก็เข้านอน And ​Good​ Night ​All Sir ❤️

Location: จังหวัดสตูล, ประเทศไทย
Posted by Capcom - NASA on 12 April 2024 in Thai (ไทย).

ก่อนถึงวันสงกรานต์ 1วัน ของปี 2024 และเขียนบันทึกได้เป็นวันที่ 2 บนกระดาษอิเล็คฯ📱แทนกระดาษจากธรรมชาติ/📒🖊️

Location: จังหวัดสตูล, ประเทศไทย

2024年4月3號花蓮外海發生規範 7.2 強烈地動,造成嚴重 ê 道路中斷 kah 人命傷亡。OpenStreetMap Taiwan 社群開設下跤三个專案,向望各界鍵盤圖客支援繪製花蓮 ê 建築、土地利用 kah 落勾 ê 道路 kah 溪流:

這馬佇咧參詳地動了後 ê 衛星影像捐贈 ē-tàng iōng tī 繪製新 ê 地貌,並且 tī 主要災後復原了後,期待直接 tī 在庄 ê 實體活動,幫助在庄 ê 人。

Location: 民有, 崇德村, 秀林鄉, 花蓮縣, 972, 臺灣

On April 3, 2024, an earthquake happened outside the coast of Hualien, which caused serious roadblocks and human casualties. OpenStreetMap Taiwan has opened 3 projects for mapping affected areas, requesting worldwide mappers to map buildings, landuses, missing roads or waterways in Hualien.

We are talking if there is a possibility to donate the newest satellite image after the earthquake to map the after-earthquake situations. And the possibility of hosting mapping events on-site after the affected area returns to normal, helping locals by mapping the newest map data.

Location: Minyou, Chongde Village, Xiulin, Hualien County, 972, Taiwan

2024年4月3日花蓮外海發生規範7.2強烈地震,造成嚴重的道路中斷與人命傷亡。OpenStreetMap Taiwan 社群開設以下三個專案,企盼各地鍵盤圖客支援繪製花蓮的建築、土地利用與遺漏的道路與溪流:


Location: 民有, 崇德村, 秀林鄉, 花蓮縣, 972, 臺灣

That’s the name of the workshops I facilitated last week, with the goal of introducing/promoting OpenStreetMap, along with introducing tools like FieldPaper, OpenAerialMap, Sketch-Map Tool and Umap, to meet the objectives of local DRR practitioners’ upcoming mapping initiative.


Last Friday I had conducted two workshop in Iloilo, one (unplanned) for Iloilo’s Provincial DRRMO (disaster agency), and another for Iloilo City own DRRMO. In the Philippines, city charters may provide them autonomy from the geographic province they’re part of. These Disaster Risk Reduction Management Offices (a tongue-full, I know) are the government agencies responsible for mitigating localized disaster risks, and planning for disaster prevention for their respective territories.

Last year, in a random visit in Iloilo, I met some folks from the City DRRMO team and since then, I found out that they’ve capturing community-based hazard risks and perceptions using FieldPapers. Unfortunately, FieldPapers uptime wasn’t as reliable as before, and eventually the built-in Bing imagery became unavailable, too.

I’ve kept in touch with the City’s DRRMO team, and when I told them of a planned (gustatory) visit, they asked if I could run another training workshop for them. The small workshop was planned for a dozen people, but the day before the workshop I was surprised to learn than they confirmed 28 participants, and couldn’t even accommodate my own guests.

Well, that’s how I ended up with two separate workshops, discussing the same topic, but interestingly, the engagement was different with one group being more technical, and familiar with geodata/GIS/maps, and the other are more focused on being able to collect local spatial knowledge.

Anyway, with the feedback about issues they’ve been encountering with FieldPapers, I ran into the updated Sketch-Map Tool which now has built-in ESRI Aerial Imagery included.

FieldPapers (FP)

One of the earliest Pen & Paper tools I’ve learned to like, especially when working with folks averse to “tech”. It’s cheap, and it (used to be quite) reliable.

Creating maps could be tedious, manually requiring people to manually define their area of interest. I think it’s been years since the search function last worked properly.

The participant’s favorite feature is FP’s ability to use external TMS endpoints, and in our case, I demonstrated how OpenAerialMap imagery taken from drones can be used to deploy fresh maps that can be used as background of maps they wish to deploy on the ground.


They participants also like how FP serves TMS tiles of the uploaded snapshot (marked-up) map, which they can use as a background layer on iD (or another editor) for digitizing on OpenStreetMap.

Maximum paper size is ISO A3, which isn’t probably big enough when you expect participants to work together as large groups. That size is more than sufficient for individual mappers though.

If the users aren’t conscious about it, they may inadvertently create atlases with snapshots that may reveal personal or private information, so that’s one thing users should really watch out for.

Sketch-Map Tool (SMT)

This recently revamped tool now comes with built-in satellite imagery from ESRI, but you’re limited to that or the Mapnik (OpenStreetMap’s default layer) background for your maps.

The interface for creating maps is more friendly, and the OHSOME map quality report helpful, but it becomes tedious when you need to create separate maps for a large area, which one has to to create one-by-one.


One of the favorite features for SMT is it’s built-in ability to digitize (properly) marked features and create GeoTIFF and GeoJSON files out of the marked-up map. The data is not stored in HEIGIT’s servers, so the risk of accidental disclosure of private information is minimized.

During the role-playing segment, we experienced how quick the process may be like, from map creation, to the mark-up/reporting process, and the automatic digitization, then visualizing the created GeoJSON files quickly, using Umap.

Over-all, everyone found the tools easy-enough to learn, and accessible for their capacity level.

At it is, these two tools are complementary and one could be more useful than the other, depending on the users’ priorities. To wit:

  FieldPapers Sketch-Map Tool
supported layer Mapnik, HOTOSM, TMS Mapnik, ESRI Imagery
interface functional, but search doesn’t work more user-friendly, works as expected
registration optional none
max. paper size ISO A3 ISO A1
geodata GeoTIFF GeoTIFF, GeoJSON
TMS of marked-up map yes no
multi-map support yes tedious
privacy risks moderate low

I’m excited by the initiatives being drawn-up by both DRRMOs, though they are still working independent of each other.

The search and rescue team, and the local fire department, were very enthusiastic about using Pen & Paper to help map location of water wells (parts of the city are experiencing drought), while the search and rescue intends to use them for mapping highways attributes (width and access) and missing footways and paths, to improve response times during emergencies.

I see a potential to make more use of OpenStreetMap data in their local communities, encouraging local contributors to keep the map updated and relevant for their own needs, and the participatory approach they are undertaking, in collecting local spatial knowledge and experience, which could lead to improved usability of gained results for local capacity assessments, and the role of the OSM ecosystem of data and tools serving as a bridge into their formal DRR process.

I would’ve loved to see more of the local active mappers participating in the event and planned activities, but unfortunately, we failed to receive any word from the folks we reached out to.

Below is a collage of some photos from the activity.

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Location: Progreso Lapuz, Sinikway, Iloilo City, Lapuz, Western Visayas, 5000, Philippines

While commercial map providers like Google, provide map data in local Indian languages, the local language labels are usually transliterated from English, resulting in errors. OSM, Wikidata and Wikipedia platforms provide a way to improve the local language maps leveraging multilingual labels through Wikidata identifiers on OSM, through semi automated updates. For good quality maps on Wikipedia and OSM, the Wikidata location needs to be accurate and Wikidata identifier should be uniquely mapped to the actual OSM geometry. I worked on removing the mismatches for villages of a district in Andhra Pradesh. I have documented my experience as clearly as possible, so that even users with less programming and tools skills can contribute to the work. As an example, identifying and fixing errors in Wikidata location is given below.

Identifying and fixing error in locations on Wikidata pages

Error in Wikidata location, as the place name is not seen on the background OSM map, before the error is fixed The geodata is presented in Wikidata page and corresponding English Wikipedia article page using OSM as background map. If one notices that the marker is not near to the names identified on OSM map, then there is possibility of an error. Even if the name is identified on OSM background map, selecting different zoom levels allows checking whether the place is in the correct location.

Obtaining the correct geo location for Gurazala, Palnadu district, Andhra Pradesh using Bharatmaps The correct geolocation is obtained from Open Data compliant StateGIS portal run by Bharatmaps.

Wikipedia page with corrected Wikidata location shown on OSM map for Gurajala After Wikidata coordinate location is updated with the correct data, Wikidata page and the corresponding English wiki article show the correct map.

Full article covers how to identify more complex errors based on the geographical distance between Wikidata location and OSM node location and also when the Wikidata and OSM geometry that is associated are outside the area of interest. Sample Wikidata Sparql scripts leveraging Sophox interface to OSM, which can be easily edited are provided to help contributors with less programming and tool skills to contribute to these efforts.

For more information, check out Improving geodata accuracy on OSM and Wikidata (Full article on OSM wiki) and let me know your feedback.

Location: Jayanagar 4th Block, Bangalore South, Bengaluru Urban, Karnataka, India
Posted by Cyberjuan on 9 April 2024 in English. Last updated on 10 April 2024.

 As we announced in a previous post, we continue to inform the OpenStreetMap LATAM community about the SOTM LATAM 2024 committees, and now we present the Programming Committee.

The main functions of this committee are:

  • Propose the activity program during the days of the SOTM
  • Design protocol activities
  • Design the event Tracks
  • Design parallel activities
  • Design recreation activities
  • Coordinate with the speakers what is necessary for their participations
  • Evaluate the carrying out of recognition of mappers in the region

The committee members are:

Member Representation Position Role
Anderson Toniazo OSM Brasil Member Organizing Committee
Virginia Brussa OSM Argentina Member  
Olga Paredes OSM Bolivia Member  
Yasmila Herrera Yeka Street Member  
Sebastián Bravo Youthmappers SAGEMA Member  
Mariela Centeno Youthmappers ESPE Member  
Juan A. Barajas Youthmappers LATAM Member Organizing Committee

This committee should have its first meeting in the coming days to elect its president and begin carrying out its duties.

Location: El Porvenir, La Oroya, Province of Yauli, Junín, Peru
Posted by Cyberjuan on 9 April 2024 in Spanish (Español). Last updated on 10 April 2024.

 Tal como anunciamos en anterior post, seguimos informando a la comunidad OpenStreetMap LATAM sobre los comités del SOTM LATAM 2024, ahora les presentamos al Comité de Programación.

Este comité tiene como principales funciones:

  • Proponer la programación de actividades durante los días del SOTM
  • Diseñar las Actividades protocolares
  • Diseñar los Tracks del evento
  • Diseñar las Actividades paralelas
  • Diseñar las Actividades de recreación
  • Coordinar con los ponentes lo necesario para sus participaciones
  • Evaluar la realización de reconocimientos a los mapeadores de la región

Los miembros del comité son:

Miembro Representación Cargo Rol
Anderson Toniazo OSM Brasil Miembro Comité de Organización
Virginia Brussa OSM Argentina Miembro  
Olga Paredes OSM Bolivia Miembro  
Yasmila Herrera Yeka Street Miembro  
Sebastián Bravo Youthmappers SAGEMA Miembro  
Mariela Centeno Youthmappers ESPE Miembro  
Juan A. Barajas Youthmappers LATAM Miembro Comité de Organización

Este comité debe tener su primera reunión en los próximos días para elegir a su presidente y empezar a cumplir sus funciones.

Si usted cree que puede aportar a este comité favor de comunicarse al correo state arroba osmlatam punto org.

Location: El Porvenir, La Oroya, Yauli, Junín, Perú