Monthly Archives: September 2010

Image of the Week: Happy fourth birthday!

Image of the Week was started four years ago, this week, by
OpenStreetMap contributor OJW.

This rendering of Chester was the first image of the week on 02
September 2006.


Since then, Oliver has selected the best images by, for and of the OSM
community, every week and has shown us renderings, contributors,
hardware, animations, products, and more contributors.

Thanks, OJW!

Image of the Week: Survey log book


This is the survey log book of OpenStreetMap user seav and
demonstrates that great mapping can be done with a keen eye, a steady
hand and little in the way of high technology. Until you are ready to
edit and upload.

This page of the log book shows this area of the map.

The photo was taken by OSM user maning, during the Ortigas-Mandaluyong
Mapping Party.

Log book photo by OSM user maning
is licensed CC-By-SA

This is a Featured image, which means that it has been identified as
one of the best examples of OpenStreetMap mapping, or that it provides
a useful illustration of the OpenStreetMap project.

If you know another image of similar quality, you can nominate it on

Who improves the map after a crisis?


OpenStreetMap contributor Kate Chapman had a question on her mind and
an instinctual answer. Then she looked in to the numbers to find out
what they said.

There is no question the collaboration of the
OpenStreetMap community in the month following the earthquake in Haiti
was amazing. People from all over the world traced satellite imagery
and imported data to create comprehensive street data for
Port-au-Prince and the rest of the earthquake affected parts of the
country. After reading this Ethan Zuckerman blog post, I wanted to do
some analysis of who exactly made the map. Was it primarily the
already existing OpenStreetMap community? Or was it those who didn’t
want to just text message their ten dollars and actually wanted to do
something to help and OpenStreetMap became a venue for that? This new
group would mostly individuals coming from CrisisCommons during the
many CrisisCamps that occurred during this time. I’ve always stated
that it was the already existing OpenStreetMap community that did the
majority of the map, but I was going on gut instinct, not actual
statistics and facts.

Read the rest of Kate’s analysis, and find out which OSM user was
first to contribute improvements to the Port au Prince map after the
earthquake on her blog.

Project of the Week: Postboxes


The humble postbox. Some might argue that postboxes are less
important in a world of email, cell phones and instant messaging.
Some cities are removing postboxes that are seldom used and finding a
cost savings.…

Some would argue that the decline of the postbox means that a postbox
is beneath the notice of a modern, on-line, Web 2.0, open data

And others argue that the decline of the postbox is exactly why
OpenStreetMap contributors care about postboxes; those looking for a
postbox must look further afield to find one.

Learn how to add postboxes and other things that interest you in the
Project of the Week.

Gregory Marler is an OpenStreetMap contributor who cares about
postboxes and he has provided us with this Project of the Week.
Gregory tells us about finding his OpenStreetMap obsession with
OpenStreetMap and postboxes on his blog.

This is your Project of the Week. Make suggestions. Inspire other
mappers. What is it about contributing to OpenStreetMap that
interests you? Postboxes? Bowing alleys? Share your OpenStreetMap
obession by contributing a Project of the Week.

Other Projects of the Week / Humanitarian Mapping
Humanitarian emergencies continue. If you can provide some additional
remote mapping time please consider helping.

Postbox photo by Frankie Roberto.

MapQuest adds open routing based on OpenStreetMap data

Antony Pegg announces on the MapQuest Developers Blog that they have
launched an open directions service on OpenStreetMap data.

A couple of Antony’s highlights are:

– This service is powered completely by free, open-source
OpenStreetMap data, instead of commercial data.
– You do not need a key. To repeat: NO KEY. NO SIGNUP REQUIRED. NO
NEED TO AUTHENTICATE – just go use it.

But you should go read the full article…