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Tienda Swim

Posted by Tienda Swim on 22 February 2019 in Spanish (Español)

Aquí se encuentran las instalaciones de la tienda Swim

Location: La Vega, 48000, República Dominicana

Primeiras Edições!

Posted by RBC 2019 on 21 February 2019 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Aprendi a editar e já realizei algumas edições no mapa!

Acrescentei informações em uma região da cidade de Caieiras, local onde morei a infância.

Edições: Conjunto de alterações #: 67439677 e conjunto de alterações #: 67439983

Atualizações de diferentes espaços!

Posted by RBC 2019 on 21 February 2019 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Olá! Conheci o site através de um Programa Universitário de Bolsas, da Universidade de São Paulo. A partir disso, estou criando algumas notas sobre regiões que frequento e conheço, como o Butantã-SP, Osasco-SP e a cidade metropolitana Caieiras-SP. Ainda não sei como poderia editar o mapa, então estou criando as notas por enquanto.


Caroline Soares Estudante de Terapia Ocupacional na Universidade de São Paulo

Old ground and new frontiers: OSM meetup in QUB

Posted by DeBigC on 20 February 2019 in English (English)

I used to live in Belfast, for around 5 months in 1995. I went there to do a piece of research, some of which was ethnographic, and the rest of it was a few visits to the Northern Ireland Statistics Office. It was an amazing time for that city in terms of peace breaking out, and a City literally stretching with a sigh of relief. And it was an honour to be there at that time. Since my return to Dublin, I only went back three times. Which is very little for a place that I felt very much at home in.

Heading up with my mapping buddies Lineo and Tad we talked about how streetsigns and road markings have subtile differences across the now infamous brexit hard/soft border.

Lineo compared the border to that between Lesotho and South Africa, while Tad resolved to come back this way on his motorbike and capture as much imagery as possible while it remains open.

Arriving at Queens

When we got to Queens’ University and found our kind event host Conor Graham we realised how ready a university can be to hear about openstreetmap things. Their labs, wifi, and the interests of the staff are all really very OSM things already, and opensource is the way forward.

Queens Department Banner

Queens asked two of us to participate in a GPS improvement experiment which he describes here using this thingy.

The event was enjoyable, mostly because of the social side of mapping we get when we have a meetup. I always learn loads, which is why I mention new frontiers. Also, I had a chance to map the building I lived in, on Oldpark Road, old ground indeed. Old Maps

Neue Adresse in Emmen

Posted by Stans on 20 February 2019 in German (Deutsch)

Zu Fuss unterwegs sein hat einen Vorteil. Man sieht Strassennamen und Adressen welchen weder in GWR Google oder kantonalen GIS enthalten sind.

Mapper rond Eindhoven

Posted by Kin Sapalot on 20 February 2019 in Dutch (Nederlands)

Als jij daar ook mapt, doe eens een berichtje ;-)


Posted by nonameforme on 19 February 2019 in Russian (Русский)

Ну вот и я добавил немного в общее достояние :)

Brecon beckons

Posted by Skellie 1981 on 19 February 2019 in English (English)

Brecon wales

Location: Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom


Posted by Skellie 1981 on 19 February 2019 in English (English)

St Catherine church

Location: Clochyrie, Dafen, Carmarthenshire, Wales, SA14 8EZ, United Kingdom

Thinking About How to Do Research Properly about OpenStreetMap

Posted by mapmakerdavid on 19 February 2019 in English (English)

Hello, fellow OSM contributors. I’ve been thinking about how to properly conduct research regarding OSM. Here’s a summary, thus far:

In dealing with challenging issues such as disasters and climate change, crowdsourced geographic information is useful in mapping for and with local communities at risk. In the Pacific, this was done broadly through OpenStreetMap (OSM), a project by a global community of online and local volunteers who make, use, and share a digital, editable, and free map of the world. Also, there is a Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) that combines crowdsourcing and community mapping through a project called Missing Maps.

But at what point and under which conditions does the crowdsourced geographic information become useful in community mapping, and for whom?

In approaching the problem, I am using representational, pragmatic, and ethical approaches to understand the quality, usability, and equity of the information. Such approach will not only extract, examine, explore, or evaluate the information, but also embed it in situations that are simultaneously social, spatial, and scientific.

To accomplish the research, I will continue to engage as an OSM volunteer with online and local communities that were hit by major disasters and assisted by HOT, and the broad OSM community: Tacloban (Philippines) and Christchurch (Aotearoa New Zealand). Tacloban is still in the process of rehabilitation after it was hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Christchurch is updating community-based strategies about resilience after it was devastated by powerful earthquakes in 2010-2011. A third engagement elsewhere in Oceania is possible.

The primary output of the research is a digital and focused ethnography of online and local communities involved. A secondary output, an auto-ethnography, will complement it. The likely contributions of the research are: (1) a social-spatial-scientific framework of crowdsourced geographic information; (2) common usability issues in the case of combining crowdsourcing and community mapping; and (3) inequalities about the labour behind, consumption of, and access to the geospatial data and technology of OpenStreetMap.

It’s the nth time that I’ve written/rewritten it, so it will still change. That change will happen a lot once I do more work with the local communities. I’ve also been thinking about the word “crowdsourcing” because there’s a lot of work (including non-mapping work that’s work nevertheless) involved in making the whole OSM project work. These questions and concerns will be the focus for my PhD study in Geography, as I continue to contribute to the community in different ways. And it will be slow and will take a long time. If you’re interested in a conversation about this, then please let me know! :)

OSM is very personal to me because when there are major typhoons (cyclones) approaching my country, the Philippines, the OSM community is very generous in helping us map the places affected by disasters.

Spam entries

Posted by ika-chan! on 19 February 2019 in English (English)

When spam user diary entries are removed, they should also be purged from the OpenStreetMap Blogs feed as well.

Editors like me still rely on the feed from time to time.

Three Days on the Road = About 30K Images

Posted by apm-wa on 18 February 2019 in English (English)

Haven’t finished uploading the images from the last trip and this weekend collected about 30,000 more on a three-day excursion to Turkmenbashy via Balkanabat to open our winter film showings (“Black Panther”, “Home”, and “Princess and the Frog”) in those cities. Updated the maps for Balkanabat and Jebel a bit, cleaned up the M37 highway, deleted a demolished gas station, and generally cleaned up the map along that highway in a few places. Ashgabat to Turkmenbashy is about 600 kilometers one way, so we did ok on data collection.

The previous weekend Ann and I visited Gokdepe and identified two hospitals plus explored some residential developments under construction. Lots of updates!

HTTPS All The Things (https_all_the_things)

Posted by b-jazz-bot on 18 February 2019 in English (English)

Beep boop. I’m working on a project to update website tags (mostly in the U.S.) that use the http protocol instead of the https protocol when the website is already forcing you to use the https protocol. You can find more information at


Posted by 黒田昌宏 on 18 February 2019 in Japanese (日本語)

大阪の黒田昌宏と申します。 皆様、此れからも、宜しくお願い致します。





Integrazioni mappatura Collina di torino

Posted by torazzoalby on 18 February 2019 in Italian (Italiano)

Buongiorno, iniziata mappatura sentieri mancanti della collina di Torino

Hill Street

Posted by Nait Young on 18 February 2019 in English (English)

Discovered that West Hobart has new cycle lanes along Hill Street, after I cycled from the university to the Cascade Brewery and along the Hobert Rivulet and decided to go up Molle Street and around to Cavell Street! Came home via Augusta and Creek Roads, but the GNSS track failed some how. 16km long journey and worth it!

Location: West Hobart, Tasmania, 7000, Australia

A new record for Mapillary - 62 blurs on a street sign

Posted by alexkemp on 18 February 2019 in English (English)

a new record

I know that on first sight that it does not look like it, but this street sign (above) at the corner of Foxhill Road & Forester Grove near Carlton, Nottingham contains 62 blurs! There are so many that the listing (see the window in an earlier diary) stops at #44 with all the rest on the LHS out of site below the window.

A piece of advice from an old man:
Make sure that you admit your mistakes, and try to do so promptly. Otherwise you will find yourself unable to change and making the same stupid errors over & over again, which is most boring.

Location: Arnold and Carlton, Gedling, Nottinghamshire, East Midlands, England, United Kingdom

I'm losing my Marbles because of Mapillary

Posted by alexkemp on 17 February 2019 in English (English)

The picture below was shot on 15 July 2016 on the corner of Carnarvon Grove & Cavendish Road within the parish of Carlton, Nottingham. Like so many other Nottingham street signs it has been vandalised, in this case quite recently, and the vandalism was performed by Mapillary.

I suspect that Mapillary may have jumped the shark. They are certainly losing my affections. After about 10 12-hour days spent editing a few thousand blurs within 69 sets of photographs, yet without any action on their part, I recently sent them an email:

From: Me
Subject: Re: [Mapillary] Re: Re: [Mapillary] Blur editor ineffective
To: Mapillary <>

More problems with the Blur Editor window:

The left-hand window (it contain the “Add new blur” button) fills up when > 44 blurs are within the window. It needs a scroll-bar to maintain access to all components.

Thank you.

That street-sign above has a single blur within the centre of the sign which covers the entirety of the sign. It then has a further 28 blurs inside the first blur. That is so imbecilic that I keep having to lift up my jaw to close my mouth, but the most staggering fact is that the combination of all 29 blurs fails to blur the sign. Further, their own guidelines say not to blur “Street, traffic and information signs” How dumb is that?

I’ve lodged 6,200 photos with Mapillary, all shot whilst walking the streets of Nottingham suburbs & villages. They recently set a new algorithm in motion which vandalised 32% of those photos with unnecessary blurs (my evidence is that 92% of the new blurs are unnecessary).

I’m about halfway through trying to edit the blurs out of my photographs. I started with the most recent ones and have now just reached the photo above. No response yet from Mapillary after ~10 days as to whether they accept that the new blurs are a mistake, nor any action on my blur edits.

Location: Arnold and Carlton, Gedling, Nottinghamshire, East Midlands, England, United Kingdom

JC Penney

Posted by L Strings on 17 February 2019 in English (English)

This store has been permanently CLOSED since 2017

Ikut Pelatihan Pemetaan OpenStreetMap yg diselenggarakan oleh POI (Perkumpulan OpenStreetMap Indonesia)

Posted by calvintel95 on 16 February 2019 in Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia)

Hari ini adalah hari ke-2 saya mengikuti pelatihan pemetaan menggunakan OSM. Pelatihan di adakan tanggal 15-17 Februari di Kampus ITm, mentor dalam pelatihan dari Perkumpulan OpenStreetMap Indonesia (POI).

Pengalaman yang sangat menarik, dan merupakan ilmu yang patut untuk dipelajari dan utk dikembangkan.. ok, mari kita lanjut untuk pelatihan berikutnya.

Big thanks untuk Perkumpulan OpenStreetMap Indonesia (POI)

Location: Kota Matsum IV, Medan, Sumatera Utara, 20215, Indonesia