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My February 2021 in OSM

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 11 March 2021 in English (English).

My February 2021 in OSM

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.

Previously: 2021: Jan. 2020: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.

My January 2021 in OSM

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 21 February 2021 in English (English).

My January 2021 in OSM

Previously: 2020: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.

German Postal Win

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 14 February 2021 in English (English).

I have successfully received an envelope with my OSM username on it. 🙂

envelope with Ogham

My December 2020 in OSM

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 9 February 2021 in English (English).
  • Mapping
    • Coninuted to map every day, although hdyc might show a gap, it’s cause I count edits after midnight as part of the day.
  • CWG
  • LCCWG moderation subcttee/CoC
    • Minor beurocracy
  • Board
    • Board Meeting
      • December Board meeting. It was the last with my 2 friends Paul Norman & Joost Schouppe. Obviously it won’t be the last time I talk to them. 🙂
      • Post-AGM Board meeting, where I was elected OSMF Secretary
    • A Local Chapter complained that the Bing imagery had gotten worse. I contacted Microsoft to see if there was anything up. At the time of writing, nothing has happened
    • Attribution Guidelines
    • HOT & OSMF Board
      • Another draft of the proposed trademark grant
      • Started organising a meeting between OSMF & HOT Boards.
    • AGM
      • Prep: Review’ed Allan’s chairperson report
      • [⚠ Discussion on sexual assault ⚠] I wanted to stay out of the [Election to the Board], but I had to reply to a misogynistic email: My email reply, also on Fediverse/Mastodon (mirrored to the birdsite)
      • Actually went to AGM
    • Local Chapters
      • Reviewed the AoA & finances for the OSM Poland application
      • Reviewed AoA for OSM Japan application & power of attorney document
      • There’s a suggestion to document better what’s involved in a local chapter application, and a draft has been started.
    • I started arranging the traditional OSMF Board Screen2Screen weekend meeting for February 2021
    • As the new OSMF Secretary, I tried to set up the framagenda, and had to send copies of signature.

(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

My November 2020 in OSM

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 31 January 2021 in English (English).

My November 2020 in OSM

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

My October 2020 in OSM

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 12 November 2020 in English (English).

My October 2020 in OSM

Here’s some of the things I’ve been doing in OpenStreetMap in October 2020.

  • Mapping
    • Continued my daily mapping. I’ve been using StreetComplete to add & update opening_hours data. It’s surprising how many shop’s opening hours has changed, an hour here, and hour there. It also gets me out of the house because of lock down.
      • 13% of my edits are now StreetComplete
  • Hacking (Can’t do much with one hand)
    • There was a video chat about vectortiles on, which I attended.
    • I suggested another anti-spam technique for Telegram groups, to complimemt the federated spam blocks on OSM Telegram groups, specifically, requiring one has an OSM account.
  • CWG
    • Posted some OSM stickers to Switzerland.
    • Some suggested a German translation of the I ♥ OpenStreetMap sticker. I need to order some of them.
    • The CWG had a long overdue meeting, where we talked about CoIs, editorial policies, and some possible new CWG members
  • Board

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.)

reddit AMA with some OSMF Board members. 15:00Z 9 Nov

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 29 October 2020 in English (English).

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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My September 2020 in OSM

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 14 October 2020 in English (English).

My September 2020 in OSM

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.)

Distance to nearest building in North America

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 13 September 2020 in English (English). Last updated on 14 October 2020.

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, Map Data © ODbL OpenStreetMap Contributors) Canonical Web Page: “Distance to nearest building in North America” on map of north america

My August 2020 in OSM

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 5 September 2020 in English (English). Last updated on 6 September 2020.

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.

Previously: July 2020 June 2020 May 2020 April 2020 Mar 2020 Feb 2020 Jan 2020

My July 2020 in OSM

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 20 August 2020 in English (English).
  • Mapping
    • Same old building mapping
    • I was on a cycle trip lately, and tried out mapping with StreetComplete on the go. It worked good, but you have to keep your eyes on the road.
  • OSMF Board
    • Draft Attribution Guidelines. The OSMF needs to write guidelines on how to fulfil our attribution requirements, and the board is working on this.
      • Email with our corporate cousel about proposed draft.
    • Hiring
      • The OSMF feels the need to hire, so we’ve been talking inside the board about this.
    • Corporate members: A corporation asked to join, but we have to talk them them about some of their software names, and how the OSMF’s trademark policy affects that. No reply yet.
    • Local Chapters: Some small work on OSGeo Oceania application.
    • HOT & OSMF: Some more drafts & emails about a possible short term memorandum of understanding.
  • Coding

Previously: June 2020 May 2020 April 2020 Mar 2020 Feb 2020 Jan 2020

My June 2020 in OSM

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 11 July 2020 in English (English).

My June 2020 in OSM

  • OSMF Board
    • Continued work on version 2 of the OSMF Local Chapters Agreement, posted to osmf-talk@ & engaged with the discussion & in person discussions
    • Drafted reply to complaints about the recent trademark grant to Cesium. Did an internal board poll.
    • New Attribution Guidelines are being worked on, so we had a call with some corporate members of the OSMF.
    • The OSMF & HOT wants to work better together
      • We had a board to board chat to catch up. Nothing to report, just a catch up
      • HOT’s name uses the OSMF’s trademark and they suggested a contract to cover that, they proposed something, we edited it, and send it back. The beurocracy continues.
  • LGBTQ mapping
    • Watched the mapbeks webinar. It was aimed at a lower level of knowledge than I have, so I didn’t learn much. Since they switched in & out of English, I was only able to follow half of it 😆
    • Discovered Qiekub, a map display LGBTQ places in OSM.
  • Communications WG
  • Mapping
  • Programming
    • Continued to work on my side project to help with vandalism

Previously: May 2020 April 2020 Mar 2020 Feb 2020 Jan 2020

My May 2020 in OSM

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 24 June 2020 in English (English).

My May 2020 in OSM

(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)

  • Mapping
    • Lots of regular building mapping. As usual. Slowly chugging through mapping buildings in Dublin, where I’m from. Eventually we’ll have all the buildings in Ireland mapped
  • Coding
  • Community
  • Board
    • Local Chapters: I continued to help out with this.
      • Oceania (OSGeo Oceania)
        • Lots of work to contact active mappers in the area to ask about OSGeo
          • OSM Msg’ed 27 active mappers in the area. 3 approvals, 1 disapproval, 1 don’t care, the rest no reply
          • Posted to #australia channel on OSMUS’s Slack server. No reply
          • Contacted OSGeo Pacific Islands, they approve
      • OSM US
        • Working on the v2 Local Chapter Agreement. Talked to our corporate counsel about it, a few emails back and forth.
      • Argentia
        • Contacted mapper who expressed concern if they’d like to help find evidence. No reply
    • Board Meeting on 21st.
    • Properly signed all the contracts & confirm paid for our BigBlueButton video chat server
    • OSMF’s Corporate Members
      • The board & some corporate members had an introductory call, to try to work better together
      • Cesium applied for & got a trademark grant
    • Fee Waiver stuff
      • Contacted the OSMF’s corporate counsel to check if we can give (normal) membership for the fee waiver, rather than the current associate membership. Yes we can
    • Microgrants
      • Looked into this a little internally to board

Previously: April 2020 Mar 2020 Feb 2020 Jan 2020

My April 2020 in OSM

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 1 May 2020 in English (English).

The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic is changing everything.

Previously: Mar 2020 Feb 2020 Jan 2020

(Do you know how long it takes to keep track of everything & write it up every month? 😛)

Making maps of `sport` tags in OpenStreetMap in Ireland & Britain

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 25 April 2020 in English (English).

(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%

Shows this:

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
  19967 tennis
  19558 soccer
   6823 bowls
   6447 golf
   5632 equestrian
   4134 cricket
   3164 basketball
   2317 rugby_union
   2080 multi
   1935 gaelic_games

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

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 5 April 2020 in English (English). Last updated on 7 April 2020.

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

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 9 March 2020 in English (English).

My February 2020 in OSM. (sorry it’s a little delayed)

  • Community
  • 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.

  • CWG / Swag / Promotional Materials Programme
  • OSMF
    • OSMF Feb 2020 board meeting
      • took a long time due to a long treasurer report
    • boring paperwork for f2f (Bank stuff)
    • Noticing that the contract for our admin assistant was due to expire at the end of the month, we voted to extend it for another 12 months. Seeing that the rate had been the same since the start, we suggested she charge us a little more due to inflation. That all went ahead and a new rate was mutally agreed and the contract adjusted.
  • Using OSM
    • I played with generating maps showing statistical distribution of OSM data. I made some maps the make maps of cuisine tag in Europe. This is all gdal hacks & Makefiles, I haven’t (yet) released that code.
  • Hacking
    • To make these maps of OSM, I didn’t find any good heatmap command line programme. So I created sheatmap to do that. Surprisingly gdal doesn’t do it.
    • Learned lots about how to do things with gdal, and work with OSM data. Alas I haven’t released or published any of that yet.

Previously: Jan 2020

All my personal opinions

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 10 February 2020 in English (English).

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. 🙂

What I did in OSM in January 2020

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 1 February 2020 in English (English).

Here’s a summary of things I did in OSM in January 2020.

  • Mapping
  • Coding
  • Community
    • Co-founded RainbOSM, a Telegram group chat for LGBTQ+ people in OSM. Telegram is a closed source chat service, which is unfortunate, but there are a lot of people who use it.
    • Submitted 2 links to WeeklyOSM.
    • Participated in many twitter conversations about OSM #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 (Another closed source communication platform).
    • Participated in some conversation on LCCWG IRC channel.
  • OSM Foundation Board
    • Jan 2020 Board meeting
    • OSMF board has decided to have a face to face meeting in London, so I had to book travel for that
    • Evaluated 7 fee waiver applications for the OSMF
    • Read the background material for contract agenda item
    • Read the background material for local chapter application for SK, AL, DRC, Oceania, AR
    • Phone call with community members (A. Mustard & OSM Irl group chat)
  • CWG
    • Filed an expenses claim form for the stickers I’ve been sending out.
    • Sent out 600 stickers to the OSM community in the Phillipines.
    • Wrote wiki page about promotional material programme.
    • Looked into making more attribution fixer stickers.

OSMF board election results

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 22 December 2019 in English (English).

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