Monthly Archives: August 2012

Remapping and data resolutions in progress

Since completing the worldwide automated redaction process, we’re seeing some great progress with remapping. Thanks to the efforts of the community we’re recovering a useable map in areas where large gaps had appeared. There is some scope for basic aerial imagery tracing in these areas. To join in with these remote mapping efforts you might like to check out, a tool to coordinate these efforts. Further details and other remapping tools / links are provided on the ‘Remapping’ wiki page

You are reminded that areas of data must not be copied from the pre-redaction CC-BY-SA licensed OpenStreetMap sources. Where users declined permission to carry their contributions forwards with the new license, we must respect these wishes. In cases where this has been ignored or remapping users have misunderstood, we must now resolve these issues. The Data Working Group and License Working Group are busy tackling this task at the moment. This has involved re-engineering some of the redaction code, and we are currently re-running some areas of data through a redaction process. Remapping work can be frustrating, but undoing remapping work is even more so, so please remember to treat pre-redaction data as a copyrighted source which cannot be input into OpenStreetMap.

Aside from this caution, it’s mapping as usual! Join in with the remote mapping efforts, and also remember that it’s as important as ever to welcome new members to our mapping community, to get more people all over the world mapping their own neighbourhoods. The license didn’t change yet, but all the work on filling in these gaps will soon be ODbL licensed, putting us on a secure footing for the future.

Weekly OSM Summary #50

August 13th, 2012 – August 27th, 2012

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

  • The 8th anniversary of the OSM project has been celebrated with several parties around the world. See some of the birthday cakes here.
  • The OSM Data Working Group is beginning to revert some copy & paste remapping that has not been covered by the previously applied bot. You can find some more information here.
  • Alex Barth, Kate Chapman, Simon Poole, Frederik Ramm and Henk Hoff are five candidates for the upcoming OSM Foundation (OSMF) board election.
  • The Red Cross and the Humanitarian OSM Team (HOT) are tracing Gulu and Lira in North Uganda. You can also find some blog posts about their mapping events here and here. Further, the HOT is working on a tutorship program.
  • A nice article about OSM workshops with the Ônibus Hacker in Rio de Janeiro.
  • The new Mapmote Chrome-extension allows for starting a JOSM session from a variety of websites. Read more about it here.
  • The webpage has been created with Open Source software and Open data. You can give it a try here.
  • A new article by the London Cyclist about “Google Maps vs CycleStreets: Battle for the best route planner“.

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

Vote for a new Foundation Board

 Today voting has been declared open for the changing seats on the OpenStreetMap Foundation board. Matt Amos, Richard Fairhurst, Dermot McNally, and Oliver Kühn will remain on the board, and are not required to re-run for election this time around, however we have three seats to vote on since Henk Hoff is re-running for election, Mikel Maron is stepping down, and Steve Coast will serve in a new position as “Chairman Emeritus”.

We have five candidates to choose from listed here and candidate nominations are now closed.

If you are a foundation member you can vote for three of these. You can vote by email, and voting is now open through until Wednesday September 5th. Please follow the instructions in the above link. Alternatively if you are going to be in Tokyo for State Of The Map, you may prefer to vote in person at the Annual General Meeting. If you are not a member there is still time to join the foundation before voting, but please do this as soon as possible to allow time for processing.

To help you decide who to vote for, each candidate has written a manifesto, linked from the above list. There is also some interesting debate on the osmf-talk mailing list, and if you wish, you can put questions to the candidates here.

State of the Map US, open for submissions

The deadline for session proposals for the State of the Map USA conference is on Friday, August 31, so submit your session idea soon. The conference will be made up for talks by community members on everything from tools and techniques to working with and contributing to OSM data to showcases of it in use by companies, governments, nonprofits, and everybody to bigger picture discussions of where OSM should be moving in the future.

The State of the Map USA conference will bring together people working with, adding to, and advocating for OpenStreetMap. Our community is filled with people doing interesting, cutting edge, and important work. This is your chance to share it with us all.

You can submit your session proposal here – we just need 200 words or less about what you want to talk about. If you have questions, email Martijn van Exel or hit us up on Twitter at @sotmus.


OSM Foundation AGM and board election

The Secretary of the OpenStreetMap Foundation announced today that the next Annual General Meeting of the OSMF and election for board members will be held at State of the Map – Tokyo. The original announcements reads:

To all members of OpenStreetMap Foundation,

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 6th Annual General Meeting of the OpenStreetMap Foundation will be held at the State of the Map 2012 conference, Komaba Research Campus 4-6-1, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, Japan, at 12:30 JST Saturday, 08 September 2012.

You do NOT have to join the conference to attend the meeting. Attendance of the AGM is free. However, if you would also like to join SOTM 2012, you can still register at

OSMF AGM Agenda can be found here:

Nominations are also now open for three OSMF board positions at the AGM. Nominations close on Sunday, 26 August 2012 at 1700 UTC.

To add a nomination or your own name please see the instructions at or send an email to secretary at .

All (at the start of the AGM) paid-up members of the Foundation are eligible to stand for election to the Board. If you are not already a member of the Foundation then you can sign up via If you have questions concerning your membership contact membership at .

All (at the start of the AGM) paid-up members of the Foundation are eligible to vote at the Board election.

Proxy voting by email opens on Monday, 27 August 2012 at 0900 UTC. Details on proxy voting by email can be found on the wiki at

The final vote will be taken at the AGM itself.

On behalf of the Board, I’m looking forward meeting you at our Annual General Meeting.

Henk Hoff
OpenStreetMap Foundation

Board grants project founder the title of “Chairman Emeritus”

Steve CoastAt the end of his term as Chairman of the OSM Foundation, the Board has unanimously granted Steve Coast, founder of the OpenStreetMap project, the honorary title of “Chairman Emeritus” of the OSM Foundation.
This honorary title is granted for the Steve’s achievements for the project and the Foundation, and (not least) for actually starting the project. The title also voices the Board’s intention to retain a close relationship between the Founder and the OSMF.

Therefore, the Chairman Emeritus has a standing invitation to all board and working group meetings and to all State of the Map conferences. He is explicitly invited to give advice to the Board and Working Groups.
The Chairman Emeritus is allowed to voice personal statements in public using his title.

With his distinct personal relationship with the OSM project, the Foundation may ask the Chairman Emeritus to represent the OSMF in public (e.g. in media and conferences).

The Board asked Steve to take this honorary title and is pleased with Steve accepting it. The Board is also very happy to see that his passion, vision and dedication for the OpenStreetMap project will be maintained.

With accepting the Chairman Emeritus title, Steve decided not run for re-election as a board member. He will no longer be an official director of the Foundation after the upcoming AGM.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Board checked that granting the title “Chairman Emeritus” is in line with the current Articles of Association.

Henk Hoff
Secretary OSM Foundation

Weekly OSM Summary #49

July 30th, 2012 – August 13th, 2012

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

  • On August 18th, 2012 the OSM project will celebrate its 8th anniversary.
  • A new version of Leaflet (version 0.4) has been launched and includes a lot of new features. Leaflet is an open source library for interactive web maps. A new plugin allows the creation of animated cluster marker groups. Another nice example shows an “Interactive Choropleth Map” for the USA.
  • Pascal Neis published a new journal paper about active contributors of the OSM project. The paper can be downloaded here.
  • The “Humanitarian Hack Box” is a VirtualBox image with a number of humanitarian server applications. Read more about it here.
  • You will find a summary of the work by the “lost mappers task force” here. Their plan was to contact as many contributors as possible who didn’t respond to the license change yet.
  • The Royal Mail of Great Britain uses an OSM basemap for their “Gold Postboxes Finder“.
  • Martijn van Exel created a redaction map for the entire USA.
  • Frederik Ramm and his ideas “About Leadership” of the OSMF.
  • A presentation by Ed Freyfogleabout “What’s next in online mapping?
  • The Quadratum WordPress plugin shows all Foursquare checkins on an OSM map.
  • The Barnes & Noble Nook tablet will support OSM basemaps. Read more in this article.
  • The Map Compare website at increased the number of maps that can be compared. In total there are 52 maps to choose from now. Check it out here.
  • A new version of Maperitive has been launched. Read about all the new features and about MBTiles support here and here.
  • A “how to” on displaying OSM relations in OpenJump can be found here.
  • A new repository for OpenBuildingModels has been launched.

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

Weekly OSM Summary #48

July 16th, 2012 – July 30th, 2012

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

  • The State of the Map (SotM) schedule, which is going to take place in Tokyo (Japan), has been announced.
  • The automated redaction bot process is complete, you can read more here.
  • The OSM Inspector (a web based debugging tool for OSM users) has a new layer which shows the data which has been edited by the license redaction bot.
  • A request of the Humanitarian OSM Team (HOT) to “Help mapping non-mapped areas of Tajikistan“.
  • The latest version of osmconvert (a tool to convert and process OSM data) can create csv files. Read more about the tool and several other options in the wiki.
  • A new website shows in which areas members are looking for new OSM contributors. You can create your personal contributor feed too. You can also find the latest OSM contributors of the last two and seven days per country here.
  • A step-by-step tutorial for rendering SVG maps from OSM data.
  • Nathaniel Kelso created a plugin to load the Stamen maps into the QGI. Read more in the following blog post.
  • MapBox introduce a new Open Source Javascript API to create your own browser maps.
  • GraphHopper is a new and open source routing engine for OSM road networks. You can find the project on github.

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