Weekly OSM Summary #4

11/29/2010 – 12/05/2010

Every week a lot of things are happening in the OpenStreetMap (OSM) world. It can be hard to keep track of all the different communication channels and don’t miss any important news. That’s why we’ve created a short summary of all the news here. Enjoy!

  • Potlatch2 is now available at http://www.openstreetmap.org, woha!
  • Since last Tuesday you can find the details on how to use the Bing-imagery here. More information about Bing and about their imagery-coverage.
  • Aerial imagery can be shifted from its origin position. If you forget to correct this in your editor, it can cause problems when editing OSM data. To solve this problem there is a plan to create a central system for automatic correction of this offset.
  • At the OpenStreetMap-Foundation blog, Richard Weait wrote a post about the activities of some OSM working groups.
  • “A Night at the Office” – Frederik Ramm describes in a blog post how the OSM extracts for their Geofabrik download server are made, using OSM tools.
  • Adena Schutzberg wrote some interesting thoughts: “My Take on Coast Going to Microsoft” here.
  • Eric Rodenbeck from Stamen Design took a look at the different categories of scans that get uploaded at Walking Papers. Some of them look like small artwork.
  • Oliver Kühn has interviewed Randy Meech from MapQuest about their motivation and commitment to OpenStreetMap.
  • Martijn van Exel has created a map that shows the acquisition date of the Bing-imagery for a certain area. Learn more about it here.
  • New version of the OpenLinkMap is online!
  • A new hiking-map for the Netherlands is available here.
  • Skobbler has announced a “new” bug-tool (called MapDust). It’s created out of their feedback-channel in the Skobbler app. You can find some more information in the OSM Wiki.
  • MapQuest has now open.MapQuest-websites for Switzerland and the Netherlands too, read their blog announcement here.
  • For the people who want to have maps everywhere: Get OSM maps printed on blankets.

For more news, especially regarding new tags and wiki pages, you can check-out the community-updates over here.

Authors: PascalJonas & Dennis.
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