Last few months have been weird. Those of us in more northern latitudes (I’m at 49° North) are just coming out of winter, with much shorter days. The coronavirus lockdowns make most regular social life is cut off. I (& most people I care about) have been lucky enough not to catch corona, but I’m noticing everyone is more snappy than normal.
2020: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2020: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
I have successfully received an envelope with my OSM username on it. 🙂
(Yes this is delayed too. 😛)
Previously: November 2020, October 2020, September 2020, August 2020, July 2020, June 2020, May 2020, April 2020, Mar 2020, Feb 2020, Jan 2020
Here’s some of the things I’ve been doing in OpenStreetMap in November 2020.
(Yes I know I’m posting this in late January, I’m sorry for being late. Hence some parts of this document will appear out of date)
Previously: October 2020, September 2020, August 2020, July 2020, June 2020, May 2020, April 2020, Mar 2020, Feb 2020, Jan 2020
Here’s some of the things I’ve been doing in OpenStreetMap in October 2020.
Previously: September 2020 August 2020 July 2020 June 2020 May 2020 April 2020 Mar 2020 Feb 2020 Jan 2020
(For those curious, my bicycle injury (a fractured collarbone), is practically healed. I can use both my arms! The physiotherapy is helping.)
Some of us on the OSM Foundation Board have agreed to do an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the reddit forum for OpenStreetMap (aka “the r/openstreetmap subreddit”) starting on 15:00 UTC 9th November. It’s an oppertunity to ask us some questions. Be gentle. 🙂
See you there. 🙂👋
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Previously: August 2020 July 2020 June 2020 May 2020 April 2020 Mar 2020 Feb 2020 Jan 2020
(This is a little low on details, I have been quite busy with non-OSM stuff lately. And after a bicycle accident, I have to type one handed for a few weeks.)
Have you ever thought “Gee I wonder if you took #OpenStreetMap data for North America, and coloured the image based on the distance to the nearest building?”
No? What kind of person are you?
(red=<1km, orange=1→2km, yellow=2→5km,green=5→50km, blue=>50km Image © CC-BY-SA 4.0 technomancy.org, Map Data © ODbL OpenStreetMap Contributors)
Canonical Web Page: “Distance to nearest building in North America” on Technomancy.org
Here’s some of the things I’ve been doing in OpenStreetMap in August 2020.
It takes work to write up & assemble these summaries (1½ hour for this) , but keeping track of my achievements is benefitial.
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Previously: June 2020 May 2020 April 2020 Mar 2020 Feb 2020 Jan 2020
Previously: May 2020 April 2020 Mar 2020 Feb 2020 Jan 2020
(Yes I know I’m posting this in late June. I’m sorry I’m so late. Been a bit all over the place lately)
Previously: April 2020 Mar 2020 Feb 2020 Jan 2020
The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic is changing everything.
I arranged for the OSMF to get a BigBlueButton server: https://osmvideo.cloud68.co/. This has since been used by a few local chapters & groups. The OSMF has signed up for a year. It’s hosted in Germany, and run by a European (Albanian) company.
The OSMF needs a written Conflict of Interest policy. I helped look over the draft, but we’re still not settled on something yet.
Still dong the Irish building mapping project. I mapped every day in April.
Previously: Mar 2020 Feb 2020 Jan 2020
(Do you know how long it takes to keep track of everything & write it up every month? 😛)
(Canonical version of this post is on “Sports in Ireland & Britain” on Technomancy)
I created some software to generate heatmaps from OpenStreetMap, here’s what OSM’s sport tag looks like for t̶h̶e̶ ̶C̶e̶l̶t̶i̶c̶ ̶I̶s̶l̶e̶s̶ Ireland & Britain
When you have checked out the code from Sourcehut (or Github), then run make build-deps to install requirements.
Then download the data:
$ make data-ireland-and-britain
Look at the spread. Initially I ran it withouth steps=..., and tried different values until I got something that looked nice.
$ make heatmap_key key=sport steps=0%,1.5%,4%,10%,22%,35%
Unsurprisingly, this shows urban populated areas. On average Britain, even rural areas, have a higher score than rural Ireland. It’s hard to know if that’s because of less mapping in Ireland, or less sporting facilities, which might show a difference in cultures.
Let’s see what’s popular:
$ make list_values key=sport
$ head list_values_sport_bboxALL.txt
Not terribly surprising.
Make an overview of the top 10:
$ make montage_top_10_sport_bboxALL_stamped.png key=sport
Unsurprinsgly sport=gaelic_games is popular in Ireland, and sport=cricket is popular in Britain. The default steps of 0%,25%,50%,75% can be useful, but as you can see with sport=golf,=tennis,=soccer, it’s not always useful.
Cricket in Britain
$ make percent key=sport value=cricket steps=0,0.1,2,6,8,9
“Cricket?! In Yorkshire!”o
Gaelic Games in Ireland with the same colours shows much more gaelic games facilities mapped in Ireland compared to cricket facilities. Hon the parish!
$ make percent key=sport value=gaelic_games steps=0,0.1,2,6,8,9
$ make percent key=sport value=rugby_union steps=0,0.5,2,3.5,5,10
Munster Rugby showing well:
Rugby League, with the same scales. Clearly it’s not as popular in OSM as rugby union:
$ make percent key=sport value=rugby_league steps=0,0.5,2,3.5,5,10
In OSM, there seems to be a high number of golf clubs mapped around Inverness, Scotland:
$ make percent key=sport value=golf steps=0,2,5,10,20,30
The English West Midlands seems to be dominating the horsey set:
$ make percent key=sport value=equestrian steps=0,3,15,40,50
The software to generate this can be found on Sourcehut or Github. If you create any interesting heatmaps email me!, or leave a comment below.
My March 2020 in OSM has been a little weird. The ongoing Coronoavirus pandemic has distracted me. Don’t worry I’m fine. I’m getting used to staying inside.
Previously: Feb 2020 Jan 2020
My February 2020 in OSM. (sorry it’s a little delayed)
Mapping. I continued to help the Irish building mapping project. Data quality is important, so I cleaned up tagging of cuisine=fish_and_chips. While outside, I try to map if I can, such as added benches (etc) while hiking.
Previously: Jan 2020
Just for the record, anything I write here, or on social media accounts, or on mailing lists, or say publicly should be read as my personal opinion, and not the opinion of the OSMF or OSMF Board of Directors. I thought that would be obvious, but it is good to avoid doubt, and to be 100% clear. 🙂
Here’s a summary of things I did in OSM in January 2020.
Well the 2019 OSMF AGM
& board election is over and I was elected! Thank you all who voted for me! The election system was a PR/STV system, so the full rank of preferences were relevant (check out the results).
I’m only now getting set up with all the accounts. The first board meeting of this board will be tomorrow, Mon 23 Dec 2019 18:00Z, as always you are all welcome to listen in. For lots of us the Christmas holiday season is starting, so many of us (incl. me) won’t be doing much until after that (~6th Jan 2020).
previously: I’m running for the board, Manifesto, feedback²