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Materace kieszeniowe

Posted by Materace ALVARE on 26 November 2015 in Polish (Polski)

Materace kieszeniowe

zbudowane są na bazie sprężyn umieszczonych w osobnych kieszonkach i zapewniają najlepsze ułożenie się ciała.


Posted by Palhaço on 26 November 2015 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Inserido centenas de novos postos de combustíveis , com desenho de cobertura metálica serviços endereço numeração cep e bandeira , aproveitando a inserção para ajustes locais no mapa tipo de piso e traçado e nomeação qdo necessário.

QA Comuni provincia di Messina

Posted by dgitto on 26 November 2015 in Italian (Italiano)

Lista di controllo con i comuni della provincia di Messina. Per adesso sto smarcando i municipi. Editabile da chiunque.

Japan in OSM - The whole picture

Posted by nikhilprabhakar on 26 November 2015 in English (English)

The past 2 months my team at Mapbox have been working full-time on one of our largest data projects to date - Realigning the highways of Japan on OSM, which is now reaching its final stages.

Japan looks thoroughly mapped on OSM and is dense with highways and local streets. On inspecting the data however, we found that most of the roads do not match the underlying satellite imagery or GPS tracks.

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To complicate matters, we found that the Bing imagery has strange distortions and is poorly orthorectified and offset from GPS tracks. Inititally we thought this could be an isolated case, but on comparing with StravaGlobalheat layer these distortions continue throughout the country in an inconsistent manner.

Comparison of Bing and ortho imagery from Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI)

Further research revealed that most of the map data comes from a poorly documented import from Yahoo Japan in 2011 and the the OSM-JP community has been struggling to to execute a post import cleanup of the massive dataset. A complete list of data issues we found has been now documented in this diary post. Our finding was that most of the data has not been touched since the import and remains to be of questionable quality.

This motivated us to kick into action and see how our team resources could be used to help out in such a situation.

Confirming findings

The first step was reaching out to the OSM-JP community to make sure our findings were on the right track. The most accessible point of contact was Taichi-san, a prolific mapper and Director of OpenStreetMap Foundation Japan. Our full investigation and workflow were documented on our public /mapping repository and our findings were confirmed by Taichi - the imported data in Japan had serious data issues.

Thanks to the community we found the availability of orthorectified satellite imagery from GSI which perfectly matches GPS data and is the only reliable imagery source for the country. The coverage of the imagery includes most urban areas but is not complete for Japan.

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Coverage areas for GSI imagery compared with density of geolocated tweets

Moving the map

Realigning existing road networks on such a large scale is a tough problem similar to that of the US TIGER import which has still not been completely fixed after 8 years. Unlike in the US where it was possible to compare later TIGER datasets with OSM to help find differences to cleanup, there was no way to automatically calculate the scale of the issue in Japan, which meant a completely manual cleanup by eyeballing every road. That amounts to over 5 million roads in the import. The current set of mapping tools have been built for data creation and addition rather than rework. To establish a workflow, we did a trial run in a less dense part of northern Japan using the tasking manager to evolve a process for the cleanup. Some of our observations:

  • GSI imagery coverage was limited to parts of Japan and we would need to focus on these areas first
  • Road were split into small segments which needed to be merged for easy realignment
  • Divided highways were traced as a single road instead of parallel oneway roads
  • Unwanted tags like yh-width where present from the import and had to be discarded for easy merging
  • Prioritizing the remapping by focusing on only major roads (motorway, trunk, primary, secondary and tertiary) was more practical than realigning all the roads which would be a never ending task.
  • Realigning data in multiple passes, each limited on one class of roads helps maintain focus on a task

After a rough idea on the remapping process, we created a series of projects with comprehensive instructions on the teachosm tasking manager and spread the word on the OSM Diaries and the talk-ja mailing list to encourage more community participation in the effort.

Remapping project areas and statistics

Tasks on

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Links: Nagoya Mega task | Tokyo Mega task

Tasks on

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Links: Kyushu | Osaka | Mito | Fukushima | Ishikawa | Beppu-Oita | Aomori | North Mutsu

Note A pass is a mapping run for a task area. Pass 1 = fixing motorway, trunk, primary, secondary roads. Pass 2 = fixing tertiary roads. Pass 3 = fixing unclassified and residential roads

To scale up the merging process, @Rub21 made a script which smartly merges highways taking into account the tags (to merge roads with identical tags) and the angle between ways (to avoid merging streets meeting at intersections). We used the whole project as a chance to discover possible tools that can be handy and speed up the mapping skills.

Outreach and community involvement

Carrying out such a large scale map improvement could not have been possible without the support of the JP community. Regular OSM dairies from our team were helpfully translated into Japanese by volunteers from talk-ja. The project instructions were also simplified and translated for the convenience of local mappers interested in joining. A Facebook Group helped gain more visibility as it tends to be a more popular medium for communicating with Japanese mappers than the mailing list.

Students of Taichi-san's class involved in the remapping projects

In the meantime we are looking at translating our mapping guides into Japanese to allow more local mappers to join the projects using JOSM.


Also timely was State of the Map-Japan that Mapbox got an opportunity to sponsor, and a vacationing @planemad gave the closing keynote to bring attention to the data issues and the remapping.

12193039_1737250679893694_741204167_o @planemad at SOTM Japan

The road ahead

The scope of our team's realignment efforts was limited to only major highways (motorways, trunk, primary and secondary roads), and further by the availability of ortho imagery from GSI. The target was to correct the roads which carry the bulk of the road traffic and further continuously improve areas where we detect active map users and map feedback. We have currently covered 90% of our target improvement area and will be evaluating the impact of the cleanup in the coming weeks and building missing documentation, tools and JOSM plugins for the benefit of new mappers.

Correcting the entire street map data in Japan will take many more years and can only be accomplished by the presence of an active local community that can maintain and enrich the data using field knowledge. Meanwhile, this effort needs to serve as a reminder on the issues of large data imports and the impact it has on dynamics of community growth and participation. It also exposes how inspite of being united by a common map canvas, language still plays a significant barrier in how we communicate and support each other in OSM.

photo-collage 1 Dairy entries on remapping

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Status of remapping: Light Green = Done (Pass 1), Dark Green = Done (Pass 1 and 2), Red = Not done

Some Statistics

  • Area of Japan: 377,000 km2
  • Area covered by GSI imagery: 180,000 km2 (47%)
    • Priority project area: 120,000 (60%) km2
    • Outside project area: 60,000 km2
  • Cleanup progress as on 11/24: 106,000 km2 (90% of priority area)
  • Data team strength: 19 members
  • Number of weeks spent: 9

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Here is a Map showing all the roads align/merged during this project by data team since September.

Next Steps

  • As we wind down with Japan, it would be great to hear from the Japanese OSM community on the impact of this exercise. We invite Taichi-san and other members of OSM-JP to assess the work and provide us valuable feedback that can be used to improve how the Mapbox data team can help strengthen local mapping communities.
  • The Japanese community can greatly benefit with localized mapping guides to use JOSM for cleanup. Interested translators can get in touch here
  • If you have an idea for a new tool or JOSM plugin to help in such map cleanup tasks, propose an idea in our /mapping repository.
  • Do you consider yourself an expert mapper? jump right into the latest project in Hiroshima

QA Comuni provincia di Varese

Posted by dgitto on 26 November 2015 in Italian (Italiano)

Lista di controllo con i comuni della provincia di Varese. Per adesso sto smarcando i municipi. Editabile da chiunque.

HOT Voting Member 2015 Personal Statement

Posted by Adityo on 26 November 2015 in English (English)

First i would like to thank you to Emir Hartato for the nomination. I really appreciate and happy to take this chance to become HOT Voting Member. With this diary, i would like to give my statement for several question related that:

How did you become involved in HOT

I began involved in HOT after i graduated from University. At September 2012, HOT Indonesia open opportunity to became Trainer and involved in their SD4CP Project. Not only this if the first time I involved in HOT but also this is my first time to involved in OpenStreetMap. I began to teach local government and community about the benefit of open source software and OpenStreetMap related to Disaster Management. Not only training I also help to support local government, community and creating training material with team. From Septermber 2012 - Present, I'm lucky that i'm still working in HOT Indonesia and learn many experience here.

Could you tell us about your involvement in HOT, mapping and/or humanitarian response?

Since i became the HOT Staff in September 2012, i involved in many activities and projects here, from training, creating materials, mapping event, activation, etc. Right now i also involved in Activation Working Group since i attended the Activation Sprint and HOT Summit. My current humanitarian response i think was when EQ in Afghanistan. I joined the activation for EQ in Afghanistan to implement the skill that i learn from Activation Workshop in Jakarta as Data and Validation role.

What does HOT mean to you?

In my opinion, HOT means disaster response and mapping. Without HOT, i wont know how useful OpenStreetMap in terms of Humanitarian Response and i wont know that you can help save people live or support disaster only with armchair mapping. HOT also the one who bring OpenStreetMap Indonesia community begin to growth in Indonesia.

Why do you want to be a voting member?

For the sake of HOT Sustainability i believe. I want to help HOT stronger and stable and i want to participate in HOT a lot.

As a voting member of HOT what do you see as your most important responsibility?

To participate and to make everyone (especially in Indonesia) know about the existence of HOT in terms of disaster response.

How do you plan to be involved in HOT as a voting member?

I will continue to involved in working group, activation and other HOT activities if possible. And as a voting member i will give my vote when HOT need some decisions.

What do you see HOT's greatest challenge and how do you plan to help HOT meet that challenge?

I think the greatest challenge is to make HOT recognize in Indonesia and other countries as humanitarian organization. And my plan to meet that challenge are to provide support (direct or not direct) to government in term of disaster management. When we give a support to government, they will recognize that HOT exist and hopefully they will tell to their colleague about HOT. Another HOT challenge is about the economic development. HOT mostly involved in humanitarian response but i think we need to reach the other side of HOT tagline, which is economic development. I want to see and find the opportunity for HOT in terms of economic development.

That's all my statement and may the force be with HOT! :)

Location: Kampung Bali 16, RW 09, Jakarta Special Capital Region, 10350, Indonesia


Posted by Lucas Carvalho Gava on 26 November 2015 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

No dia 17/11/15 fomos a campo fazer nosso roteiro de pesquisa, Refizemos um croqui usando como base o nosso antigo, só que agora focando na rua, nos buracos, nos quebra molas nas faixas de pedestres e etc.. Fizemos um podcast da via, falando um pouco das suas coisas e gravamos um vídeo 360° graus do nosso ponto. Fizemos um documento Word levando em consideração tudo o que já foi feito e pesquisado, falando um pouco sobre cada. Realizamos uma pesquisa obtendo 10 questões sobre como era a vinda dos alunos para a escola, se a rota ate a escola era segura o que e preciso melhorar e varias outras coisas. depois de fazer essa pesquisa fizemos gráficos sobre os dados coletados. Eu fiz a demarcação de um novo local próximo a minha área a ser pesquisada é criamos os Qr codes

Trabalho de geografia

Posted by Matheus Alves on 25 November 2015 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Até este exato momento eu me cadastrei nesse site e ajudei com o trabalho de pesquisa, até agora eu não encontrei muitas dificuldades.

Bairros de Campo Grande/MS (delimitação)

Posted by Ivaldo on 25 November 2015 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Finalmente finalizei a delimitação dos bairros de Campo Grande/MS. Um trabalho extremamente cansativo, mas para mim muito gratificante e uma das coisas que mais gosto de fazer no OSM.

Antes já tinha trabalhado na delimitação de bairros isolados na região do DF e entorno (RIDE) e também em projetos completos, mas de cidades memores, como Formosa/GO, Santo Antônio do Descoberto/GO, Jataí/GO e Itaporã/MS.

Esse foi o trabalho mais complexo de delimitação (através de Relações) que já fiz. Foram 72 bairros no total. O desafio em se delimitar bairros não é apenas o processo em si, mas as muitas incorreções e problemas que encontramos (desalinhamento em relação à imagem de satélite é o pior deles), pois diminui a exatidão dos limites. No meu caso, quando encontro o problema já corrijo... não tem outro jeito, por isso o processo se torna mais complexo.

Contei com a ajuda do usuário OSM muzito. na delimitação de alguns bairros - trabalho que ele continua nos limites das parcelamentos ou subbairros, que não é o meu foco agora. Grato muzito

Segue relação dos bairros:

Tarefa Final

Posted by Mariana Munhão on 25 November 2015 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Meu nome é Mariana Sutil Munhão sou da turma 2M03 e pertenço ao G-1. Neste diário irei falar sobre a atividade final do nosso trabalho de logística, a professora nos deu um papel com as atividades que eram pra fazer e no final montar o mural. Nessas atividades foram inclusas: fazermos um outro croqui do nosso ponto mas detalhado do que o primeiro, fazer um vídeo 360º do local e gravar um podcast falando da sinalização, pontos de ônibus, etc, junto a isso a professora nos deu uma folha com várias perguntas para respondermos quando estivéssemos la, perguntando qual o tempo semafórico, quantas faixas tem na via, quantos hidrantes, quantos semáforos, etc... Fazer um documento no word falando de tudo o que ja fizemos em todo o trabalho, fazer outro documento no word colocando gráficos representando os cálculos que fizemos em relação as perguntas do T10 que aplicamos nos alunos da escola e comentando sobre eles. E tivemos que fazer a criação de QR codes das coisas que a professora pediu, que foram: croqui, horário e itinerários do ônibus que ficamos responsáveis que foi o 818, um podcast que postamos no podbem e duas marcações que fizemos perto no nosso ponto. Fazendo isso chegamos a atividade final do trabalho hoje, dia 25/11/2015 montando o mural. Gostei muito de fazer esse trabalho, pois foi uma atividade que eu nunca tinha feito, muito divertida e confesso que passei a ver o bairro em que eu moro com mais atenção.

Trabalho de Logística

Posted by Letícia Farina on 25 November 2015 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Sou Letícia, estudante da Escola Estadual de Ensino Fundamental e Médio “Jacaraípe” da turma 2°M03, juntamente com a professora Patrícia Leal da disciplina de Geografia estamos realizando um trabalho de Logística em Jacaraípe onde fizemos muitas atividades interessantes e diferentes. Meu grupo ficou responsável pelo ponto da Av. Abdo Saad de encontro com a Av. Minas Gerais: T1. Foram feitos um croqui e uma pesquisa sobre horário e itinerário de ônibus que passavam na região. (Feita pelo grupo) T2. Criei meu perfil aqui no OSM T3. Fazer diário e marcação de algum ponto no mapa. T4. Fazer marcação da linha de ônibus no mapa T5. Gravar um podcast (áudio) e postar no site do T6. Debate na sala de aula cujo tema foi “O carro é o novo tabaco” T7. Fazer uma marcação individual no mapa T8. Fazer uma pesquisa com um morador antigo que more na região T9. Entrevistar estudantes sobre o meio de transporte utilizado para seu trajeto na escola T10. Responder um questionário T11. Juntamente com a professora fazer um mural para demostrar o trabalho feito. Foi um trabalho diferente onde pude ter uma visão mais ampla do local onde eu moro.

Adding missing towns and villages in OSM

Posted by Jothirnadh on 25 November 2015 in English (English)

Adding missing towns and villages in OSM (India)

In India, there are ~7935 cities/towns officially recogized by the Government of India according to the 2011 cecsus. But in OSM, there are only 3352 (as of 2015-11-23) cities/towns mapped as place node.

As a first step of mapping, it is important to mark all the major cities and towns in the country. The Mapbox data team did some background analysis of the data in OSM and compared it to other publicly datasets. This guide will walkthrough the step of using public domain map layer from for improving the location of India's towns/cities in OSM using JOSM.

Download JOSM

  • JOSM - If you are new to JOSM you can find help in this guide

Add the GNS layer in JOSM's Imagery Preferences

  • To add the GNS layers within JOSM, go to Imagery > Imagery Preferences.
  • Add a new WMS entry.
  • In the Enter service URL, paste the following parameters:{proj}&WIDTH={width}&HEIGHT={height}&BBOX={bbox}. Click Get layers.
  • In the Select layers, choose the Approved_(N) layers.
  • In the Image format, choose image/png. Click OK adding gns layer

Load background layers in JOSM

  • Add Bing imagery as the satellite background.
  • To add the added GNS layer, click Imagery > Approved_(N)
  • Note: Click ok for the warning then JOSM will take care of the image projection issues.

adding gns and bing layers

Start editing OSM data

  • Download the data in OSM.
  • Use the geonames layer as reference for missing towns/cities within your editing area.
  • Make sure that you download a OSM data layer of the location you are working on and if the data is missing add it to the map. The tags that can be added to a place can be found here
  • NOTE: GNS data accuracy varies from place to place. Refer to the satellite imagery to accurately position the nodes you added in OSM.
  • Upload your edits and the following comments:

changeset comment: "Add place town nodes" source comment: "Bing, WMS"

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Location: Indiranagar 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru, Bangalore Urban, Karnataka, 560001, India

The Asia Foundation :: Bohol Tourism Mapping

Posted by GOwin on 25 November 2015 in English (English)

Crowd-sourced Mapping workshops by The Asia Foundation via [Umap](


The crowd-sourced mapping activity held in Panglao, Bohol on 13th November is the fifth of a series of workshops being carried out by the Coalitions for Change (CfC), of the Coordinating Roads and Infrastructure Investment for Development (CR+ID) project meant to promote the mobilization and development of interest by formal organizations, local volunteer groups, and informal associations to identify and map their communities and other areas of interest using the OpenStreetMap platform. In this particular case, the activity is focused specifically in teaching the participants the rudiments of mapping establishments, infrastructure, and other points-of-interest (POI) that relate to the tourism industry.

Working partners and participants

The activity was organized by the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with the support of The Asia Foundation, Philippines, and in coordination with the staff of the Bohol Planning and Development Office. Around forty participants, majority of which represented the municipal and barangay LGUs of Panglao and Dauis, the tourism staff of the Bohol LGU, other municipal LGUs, and a few representatives from the private sector. The following organizations were represented in the workshop:

  • Anda LGU
  • Calape LGU
  • Dauis LGU
  • Loon LGU
  • Panglao LGU
  • Tubigon LGU
  • Philippine Agriculture Land Development and Mill, Incorporated (PALM), Sagbayan, BOH
  • Holy Name University, Tagbilaran, BOH
  • Bohol Tourism Office

OpenStreetMap Workshop

Prior workshops focused on the use of OsmAnd for adding data to OpenStreetMap, and for field data collection. This time, the revised workshop program was intended to provide hands-on learning for editing OSM data from a computer, using the iD editor, and how to extract data from the OSM database for use in Geographic Information System software, like QGIS.

It was unfortunate that some of the topics had to be shortened because of the late arrival of majority of participants. The expected hands-on training was also dropped due to limited number of laptops (of the forty participants, only five brought along a laptop) and the very limited Internet access in the venue (Internet access was meant for all customers of the establishment, and not exclusive to workshop participants.)

In lieu of the expected hands-on activity, the morning session topics were delivered as a presentation and demonstration. The few participants with laptops managed to follow the exercises on their own computers.

Activity results

OpenStreetMap edits during the workshop, via [Overpass-Turbo](

An Overpass-Turbo query repored the following edits made by the participants during the workshop day itself: pois: 157, lines: 276, polygons: 74

Post-workshop mapping activities

Several users were noted for continuing to map their neighborhoods after the workshop:

  • MelizzaDawn of Libaong, Dauis
  • ericdel of the PPDO, who mostly works around Dela Paz, Tagbilaran. Eric is also a participant of the Tagbilaran workshop held earlier this year, and had been an actively contributing edits in Bohol
  • Calape of Calape, BOH
  • jcars of Loon, BOH
  • Mpdcanda of Anda, Dauis

Post workshop edits of Bohol via [Achavi](

Between the 14th and 20th of November, a total of 2,628 edits (nodes, ways, closed ways, and relations) were made by workshop participants. Of these objects, 1,910 were new objects, while 676 were modifications or updates to already existing objects.

Noted, too, were users' preference for the iD editor for adding map data, despite the limited hands-on exercise opportunity for said tool during the workshop.


Panglao participants group shot More photos are here

Location: Alona Street, Tawala, Panglao, Bohol, Central Visayas, 6340, Philippines

Oque eu fiz até agora no trabalho

Posted by Laryssa silva on 25 November 2015 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Fiz o croqui do meu ponto de pesquisa, pesquisei sobre o itinerários dos ônibus, criei meu perfil no OSM , desenvolvi o diário e fiz a marcação , estudei o texto '' O Carro é o novo tabaco" , filmei e editei o vídeo de entrevista com um morador antigo , entrevistei alunos da escola , filmei e editei o vídeo do trajeto da minha casa até a escola

Oque eu fiz até agora no trabalho

Posted by Laryssa silva on 25 November 2015 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Pesquisei sobre o itinerários dos ônibus, criei meu perfil no OSM , desenvolvi o diário e fiz a marcação , estudei o texto '' O Carro é o novo tabaco" , filmei e editei o vídeo de entrevista com um morador antigo , entrevistei alunos da escola , filmei e editei o vídeo do trajeto da minha casa até a escola

Trabalho de Logística (Região da Grande Jacaraipe)

Posted by Ludmilla Motta on 24 November 2015 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Olá , meu nome é Ludmilla Silva Mota.Sou aluna da turma 2°M03 , e meu diário será por etapas de acordo com o que foi passado.

T1-Croqui do local da pesquisa com localização dos pontos de ônibus.Entrar no site da certub e pesquisar horario e itinerario.O que são códigos QR.(Fiz em grupo)

T2-Criar o próprio perfil no Open Streer Map (Fiz )

T3-Fazer diário , marcações de um ou mais pontos no mapa.(Não fiz no prazo dado)

T4-Fazer marcação nos mapas das linhas de ônibus. (Fiz em grupo)

T5-Fazer o podcast de algum ponto e publicar no podbean.(Ana Paula Cardoso , ficou responsável)

T6-Debate em sala (Leticia Miranda e Igor ficou responsável)

T7-Fazer uma marcação individual de algo ou alguma coisa.(Nao fiz no prazo)

T8-Procurar uma pessoa que seja morador antigo e entrevista-lo.

T9-Situação dos transportes ultilizados pelos estudantes.(Pesquisa feita pelo grupo)

T10-Questionário (Feito pelo grupo)

T11-Materiais para a construção do mural


Posted by Gabriela Rodrigues on 24 November 2015 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Nós alunos da Escola Estadual do Ensino Fundamental e Médio "Jacaraipe" estamos realizando um trabalho sobre Logística na disciplina de Geografia. Estamos estudando e analisando o bairro Jacaraípe e seus sub bairros.

Location: Residencial Jacaraípe, Região de Jacaraípe e Manguinhos, Serra, Microrregião Vitória, RMGV, Mesorregião Central Espírito-Santense, Espírito Santo, Região Sudeste, Brasil

Balancing the presence of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT US Inc) in the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF)

Posted by Nicolas Chavent on 24 November 2015 in English (English)

This short note is to draw your attention on the danger for OSMF (and the OSM project) in the case the United States NGO "Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team US Inc" (aka HOT US Inc) got a majority at the OSMF Board after this 2015 election.

Mikel Maron, Joseph Reeves and Yantisa Akhadi, all members of the NGO HOT US Inc, are running for the OSMF Board 1; Kate Chapman, the former ED of HOT US Inc serves already as Board Officer in OSMF.

Shall Mikel Maron, Joseph Reeves and Yantisa Akhadi be elected, HOT US Inc will get a majority at the Board of the Foundation. This will provide a single organization of the OSM ecosystem (HOT US Inc) with an unprecedented and excessive power of influence over the Foundation.

This running of three candidates from the same organization is puzzling and troublesome when one considers that HOT US Inc (and therefore its perspective around OpenStreetMap) is already represented at the OSMF Board since Sept 2013. Why extending its presence and influence and consequently diminishing the OSM diversity represented at the OSMF Board?

A greater HOT US Inc presence at the OSMF Board would be a matter of concern in terms of : - balance of powers - diversity of visions, thoughts and practices around OSM - board dynamics: a collective of HOT US Inc Boardees would interact with single individuals. This is a bad practice which is not followed by any Organizations; this is specifically true for representative bodies (organization representing organizations) such as OSMF

OSMF voting members shall pay attention to check and balances in terms of organizational powers prior casting their ballot 28-Nov onwards and bear in minds that HOT US Inc and this perspective about OSM is already represented at the OSMF Board through Kate Chapman.

The HOT US Inc perspective informs, like other perspectives, the work of the Foundation and has its effect on the OSM project, there is no need to take risks in providing this group with more room in the Foundation which is hot enough in these times of winter.

Canvec+ data questions

Posted by MapMakinMeyers on 24 November 2015 in English (English)

has anyone downloaded the entire Canvec+ data and merged all features together, then incorporated the names (joining from the id?)


Manifesto for OSMF Board 2015

Posted by wille on 24 November 2015 in English (English)

Who am I?

My name is Wille Marcel. I am Brazilian, nowadays living in Brasília-DF. I started contributing to OSM 5 years ago and I am associate of OSM Foundation since July 2013. I work as a web and GIS developer. I like to organize meetings and give talks about OSM. You can see some of my efforts in my OSM diary. I have done some contributions to the Communication Working Group of OSMF as well.

Why am I standing to the Board of OSM Foundation?

I love collaboration. I really enjoy edit Wikipedia, take pictures to Mapillary and to Wikimedia Commons, to collaborate with Free and Open Source softwares and, more over, I really like to be part of the OpenStreetMap community. OSM has an important role in my life mission, so I want to help making OSM still bigger.

My proposals:

  • Diversity

We haven't had many people from outside Western Europe and United States on the board so far. I think it will be good to have a vision from other regions of the world. I am part of the Latin American and Brazilian communities, so I can contribute with my vision to build actions that increase the number of contributors on the South hemisphere. Furthermore, I think we should seek resources to have more participants on the FOSS Outreach Program, a initiative that helps people from underrepresented groups to get involved in FOSS projects. Or we could start a program more focused on teach mapping skills to women and other underrepresented groups.

  • Support to local groups and events

I first met OSM when I watched a talk of another contributor (Nighto). I mapped my first town using a GPS device donated by Open Society Institute and OSM Foundation. Later I gave that GPS device to Edil Queiroz start to map and now he is a great mapper and contributor of Mapillary too. Those examples show that it is important to have initiatives to attract more contributors in some places where we don't have many. I believe that the OSM Foundation can do more to develop and make our project bigger in some parts of the world.

There are only five users editing each day in Egypt, for example. It isn't so difficult to gather resources to support some local communities around the world and help them to spread the word about OSM. Recently, in less than one month, the OSMF obtained 56 thousand pounds in donations to buy new servers. If there are people around the world that want to organize or participate of events to promote OSM, we should help them.

Beyond those proposals I am open to listen to new ideas and I promise to act with transparency and ethics.

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