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Now that the weather is more welcoming, i.e. dry, I’ve gone back to mapping walking and hiking trails in my area. I had done that before, either added the trail completely new as a relation with all that’s included, sometimes just added the trail markers, where the trail was already mapped. Most times, I try to do mapillary as well, sometimes just with the phone, sometimes with a 360° camera.

Today, I went to map the O’Gorman’s Lane Loop which is only a 4km walk (that is if you don’t get lost…), but it meets another, longer trail which was already mapped. But anyway, I ran into an American couple, Don and Kim who are exploring Ireland on rented motorbikes, but are also avid hikers and have hiked across the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland etc. Don was telling me that he has this app which shows all the trails and it’s free! And I said, well, it’s people like me who add those trails to OpenStreetMap which in turn adds it to your app. We parted ways, but I had a suspicion that I would run into them again after in the only café in the village. And I did. I walked up to them and gave him an sticker (always handy in any bag I carry around). Once I had taken off my backpack, he could see the “OpenStreetMap surveyor” on my high viz vest, and the penny dropped. He had loads of questions and all the right ones, so I joined their table and chatted away with him.

He said that he wanted to map all the benches along the Camino. :D (We had noticed earlier that there are never enough benches along hiking trails in Ireland.) He also wants his name on one of those benches, and I explained that those little plaques can be added to OSM as well. He was very impressed, I think. They wanted to pay for my scone, but I had already paid. But we decided to share a taxi back, even though I would have been fine on the bus, and had told them about the bus as well.

He might look into it and become a mapper himself, who knows…It’s much easier to “convert” an OSM user into a mapper (even if they don’t know it’s OSM material), I would think.

PS: Videos about how to map hiking trails on my YouTube channel

I started before COVID19. We had some success, but then COVID19 hit us and everything stopped. We are at it again.

Surveillance in Bengaluru

Location: Konappana Agrahara, Electronics City Phase 1, Bangalore South, Bangalore Urban, Karnataka, 560 100, India

Que fait habituellement Moussa DIALLO avec OpenStreetMap?

Moussa Diallo aime les cartes et Internet. Il estime que les données géographiques sont une plate-forme essentielle en tant que telle, devraient être gratuites, il fait donc sa part. Moussa Diallo cartographie principalement la Guinée, le Mali et le reste du monde. Vous pouvez consulter sa page utilisateur OpenStreetMap , ses traces GPS et bien sûr ses modifications OpenStreetMap sur lesquelles il y a un résumé statistique pratique et une belle carte.

Quelles régions du monde cartographie-t-il?

Moussa Diallo vit à Nzérékoré. Il cartographie son environnement, les lieux qu’il connaît bien et tout ce qui se trouve sur son chemin et de ses courses quotidiennes. Moussa Diallo cartographie parfois aussi d’autres régions où il voyage, notamment les sous régions qu’il connaît le mieux. Il adore l’Afrique et la Guinée en particulier pour les occasions d’améliorer les cartes des lieux qu’il affectionne, notamment Conakry, Kankan et Nzérékoré.

Quels outils utilise-t-il?

Moussa Diallo recueille des traces GPS à l’aide d’un OsmAnd. Les outils de post-production incluent Go Map et StreetComplete.

Moussa Diallo joue avec des application de production des données sur Android mais fait presque tout son Mapping en utilisant JOSM. Anciens projets Moussa Diallo a commencé à travailler OpenStreetMap depuis avril 2017.

Je veux en savoir plus sur Moussa Diallo

Moussa Diallo se cache sur Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook. Vous trouverez également la page de l’ONG FreeLocalMappers.


Iniciamos no setor de Geoprocessamento da Prefeitura Municipal de Jaraguá do Sul a 12 meses atrás a migração e sobreposição no OSM das edificações através do JOSM - Editor Java do Openstreetmap de 72.678 edificações que recebemos a partir da restituição aerofotogramétrica contratada pelo município de Jaraguá do Sul em março de 2020. Iniciamos esse trabalho de atualização na área central da cidade e avançamos para atingir todos os 38 bairros e as 15 localidades rurais que compõe o Município. Para esse trabalho contamos também com a participação de vários Bolsistas e estagiários de Engenharia Civil e Arquitetura que desenvolveram também essa atividade durante o tempo que estiveram no setor de Geoprocessamento. Outro editor que também foi usado com bastante frequência foi o Editor iD - Editor no navegador web do OSM utilizado para demais atualizações como número de edificações e seus vários tipos de usos, etc. Queria deixar registrado que as ferramentas mais usadas no JOS após a importação das edificações em blocos foi o plug coloured streets para colorir as edificações com números já existentes no OSM, facilitando o uso da ferramenta Substituir Geometrias, e da configuração de seleção de nós e tags. Também utilizamos no JOS a URL de configuração de serviço TMS/XYZ:{z}/{x}/{y}.png mosaico de ortofotos da mesma contratação citada acima. É Importante salientar que essa base atualizada tem grande importância para o Município de Jaraguá do Sul por fazer parte da página inicial do Geoportal do Município que pode ser visualizado no seguinte endereço Agradecemos também o apoio e as dicas do Engenheiro Helio C. Tomio do setor de parcelamento de solos na concretização desse trabalho.

Posted by melo_mo on 10 May 2022 in English (English).

The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic does not exist in the annals of the United Nations, please remove it from the map.

Location: Mijik, caïdat de Mijik قيادة مجيك, cercle de Bir Anzarane دائرة بئر إنزران, Oued Ed-Dahab Province, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

A casa do cimento queimado em Ribeirão Preto Rua João Penteado, 576

Location: Centro, Ribeirão Preto, Região Imediata de Ribeirão Preto, Região Metropolitana de Ribeirão Preto, Região Geográfica Intermediária de Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Região Sudeste, 14010-120, Brasil

Cartography is an artform. Besides being used for art, it is a practice rooted in subjectivity. For most people, it may be only a means of navigation, but any cartographer acknowledges that they make decisions based on their own opinions when making maps. OpenStreetMap is one of the more objective maps out there, but it’s still not always clear how to map things. As a community, we’ve had to make numerous decisions on the “best” way to map something. Sometimes, we don’t have a singular answer. Users of OpenStreetMap data must interpret these decisions as best they can. Tagging is usually what comes to mind when considering what comes into dispute here, but scope is important as well. And this is where privacy comes in.

Privacy status quo

We have some privacy standards. Besides GDPR compliance, the Data Working Group redacts edits that introduce personal information, such as annotations intended for an individual that may link their account to a real person. It generally isn’t acceptable to map features inside private residences either, like rooms or toilets. These may come as common sense to most, but others still could have counterpoints. The level of detail most are comfortable with is what is visible from street level or the sky. I think this is a good standard, but some are still left uncomfortable. There’s the occasional new mapper who deletes driveways leading to single-family homes. It may not even be their own driveway, but some may be unfamiliar with OpenStreetMap’s tagging system that makes it clear when a driveway is private and that it is, indeed, a driveway. One cannot fault a person for wanting privacy; the concern then is about damaging data (digital vandalism). At least where OpenStreetMap is based, there is no law against making a map of someone else’s property. Legal concerns about cartography are a separate matter not related to individual privacy, which is my focus here.

Does OpenStreetMap protect individual privacy? Depends on who you ask. I’d say so, but this essay isn’t about my opinions on privacy. It’s about ensuring people feel their privacy is respected by the site, within reason. Why? Because last year, I found someone who saw OpenStreetMap as a threat. So much so that they spent multiple days edit-warring, creating several accounts, and making vague legal-tinged threats at me for mapping their house and driveway. I was poorly equipped to deal with the user, and even though the Data Working Group was involved, the conflict only ended because the offending user gave up. My conduct began acceptable, but as I became exasperated turned pseudo-professional. It is important that users can deal with these issues before they are turned over to the Data Working Group, but I had nothing to go off.

The dispute

I was confident I was in the right, but not all mappers might feel that way. Some might even take the vandal’s side. Because only I and the Data Working Group had any lasting involvement in the dispute, this issue has been forgotten. Nothing has been written about it. Only a brief discussion occurred in the OpenStreetMap US Slack server. As it happened over a year ago and was not recurring, I’d stopped paying it mind a while ago. I am sure that similar disputes exist, but I have not noticed them. I personally feel like I know what to do if I am involved in the following situation again, but it is just as important that others feel the same.

Enter June 2020. A user going by Hans Thompson has added AI-generated buildings in the outskirts of Anchorage, Alaska, using RapiD. Among these buildings is an unnotable house with a detached garage. The only tag on these buildings is building=yes.

February 2021 rolls around and someone signs up for an OpenStreetMap account under the username Privacy1. This user had previously created an account called Map_Manager that was used two years earlier to delete a litany of tracks and trails on private property. It is unclear if this was their own property. A week before creating this new account, they had returned to delete more trails from this property, but did not touch the house. One day before the new account was created, Hans also mapped the driveway leading to the house. This likely spurred the account creation, but no deletions were made until five days later. The edit was posted to Slack, prompting me to comment. My focus was made particularly on the changeset comment, which indicated to me that the user did not understand how OpenStreetMap functions. The user left a reply rehashing their changeset comment, leading to two other users explaining in other terms what I’d said.

Eight hours later, I reverted the changeset. Less than four hours later, they deleted the feature again, with the same comment. I requested they reply to my original comment, but to no avail. After just 20 minutes, I again reverted their deletions. Three hours passed and once again, they deleted the house, garage, and driveway, still with the same changeset comment. I left another comment notifying them that I had contacted the Data Working Group. At this point, I had quickened my pace, reverting their edit in just over seven minutes. At the same time, I started becoming irritated, and rather than use boilerplate about the changeset I reverted, I communicated my willingness to revert their vandalism as many times as was necessary. Four hours later, they returned, but this time with a new changeset comment, oddly accompanied by a French translation. This time, they pleaded for their privacy and to be left alone. Another user chimed in, explaining that their privacy was not threatened by the map features. At this point, I was asleep, so it took two hours, but I did come back. Refreshed, I switched back to boilerplate with my new reversion. They responded in equal time, but with a simpler message firmly requesting no “annotation” be made to their private property. Yet another user told them off, but still nothing was heard directly. Being a school day, it was nine hours before I could revert the changeset, but I persisted. They seemed to have caught on, as they set a new record with just a two-and-a-half-hour delay. No updates in the changeset comment department to report.. I left them another comment explaining what was wrong with their actions, but to no avail. I waited an hour for a vain attempt at submitting the 100 millionth changeset, but was slightly too late, and got number 100000019. Another new record was set by their hour and a half response time. One of the users that had told them off earlier in the dispute chimed in again, and I let him know the issue. I was a little passive-aggressive in expressing my disapproval that the Data Working Group had not yet taken action. This user reverted the deletion himself, which was greatly appreciated but in vain, as two hours later the user came back. Sick of writing changeset comments, an hour later I said nothing at all. They returned with a slightly revised changeset comment which I called out, but no one heard it. I decided to create a Wikidata entry for the home in the hopes that they would be unable to figure out how to delete it, but it did not help. I also used the city’s property information website to add the year the home was built. This mapping was done out of spite; call it silly, but it is a good act, or at least a neutral one. They had no more trouble deleting this, though. The aforementioned other editor again reverted the deletion, and added an explanation in the source tag of their changeset. It took eleven hours, but they did return, and deleted some other nearby features that weren’t even on their property to boot. We were clearly talking in circles at this point; I merely link every single changeset here to illustrate the user’s persistence. I laid out as clearly as I could in ten minutes that the user needed to stop in my next reversion comment, and that while I did respect their privacy, their privacy rights do not go as far as they claim. An hour and a half, a deletion, eight minutes, a reply quoting the dictionary at the user, a reversion, and then finally, a year long block. This was only a temporary roadblock (no pun intended) to them; 22 hours later, they returned with a new account they were clearly trying to pass off as a different person with a changeset comment insinuating the features in dispute were “mapping errors”, while talking only in French and using a French username. This one was blocked too, with a much more threatening comment. Perhaps the idea of legal action got them to wise up? A ten-year block finally scared them off. And so the features stand, with even more detail thanks to wonderful members of the community.

The aftermath

This subject has undoubtedly come up elsewhere, but there’s no guidance I could find on the wiki. I still have lingering questions, and here, now, I hope to pose them to other OpenStreetMap users so that we can all feel respected and be more welcoming to users with legitimate concerns. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the situation and these questions, or links to similar discussions.

  • Was it unethical for this user to access someone else’s computer (OpenStreetMap servers) after they had been banned from doing so for the sake of protecting their privacy in an extralegal manner?
  • What could I have done better?
  • Is it acceptable for the Data Working Group to move straight to a long block just because other users attempted to explain the site’s policies to them first?
  • What do we say to other users with a similar concern? Is being upfront about the legal problems threatening, or merely truthful and effective?
Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Posted by maupao70 on 7 May 2022 in Italian (Italiano).

Ho imparato ad aggiungere punti con l’applicazione OSMAnd, molto utile. Grazie a @Ysogo


Location: 灵溪镇, 温州市, 浙江省, 中国

Ruta circular que parte de Aso de Sobremonte , para pasar por Betès antes de comenzar la subida. Subida que primero nos llevará a Punta Cerruza , luego ya vamos recorriendo las numerosas Puntas que rodean este Valle, Punta Faceras , Burrumbalo , Sarrataclau , Peñas de Aso, Balposata, Canales….y acabamos en el Monte Lucas donde iniciamos el descenso. Desde las distintas puntas y picos hay magnificas vistas al Vignemale, la sierra de Tendereña, Macizo de Argualas etc. La ruta no tiene complicación. La pongo moderada por la distancia y el desnivel.

Posted by Saurav bhardwaj on 7 May 2022 in English (English).

fir and fine

Location: 0.035, 0.033
Posted by xrisnik on 7 May 2022 in English (English). Last updated on 8 May 2022.

This is a possible site: SA Property and Planning Atlas. However (I now see) there is no copyright notice displayed - so best use the other explicitly CC licenced sites offered by the SA government.

Posted by xrisnik on 7 May 2022 in English (English).

I got tired of adding addresses to hundreds of houses, so reluctantly decided to research custom presets. What a pleasure it turned out to be - I recommend it. Here is all it took:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

* Put this file in ~/snap/josm/common/  [This is specific to Ubuntu Linux]
* Add to JOSM by selecting  Edit / Preferences / Tagging Presets
* and then press '+' on the top-right, then specify the path to this file.

  shortdescription="Presets File" 
  description="Setting residential building and address in JOSM">

  <item name="Residence + address" type="closedway">

    <label text="Edit"/>

    <space />

    <combo key="building" text="Residence type" values="detached,terrace,semidetached_house,apartments" display_values="Detached,Terrace,Semi,Apartments" default="detached"/>

    <text key="addr:housenumber" text="Number" default="" delete_if_empty="true"/>

    <text key="addr:street" text="Street" default="" delete_if_empty="true"/>

    <space />



Estamos muy cerca de tener nuestra primera tercera reunión bimestral latinoamericana de mapeadores en OpenStreetMap. Será virtual y tú también puedes unirte sin importar si apenas empiezas a mapear o ya eres parte de una comunidad de ayuda de mapeo abierto.

En el wiki de OSM Chile se muestran los detalles de la reunión para este sábado 28 de mayo de 2022.

Cartel de la tercera reunión de OSM LatAm, organizada por OSM Chile

Posted by Hawtaphone on 5 May 2022 in English (English).

Hi This is my location

Location: Madingring, Mayo-Rey, North, Cameroon

Hey world! I’m Osinachi and this is my first diary entry. I am a beginner mapper and the map my village campaign is the first project I am engaging in. I have found it really exciting for the five days I’ve mapped so far. I am thrilled by the opportunity to make my village globally accessible. I have been able to map a lot of buildings so far with the ID editor. As magnificent as it has been, I have also encountered some issues with the images. I will really appreciate it if they were clearer but all in all, it’s been great. I hope you all will contact me if there are any campaigns. I enjoy doing volunteer activities. They make me feel like my life has been worth living. Thanks so much for this space OSM! Happy mapping

Найчастішим запитанням, з яким до мене звертаються різні перехожі – «як пройти за якоюсь адресою» та «який це номер під’їзду». Іноді складність пошуку правильного під’їзду можна спостерігати серед працівників служб доставки. Одна справа – знати тільки свій район, інша справа – охопити знаннями декілька міст.

Потреба в швидкому пошуку того чи іншого під’їзду має велике значення в різноманітних сферах: нерухомість, служби доставки, екстрені служби (швидка, пожежна, газова), таксі, поштові служби. Це може бути навіть корисно безпосередньо вам, коли ви йдете в гості до когось.

Так, бізнес має можливість створювати для власних потреб необхідні додатки для демонстрації потрібних даних. Єдине, це питання у підтримці окремого софту, його наповненні та актуалізації. А зважаючи на світові коливання останніх років (COVID-19, військові дії, кризи) – ринок потрібних додатків може швидко змінюватися, старі компанії зникають, з’являються нові і так нескінченно.

Тому довіру викликають відкриті продукти, які на ринку вже багато років і являють собою агрегатори різноманітних геопросторових даних. І чим детальніший і глибший кожен шар даних – тим краще і точніше. Особливо це стосується так званої «останньої милі».

І саме входи до будівель, номери під’їздів багатоквартирних будинків, перелік квартир в кожному під’їзді є одними з найзапитуваніших даних останніх років. Тож їх потреба у використанні неминуча.

Основним інструментом та агрегатором різноманітних геопросторових даних для потреб мікромапінгу є OpenStreetMap. Будучи відкритою платформою майже будь-яких даних та відповідаючи трьом основним критеріям даних «імпорт/експорт/відтворення» - все більше користувачів звертають увагу саме на OSM.

В даному випадку входи, під’їзди та їх нумерація не стали винятком для використання. І їх поява – це лише питання часу.

Загалом в Україні нанесено на OSM 30243 під’їзди (входи) до будинків у вигляді точок.

Декілька основних міст по кількості:

Місто Кількість
Маріуполь 5306
Київ 4934
Львів 3921
Чернівці 1027
Харків 823
Одеса 752
Черкаси 376
Ужгород 319
Івано-Франківськ 315
Кривий Ріг 196
Дніпро 109

Для додавання нових під’їздів достатньо лише вашого бажання та трохи вільного часу.

Отримати інформацію про під’їзди та їх порядкові номери можна проходячи поряд. Десь її записати, сфотографувати, занотувати в смартфон або запам’ятати. А далі внести в OpenStreetMap через програму-редактор мапи. За декілька хвилин після публікації вами даних, ця інформація буде доступна всім. Трохи пізніше інформація потрапить і до мобільних додатків та навігаторів, які використовують дані OSM.

Бажаєте підвищити планку? Хочете урізноманітнити збір даних під час ваших прогулянок, перетворити його на гру чи змагання з самим собою – окрім додавання під’їздів та їх номерів, додавайте також діапазони квартир, вкажіть конструкційні особливості дверей, тип доступу до будівлі, зручність для осіб з обмеженими можливостями. А також тип і поверховість будівлі, матеріал стін, форму даху. Частину цих даних можна додавати на місці за допомогою StreetComplete.

Простенький Overpass запит допоможе показати на мапі під’їзди та будівлі без позначення поверхів для розуміння потреб у зборі інформації в певному районі. OpenStreetMap is a map of the world, created by people like you and free to use under an open license. Мотивацією для збору потрібної інформації кожним з вас може бути: розуміння власних потреб у цих даних, зручність користування повноцінними та актуальними даними в подальшому, власні проєкти, якісна 3D-візуалізація даних, отримання нових навичок, бажання допомогти бізнесу, країні та інше.

Дані про номери під’їздів та діапазони квартир показуються в додатках OsmAnd та Organic Maps.

То ж гарних прогулянок та якісних даних!

І нехай витрачені на читання цього тексту декілька хвилин вашого дорогоцінного часу не будуть марними, а відкриють для вас нові цікаві можливості!

Location: Печерський район, Київ, Україна

Αρ. στο χάρτη Ονομασία χώρου Υψόμετρο ( m ) Θέση του χώρου Χωρητικότητα (άτομα) mapped
1. Τίμη 20 1 km πριν το Αεροδρόμιο Πάφου, στο παραλιακό δάσος ευκαλύπτων. 800 +
2. Ραντί + 40 2 km από την Πέτρα του Ρωμιού κατευθυνόμενος προς Πάφο. 90 +
3. Πυκνή + 400 3 km από την Πέγεια και 6 km από τον Κάθικα, στο κρατικό δάσος Πέγειας. 500 +
4. Σμιγιές + 200 7 km από την Πόλη Χρυσοχούς και 2 km από Νέο Χωρίο δίπλα από το χωματόδρομο που οδηγεί στο δάσος του Ακάμα. 500 +
5. Μαυραλής 0 4 km από την Πόλη Χρυσοχούς με κατεύθυνση προς Αγία Μαρίνα, δίπλα από τον κύριο δρόμο, παραθαλάσσια. 450 +
6. Άγιος Μερκούριος + 300 20 km από την Πόλη Χρυσοχούς και 4 km από την τοποθεσία Αφτουλλίνα στο δρόμο από Λυσό προς Σταυρό της Ψώκας, υπάρχει πάροδος στα αριστερά. Επίσης πρόσβαση υπάρχει από την Αργάκα και από τη Γιαλιά προς Άγιο Μερκούριο. 500 +
7. Γεφύρι του Λιβαδιού 500 Δασόδρομος Πωμός- Σταυρός Ψώκας, 13 km από τον Πωμό, κοντά στο δρόμο. 400  
8. Σταυρός της Ψώκας + 900 Στο δασικό σταθμό Σταυρού Ψώκας, 20 km περίπου από τη Λυσό ή Κανναβιού και 26 km από τη Μονή Κύκκου. 600 +
9. Αγιά 600 21 km από την Παναγιά προς δασικό σταθμό Σταυρού Ψώκας και 10 km από Σταυρό της Ψώκας. 200  
10. Μονασιήλακα 640 2 km από Παναγιά προς Μονή Κύκκου και 40 km από Μονή Κύκκου. 600 +
11. Πέρα Βάσα 700 9 km από το χωριό Άγιος Νικόλαος, μετά το Γεφύρι Τζιελεφού και τον υδατοφράκτη Αρμίνου. 250  
12. Κομιτιτζή 620 5 km από Εκδρομικό Χώρο Ξισταρούδας ή 10 km από Μονή Κύκκου δια μέσου του χωριού Μηλικούρι προς Καμινάρια στην κοιλάδα του Πλατύ. 400 +
13. Καλονόματη + 500 25 km από Ορκόντα προς Πύργο Τυλληρίας ή 8 km από το χωριό Κάμπος στον παλαιό δρόμο Κάμπου- Ποταμού Κάμπου. 200  
14. Αγία Βαρβάρα + 320 19 km από Ορκόντα προς Πύργο Τυλληρίας ή 11 km από το χωριό Κάμπος , δίπλα από το εξωκκλήσι της Αγίας Βαρβάρας. 150  
15. Ξυσταρούδα + 900 9 km από Πεδουλά προς την Μονή Κύκκου, δίπλα από το δρόμο. 250  
16. Ξεραργάκα- Ορκόντας + 600 25 km από Αστρομερίτη προς Καλοπαναγιώτη, πριν τον Ορκόντα. 650  
17. Μάραθος 1300 7 km από Κακοπετριά προς Πρόδρομο και 6 km από Πρόδρομο δίπλα από το δρόμο. 300  
18. Πλατάνια + 1100 6 km από Κακοπετριά προς Καρβουνά, δεξιά και αριστερά του δρόμου, κοντά στο δασικό σταθμό Πλατανιών. 2900 +
19. Κιόνια 1340 1 km πριν τη Μονή Μαχαιρά αριστερά προς Κιόνια, 6 km από Μονή Μαχαιρά και 14 km από Καπέδες. 550 +
20. Προφήτης Ηλίας 700 8 km από Λυθροδόντα προς Βαβατσινιά, δίπλα από Μονή Προφήτη Ηλία. 150  
21. Μάντρα του Καμπιού + 660 5 km από Καπέδες προς Μονή Μαχαιρά εκατέρωθεν του δρόμου. 1600 +
22. Γεφύρι της Παναγιάς + 500 6 km από Μιτσερό προς Πλατανιστάσα απέναντι από το δασικό σταθμό Γεφύρι της Παναγιάς. 100 +
23. Φράκτης του Ξυλιάτου + 600 2,7km από Ξυλιάτο προς Λαγουδερά κάτω από τον υδατοφράκτη Ξυλιάτου. 750 +
24. Καπουρά + 600 9 km από Βυζακιά προς Καννάβια δίπλα από το δασικό σταθμό Καπουράς. 200 +
25. Ασίνου +* 440 2 km από το χωριό Νικητάρι προς Ασίνου, πριν την εκκλησία της Ασίνου. 150 +
26. Ακαδημία +* 140 6 km από το κέντρο της Λευκωσίας, στο Εθνικό Δασικό Πάρκο Παιδαγωγικής Ακαδημίας. 300 ?
27. Άγιος Γεώργιος +* 160 7 km από το κέντρο της Λευκωσίας, στο Εθνικό Δασικό Πάρκο Αθαλάσσας. 350 ?
28. Αθαλάσσα +* 160 8 km από το κέντρο της Λευκωσίας στο Εθνικό Δασικό Πάρκο Αθαλάσσας και 500m από τα Λατσιά. 450 ?
29. Φράκτης Προδρόμου + 1600 5 km από Πλατεία Τροόδους προς Πρόδρομο, δίπλα από τον υδατοφράκτη Προδρόμου. 250  
30. Καμπί του Καλογήρου + 1300 Μεταξύ Πλατρών και Προδρόμου, 4 km από Μονή Τροοδίτισσας προς Πρόδρομο και 3 km από Πρόδρομο. 700 +
31. “Τροοδίτισσα –        
Ξεροκόλυμπος +” 1300 6 km από Πλάτρες προς Μονή Τροοδίτισσας στα δεξιά του δρόμου, πριν το Μοναστήρι Τροοδίτισσας. 700    
32. Κάμπος του Λιβαδιού 1650 8 km από Καρβουνά προς Πλατεία Τρόοδους και 2 km πριν την Πλατεία Τροόδους στα δεξιά του δρόμου. 400  
33. Αρμυρολίβαδο 1600 7,5 km από Καρβουνά προς Πλατεία Τροόδους και 2,5 km πριν την Πλατεία Τροόδους σε πάροδο στα αριστερά. 2000  
34. Λιβάδι του Πασιά + 1600 7,7 km από Καρβουνά προς Πλατεία Τρόοδους στα δεξιά του δρόμου και 2,3 km πριν την Πλατεία Τροόδους. 1600 +
35. “Αρκολαχανιά        
(Μέσα Ποταμός) +” 900 7 km από Σαϊττά προς Μοναστήρι Μέσα Ποταμού και πάροδος αριστερά πριν το Μοναστήρι. Επίσης πρόσβαση από Π. Πλάτρες, Κ. Αμίαντο και Μονιάτη μέσω δασοδρόμων. 700    
36. Αγία Παρασκευή + 600 3 km από διασταύρωση Γεράσας προς Καλό Χωριό στα αριστερά του δρόμου, 3 km πριν το Καλό Χωριό. 750  
37. Κακομάλλης + 900 6 km νότια του χωριού Λουβαράς προς Κακομάλλη δίπλα από το δασικό σταθμό Κακομάλλη. 400 +
38. Πολεμίδια +* 160 Στο Εθνικό Δασικό Πάρκο Πολεμιδιών, 6 km από το Κέντρο της Λεμεσού. 200  
39. Κόρνος + 380 1 km από τον Κόρνο προς Σταυροβούνι, πάροδος δεξιά μετά τον Δασικό Σταθμό Κόρνου. 850  
40. Ριζοελιά + 100 2 km δυτικά από τον Δήμο Αραδίππου, στο Εθνικό Δασικό Πάρκο Ριζοελιάς. 150  
41. Ορόκλινη + 100 Περίπου 1 km δυτικά της κοινότητας Ορόκλινης, στο Κρατικό Δάσος. 130  
42. Δάσος Άχνας + 55 Στην νότια πλευρά του οικισμού Δάσους Άχνας. 130  
43. Άγιος Αντώνιος + 100 4 km από το χωριό Σωτήρα (στην εκκλησιά Αγίου Αντωνίου) και 8 km από τον αυτοκινητόδρομο Ξυλοφάγου – Αγία Νάπα, έξοδος F322. 100  
44 Άγιος Νίκανδρος + 5 4 km από την Πλατεία Αγίας Νάπας στον παραλιακό δρόμο προς Λιοπέτρι, στην ανατολική πλευρά της παραλίας Λάντα. 130  
45. Άγιοι Ανάργυροι + 40 8 km από την Αγία Νάπα, κοντά στην εκκλησία των Αγίων Αναργύρων στο Εθνικό Δασικό Πάρκο Κάβο Γκρέκο. 100  

Opening up streetlevel imagery

With OpenStreetMap Belgium and our umbrella Open Knowledge Belgium, we have been lobbying to get governments to collect their street level imagery in the open.

While there are many projects to collect images, almost allways the government does not retain ownership of the imagery. Instead of paying for data collection, they pay for access to the data. This means the price is low for the individual governement organization, but in our complicated political landscape of federal, regional, provincial, intercommunal, or communal organizations, many are buying access individually. In the end, the total cost for the tax payer is higher, without there being any open products that can benefit the rest of society.

We believe payment for the data collection should happen only once, and ownership of the imagery should be transferred to the government. This would result in the lowest cost overal. By releasing the imagery as open data, its value for society is increased even more. Access to extra services can incentivise governements to pay up for the base data collection.

Slow progress

While the intercommunal organization WVI (Dutch text) has contributed open 360° imagery for most of the industrial areas in West-Flanders, and three Flemish municipalities have shared 360° imagery taken by Vansteelandt, the vast majority of projects that we hear about do not result in open data.

This is why in 2022 we are launching the Open StreetLevel Imagery Project. We are scaling up our efforts to crowdsource open street level imagery at a low cost. We are investing a very small budget which we expect to have a significant impact.

The OpenStreetMap Belgium role

Our members have been contributing millions of openly licensed street level images in Belgium already. We do this because it helps us build the map. OpenStreetMap Belgium wants to support these contributors and increase the quality of their work. Most of the images are taken with smartphones or action cameras. But in order to convince more people that this kind of platform is the right place for them to contribute, we are investing in 360° cameras.

The images aren’t just useful to local mappers. As we publish them on the Mapillary platform, they can be used by anyone in the business of producing open data. More than that, the platform automatically generates derived data about traffic signs and infrastructure, which is in turn available as open data. As we retain full ownership of the images, we can also share them under other licenses and on other platforms. For example, we are looking into transfering the images to KartaView as well.

work with the OSMbe official cameras * Map of coverage from OSMbe members with their own gear and coverage with OSMbe gear

Crowdsourcing for the win

The crowd is more than just regular people. As the project grows, professionals start to use it, and start contributing. Open StreetLevel Imagery project contributors are also companies and governement organizations. The reasons are simple:

  • It’s low cost. Since it takes no special skills to collect the imagery, you can work with volunteers or people who have to travel around anyway. Uploading is also quite easy
  • It’s fast. Define a need today, grab your camera, and have the results available by the evening. Between large projects, ad-hoc work can fill the gap.
  • It has unexpected benefits. You get derived data for free, can download the censored images for re-use, and your local OpenStreetMap data might get better faster.

While the low cost solution cannot offer the same benefits that advanced mobile mapping has, it can fill the gaps quite easily - possibly allowing you to leave more time between professional runs.

How can I contribute?

Thanks for asking! For our local audience:

  • We’re always looking for volunteers who want to use the cameras. You don’t need to be crazy ambitious, but of course the cameras will go to people who can do most work first.
  • Do you think there’s potential in your organization? We can set up a demo together and lend you a camera and accessories for testing purposes
  • Do you have a use case for derived data? We can help set you up with the data and the tools.
  • Would you like to see your local area mapped first? We can help you reach out to your network to find volunteers, and support them to collect the data.
  • Want to see the project grow? Give us an earmarked donation and we will invest it in the project.

Internationally, we are simply looking for advice and exchange of experience. Ideally, we could just dump the images in a central repository and service providers can use them to create value. Right now we are building a simple backup solution for the images we took ourselves, so if this gets built, we can simply transfer everything we have collected.

Key events

  • Early 2019. Work starts with a GoPro Hero 7 donated by Mapillary. Intensive use by contributor polyglot (many proposed cycle highways in Flanders get mapped) and Joost Schouppe
  • Late 2019. As the Digitaal Vlaanderen “Mobile Mapping” project is stopped, we advocate for an open replacement.
  • June 2020. The originally European open street level imagery company gets bought up by Facebook, as part of their OpenStreetMap centered maps strategy. Some context. This brings a lot of debate in the OSM community; temporary technical issues; and medium term stability.
  • November 2020. OpenStreetCam becomes KartaView. Images from Mapillary can be automatically transfered to this similar platform, operated by Grab, a South-East Asian taxi company that contributes to and makes use of OpenStreetMap data.
  • November 2021. The OSM Belgium membership decides to invest in 360 cameras.
  • February 2022. The first camera is bought and gets heavy use in Lierde and Pepingen, by Dirk Dedoncker, a mobility consultant.
  • March 2022. The camera goes to Saint-Georges-Sur-Meuse, where Pierre Serpe will use it for a project with the Gracq.
  • March 2022. As the first camera is in heavy use, we receive an earmarked donation for a second camera. This camera goes to Westtoer, for experimental use in preparation of new cycle routes.


This is a slightly rewritten version of the project page at . You can read the full version there, in English, French and Dutch. is geared towards explaining our projects to both mappers and outsiders.

Location: Nil-Saint-Vincent-Saint-Martin, Walhain, Nivelles, Walloon Brabant, Wallonia, 1457, Belgium