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OSM Dark Theme

Posted by 5m4u9 on 19 November 2015 in English (English). Last updated on 27 November 2015.

osm-after with a dark theme

I created a dark theme for my desktop environment (xfce) with a dark theme. My simple GreaseMonkey/TamperMonkey/VioletMonkey script is applied into the header, sidebars, panels and leaflet elements and partially into iD editor.

How to install

Read the install section at

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Techno-logical paths

Posted by 5m4u9 on 19 April 2014 in English (English).


What if hackers, artists, activists and communicators join their paths to generate social change? (in spanish… activate captions in your language)

Hacker Neighbourhood

The Neighbourhood of “Villa Coronilla” in Cochabamba, Bolivia will be built based on:

“… enhances and promotes: collaboration, mutual understanding and synergy…”

“… inhabitants, activists, artists, developers, designers, pointing to a sense of citizenship that extends from our neighbourhood to the mainland…”

“… creating accessible and effective tools of free use and simple to apply that generate citizen participation and autonomy…”

“… a free radio, a common library of documents (photographs and films of the public domain), blogging citizen systems, mapping the skills (of citizens) in OpenStreetMap and a messaging system to enhance dialogue through technology…”

I will be publishing more info of progress…

bing_map Photo by Bing Maps and OSM data

I heard about this place for an article and reading the blog of photographer Kaupo Kikkas, he details some peculiarities:

… How come that there are no cinemas in the middle of the desert?

He flew back to Paris and arranged some money. After that he went to Cairo to buy original old seats and projection equipment from an old cinema theatre. Then came back to Sinai, arranged generator for electricity a monsterous tractor to pull up the screen that was like a gigantic sail. And now everything was more or less ready for the premier.

Only detail he forgot was that this nice desert happens to be in Egypt. Country where local authorities are not too happy about such enthusiasm and spirit, specially if it comes from a crazy frenchmen…

At the premier evening everything went “accidentally” wrong, their electricity generator was sabotaged and no movies were ever screened at the End of the World Cinema. …

cinema Photo by Kaupo Kikkas

The Map

Is located on the outskirts (northwest) of city “Sharm el-Sheikh” on South Sinai Governorate, Egypt.

I used tags: amenity=cinema + tourism=atraction + abandoned=yes + start_date=~2000

OSM map ->

This ifttt recipe send you an email with details of the new OpenStreetMap contributor who is close to a place that you chose previously.

Follow these steps to enable the recipe:

  1. Use my ifttt recipe
  2. Visit
  3. Click on the map to set your position
  4. Select rectangle size [5, 10, 15, 50, 75 or 100km]
  5. Copy your “Result-Feed-Link”
  6. Paste on the Feed URL

Thanks to Pascal Neis and Simone Cortesi (I relied on his recipe)!

Location: Distrito 10, Centro Histórico, Cochabamba, Cercado, Cochabamba, Bolivia

Bolivian Floods

Posted by 5m4u9 on 7 February 2014 in English (English). Last updated on 21 February 2014.

Torrential rain and floods in Bolivia have killed 38 people and left many homeless (42000 families). The Ministry of Defense said it had flown in food aid and the army was evacuating families from the worst affected regions, Trinidad City - department of Beni, Ixiamas - northeast of the capital La Paz and indigenous communities (Yuracaré people) on the banks of the Chapare River in the central department of Cochabamba.

img Photo credits AFP link

OSM Task Manager

Yesterday, Ariel Nuñez (GFDRR World Bank) based on the request from Fernando Molina, who represents GeoBolivia, and with information from Capitán Carlos Mariaca from the Viceministry of Defense (SINAGER/Defensa Civil) set up the 3 tasks on OSM Task Manager:

We need help with tracing buildings, waterways and roads.

WikiPage Bolivian Floods

I wrote in spanish language the wiki page 2014 Bolivian Floods of the event.

LandSat8 Imagery

From OSM Colombia Talk List:

After a request from Humberto, a Landsat-8 cover of Bolivia is available, in “natural colors” (red, green and blue - 4, 3 and 2 Landsat bands), and also in “false colors” (infrared, near infrared, and green - 7, 5 and 3 Landsat bands), as suggested by Harrierco. (This makes water more visible). The images have less than 10% cloud cover, and were taken between August 2013 and February 2014


  • tms[19]:{zoom}/{x}/{y}
  • tms[19]:{zoom}/{x}/{y}

Thanks to USGS for allowing on-demand processing of these images while Landsat-8 cache reprocessing with improved calibration is on-going

Be digital volunteer, you help save lives!

Mapping city (from scratch), railway station & the salt flat of Uyuni

Posted by 5m4u9 on 7 January 2014 in English (English). Last updated on 13 January 2014.

With some time, I decided to improve the map of the city [1], railway station and the salt flat of Uyuni [2].


Uyuni is a city in the southwest of Bolivia [3]. It was founded to house the first largest railway station and major railway junction. Almost every road in the city are separated by a center field. Salt flat of Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat with a pool of brine, which is exceptionally rich in lithium.

Train Cemerety (original photo [4]):

train cemetery

Salt Flat of Uyuni, place appreciated by photographers because you can play with the reflection of puddles of water and lack of perspective (original photo [5]):

uyuni salt flat

Night Sky of Uyuni (by Karla Gachet & Ivan Kashinsky [6]):

night sky

The Map

This city will be part of the competition Dakar, I added the much information as possible … since all the previous information was made by tourists.

I removed all previous roads and started from scratch to map. I added most of the hospitals, schools, gas station and places of common use. In the vast majority of the buildings I added 3D tags.

TODO: Points of interest, the surface & number of lanes of the roads and others.


I updated my script that removes the left menu, add a floating search box and improved the OpenStreetMap UI. The improvements are:

  • Adding new menu data (export data & trace gps) as dropdown menu in the top bar
  • Fixed the bug that displayed the search box in the print layout
  • New style for counters (highlight more) in the inbox, editions, traces, and diaries
  • Change the width of the subject box when sending messages




Actualicé mi script que elimina el menú izquierdo, añade un cuadro de búsqueda flotante y mejora la interface de usuario de OpenStreetMap. Las mejoras son:

  • Adición del nuevo menú de datos (exportar datos y trazas gps) como menú desplegable en la barra superior
  • Solución del fallo que mostraba el cuadro de búsqueda en la disposición imprimir
  • Nuevo estilo para los contadores (resaltan más) en la bandeja de entrada, ediciones, trazas, y diarios
  • Cambio del ancho de la caja del asunto cuando se envía mensajes



Enjoy! / A disfrutar!

UserScript for #OpenStreetMap

Posted by 5m4u9 on 24 July 2013 in English (English).


My script is available which improves the appearance of the page OpenStreetMap. The idea was going around and today I decided to write and share.

The script is very simple, remove the left menu and enable a floating panel to the search box. Not perfect, but it’s a start and maybe add the links removed as a retractable panel.

The project is hosted on GitHub Use the GreaseMonkey add-on in Firefox or TamperMonkey in Google Chrome.


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Está disponible mi script el cual mejora la apariencia de la página OpenStreetMap. La idea estuvo dando vueltas y hoy me animé a escribir y compartirlo.

El script es muy simple, elimina el menú izquierdo y habilita un panel flotante para el cajón de las búsquedas. No es perfecto, pero es un comienzo y quizá añada los enlaces eliminados como un panel retractable.

El proyecto está alojado en GitHub Utiliza el complemento GreaseMonkey en navegador Firefox o TamperMonkey en Google Chrome.

A disfrutar!


OSM 3D #Cochabamba

Posted by 5m4u9 on 24 April 2013 in English (English).

First test #OSM 3D from an application on a smartphone ( The locations shown in the gallery:

1st San Simon University looking south from Sucre Street

6th San Simon University looking east from Oquendo Avenue

2nd San Agustín School looking north from America Avenue

3rd. Service Station looking west from Gral Galindo Avenue

4th. INFOCAL Cochabamba looking northeast from Gral. Galindo Avenue

5th Anglo American and American School looking northeast from Santa Cruz Avenue

This and more will be shown in previous talks to FliSOL 2013 in Cochabamba…

Southern Zone of #Cochabamba

Posted by 5m4u9 on 19 April 2013 in English (English).

Each year there is a fair call #FEICOBOL ( in #Cochabamba where products and/or services of the city, the country, the region and the world are promoted. As part of the preparations made ​​the effort to edit the map before the event.

The video presentation of the event:

The edited map:–

Hill of San Sebastian

Posted by 5m4u9 on 14 April 2013 in English (English).

Taking advantage of the correction of the change introduced by a novice user, I could edit information tourist and historical of San Sebastian Hill.

For this change ( had to revise the history of the place ( and monuments ( … There is work to do!

The end result of this edition can be seen in


Aprovechando la corrección del cambio introducido por un usuario novato, yo pude editar información turística e histórica de la Colina de San Sebastian.

Para este cambio ( tuve que revisar la historia del lugar ( y sus monumentos (… hay trabajo por hacer!

El resultado final de esta edición se puede ver en

Day of the Pedestrian & Bicycle

Today as part of the Day of the Pedestrian & Bicycle at #Cochabamba rolled ~12 km. with Chris and @ bloodtraction. Another day for #30daysofbiking

The route is available in “my traces” and this week I’ll update some outdated data.


Día del Peatón y la Bicicleta

Hoy en el marco del Día del Peatón y la Bicicleta en #Cochabamba rodé ~12 km con Chris y @bloodtraction. Otro día más para #30daysofbiking

La ruta está disponible en la sección «mis trazas», y en esta semana actualizaré algunos datos obsoletos.

Location: Distrito 11, San Pedro, Cochabamba, Cercado, Cochabamba, Bolivia

Cristo de la Concordia

Posted by 5m4u9 on 10 March 2013 in Spanish (Español).

Retomando las ediciones he podido mejorar la ruta completa del Cristo de la Concordia ubicado en la ciudad de Cochabamba - Bolivia.

La edición contempla muchas mejoras en la información para el turista. Mejoré el parque «De la Autonomía» en el que se encuentra la estación del teleférico, su acceso, la boletería, el kiosco, etc., mejoré las características propias del teleférico (estaciones, cabinas e infraestructura), mejoré las gradas de acceso al Cristo de la Concordia y una que otra precisión en los lugares en la cima del propio monumento.

Queda pendiente algunas características del monumento, información turística en el interior del monumento y el camino de acceso.

Los resultados pueden ser vistos en este mapa

Location: Solterito Alto, Cercado, Cochabamba, Bolivia

Editando Cochabamba...

Posted by 5m4u9 on 19 December 2010 in Spanish (Español).

Utilizando como fondo las imágenes de Bing en JOSM estoy editando Cochabamba. Las imágenes al tener un acercamiento hasta 30 mts. y con una edad de ~2.5 años de antigüedad estoy editando lo que falta pero con la diferencia que ahora voy por distritos D01 al D14 y del Noreste hacia la izquierda y abajo de la cuidad.

La idea es acabar al menos de editar todas las calles y luego los detalles.

Location: Pacata Central, Chapare, Cochabamba, Bolivia