Author Archives: Richard Weait

Public use of OpenStreetMap data, with attribution

Looks like there will be another Nike Grid event in London, England
using OpenStreetMap data. The online maps haven’t been released yet
but it looks like they have included OSM and CC-By-SA attribution on
at least some of their printed material this time.

It is always nice to see people and companies understanding the value
of OpenStreetMap data and then using and attributing it appropriately.

Attribution photo by Ollie O’Brien
licensed CC-By-NC-SA

Project of the Week: Potlatch 2


You know it. You love it. It’s the editor on the main OSM web site.
It’s Potlatch and it’s had some serious renovations. It’s so new that
now it has a new name, “Potlatch 2”. But before Potlatch 2 can go live
on the OpenStreetMap web site, it has to be put through it’s paces.
After more than a year of development, Potlatch 2 is a complete
re-write of Potlatch. It has new features too numerous to mention, but
for the most important feature; it is an editor for OpenStreetMap. So
let’s test it.

Details and suggestions on the Project of the Week wiki page

This is your Project of the Week. Submit your own projects or offer
suggestions to inspire and inform other mappers.

Hardware fund Donation to OSM Foundation from MapQuest

MapQuest have made a donation to the OpenStreetMap Foundation. The
funds will be applied to hardware improvements and will benefit
OpenStreetMap contributors around the world.…

You can make a donation to OpenStreetMap as well, via the donation link below.

Donation for OSMF Hardware from MapQuest

MapQuest have made a donation to the OpenStreetMap Foundation. The funds will be applied to hardware improvements and will benefit OpenStreetMap contributors around the world.

The OSMF would like to thank MapQuest for their donation, as do, I’m sure, the more than 311,000 OpenStreetMap contributors who will see the benefits of the improved hardware.

You can make a donation to OpenStreetMap, too.

Image of the Week: Великие Луки Mapping Weekend


Великие Луки Mapping Weekend banner: “We’ve come from different cities
of Russia and Belarus to create the best map of Velikiye Luki in the

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 of the OpenStreetMap project.

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

List of relicensing accounts

Matt Amos, of the OpenStreetMap Foundation Technical Working Group, announced the publication of the list of accounts accepting ODbL/CT.

as part of the voluntary relicensing phase of the move to ODbL,
existing contributors have had the ability to voluntarily accept the
contributor terms. to help the community assess the impact of the
relicensing it was planned to make the information about which
accounts have agreed available. this will help with the evaluation of
the process and analysis of any consequent data loss, should the
switch be made. at the last LWG meeting, having been put to the board
for approval, it was decided to make this available [1], and i’m
pleased to announce that this list is now up [2] and being regularly
refreshed from the database every hour.

i look forward to seeing the new analyses, visualisations and tools
that can be built using this data.




Matt’s announcement on mailing list can be found in the archives,

Pretty OSM-derived Art Maps


I’m not entirely sure what does but it sure seems to
involve a lot of pretty maps. This caught my attention when pointed
out to me by OSM contributor RichardF.

These unique maps of Chicago and Boston accurately depict
the streets and highways, parks, neighborhoods, coastlines, and
physical features of the city using nothing but type. Only by manually
weaving together thousands upon thousands of carefully placed words
does the full picture of the city emerge. Prints are

So, Boston and Chicago, but I’m told that San Francisco, New York and
Washington are in progress, too.

See more pretty maps and wonderful photography of maps on their web site.

They have a blog entry describing the process of creating these maps, as well.