Monthly Archives: September 2011

Vote for OpenStreetMap Foundation candidates for the Board

The 2011 election is under way for members of the OpenStreetMap
Foundation Board of Directors. Members of the OSMF can vote in person
at the annual general meeting at State of the Map or by proxy via email. You can join the OpenStreetMap Foundation. The list of candidates and voting details are found on the wiki.

Questions to candidates and discussions can be found on the OSMF-talk@ archives and on the Election discussion page on the wiki.

Vote photo by Marc Tarlock is licensed CC-By-SA

Weekly OSM Summary #25

August 22, 2011 – September 4, 2011

A summary of all the things happening in the OpenStreetMap (OSM) world.

  • The 7th OpenStreetMap Anniversary Birthday party was celebrated worldwide. See the best birthday cakes here.
  • Elections for the OSMF board started! You can find additional information here and here.
  • The Licensing Working Group (LWG) will schedule a second mass-email to OSM contributors which have not agreed to the new license yet. Additional important information: „A very small number of contributors have declined the new contributor terms and asserted that their contributions are in the public domain. This does not mean that the collective data in the OSM database is public domain. Their “PD” position contradicts the explicit decline. Therefore the LWG takes the position that their contributions cannot be published under ODbL without acceptance of the contributor.“ Read all meeting minutes here.
  • You can pay your OSM Foundation membership with bitcoins too!
  • The Humanitarian OSM Team (HOT) prepared a data import for Somalia. You can help to integrate this data to OSM. Read the announcement here.
  • „OpenStreetMap and Warm vs. Cold Geography“. Nice blog post by Martijn.
  • Simon enhanced the ODbL statistics with some new countries. Read more at his webpage.
  • A new version of the “Overpass API” now returns metadata such as timestamp and user name too. “The Overpass API (or OSM3S) is a read-only API that serves up raw XML encoded OSM map data. Overpass API includes functionality similar to that of XAPI“ (Wiki).
  • Last weekend the “State Of The Map Scotland 2011” took place in Glasgow (Scotland). 

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Authors: Pascal & Dennis – (thx @ “Wochennotiz”)