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
Thursday 23rd June 2011 7:30am (GMT/UTC+0) the API and map data editing on www.openstreetmap.org will be unavailable. The maintenance period is expected to last for 12 hours.
The following services will be unavailable during the maintenance period:
API, editing features of www.openstreetmap.org and planet.openstreetmap.org including replication diffs.
The wiki, mailing lists and help.openstreetmap.org will be unaffected.
Technical: Some of the core servers are being re-located to another data-centre.
Additional information will be posted on the wiki as the maintenance window approaches:
By Ken Vermette cc by sa
Have you noticed the awesome revamp of the OpenStreetMap logo?
The logo was created by Ken Vermette, who was kind enough to answer a few questions about his design.
“I made the logo a few months ago when I first found out about OpenStreetMap, I’ve always been a supporter of open projects; I can’t afford to donate, and outside of PHP I can’t really program, so I do odd graphics instead when I have extra time. I don’t think it was 2 hours after discovering OSM that I had started sketching designs. Ultimately, I just really liked the original logo so I didn’t change the design and aimed to try remastering it.
I was actually quite surprised about it being used [as the new logo] – I had posted my work to the OSM lists, and I thought it had been declined or forgotten. While sitting on the logo the question came in asking if it was creative-commons licensed, which it was, and next thing I knew it was on the website!
I need to admit I’m quite humbled, so much work has been put into OpenStreetMap it staggers you once you realize the scope of the project. People ride their bikes, plot trees, point out parks and define roads to make this work. It always pains me when someone looks at an open source project and rules it out because it’s “unattractive”, especially when it’s such a great project. I want to keep refining the logo to be on par with the effort put into OSM, so people could see it for the incredible resource that it is; I could never do it though, I’d be working forever!
Anyway, I’m just glad that I could help out – I’d really like to thank every OSM mapper and contributor out there, drawing an icon seems dwarfed compared to the effort of mapping the world.”
Ken, we thank you for your contribution to OpenStreetMap. We all know it isn’t just any logo. 🙂
The OpenStreetMap server team has upgraded the tile server to render changes faster. Demand for OpenStreetMap tiles has increased steadily as the project grows. Recent increases in demand for tiles has lead to long waiting times for mappers who want to see the results of their improvements to the map.
Thanks go to Grant Slater, Jon Burgess, the Mapnik.org team, and many others who keep improving OpenStreetMap every day in ways large and small.
Read the announcement and hardware details on talk@.
Speedometer photo by Nathan E Photography is licensed CC-By
The OpenStreetMap web site was updated today. When you view the
history tab, you’ll now see a map with bounding boxes shown for recent changesets in the area. Hovering over the changeset will highlight the bounding box, and vice-versa.
This improvement was coded by Mikel and refined by Mikel and TomH.
Read more about this from Mikel’s announcement on his blog.
OpenStreetMap editing just got faster smarter and smoother! We’ve done the switch-over to Potlatch version 2 on the ‘edit’ tab of the OpenStreetMap homepage. If you haven’t tried it already, click that ‘edit’ tab and get mapping!
This represents a lot of development work by Richard Fairhurst, Andy Allan, randomjunk, and others. The work really picked up pace recently, with everyone pulling together, but Potlatch 2 has been in the pipeline for a couple of years now. It doesn’t stop there of course, but it’s ready for prime-time now, so we’ve made the switch. We hope you like it, but for now you can still get back to the old potlatch by hovering your mouse over the edit tab.
So what’s new in Potlatch 2?
- User-friendly tagging with customisable presets
- WYSIWYG rendering
- Vector Background Layers
- A more flexible undo/redo system
- OAuth support so you can deploy it on other websites
Keyboard shortcuts and other aspects of general editing have largely stayed the same
We’ll be working to update documentation and hopefully create some nice new video tutorials etc (and anyone can help with these things) but for now you can find out more on the Potlatch 2 wiki page and the Potlatch 2/Primer
The OSMF recently launched a new mediawiki powered site at http://www.osmfoundation.org/ with a basic logo.
We’d love to have a logo that better reflects the foundation, and would like to follow the success of crowd sourcing a logo for the SOTM conference.
If you have an idea for a logo please submit it here:
and the board will choose or request changes to a winning entry at the December board meeting. Please spread the word, we’d love to see all the different ideas possible.