Weekly OSM Summary #27

September 19th, 2011 – October 4th, 2011

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

  • “LearnOSM.org provides a simple-to-use, step by step approach to learning how to make maps with OpenStreetMap”. Visit the new website here.
  • The new OSM servers zark, soup, fiddlestick and eustace are online! Thanks to bitfolk.com and Nokia UK.
  • “The Licensing Working Group has obtained explicit special permission to incorporate geographic datasets from data.gov.au in the OpenStreetMap project database published under any free and open license …“ Read the full announcement here.
  • A new tool that helps to coordinate upcoming Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) projects is online. Read the full blog post about the “OpenStreetMap Tasking Manager” here. And the next HOT meeting will be on October 5th at 11pm.
  • New international boundaries from the US Department of State are available. Read more here.
  • Google released a new commercial spot for their Chrome browser in which they featured the Wheelmap.org project. Watch the German video on YouTube. Also, they are searching beta-testers for their Android-WheelpMap app. If you are interested, drop a mail to: android@wheelmap.org
  • A nice blog post about mapping in Afghanistan.
  • If you want to see “live” editing in the OpenStreetMap World, you can check “OSM Live“, “khtml.org” or “GeoXP“.
  • A new blog post by Martijn van Exel: “Taking the Temperature of local OpenStreetMap Communities”.
  • The Geofabrik also supports a free shapefile download of OSM land use areas now. You can read the full blog post here.
  • OSMT is a new tool for splitting or merging OSM data.
  • A new HTML5 demo shows the rendering of OSM data within the web browser. Try it out here.
  • Michal Migurski provided a new website where you can download OSM data “for major world cities and their surrounding areas“. You can find it here.
  • The 2.0 version of Mapnik is finally out! Mapnik is the software we use for rendering the main map layer for OSM.
  • Michiel Faber and Guttorm Flatabø created a script that merges several GPS tracks into a “line of best fit” / average track.

Did we miss something? You can contact us via weekly.osm@googlemail.com

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