Monthly Archives: January 2011

Image of the Week: Municipal hazard awareness

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Municipality council using Nicolas Dumoulin’s OSM-based map of
potential flood, fire, cave-in hazards in a town.

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 related to the OpenStreetMap project.

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

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Featured_image_proposals

State of the Map 2011 – First sponsor

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Call for Sponsors

The State of the Map Call for Sponsors has been open for a little while.  You’ll remember that SotM is Absolutely The Place for cool mappers to meet and greet and share their OpenStreetMap-py experiences.  If you want your company to have a sponsorship presence at SotM, contact the State of the Map team.

And the SotM organizing committee has been busy.  They have announced that the first sponsor for SotM 2011 is [drum roll please]

Tungsten Carbide-level sponsor

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MapQuest

MapQuest is thrilled to sponsor the 2011 State of the Map conference in Denver. The power of open-source mapping unlocks the next wave of innovative LBS apps and we are excited to support OSM’s goals to accelerate growth of the worldwide mapping community

— Christian Dwyer, SVP & GM, AOL/MapQuest

MapQuest is a returing sponsor for State of the Map.  They first joined us last year in Girona.  I enjoyed meeting some of the MapQuest Open Initiative team last year and I know that you are going to enjoy getting to know them this year. 

Okay, State of the Map team, now I really want to book my ticket!  When can I do that? ;-)

Project of the Month: Buildings

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Adding buildings to OpenStreetMap has been difficult in the past.
Collecting a GPS trace of a building yields poor results because the
building interferes with GPS reception. But buildings can be
interesting to have on a map. Large collections of buildings in cities
can look very impressive. Lone buildings in remote areas can be
important landmarks for navigation. Or a shelter from bad weather.

There are more than 28 million buildings in the OpenStreetMap
database. Recent donations to OpenStreetMap contributors of aerial
imagery that permits deriving OSM objects without restriction have
made mapping buildings practical in more parts of the world.

The Project of the Month for February is to add local buildings to the map.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Project_of_the_week/2011/Jan_26

This is a Project of the Month. Project of the Week returns
next week, while PotM will continue until the end of February. These projects
inspire mappers to contribute data they might not have considered
previously, and allow us to be inspired by the projects of other
mappers.

This is your Project of the Month. 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 Month.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Project_of_the_week/Proposals

Timber framed building photo by WikiMedia user Gerbil
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Gerbil
is licensed CC-By-SA
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

MapQuest supports OpenStreetMap

A financial donation for OpenStreetMap was announced today on the
OpenStreetMap Foundation blog. This latest donation follows their
dontation in September 2010 and many other activities in the OSM
community. Read about the donation on the OSMF blog.

http://blog.osmfoundation.org/2011/01/26/donation-to-osmf-by-mapquestaol/

The donation from MapQuest is not earmarked for specific use but will
be used to support OpenStreetMap operations. Typically, financial
support for OSM allows the purchase of big ticket items like a new
database server. You can see from the server upgrades page on the
wiki that many other bits and pieces go in to keeping OpenStreetMap
moving smoothly.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Servers/Upgrades

* note: The server room shown above is not the OSM server room.

CERN server room photo by Torkild Retvedt http://www.flickr.com/photos/torkildr/
is licensed CC-By-SA http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en_CA

Donation to OSMF by MapQuest/AOL

More great news for OpenStreetMap!  A gift of fifty thousand dollars has been donated by MapQuest/AOL to the OpenStreetMap Foundation. The funds follow an earlier donation by MapQuest to the Foundation in September 2010.

Donate today!

Donations to the OpenStreetMap Foundation enable OSMF to acquire and operate the infrastructure that makes OpenStreetMap work. Recently, this has meant exciting things like faster disks and more RAM for OSM servers, but it has also meant improvements in important but mundane things like back-up power and cabling.

Contributions from companies like MapQuest and from individuals like you are what keeps OpenStreetMap going. Your donations of local knowledge and GPS track files keep the OSM database growing. And your contributions of time, expertise and financial support allow the OSM infrastructure to grow with the database.

You can donate to OpenStreetMap with your credit card.

Image of the Week: Danish aerial imagery donation

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Fugro Aerial Mapping A/S is a Danish aerial imagery company. Fugro
has shared their 40cm Danish photography with OpenStreetMap community
for tracing vector data in to OpenStreetMap

[Thanks to Peter Brodersen and Jonas Häggqvist for making this
happen]. See the project page for more details including how to start
using this aerial imagery for mapping in Denmark.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Fugro

Project of the Week: Banks and ATMs

Banks banks banks. Not the banks of a river, but financial
institutions. I’ll just run out to the bank for a moment. But which
bank is closest and most convenient? Do you need a bank with
wheelchair access, or with drive through service? Or are you looking
for a late night automated teller machine? We can put all of this
information on the map and that is the Project of the Week. Map your
local banks.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Project_of_the_week/2011/Jan_19

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
interests by contributing a Project of the Week.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Project_of_the_week/Proposals

Bank machine photo by Dave Stone http://www.flickr.com/photos/builtbydave/
is licensed CC-By-SA http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en_CA

Weekly OSM Summary #8

01/11/2011 – 01/19/2011

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!

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

Authors: PascalJonas & Dennis.
We missed something? You want to help us collecting the news for next week’s issue? 
You can contact us via mail or Twitter.

Image of the Week: Romanian landuse

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Romanian landuse – data from EEA comprises 100K polygons, imported to
OSM December 2010

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 related to the OpenStreetMap project.

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

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Featured_image_proposals