OpenStreetMap has always made geographic data available for use in
interesting and unexpected ways. As OpenStreetMap grows, the data
becomes more difficult for some users to consume purely because of the
volume of data.
The World at once
To have the whole World in your hand, download and use the planet file.
Planet files are published every week. As mentioned above, some uses
find this file large and cumbersome to deal with, especially if their
interest is limited to a small portion of the data set.
In September 2011, the planet file was 18GB when compressed and about
250GB when loaded into a spatial database.
If your interests are limited to a portion of the planet, then you’ll
want to know more about planet extracts. Extracts are a portion of the OpenStreetMap data
Extracts are provided by third-parties for single countries and and
also for regions that range from cities to states, provinces and
State of the Map 2011 group photo
The fifth annual OpenStreetMap conference,
State of the Map, wrapped up in Denver, Colorado recently. Even if you were not able to join the fun in Denver, you can still enjoy parts of the event. Conference sessions were recorded by our friends at FOSSLC and many of those recordings are already available. You’ll also find audience video for some of the sessions.
Tagging a conference
If we were tagging SotM11 to add it to the OSM database, we might consider tags like:
- conferencename = State of the Map, 2011
- attendance = 273
- attendance:prepaid = 258
- attendance:walkin = 15
- attendance:attendee_countries = 34
State of the Map 2012
The call for venues for State of the Map 2012 is expected in November 2011. The SotM 2012 venue will be announced early in 2012.
So what’s with the Dragons? As OpenStreetMap grew, and acquired more
computers to run the OpenStreetMap services, those computers needed
names. These server names provide a way to refer to a specific piece
of computer hardware, regardless of the services that device might
currently provide. Naming servers according to a theme has a long
tradition in IT circles. Typical server name themes include planets,
constellations, characters from specific books or plays, and other
popular culture references.
In 2008, the OpenStreetMap community decided to use dragon names as
the theme for OSM server names. Dragon names were chosen as a tribute
to the “Here be Dragons” marked on unexplored portions of maps and globes.
Several other themes were considered including the names of
cartographers and explorers.
And now we have even more dragons.
The OpenStreetMap Foundation, and the Operations Working Group, would
like to thank Nokia UK Limited and BitFolk.com
for their recent donations of hardware to the OpenStreetMap
Foundation. You can read more details about their generous donations on the OpenStreetMap Foundation Blog.
Dragon bridge photo by Dani_7C3
is licensed CC-By-SA
Dragon sculpture on the Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana. Photo CC-By-SA, dani_7C3
The OpenStreetMap Foundation, and the Operations Working Group, would like to thank Nokia UK Limited for the donation of some of their redundant server hardware. This hardware has found new purpose in the form of “soup
“ and “fiddlestick
“, two new web front end servers. A third server “eustace
“ will be used initially as a trial web statistics server.
The web front-end servers, soup and fiddlestick, replace puff and fuchur who had performed that role since 2008. Web front-end servers in OpenStreetMap provide the data browser and data layer, as well as user diaries and other “social” functions.
Eustace will debut in a new role for OpenStreetMap by collecting web statistics. The OpenStreetMap Foundation wants to know more about how users experience the OSM web site in an effort to improve the way that OSM services are delivered.
 Character from The Clangers, a UK children’s TV programme.
 Strangewood (1999): Fiddlestick, a small musically emotive dragon.
 Turns into a dragon in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia) after slipping on a gold bracelet.
Zark, during installation.
Zark is the newest OpenStreetMap server. Give Zark a warm welcome. Continuing the in the tradition of naming OSM servers after dragons, the name “Zark” is taken from the Eidolon Chronicles/Shadow World books by Jane Johnson.
The first task for Zark will be to serve as a trial / evaluation server for the OWL – OpenStreetMap Watch List service. OWL’s popularity on the dev server has lead to performance problems and long update delays. After more than a year of development and increasing popularity of OWL’s ability to follow local changes without distracting “Big” changesets, moving OWL to Zark will make this service even more effective for mappers.
Many thanks to bitfolk.com for donating this server.
Richard Fairhurst announced:
A new mailing list has been created for fixing and enhancing the core Ruby
on Rails-powered openstreetmap.org site.
It’s firstname.lastname@example.org and you can subscribe at
See the complete announcement on the dev list
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
The OpenStreetMap Foundation has announced the 2011 Annual General
Meeting and election of board members will be held at State of the
Map, in Denver. The announcement is here:
and more details can be found on the wiki.
Henk Hoff, 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 – Denver.
To all members of OpenStreetMap Foundation,
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 5th Annual General Meeting of the OpenStreetMap Foundation will be held at the State of the Map 2011 conference, Auraria Campus, Denver, Colorado, USA, at 12:30 MDT, Sunday, 11 September 2011.
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 2011, you can still register at http://stateofthemap.org/register-now/
OSMF AGM Agenda: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Foundation/AGM11
Nominations are also now open for three OSMF board positions at the AGM. Nominations close on Wednesday, 31 August 2011 at 1700 UTC.
To add a nomination or your own name please see the instructions at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Foundation/AGM11/Election_to_Board or send an email to secretary [AT] osmfoundation.org .
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 http://www.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Join.
If you have questions concerning your membership contact membership [AT] osmfoundation.org .
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 Thursday, 01 September 2011 at 0900 UTC. Details on proxy voting by email can be found on the wiki at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Foundation/AGM11/Election_to_Board
The final vote will be taken at the AGM itself.
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