originally published in Portuguese Link

Today I am completing two years as an OpenStreetMap contributor so to celebrate I will make a brief retrospective about this last year. 2021 was not an easy year for the Brazilians with the negligence of the government we reached the mark of 600k dead by Covid-19, besides the return of hunger and high inflation but as Belquior would say I can consider myself lucky, editing in OSM gave me strength to endure many things, mapping this year was like a therapy. This year I also had the opportunity to meet incredible projects and people!


Some numbers:

  • 22,503 edits
  • 170,425 buildings mapped
  • 15.202 Km of roads mapped
  • 9.926 Points of interest mapped
  • 4,323 Km of rivers mapped

What happened to Mapeia.Space?

It is a complicated story, first we had to change after DAMN totally changed the way we work and as Hot TM seemed to have matured in the performance issue so we decided to switch to Tasking Manager what happened is that we had to start from scratch again… we had a problem with our hosting at the same time I received the invitation to use HOT Tasking Manager (Thanks Wille and Vitor George for this opportunity) since then there were 7 published projects. Then there was no reason to maintain an own instance of Tasking Manager so the was closed although I tried to create an organization around Mapeia to promote mapping which also didn’t work but in the end it ended up giving as a fruit of research on the use of online maps.

You can visit the profile of OSM Brasil at Tasking Manages link


During this year especially in the second semester using Maproulette and open government database I added data about the PRF (Policia Rodoviaria Federal) and schools of Maranhao, (this explains my number of editions) so far were about 6k schools added to the map I think that makes Maranhao the state of Brazil with the largest number of schools mapped in OSM is being an exhaustive work so I limited myself in some cases only add the name of the school. I would like to reinforce the mapping of schools not only for access to education but also because the schools are used as voting points for elections!

Data Quality Intership

This year I am having the unique opportunity to participate in the HOT Data Quality Internship, I am having the opportunity to learn a lot and meet new people!

Some curiosities

Some curiosities that I would like to share with you:

  • I was selected as Mapper of the Month by OSM Belgium link
  • Want to know a little bit about my setup link
  • I learned to recognize Motel and AABB by satellite images (a hint, motel always has a small entrance way and another one for the exit)
  • I can also recognize some types of hospitals and schools
  • My main entertainment while mapping was the CPI of Covid
  • I did not manage to complete any of the goals I set myself last year!
  • of the 74 countries that I have edited in OSM 27 have some law that criminalizes homosexuality and of these 20 have sentences from 8 years to life and 6 with death penalty
  • All my work is maintained by donations, many thanks to those who can help!


I would like to thank everyone who supported me during this year, especially the guys from Mastodon for being these amazing people who didn’t let me give up on my work, especially Claus and Lous. Ana Raquel for supporting me in the most difficult times and always being there to listen and motivate me, thank you for being my friend and for taking me through the hard times. And as usual I would like to thank Karl for all the support he gave me this year!

Without you this work would not be possible, I believe that by slowly improving OpenStreetMap we can indeed make a better world and more accessible to everyone! thank you very much and let’s have another year as a mapper ;)

Location: Santo Antônio, Timon, Região Geográfica Imediata de Timon, Região Integrada de Desenvolvimento da Grande Teresina, Região Geográfica Intermediária de Caxias, Maranhão, Northeast Region, 65630-500, Brazil

Comment from qeef on 23 November 2021 at 09:51

Hi Gustavo, the author of the damn project here. Could you, please, elaborate on what you mean by “… after DAMN totally changed the way we work …”? I would like to avoid frustration of the mappers using the damn project.

Anyway, thank you for your hard work. The world is a little bit better place because of the guys like you.

Comment from PlayzinhoAgro on 25 November 2021 at 21:42

Hi Qeef

Ah thanks!!! DAMN helped me a lot when I was starting up and I hope you are doing well!

I stopped using DAMN after its radical change in the client, I thought that the DAMN-client already had a great flow for the user, it was easy to understand, had a great visual feedback of how the project was going, you could see the map being completed, obviously not everything was perfect, I think one thing that could have been improved was the UI.

I understand that it is the philosophy of the project but it became too simple and complex to use, trying to emulate an interface using only text is not a good UX decision.

Of course I found ideas like the ID panel sensational, I would love to be able to test it in a setup with two monitors or an ultrawide one. of course this is my personal opinion, I understand that you may have a different point of view.

sorry for the delay in answering, I wanted to be clear with my answer…


Comment from qeef on 28 November 2021 at 20:56

Thanks for the feedback. It was probably our bad communication, because since the beginning of the change, the mappy client was available. Therefore, I can’t agree that the change was radical.

The split of web client to light, panel, and mappy was, as you said, according to the DAMN project philosophy – make one client for particular group of mappers. Light and panel are text-based, but mappy is map-based with manual square lock workflow.

Anyway, I’m really glad you found your way to work efficiently. Thanks again for the feedback and keep mapping!

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