Author Archives: Richard Weait

MapQuest announce OpenStreetMap support.


At the first day of State of the Map 2010 in Girona, Spain, MapQuest
made two interesting announcements.

The first announcement from Randy Meech of Mapquest, was of their
interest in and support of OpenStreetMap. He said that they had been
using the OpenStreetMap stack internally for a while. Key tools
including Nominatim and Mapnik have received support from MapQuest in
the form of sponsored development recently. The first public display
of the MapQuest interest in OpenStreetMap is their new site. Visit where you will see that MapQuest is now
using OpenStreetMap data and the OpenStreetMap stack for map display,
search and navigation directions.

The second announcement was of a $1 Million open source mapping
investment fund for improving OSM data in areas covered by the

Go have a look at

Exciting news from MapQuest, on an energizing first of three days at
State of the Map 2010. Thank you Randy, and MapQuest.

Project of the Week: On Your Way To Girona

State of the Map is next weekend, and many of you are making your way
towards the beautiful Spanish weather right now. So that is the
Project of the Week. Map your travel to Girona. Make sure the
airports, railways and highways that you’ll take to Girona are on the
map. Where is the taxi stand for the local taxi company that will
take you to the airport? How about the cobbler who repaired your
favourite hiking boots? Is that shop on the map?

But Project of the Week isn’t just for those of you fortunate enough
to be meeting with so many other interesting mappers from distant
lands and varied backgrounds. Even if you aren’t coming to Griona,
how would you get there? Is this the opportunity that you were
waiting for to map your local soaring club, cycle path or skateboard
park? If you imagine that you would travel to Girona by pogo-stick,
is the pogo-stick shop on the map? Would you canoe or kayak to Spain?
Put your favourite pier and portage on the map.

Make a suggestion or submit a guest Project of the Week

Shoe repair photo by fczuardi
is licensed ccby

State of the Map 2010 – Travel plans set?


If you have just registered for State of the Map 2010 – An informative
and fun conference jam-packed with OpenGeoData Goodness, you might
want some help with your travel plans.

You’ll find some good starting points from OSM locals.

And once you arrive, you’ll want a place to stay. Check the plans of
some of the other delegates.

There is still time to register for State of the Map 2010 in Girona, Spain.

You’ll want to attend SotM 2010 to participate in, and enjoy the
Concert Contest. The suggestions coming in are great.

You’ll want to attend SotM 2010 to meet the Bard of OSM. While not an
entry in the Concert Contest, The Bard of OSM (Dermot McNally) has
presented us with an Epic Poem for Girona

You’ll want to attend SotM 2010 to cast your in-person ballot for the
OSMF board election.

You’ll find details on the six candidates for three positions, and how
to cast your proxy vote, here:

Some discussions with the candidates can be found here:
and in this thread

You’ll want to attend SotM 2010 to meet and hear from all of our
sponsors, including the two recently announced new Platinum Sponsors:



State of the Map 2010 – more updates


There is still time to register for State of the Map 2010 in Girona, Spain.

You’ll want to be there to:

Participate in, and enjoy the Concert Contest.

Who will get us all dancing with their rendition of Where the Streets
Have No Name and who will have us rolling in the aisles with My
Girona? Add yourself to the wiki page now to put yourself on the
concert schedule, or to join the OpenStreetBand to back up the other

You’ll also want to have a look at the videos on the State of the Map site.

More sponsors are showing their support for OpenStreetMap

Silver Sponsors:




Data Partner:


Project of the Week: Fireworks!!!

It is fireworks season in North America, with both Canada Day and
Independence Day coming up this week. But where are the good places to
go to see fireworks displays?

This week’s project is to map your local fireworks locations. It may
be a waterfront park or other public space. Add those places to the
map where people collect to celebrate and observe the celebration of

Find out more about this project of the Week, including tagging suggestions

Make a suggestion or submit a guest Project of the Week

Fireworks photo by spatulated
licensed ccby

State of the Map 2010 – Exciting updates


There is still time to register for State of the Map 2010 in Girona, Spain.

You’ll want to be there to:

Find out about the latest developments in the OpenStreetMap world
Get tips on using OpenStreetMap data and tools in your projects
Relax and socialize in a friendly atmosphere with like minded mappers
from around the world

Mapnik ( ) and OpenAerialMap ( ) workshops will be held on Friday 9 July

More sponsors are showing their support for OpenStreetMap

Silver Sponsors:



Bronze Sponsor:


Workshop Partner:


Media Sponsor:


Image of the Week: Green Point Common


This map of Green Point Common was created from OpenStreetMap project
data, collected by the community.

Green Point Common in Cape Town, including the new Cape Town Stadium, one of the venues of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. See also the 2010 World Cup mapping project.

See the original image here

This OpenStreetMap image is licensed ccbysa

Project of the Week: Translation: Now You Are Speaking My Language

There are OpenStreetMap contributors in many countries. They map many
roads and speak many languages. The Project of the Week is to
translate countries, states, provinces and cities for as many
languages as possible. This means that single language maps will be
practical in more languages. Perhaps we’ll never have OpenStreetMap
rendered in the original Klingon, or perhaps we’ll have that before we
complete the country translation in Cymraeg

So calling all multi-lingual OpenStreetMap contributors, or
uni-lingual OpenStreetMappers and your multi-lingual friends and
family. Come one, came all and make the map better for more people.
Which languages can be translation-complete in OpenStreetMap? Which
countries will be completely translated in OpenStreetMap. Is this a
chance for you to do some mapping with a family member from The Old

How well are the languages that you speak already represented in

For example:

Cymraeg is shown as translated for 204 of 226 countries or 90% complete.

ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ / inuktitut is shown as translated for 8 of 226 countries or
3.5% complete.

Find out how to help with this Project of the Week and where to find
the tools that make this simple!

Make suggestions or submit your project of the week.

Crowd photo by Wayne Large
is licensed ccbynd