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“Microsoft’s Flight Simulator is a ticket to explore the world again” ( 30 Jul 2020 )

“Most cities are procedurally generated by the AI, based data from OpenStreetMap and an algorithm that provides architectural rulesets for the program to work from.”

Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020 video game)

iD Editor - unclear translations ( QA ) - 2018Oct

Posted by ImreSamu on 5 October 2018 in English (English). Last updated on 7 October 2018.

I have created an experimental QA report about unclear iD Editor translations. ( same translations AND different osm keys! )

if you know any language - please check / fix !

Languages sorted by FREQ of unclear translations :

  • 61 tr
  • 59 he
  • 50 uk
  • 40 da
  • 38 it
  • 36 ro
  • 30 is
  • 29 pl
  • 27 lt
  • 26 ast
  • 25 ca
  • 24 zh-TW
  • 21 no
  • 21 fi
  • 20 vi
  • 20 sl
  • 20 ko
  • 20 gl
  • 20 el
  • 19 lv
  • 18 hr
  • 18 fa
  • 18 ar
  • 16 sv
  • 16 mk
  • 16 et
  • 14 sr
  • 14 sk
  • 14 ru
  • 12 zh-HK
  • 12 zh
  • 12 pt-BR
  • 12 pt
  • 12 es
  • 11 zh-CN
  • 10 nl
  • 10 id
  • 10 de
  • 10 af
  • 8 ta
  • 6 hu
  • 6 eo
  • 4 so
  • 4 ja
  • 4 dv
  • 4 cs
  • 4 bs
  • 2 te
  • 2 ms
  • 2 ckb
  • 2 bn
  • 2 bg

I am testing “taginfo” instances:

  • “Taginfo is a system for finding and aggregating information about OSM tags and making it browsable and searchable. It was created by Jochen Topf.” link

You can reach my testing site here for the next 2 weeks( after I will shut down )


  • Africa: every country - daily refresh
  • Central-America: every country - daily refresh
  • Antarctica: daily refresh
  • other (Asia ,Antartica and Oceania, Europe, North-America, South-America, Russia )
    • just some examples … - no refresh .


About ~ 120 testing areas, some examples:

I am also looking hosting/dev sponsors - if it is useful.

After 2 weeks - you can reach the latest info in the source code repo :

Some reasons:

  • I like visualizations, arts, and maps!
  • I have enjoyed the Sotm-eu 2014 Poster Competition
  • I have printed some of them ( color A2 size) - and reusing all the times the best posters!
    • I put on the walls in the local Foss4g/OpenSource conferences - and the visitors like it!!!
      • This is a core of our “Tile Based OSM presentation”! ( and a Minimal Viable Marketing )

So please organize a “Poster Competitions” in the State of the Map 2018 again!

I need new posters for our marketing actions! :)


// member of the OSM Hungary

One of my favorite from SOTM-EU2014 ( OSM Pop Art by @leopardengruen ) OSM Pop Art

Original size for printing - OSM POP Art

Rules for Robot/A.I. Mappers

Posted by ImreSamu on 6 October 2016 in English (English).


Robot Mappers , machine-learning and artificial intelligence (“robot”) techniques ;

Maybe, in the future we need some ethical suggestions, like

  • “Robot mappers must be designed to assist humanity” meaning human autonomy needs to be respected.
  • “Robot mappers must be transparent” meaning that humans should know and be able to understand how they work.
  • “Robot mappers must maximize efficiencies without destroying the dignity of people”.
  • “Robot mappers must be designed for intelligent privacy” meaning that it earns trust through guarding their information.
  • “Robot mappers must have algorithmic accountability so that humans can undo unintended harm”.
  • “Robot mappers must guard against bias” so that they must not discriminate people.

based on Satya Nadella’s A.I. laws

ps. I added this to the [OSM Wiki:Talk:Automated Edits code of conduct] (

Robot mappers?

osm: Bud Spencer Park - OpenStreetMap - Not official yet


“Budapest has become the world’s first capital to name a public space after recently deceased Italian film legend Bud Spencer in a Sunday “ceremony” The Hungarian Two-Tailed Dog Party, a joke political party that has recently received extensive media coverage with its satirical campaigns, found an unnamed public park near the Kaszásdűlő suburban railway station in Budapest’s District III, which it promptly named after the Italian star in an official ceremony. …. “. more … *

Bud Spencer Park




Street graffiti resembling Bud Spencer in Budapest, Hungary : Street graffiti resembling Bud Spencer in Budapest, Hungary

“On this site the University of Chicago Press is pleased to present the first three volumes of the History of Cartography in PDF format. Navigate to the PDFs from the left column. Each chapter of each book is a single PDF. The search box on the left allows searching across the content of all the PDFs that make up the first six books.”

( via Hacker News: )

 The History of Cartography, Volume 1

Taginfo - xmas

Posted by ImreSamu on 24 December 2015 in English (English).

Now we have at least 3 hard to detect version on the database. Can you spot a difference?

name=”McDonald’s” ( count=126 ) U+2019 ’ e2 80 99 RIGHT SINGLE QUOTATION MARK

name=”McDonald´s” ( count=40 ) U+00B4 ´ c2 b4 ACUTE ACCENT

name=”McDonald’s” ( count=14041) U+0027 ‘ 27 APOSTROPHE

see more:

I am working on a Translation QA tool helping iD Editor translators.

some fresh reports:

List of duplicated names - for every languages: ( from the latest Transifex data )

iD Translation Status

More reports ( with generated XLS files )

If you want to help translating iD Editor :

I have created a working prototype ( ) for

Detecting duplicate translations.

Export presets to CSV ( example hungarian output imported to google sheets :

I think it is very useful for me and the small hungarian community for detecting translations problems, and errors.

I have created a proposal for a similar service for helping translators:

—— added:

some new languages examples:

my code not working for Korean and Japan language :(