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Declaration of Conflicts

Posted by Heather Leson on 19 March 2015 in English (English)

As a Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Board Member Candidate, I wish to state my potential conflicts of interest:

Employer is Qatar Computing Research Institute:

My full time job is in research on Humanitarian and social innovation software. Our open source software often uses HOT-driven OSM data. (e.g. MicroMappers and hopefully UAviators via OAM) As a research institute, we do not receive remuneration for HOT nor do we receive profit from these projects.

Professional Affiliations:

ca.linkedin.com/in/heatherleson

Boards and Advisories:

*Board: PeaceGeeks (member of Digital Humanitarian Network) *Advisor: School of Data *Advisor: Jump2Spot *Organizer: International Conference of CrisisMappers *More advisory roles: http://textontechs.com/portfolio/

If there are any situations of conflict of interest, I will respectfully step out of the discussion and/or vote.

Thank you,

Heather

cabrils

Posted by mmorell on 19 March 2015 in Catalan (Català)

crec que ja he afegit tots els edificis de cabrils.

Location: carrer Maria Teresa, Cabrils, Maresme, Barcelona, Catalunya, 08348, Espanya

kayakklubburinn

Posted by IngiSig on 19 March 2015 in Icelandic (Íslenska)

ró ró ró ró

Location: Grafarvogur, Reykjavík, Höfuðborgarsvæðið, 112, Ísland

Pushpin

Posted by GVA2001 on 19 March 2015 in Russian (Русский)

Недавно установил на iOS устройство мобильный редактор карт Pushpin. В общем программой доволен.

Достоинства

  • Удобный интерфейс

  • Низкие системные требования

  • Возможность переключения подложки карты (OpenStreetMap и спутник)

  • Широкое атрибутивное меню

Недостатки

  • Нельзя управлять пакетами правок

  • Нельзя изменять геометрию контуров

  • Нельзя работать с большинством линий

Разработка своей карты на базе данных OSM

Posted by GVA2001 on 19 March 2015 in Russian (Русский)

Наверное, многие хотят, чтобы Mapnik отображал такие мелкие детали, как скамейка, мусорный бак и прочие. Впрочем, у меня появилась возможность сделать это.

Порывшись в интернете, я узнал, что можно сделать свой собственный слой карты. Конечно, это работа для опытных программистов. Так, как я только поверхностно знаю язык C++ Visual Studio, подобрал настольную программу Mapertive. Немного откорректировавши шаблон Mapnik (слой показывал только 50% объектов), создал тайлы для устранения неполадок совместимости с .osm файлом и обновил данные. Результат был восхитительным :-D

lea27784 @ wikipedia

Posted by Lea27784 on 19 March 2015 in German (Deutsch)

Für einen (weiteren) Blog fehlt mir momentan die Zeit, daher notiere ich alles Wichtige und Aktuelle rund um OSM im Wiki...

JOSM Portable

Posted by Otnow on 19 March 2015 in Russian (Русский)

Опишу используемую мной реализацию переносимой версии JOSM для Windows.

Данная реализация имеет возможность автоматического обновления дистрибутива JOSM и полностью автономна, т.е. наличие установленной Java-машины в ОС не требуется, т.к. она уже находится в комплекте.

Реализация состоит из следующих компонентов:

  1. дистрибутив JOSM
  2. Java-машина
  3. утилита Wget
  4. bat-скрипт
  5. значек

1. Дистрибутив JOSM

В основном я пользуюсь последней нестабильной версией, но если она очень глючит запускаю стабильную, поэтому у меня сразу два дистрибутива:

Файлы дистрибутивов именуются как есть и располагаются в корне каталога JOSM:

JOSM\
  josm-latest.jar
  josm-tested.jar
  ...

2. Java-машина

Для достижения полной автономности работы используется переносимая версия Java-машины, загрузить которую можно следующим образом:

Java SE Downloads

  • на странице загрузки Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) нужно принять лицензионное соглашение и загрузить архив *.tar.gz для Windows x86

Java SE Runtime Environment Downloads

Архив распаковывается в подкаталог JAVA и располагается в корне каталога JOSM:

JOSM\
  JAVA\
    bin\
    lib\
    ...
  ...

3. Утилита Wget

Для автоматического обновления дистрибутива JOSM используется консольная утилита Wget, бинарный файл для Windows которой можно загрузить с сайта тов. Jernej Simončič (за что ему большое спасибо :-) ) по прямой ссылке.

Файл утилиты именуется как есть и располагается в корне каталога JOSM:

JOSM\
  wget.exe
  ...

4. Bat-скрипт

Bat-скрипт служит для организации автоматического обновления дистрибутива и запуска JOSM в портативном режиме:

@echo off
set josm_dir=%~dp0
"%josm_dir%wget.exe" --quiet --show-progress --timestamping --backups=1 --directory-prefix="%josm_dir:\=/%" http://josm.openstreetmap.de/josm-<версия>.jar
start /b /d "%josm_dir%JAVA\bin" javaw.exe -Xmx1024M -Djosm.home="%josm_dir%config" -jar "%josm_dir%josm-<версия>.jar"
exit

Порядок работы скрипта:

  • с помощью утилиты Wget перед запуском JOSM производится загрузка с официального сайта с отображением прогресса (опция --show-progress) и обновление с созданием резервной копии предыдущей версии (josm-<версия>.jar.1, опция --backups) его дистрибутива, но только в том случае, если файл был изменен на сервере (опция --timestamping)

  • с помощью переносимой версии Java-машины запускается JOSM в портативном режиме (опция -Djosm.home) и с увеличенным лимитом на использование ОЗУ (опция -Xmx1024M)

После первого запуска JOSM создаст в своем корневом каталоге подкаталог config и будет использовать его для хранения своих настроек (preferences.xml), плагинов (plugins), кэша тайлов (cache) и других файлов.

Как упоминалось выше я использую обе версии JOSM, поэтому создал 2 файла bat-скрипта для запуска каждой из версий:

  • для запуска последней нестабильной версии (START_LATEST.bat):

    @echo off
    set josm_dir=%~dp0
    "%josm_dir%wget.exe" --quiet --show-progress --timestamping --backups=1 --directory-prefix="%josm_dir:\=/%" http://josm.openstreetmap.de/josm-latest.jar
    start /b /d "%josm_dir%JAVA\bin" javaw.exe -Xmx1024M -Djosm.home="%josm_dir%config" -jar "%josm_dir%josm-latest.jar"
    exit
    
  • для запуска стабильной версии (START_TESTED.bat):

    @echo off
    set josm_dir=%~dp0
    "%josm_dir%wget.exe" --quiet --show-progress --timestamping --backups=1 --directory-prefix="%josm_dir:\=/%" http://josm.openstreetmap.de/josm-tested.jar
    start /b /d "%josm_dir%JAVA\bin" javaw.exe -Xmx1024M -Djosm.home="%josm_dir%config" -jar "%josm_dir%josm-tested.jar"
    exit
    

Файлы bat-скриптов именуются произвольно и располагаются в корне каталога JOSM:

JOSM\
  START_LATEST.bat
  START_TESTED.bat
  ...

5. Значек

Значек (ico-файл) используется как декоративный элемент для красивого оформления ярлыка на файл bat-скрипта.

Файл значка (*.ico) именуется произвольно и располагается в корне каталога JOSM:

JOSM\
  josm.ico
  ...

5.1 Лайфхак

Чтобы закрепить ярлык на файл bat-скрипта на панели задач в Windows 7 и выше нужно:

  • создать ярлык на любой исполняемый файл (*.exe) и поместить его на панель задач
  • в свойствах ярлыка на панели задач изменить путь объекта на файл bat-скрипта и сменить значек

JOSM shortcut

Описанная реализация переносимой версии JOSM для Windows со всеми необходимыми файлами находится в данном архиве (версии Java-машины и Wget актуальны на момент публикации, поэтому при необходимости обновите их):

JOSM\
  JAVA\
  josm.ico
  josm-latest.jar
  josm-tested.jar
  START_LATEST.bat
  START_TESTED.bat
  wget.exe

Спасибо за внимание и приятного маппинга :-)

Aller Anfang

Posted by Beat on 18 March 2015 in German (Deutsch)

So, endlich habe ich mein Vorhaben in die Tat umgesetzt bei OSM mit zu helfen. Zuerst nehme ich mir nur leichtere Sachen vor wie Waldwege und so. So nach und nach wage ich mich dann an schwierigeres Terrain.

Location: Windig, Freiburg, District de la Sarine, Freiburg, Schweiz

Reunión OSM-EC 2

Posted by lomejordejr on 18 March 2015 in Spanish (Español)

Afiche del evento

La Comunidad de Software Libre y Seguridad informática Hackem invita a los usuarios de OpenStreetMap en Ecuador a un encuentro para compartir y dialogar sobre OSM en el país, también se utilizará la plataforma Google Hangouts para estar en contacto con quienes no puedan asistir de manera presencial.

Algunos de los temas propuestos a tratar son:

  • organización para la difusión del uso de OSM a nivel Nacional (Redes sociales, Webinar, talleres)
  • 1er Mapping Day 2015
  • mapazonia
  • normalizar etiquetas utilizadas en Ecuador
  • nivel de administracion para las ciudades

Igualmente estamos abiertos a sugerencias para cualquier otro tema que consideren importante a tratar en la reunión.

Recalcamos que es de gran importancia su participación para fortalecer la Comunidad OSM Ecuador.

  • Fecha: 21/03/2015 *
  • Hora: 11h00
  • Lugar: ASOFIS - Escuela Politécnica Nacional - Quito, Ecuador.
  • Mapa: http://goo.gl/kdAurp

Más información en la Lista de Correo Oficial OSM-EC: https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/talk-ec

*En base al formulario de asistencia, realizado desde el 6 de Enero 2015 hasta 25 de Enero 2015

Nota: Por favor confirmar su asistencia en este formulario http://goo.gl/Ml2g4I.

Saludos,

Luis Reinoso

A mad dash to Haarlem and back

Posted by SimonPoole on 18 March 2015 in English (English)

SOSM operates a fair number of services mainly for the Swiss community that up to now have been hosted on a single small server leased from Hetzner. While this is a very cost worthy solution, it doesn't have any redundancy built in and further requires cross border Internet traffic to access, which raises privacy concerns at least with parts of our community. SInce we started operating the server a bit over a year ago it was clear that a local solution would be preferable.

Due to the good relations between SOSM and Wikimedia Switzerland late last year we were pointed to the fact that Wikimedia Germany was throwing away their old hardware which used to host the "toolserver" and that while most of it was clearly not worth continuing to use, there was three couple of years old Dell R520 servers that might still be useful. While we needed to find an affordable hosting location to go with the machines (more on that soon), it was clear, if at all possible, we would like to secure the machines for SOSM.

Wikimedia operates a larger site in the Netherlands in a commercial hosting facility just outside of Amsterdam in Haarlem (yes Haarlem and nearby Breuklen gave the names to the Harlem and Brooklyn in NYC). They don't have direct on site staff and it was clear that we would have to arrange pickup when somebody was there dismantling the hardware. This turned out to be bit of a challenge and in the end, after determining that we wouldn't have to commercially import the hardware (no financial difference, just a procedural one), we decided that the easiest and most efficient, perhaps not most ecological, solution would be simply to drive up to Amsterdam short term when Wikimedia was ready and pick up the servers in person.

Last Friday was the day, Michael (user datendelphin) and myself started on our mad dash to Haarlem and back, a total of over 1'700km. To at least get some more out of it we decided to record as much as possible of the drive with Mapillary and naturally navigate with OSM only.

An old S2 for Mapillary with two empty 32 GB and OsmAnd for navigation.

I initially tried to run RTKGPS+ on the S2 with an external GPS device with the antenna beneath the sun roof (GPS signal reception is really lousy in that car), which however proved to be a bit much for the phone together with Mapillary and from Freiburg im Breisgau on we switched to using a normal bluetooth connected GPS device.

The set-up worked very well fillng a 32GB card for each direction, our longest continuous segment had something over 6200 images. Currently there are still roughly 8000 images from the drive back uploading (of a total of roughly 23'000), in any case we did cover a lot of new territory.

Routing with OsmAnd was quite painless too, and while it did take a couple of minutes to calculate the 850+ km routes that didn't really cause an issue. Very noticeable was the quite new support of destination, lanes and turn:lanes, lots of the intersections and on/off ramps were already completely tagged and only a handful had some errors. Matter of fact the only serious routing error we had along the way was due to a typo

Here exactly the same issue in OSRM:

which was caused by a short stretch of road with a wrong speed limit. OsmAnd does have an annoying tendency to try and short cut over off/on-ramps now and then, this may however be indicative of simply not penalizing these enough compared to continuing straight on. In summary the actual driving was uneventful and quite relaxing.

In the end, as we have already blogged about on sosm.ch, we picked up the servers (at 23:00 on Friday!) and had a quick and uneventful trip back on a different route on Saturday.

Special thanks to Wikimedia Germany and Switzerland and to everybody that helped getting this done. Michael is now working on getting the servers ready for deployment which we expect in a couple of weeks time.

Please consider our SOSM 2015 donation drive which should cover the initial costs we incurred acquiring the servers and any replacement and additional hardware we will need to purchase to get everything up and running.

First mapping. Higham, Lancs, UK

Posted by burtdakarax on 18 March 2015 in English (English)

Added some footpaths south of Higham, Lancashire. Part of my normal walks, but not easy ones to follow. Used Memory Maps to check positions of Ordnance survey marked footpaths.

Missing city in Hungary

Posted by filipo71 on 17 March 2015 in Hungarian (Magyar)

Hi,I downloaded the android version of Osmand program with hungaryan maps.In the mups (or in the program) I wanted to search Bak (middle size village) but I couldn't find it.Bak is in Zala,near to Zalaegerszeg. On the map there is Bak.So I don't know the trouble is in the program or the data. Thank you for the correktion. Good work.

OsmAnd (Android) und Abbiegespuren

Posted by artus70 on 17 March 2015 in German (Deutsch)

In den neuesten Kartenversionen unterstützt OsmAnd endlich die "turn lanes" ziemlich weitreichend. Dazu brauchte es offensichtlich nicht einmal ein Update der App selbst, sondern lediglich der Dowloadkarten, was ja ca. alle 14 Tage geschieht. Es macht Spaß, die zuvor in OSM eingetragenen Abbiegespuren nun auch bei der Navigation angezeigt zu bekommen (hier: Oldenburg, Niedersachsen): Abbiegespuren leicht links, geradeaus und rechts

Noch nicht ganz perfekt ist die gleichzeitige Anzeige von alternativen Möglichkeiten in Spuren, bei denen man z.B. geradeaus UND rechts abbiegen kann. Zwar wird die tatsächlich benötigte Richtung korrekt (grün) hervorgehoben, jedoch fände ich es schön, wenn auch die nicht benötigte Richtung sichtbar würde (im Bild wäre das der Geradeaus-Pfeil auf der rechten Spur) - ebenso wie ja auch die Richtung der anderen (links abbiegenden) Fahrspur angezeigt wird: Fehlender Geradeaus-Pfeil in der rechten Spur

Jetzt gilt es nur noch, mithilfe von Bing weitere Abbiegespuren zu finden und zu taggen. Mit JOSM klappt das mittlerweile ganz gut.

Location: Bodenburg, Eversten, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, 26131, Deutschland

Гуглмапс

Posted by dkiselev on 17 March 2015 in Russian (Русский)

Готовлю слайды к презенташке, заглянул на гуглокарты в моем околотке.

Капец, кто это рисовал? https://www.google.com/maps/@56.8396279,60.6433669,18z

Я даже не говорю что дороги нафантазированы. Они же кривущие, пересекают здания, проезды (дворовые) не отличимы от улиц (Малышева - так то весьма не маленькая улица).

Я конечно догадываюсь что индусы рисовали, но как этим вообще пользоваться то?

Glückwunsch

Posted by Tvali on 17 March 2015 in German (Deutsch)

#Glückwunsch

Diese Kartensammlung ist wirklich sehr beeindruckend. Immer weiter so!!

Location: Marienthal, Geisenheim, Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis, Regierungsbezirk Darmstadt, Hessen, Deutschland

Running for the 2015 HOT Board

Posted by PierZen on 16 March 2015 in French (Français)

My journey at OSM / HOT

The Haiti Earthquake in january 2010 let me discover what it was possible to do remotely to support humanitarian actions. I jumped in rapidly and used my various skills to support this first HOT activation. I remember these updates where we saw first Schuyler and Tom Buckley and then Nicolas Chavent and Robert Soden in action, the interviews in the tents, the HOT kits, the workflows built with the UN agencies.

On the steps of these initiators of HOT Activations, I started at the end of 2012 to coordinate a serie of major activations where the core coordinators we supported remotely the international community. With the rebellion in the Kivus, north of the Democratic republic of Congo, hundred of thousands of people were fleeing on the roads. Nicolas who had worked previously for the UN Agencies (WFP and UNJLC/Log-Cluster at inter-agency level) organized the contacts with OCHA and asked Claire to assure the liaison from Kinshasa.

We had the objective to professionalize our activations, to gain confidence of the various international organizations and convince them to collaborate with OSM and HOT, to make OSM the Reference map in the context of disasters.

In parallel of the Congo Activation, I started The Mali activation two months later. Andrew Buck then joined in and Severin started activations for the Central Africa Republic (CAR) and South Sudan. At the same time, Jorieke and other Eurosha volunteers in CAR had to move out rapidly because of the insecurity.

With the Activations, the support of local communities and discussions, collaborations with the Red Cross, MSF, Eurosha, Espace Francophone projects, a place of innovation and experimentation was gradually implemented. We also proposed Design improvements of the Task Manager to adapt it to the context of Activations, offered various Daily exports, looked at using mobile devices for data collect, contributed to software experiments, design, development.

The core coordinators, we volunteered to develop gradually this model of activation that showed such success for the Ebola Outbreak response. We documented the wiki project page for each activation, advertised the OSM maps & products, assured daily updates of various exports, documented the Task Manager Jobs and negotiated for constant adaptations of this tools that is central for supporting these remote activations through internet. Jean-Guilhem Cailton and Fred Moine were also very supportive and reactive about imagery processing.

We assured the remote response mapping, obtaining the imagery from various Imagery providers, coordinating with the international organizations, convincing sometimes the developers to adapt their tools to the particular context of our activations. I bloged and emailed regularly on the activations on the hot website and the mailing list and participated to international conferences making outreach about our activities.

In parallel with the activations, we also worked to innovate in data collection and technical remote support of local communities. We also established contacts with the Red Cross and MSF, discussed about ways to progress. This was later beneficial for the Haiyan/Yolanda Activation in november 2013.

For the Mali Activation in early 2013, we implemented an Imagery Crowdsourcing application to have the capacity to spot villages spread in either flooded or desertic areas and difficult to view. Pierre Giraud adapted the Tasking Manager to import the polygons of the various residential areas. This helped focus around the villages, locate and trace the highways connecting to these villages.

The Haiyan typhoon that hit Tacloban city in november 2013 was very destructive and cut all communications and electricity. Our Red Cross partners were waiting to deploy in Tacloban, not knowing what was the exact situation on the ground. The international community was rapidly mobilized, satellites re-oriented to obtain post-disaster imagery. OSM, Copernicus and UNOSAT did Post-disaster evaluation to facilitate the logistic of the organization.

For that Activation, we coordinated with Maning Sambale (HOT/OSM Philippines) who managed discussions with the local governments about Opendata and interacted with the government and the international agencies and mobilized the OSM-Philippines. We had a very effective coordination with the American Red Cross, the UN agencies and the international organizations.

The first 10 days of the activation were impressive with the OSM developers adapting the Humanitarian style to show damages to structures and adding this style to various tools. This was quite a satisfaction 10 days later for all of us to see the Poster size maps delivered to the OIM at Tacloban airport. This is crisis response, with a lot of adaptation, listening, innovation.

In 2013, participating to a training mission in north of Haiti and to the Espace Francophone LearnOSM translation sprint, was the opportunity to be confronted with the field reality, the cultural context and the technical challenges we are faced in such missions. Very satisfactory experience with great friends. This is the type of experience we should give the opportunity to the more engaged volunteers of our organization, to help them progress and adapt to the reality of the various countries where we operate.

My 2014 HOT Journey

The Ebola outbreak in Guinea spread rapidly in march 2014 and for the first time in urban area and large territories. In the context of epidemics, the contact tracing is a crucial operation. MSF epidemiologists were faced with blank maps. Village names were an other problem with duplicates or variants. Looking at the Haiyan experience, they thought that GIS support and OSM maps would be beneficial to this response. CartONG GIS specialists worked in the field with the epidemiologists and had coordinating with HOT. The first imageries were bought by MSF and the OSM response was simply fantastic, three cities being mapped in one day. Rapidly the Red Cross joined in, HIU, MapBox and Airbus Space & Defense also provided free imagery. Volunteering over all of the last year for this Ebola response, was for me and surely for others both challenging, sad with the spreading of the epidemic, these continuous deaths with this very complex epidemic. But at the same time this was rewarding looking at what we can accomplish in such circumstances, how we can progress to coordinate with other organizations and make the difference. After Haiti, the West Africa Ebola activation is a reference, not only for the more then 15 millions objects edited and the 3,000 contributors from more then 100 countries, but also for the efficient of collaboration we implemented with UN Agencies and international organizations.

People that want to know more about me can read my HOT updates and my conference presentations on SlideShare.

My vision of HOT

This is a year of transition in the HOT organization with the majority of the Board of directors not renewing their term and the executive director announcing this week her departure. Thanks to all for their contribution to this organization.

Many of this year Board Candidates have significant experience and engagement with HOT, either on the Board mounting projects, interfacing with the partners. While we discuss for this election, I am convinced that the previous Board, the Executive director and the Board candidates can sit together and plan a smooth transition, assuring that the essential informations are transferred to the new Board and that we maintain the momentum of HOT.

Now that the nomination period is closed, the HOT membership will continue privately the discussions about orientations of HOT. I hope that this will be done with respect and openness. These annual meetings are also to review our processes, to question and assure that we adapt smoothly, that we assure to stay dynamic, motivated and innovative. Accountability, Openness, Respect are for me essential values in an organization like HOT with a mix of passionate and engaged volunteers, contractors and paid staff from which we benefit expertise. We have to be careful to offer a place of discussion where members can recognize themselves.
To meet once a year to select a Board is not enough. The new Board should look at how the information circulate better, the expertise of the membership is more effective to orient the projects. We should interrogate ourselves how the Working groups or other participation channels can facilitate the HOT operations with more connections between the volunteers, the contractors, the ED and the Board.

With the complexity of projects running, the share of expertise among members, the development of internal capacity in organizations like HOT is an essential factor of success. HOT is an organization with technical people having expertise in various sectors. We interconnect with various UN agencies and international organizations both to develop softwares, projects, collect field data, discuss about building information systems, collecting data from various governments and organizations. Organizations like HOT with both paid staff, contractors and volunteers should not be thought only as a hierarchical structure with the Board, the executive, and the contractors. There are surely confidential matters that should be dealt only by the Board and the ED, but we need to bridge from the various projects. It is essential to assure skill transfers and revise the actual rules of governance. We should take care to have the mechanisms that assure the relay of information from one to the other, and the capacity to revise our projects if necessary and assure a constant progress in this context of innovation and complex organisations sharing work with the the international organizations.

Let me take the example of an activity I was quite involved over the years with HOT. Since the start in 2010, the Activations offered our community the possibility to identify a clear space where we can collaborate with international organizations, innovate and have a significant impact mapping to support their deployment. As one of the core Activation coordinators since 2012, I am proud of the model we developed coordinating with UN Agencies and international organizations. We need to consolidate this action, by adapting the softwares to the needs of the activators and progress with our partners in field data collection. Tools like ODK can favor more exchanges between the humanitarian organizations and OSM. We can say that as volunteers for the OSM Ebola response in 2014, we impacted positively the organization. This opened doors for more collaboration and facilitated access to resources such as the 200,000 USD donation by the Hewlett Foundation, all of these allowing to deepen the impact of remote HOT crisis activations for both Humanitarian and Development actors as well as local communities.

I agree with Jorieke saying that the heart of HOT is this community and that the Board actions should not be isolated from the community and with other candidates that say we should do more community support and preparedness.

I also agree with Severin and Nicolas vision about how to reinforce this member-based organization with a more transparent organization.

We need also to identify clear objectives how the various activities may globally make the difference with common objectives about obtaining OpenData necessary to have more accurate maps. They should be integrated with a vision of which informations are the more crucial in the context of disaster and for economic development in general. Territory management by local authorities or by the international organizations supporting in case of disaster need solid Opendata about infrastructures and administrative limits. Obtaining such Opendata from various governments is often uneasy. But more we develop interelations with OSM local communities, universities, local government, more we will progress to answer these questions. For the Haiyan Typhoon response in november 2013, I saw how useful was the OSM community with Maning Sambale coordinating with the remote coordinators and interfacing locally with the international agencies and local governments.

HOT is an innovative organization that has multitude interactions with other organizations. The Board, the Executive, the contractors and the volunteers all have significant expertise and assure the progress of HOT in interaction with the UN Agencies and international organizations. We should assure a synergy of these various parts of HOT, reinforce the participation of the volunteers and contractors to project design, orientations, discussions with partners, evaluations. This to assure that we progress both with innovative products and projects, this in complex environments in interaction with our various partners.

We need Board directors willing to work with this community in a less hierarchial organization, discuss orientations, the progress of the projects, and assure the development of the organization.

We do not need to change fundamentally the structure of the organization, but to assure more bridges between the Board, the Executive and the membership, be more accountable, more open to discussions. If we can have more possibilities for the engaged members to participate to some field missions, this should also be quite a motivator. These are conditions that should favor the membership participation, more exchanges and assure constant innovations in the organization.

How I can play a role on this Board

I have previous experience as a Board director and managed the major activations since 2012 interacting with various organizations.

My grounding to the various realities of HOT action, my involvement both in action, organization, innovation, development, the support to both the humanitarian organizations and local communities, gives me the capacity to evaluate, orient projects, discuss with partners and the community. My experience in the various sectors of activity of HOT and dealing with partners is an asset for the organization.

In this year of transition, we need experienced people in the field of activities of HOT with a vision of the organization progress, pragmatic, able to sit both with the partners and the community, to continue in the action like we ever did.

HOT is a techy volunteer organization I am proud of and that I want to assure it will progress well.

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Inclusão dos bairros de Jataí-GO

Posted by Ivaldo on 16 March 2015 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Ultimamente estive trabalhando na delimitação dos bairros de Jataí-GO. Apesar de ser uma cidade com aproximadamente 100.000 habitantes, ela tem muitos bairros, mas todos foram adicionados.

Link de localização: Jataí-Goiás-Brasil

O que foi feito

  • Criação das vias que não apareciam no mapa
  • Inclusão dos nomes das vias
  • Delimitação dos bairros (relações e seus pontos)
  • Hidrografia completa (rios, córregos, lagos e canais)
  • Criação de áreas (institucionais e comerciais
  • Adição de alguns pontos nas vias (faróis e faixas de pedestre)
  • Observação: não trabalhei na classificação de vias e direções, salvo raras exceções.

Fonte das informações

... google translation:

Inclusion of Jataí-GO neighborhoods

Lately I've been working in the designation of Jataí-GO neighborhoods. Despite being a city with approximately 100,000 inhabitants, it has many neighborhoods, but all were added.

Link Location: Jataí-Goiás-Brazil

What has been done

  • Creation of routes that did not appear on the map
  • Pathways of names of inclusion
  • Delimitation of neighborhoods (and their relations points)
  • Full hydrography (rivers, streams, lakes and canals)
  • The creation of areas (institutional and commercial
  • Adding some points on the roads (lights and crosswalks)
  • Note: I did not work in the process of classification and directions, with few exceptions.

Source of information

  • map of Jatai Prefecture: everything except hydrography)
  • Urban IBGE layer: only hydrography

Hallo community

Posted by frankstiller85 on 16 March 2015 in German (Deutsch)

Hallo Leute ich bin der Frank aus Oberursel bei Frankfurt und neu hier .

OS Street View Copyright Easter Egg

Posted by James Derrick on 15 March 2015 in English (English)

Over the past few years, I've been a regular user of ITO World's very useful map analysis and comparison tools. One tool (not unique, but well done) compares OS Street View data with OSM highway names and produces both a completeness report, and also a set of map tiles which show differences.

This diff layer is very useful in JOSM to spot errors in both map databases, be it simple typos or show areas for physical survey. In my area North of Newcastle, this has typically shown up schools being closed and turned into small development plots for housing which I've worked into my cycle training runs to make a physical survey.

As I know my local patch well, these areas are often already tracked as landuse=brownfield, of highway=construction so it's just a case of adding in the street names once the developer has bothered to actually put the name plates up!

One such diff intrigued me - close to where my old University digs used to be (Ethel Williams Halls were demolished years ago!), a very small stub off a residential close started changing name.

Penfold Close became Whitby Crescent which ITO dutifully reported on. I though this to be a plausible omission, so added the name change and gave the credit to OS using the source:name=OS_OpenData_Locator tag. As this is about 12 miles away, and the road section in question about 20m long, I didn't undertake a physical survey - slapped wrists all round!

Recently, it changed again to Whitbay Crescent, which seemed strange - had a mapper in OS Towers lost a key from their keyboard? Well, as this seemed so strange and my Winter fitness improving, I cycled out from Cramlington to find out.

Off a small residential road, a t-shaped stub is surrounded by 5 blocks of semi-detached homes. Only one has a name plate showing Penfold Close, but the door numbers show odd and even consistently showing they are in the same street.

So, what is going on with OS Street View changing names of a cul-de-sac all of 20m long? Well, I suspect it could be a Copyright Easter Egg!

The suspicious mind in me wonders if OS has been making small but insignificant changes in OSSV open data to track if and how fast they appear in OSM and other databases? I don't believe this raises any copyright issues (I added the source tag to credit their information, as requested by the licence interpretation), but the feeling of possibly being tracked is both creepy, and reassuring.

Creepy - no one likes being instrumented and put in an experiment.

Reassuring - If my paranoia is correct, could it be that OS take OSM seriously to the point that our Open Street Maps are being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than our own*?

With apologies to HG Wells!

Location: Benton, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, North East England, England, United Kingdom

Rückblick auf die FOSSGIS 2015 in Münster und Ausblick auf die Zukunft der FOSSGIS

Posted by Nakaner on 15 March 2015 in German (Deutsch)

Interessante Vorträge

Die folgende Auflistung basiert auf meiner persönlichen Präferenz und ist auf OSM zentriert. Es gibt (dem Programm zufolge) zwar auch im GIS-Track einige interessant klingende Vorträge, diese Videos habe ich jedoch noch nicht angesehen (während der Konferenz war ich am Donnerstag und Freitag im OSM-Track als Kameramann/Mixer).

Für Mapper eher uninteressant, aber als Einführungsvortrag für OSM-Neulinge ist Frederiks Keynote Nicht zuschauen – mitmachen! empfehlenswert.

Robert Klemm stellte seine Bachelorarbeit Automatisierte OSM Aufbereitung & Analyse von LKW-Mautstrecken in Deutschland vor.

Wer OSM-Daten analysiert, für den ist Claas Leiners Vortrag Daten aus OSM extrahieren und in QGIS weiterverarbeiten einen Blick wert.

Thomas Jakubicka von Mentz DV stellte in seinem Vortrag Indoor Routing in Gebäuden des öffentlichen Verkehrs auf Basis von OpenStreetMap-Daten vor, wie Mentz DV im Bereich des Indoor-Routings und der Indoor-Kartographie OSM nutzt.

Uneinigkeit im Publikum herrschte am Ende von Robert Buchholzs Vortrag FlatMatch – Online-Wohnungssuche mit OSM-Daten, ob eine Plattform, die Wohnungen in 3D in ihrer 3D-gemappten Umgebung darstellt, wirklich dazu führen würde, dass Vermieter ihre Umgebung mappen.

BRouter-Maintainer Arndt Brenschede berichtete in einem Lightning Talk über das intermodale Routing, welches er für BRouter implementiert hatte. In seinem Vortrag Neues zu BRouter ging er näher auf seinen Router und die Einbindung von BRouter in OsmAnd ein.

Für die Freunde freier Spiele präsentierte Tobias Knerr, der Maintainer von OSM2World, einen Workflow, wie man aus OSM-Daten mit OSM2World und Blender eigene Rennstrecken für das Open-Source Rennspiel SuperTuxKart erstellt.

Jochen Topf stellte neue Features in Taginfo vor und Roland Olbricht zeigte, wie man mit ein paar Overpass-API-Abfragen auf Schatzsuche in OpenStreetMap gehen und Tagging- und Mapping-Kuriositäten entdecken und daraus einen Reiseführer der anderen Art erstellen kann.

Da es zahlreiche Anwendungen gibt, die auf hoch aufgelöste Geländemodelle angewiesen sind, stellte Peter Barth seine Versuche zu Crowd-Sourced Elevation vor. Dabei geht es darum, wie man mit den Barometern in Android-Smartphones Geländehöhen ermittelt und somit horizontal besser aufgelöste Modelle als SRMT erstellen kann.

Alexander Lehner berichtete von seinen Versuchen, mit einem Kopter zu mappen.

Alle Vorträge gibt es auch als Dateidownload (HTTP, FTP auf den GWDG-Servern (Benennung erfolgt nach der Vortrags-ID). Die Videos (Youtube und Dateidownload) sind auch im Programm bei den einzelnen Abstracts verlinkt.

Zukunft der FOSSGIS-Konferenz aus OSM-Sicht

Die FOSSGIS ist eine Konferenz für zwei Themen – auf der einen Seite das dominante Thema Open-Source-GIS, auf der anderen Seite das Thema OpenStreetMap. Auf dieser FOSSGIS hat sich gezeigt, dass die FOSSGIS eigentlich keine Konferenz für die OSM-Community ist. Geschätzt waren von den über 410 Teilnehmern nur etwa 50 der OSM-Community zuzuordnen und dementsprechend leer waren auch die meisten Vorträge des OSM-Tracks. In Berlin waren gefühlt mehr OSMler auf der FOSSGIS, in Münster habe ich jedoch überwiegend nur noch alte Bekannte getroffen, die mir sonst auf Hackweekends begegnen. Es gibt mehrere Gründe dafür.

Zum einen spricht die Konferenz schon vom Namen her OSM-Aktive nicht besonders an. Bei allen Ablegern der State of the Map ist OSM das einzige und Hauptthema, bei der FOSSGIS kommt OSM nicht einmal im Namen vor. Dies hat auch mich 2012 und 2013 davon abgehalten, die FOSSGIS zu besuchen. Terminlich liegt die FOSSGIS auch sehr ungünstig für OSM-Aktive, die das meist als Hobby in ihrer Freizeit tun. Da geht man dann nicht einfach auf eine Konfernz, auf der OSM eine Randrolle hat und die auch noch von Mittwoch bis Freitag (früher Dienstag bis Donnerstag) stattfindet. Aus GIS-Sicht ist es verständlich, denn die meisten Teilnehmer der FOSSGIS ohne OSM-Bezug kommen aus beruflichen Gründen, sei es als Entwickler oder Nutzer (u.a. Behörden). Ein Community-Mitglied kostet solch eine Veranstaltung jedoch drei Urlaubstage!

Ein dritter und nicht zu vernachlässigender Punkt ist auch die thematische Ausrichtung der OSM-Vorträge. Viele Vorträge richten sich an Entwickler, Mapper sind aber häufig keine Entwickler. Dieses Problem haben auch die SotM-XX-Konferenzen. Ich selbst kann die "normalen Mapper", die ich auf der SotM-EU in Karlsruhe getroffen habe und nicht direkt zum Orgateam gehörten, an einer Hand abzählen.

Nächstes Jahr wird es voraussichtlich keine FOSSGIS im herkömmlichen Format geben, denn der FOSSGIS hat den Zuschlag für die Ausrichtung der FOSS4G 2016 in Bonn bekommen. Die FOSS4G ist eine Konferenz zum Thema frei Software für GIS (also eine globale FOSSGIS ohne OSM-Track). Es handelt sich dabei schon aufgrund des Eintrittspreis nicht um eine Community-Konferenz (750 Dollar bei FOSS4G 2014 in Portland, in Bonn wird der Eintrittspreis auch im mittleren dreistelligen Eurobereich liegen).

Möglicherweise (?) wird es, angedockt an die GIS-Konferenz Agit in Salzburg, eine kleine FOSSGIS geben. Dort wird OSM jedoch noch exotischer sein als jetzt schon. Die Agit ist nämlich eine wissenschaftlich-proprietäre GIS-Konferenz.

Daher ist es an der Zeit, dass die OSM-Community im deutschsprachigen Raum sich veranstaltungstechnisch selbstständig macht und eine eigene Veranstaltung auf die Beine stellt. Nach sechs Jahren OSM+GIS auf der FOSSGIS hat sich jetzt meiner Meinung nach gezeigt, dass die Idee OSM@FOSSGIS aufgrund der oben genannten Gründe als gescheitert zu betrachten ist.

Eine OSM-Konferenz sollte sich jedoch nicht nur an Entwickler, sondern auch an unseren größten Schatz, die unzähligen Mapper richten. Das könnte zum Beispiel ein OSM-Barcamp sein oder ein Konferenzformat mit hohem Workshop-Anteil sein, denn ein Mapper möchte auch etwas praktisches von der Veranstaltung mit nach Hause nehmen. Ihn interessieren vermutlich nicht, wie man eine PostGIS-Datenbank optimiert, sondern, so glaube ich, eher für Workshops/Vorträge wie "Einführung in 3D-Mapping", "ÖPNV für Mapper", "Vier Editoren in zwei Stunden" oder "Wie erstelle ich ein erfolgreiches Proposal?".

Disclaimer: Die Idee eines OSM-Barcamps stammt übrigens nicht von mir.

EDIT: Videolinks sind jetzt im Programm intergriert. EDIT 19. März 2015: Links zu Youtube-Videos korrigiert

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