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Weekly OSM Summary #42

April 23th, 2012 – May 7th, 2012

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

  • The latest news about the license change and the data rebuild-process.
  • The OSM project has more than 600 000 registered members now. Pascal created a new webpage which shows the latest active members. You will find the blog post here.
  • Apple’s new iPhoto attributes the OSM project as a source now.
  • The State of the Map US will take place in Portland on October 13th and 14th, 2012.
  • Six OSM projects have been accepted for this year’s Google Summer of Code.
  • The next Wherecamp Berlin will take place on June 22nd and 23rd. You can already register here.
  • What we can learn from Wikipedia“ a new blog post by Frederik Ramm.
  • Dan Stowell wrote a blog post about how he made a nice map handout from OSM.
  • An online cycle map of Oxford was developed based on OSM data and created with Maperitive.
  • The “Worst Of OSM” webpage shows some failed OSM mapping or import efforts.
  • The new HOT Technical Working Group will start their first IRC Chat on Thursday May 10th at 3pm GMT. Read more here.
  • The “Waymarked Trails: Hiking” webpage is available in seven new languages now.
  • The new Maperitive version can create its own Walking papers now. You will find a description here.
  • A new version of the Overpass API is available. You can find all changes and new features here. For all new readers: The Overpass API is a read-only API that serves up raw XML encoded OSM map data.
  • A new plugin for the Leaflet open source library enables a feature to display GPX or KML overlays or a Google layer. You can find the code on github.

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

Memorial Fund and Award

In January, 2012, our friend Ulf Möller died unexpectedly. Ulf was a mapper known for his smile and his helpful demeanor. He was also an OpenStreetMap Foundation board member, elected in 2009 and served on the License Working Group. His friends in the OpenStreetMap community have struggled with this; How can we recognize Ulf’s contributions to the community? How can we cope with our feelings of loss?

Ulf’s family, who are surely feeling the loss of their son, brother, nephew, provided consolation and guidance for us. Today, on what would have been Ulf’s fortieth birthday, we announce:

The Ulf Möller Memorial Fund

The Möller family have asked us to accept donations to the OpenStreetMap Foundation in Ulf’s name, to continue his contributions to the project. The Ulf Möller Memorial Fund will serve to advance the cause of OpenStreetMap as Ulf did. You may honour your memories of Ulf by donating in his name.

Donations to the Memorial Fund can be made by credit card, paypal or bank transfer.

We are also announcing:

The Ulf Möller Memorial Award

The Ulf Möller Memorial Award will recognize an individual each year who improves OpenStreetMap through good mapping, benefit to the community and other improvements to the OpenStreetMap project.

You may nominate a person who makes a difference to the OpenStreetMap project for a Memorial Award by email. Include the name of the nominee and their noteworthy actions. The first Memorial Award will be recognized in May 2013.

We’ll be able to celebrate the memory of our friend and the continuing good works of mappers, each May.

Ulf Möller, 1972 - 2012

Photo courtesy the Möller family.

OpenStreetMap and Summer of Code 2012

OpenStreetMap will have six projects in Summer of Code this year selected from a bumper crop of 28 proposals. Projects range from tools for data surveys to editor improvements to rendering improvements. Have a look at the full announcement and the list of projects, students and mentors. Students will be posting progress reports to the developers’ mailing list so that you can keep up with them.

Weekly OSM Summary #41

April 9th, 2012 – April 23th, 2012

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

  • You can register for the State of the Map (SotM) conference in Tokyo, Japan now.
  • An OSM Hackweekend will take place on June 2nd and 3rd 2012 in Karlsruhe (Germany).
  • YOU (OSM) are GREAT!
  • The HOT project is looking for mappers for Bogor, Indonesia. Read more here.
  • A new version of MapOSMatic has been published. MapOSMatic is a free web service that renders city maps based on OSM data.
  • Several results of OSM length calculations for a lot of countries.
  • The fastest OSM routing project has a worldwide coverage now.
  • The new version of CartoDB supports the import of OSM data now.
  • Blog post by Artem Pavlenko about some new Mapnik features. A transcript of Young Hahn’s „Rendering the World“ presentation. 
  • „OSM & ESRI Tools“ – Webinar recording available here.
  • How can you link your addresses with OSM coordinates? Watch the Google Refine Youtube video.
  • published a Ruby OSM-API-Client on Github and is looking for developers.
  • Chad Lawlis wrote an easy tutorial on how to show your OSM contributions on a map based on TileMill.
  • With the OpenSource iOS SDK by MabBox you can easily integrate OSM maps into iOS apps. You will find the whole introduction here.

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Authors: Pascal & Dennis – (thx @ “Wochennotiz”) sued by Canada Post

Canada Post has filed suit against in Federal Court. provides a crowd sourced Canadian post code database, available as Open Data under ODC’s ODbL.

The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic CIPPIC will represent, and you can help by donating to their legal defense fund.

Details can be found with the announcement on the web site.

Weekly OSM Summary #40

March 26th, 2012 – April 9th, 2012

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

  • The OSM database is back in read and write mode since last Thursday. Thanks to the Admins for their incredible work to move everything to the new server! The changes that will be made to the dataset due to the license change will take place in the coming days and will be running in the background. Also, you can find the last CC-BY-SA OSM planet file here.
  • All I Want for OpenStreetMap is …“? Some thoughts and wishes from Mikel and Kate for OSM.
  • The organization Development Seed would like to create some new contribution tools for OSM. You can help here!
  • Which JOSM version do you use?
  • Frederik released a JOSM plugin to record and store data in a separate database. Read more about it here.
  • A new Humanitarian OSM Team (HOT) project report from Indonesia.
  • A blog article about tracing OSM data in the Sahel.
  • Almost all videos and slides of the German FOSSGIS & OSM 2012 conference are online. You can find them here (of course in German).
  • Pascal wrote a blog post about the geographical distribution of the newly released OSM GPS points. Further Steven created a really nice HeatMap from all points.
  • A new blog post by Martijn about “Detecting Highway Trouble in OpenStreetMap“.
  • Cyclestreets published an “OpenStreetMap community mapping guide – for Cycling Scotland“.
  • After the OSM 3D workshop in Garching (Germany), the first 3D Map (OSM2World) has been published. You can read the announcement here.
  • With Comapp you can create your own OSM web maps with an audio marker. Try it out here.
  • A Youtube video about an indoor evacuation simulation based on MATSim and OSM data.
  • With YAPIS (Yet Another Point of Interest Submitter) a further web site to add POIs to OSM is online.

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OpenStreetMap layer added to Yahoo! JAPAN Local

March 29, 2012 – The OpenStreetMap Foundation Japan (OSMFJ) and The OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) announce the release of a new OpenStreetMap layer for Yahoo!JAPAN map services. The new OSM layer is available on Yahoo! JAPAN Local (see the map here)

New OpenStreetMap layer on Yahoo!Loco

2011 Yahoo! JAPAN data donation

On March 6th, 2011, Yahoo! JAPAN handed over nation-wide map data to OSMF Japan. The data was originally owned by ALPS corporation, which merged with Yahoo!JAPAN. The OSM community got permission to import and use this data.
Note that the Yahoo! JAPAN ALPS data is not the map data used by or The maps at and are not permitted for use by OSM (see the ‘YahooJapanALPS Data’ wiki page).

OpenStreetMap layer showing Sendai area

Mobile maps

The new OSM layer is also available for Yahoo! JAPAN Local mobile. OSM with its frequently updated data is very useful for many map users.

OpenStreetMap Yahoo! JAPAN Local layer mobile site.

About OpenStreetMap Foundation

The OpenStreetMap Foundation is a UK-registered not-for-profit organization that supports the OpenStreetMap Project. The OpenStreetMap Project based at, is the worldwide mapping effort that includes more than 500,000 volunteers around the globe. The foundation consists of members from around the world who elect its board of directors. Much of the foundation’s extensive work is done in the background, yet is critical to the ongoing functioning and growth of the OpenStreetMap Project.

About OSM Foundation Japan

The OpenStreetMap Foundation Japan (OSMF Japan) is an organisation that performs fundraising and supports the Japanese community; it does not control the project or “own” the OSM data. It is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free geospatial data and to providing geospatial data for anybody to use and share.

Weekly OSM Summary #39

March 12th, 2012 – March 26th, 2012

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

  • There are new aerial images for Australia available online now.
  • A new wiki page has been created to give more details about the expected changes in API behavior due to the license change. Read more here.
  • Some OSM coastlines are affected by the license change. A new tool helps you to get ODbL-clean coastlines.
  • See the „Current OSM Activity“ on the following website:
  • The Humanitarian OSM Team (HOT) has entered an idea for the “Knight News Challenge”. Read more about their plan. And a Report about the first HOT Activation Working Group meeting can be found here.
  • There have been a variety of articles and blog posts on the collaboration between the World Bank and Google. Some more can be found here.
  • The website shows routing based on OSM vector tiles.
  • The Open Source Routing Machine (OSRM) project, which offers very fast routing based on OSM data, has a new server and a new website. Read the full announcement here.
  • WIWOSM (Wikipedia where in OSM) is a new project which shows geometric objects in OSM for corresponding articles on Wikipedia.
  • OSM has been accepted for the Google of Summer Code 2012.
  • There is a new web application for the visualization and use of OSM Points of Interests.
  • A blog post by Martijn van Excel shows you how to create a self-updating OSM database.
  • A new article about the growth of OSM street data over the past two years.
  • A blog post about Steve Coast and his idea of creating OpenStreetMap.
  • New OSM map styles by Stamen Design.
  • The OpenSeaMap project provides vector maps for the built-in Garmin Chartplotter of the GPSMAP series.
  • OSMapTuner is a mobile editor for OSM running on Android-based smartphones and Tablet PCs. Read more on their website.

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