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Automatic road detection from imagery

Steve Coast has been busy since his arrival at Bing a while back. They
have rolled out a neat, automated road finder service. Have a look at
the demonstration video here:

And the announcement and more details here:…

Road image by Nicholas_T
is licensed CC-By

Project of the Week: Confectionery

It was a magical place when we were younger. A place full of sweet
scents, that lead to sticky fingers and perhaps a bit of stray sugar
on a cheek. It was exciting to be going there and disappointing to
have to leave.

You can make an excuse to revisit that place of happy memories, new
flavor discoveries and a tiny little bit of sugar-inspired energy.
The Project of the Week is to map your local candy store. Find out
how to add your local candy store to the map, and watch the results as
other mappers do the same.

This is your Project of the Week. Make suggestions. Inspire other
mappers. What is it about contributing to OpenStreetMap that
interests you? Postboxes? Bowing alleys? Share your OpenStreetMap
interests by contributing a Project of the Week.

Candy display photo by
is licensed CC-By-SA

Weekly OSM Summary #9

01/19/2011 – 02/01/2011

Every week a lot of things are happening in the OpenStreetMap (OSM) world. It can be hard to keep track of all the different communication channels and don’t miss any important news. That’s why we’ve created a short summary of all the news here. Enjoy! (Sorry, we couldn’t keep the weekly schedule because we’re still only two authors who are busy with other stuff too 🙁 )

  • MapQuest donated 50,000$ to the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF). The money will primarily be used for upgrading and maintaining the hardware resources of the OSM project.
  • Nominatim was subject to some improvements that should improve the search quality, especially in the US.
  • Gregory Marler has written a small How-to for using Chrome’s Omnibox to search on
  • The new Java XAPI was online for a first public test last week. Due to hardware problems it’s now down again. A new graphical user interface for creating queries is also in development.
  • MapQuest has released three new services: Open Guidance Service, Open JavaScript SDK and Open Tiles Service.
  • “Orebro is Sweden’s first municipality to release geodata under an ODbl license, requiring attribution and ‘share alike’.” Link to the news article.
  • The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has chosen its new logo.
  • OpenStreetMap has reached 350,000 registered users.
  • “Geo-Analytics on OpenStreetMap Road Data”: OpenStreetMap is adding about 90,000km of roads a week at the moment. More analytics here.
  • User:SK53 has created a map that shows the density of pubs for every 5 square kilometer in the UK.
  • Ito World improved its OSM Analysis service and made some analysis on the completeness of OpenStreetMap in Great Britian.
  • Nick Whitelegg updated OpenTrailView and Freemap UK.
  • FortiusOne developed a new map layer tool called Acetate. It allows one to compile several different map layers (roads, road names, POIs, place names) in a custom order and insert their own mashup data in between.
  • Maps4Mac is an app for Mac OS X that is rendering OSM data on demand with Mapnik from a database.
  • The before mentioned 3D globe – rendered with WebGL in your web browser – is now live.
  • WheelMap is now available in Japanese too. They are also looking for translators to make it available in Portugese, Icelandic and more languages.
  • Liberation, a French daily newspaper has started to use OSM as a base map on their website. Here’s an example article.

For more news, especially regarding new tags and wiki pages, you can check-out the community-updates over here.

Authors: Pascal & Jonas
We missed something? You want to help us collecting the news for next week’s issue? 
You can contact us via mail or Twitter.


Image of the Week: Municipal hazard awareness


Municipality council using Nicolas Dumoulin’s OSM-based map of
potential flood, fire, cave-in hazards in a town.

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 related to the OpenStreetMap project.

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

State of the Map 2011 – First sponsor


Call for Sponsors

The State of the Map Call for Sponsors has been open for a little while.  You’ll remember that SotM is Absolutely The Place for cool mappers to meet and greet and share their OpenStreetMap-py experiences.  If you want your company to have a sponsorship presence at SotM, contact the State of the Map team.

And the SotM organizing committee has been busy.  They have announced that the first sponsor for SotM 2011 is [drum roll please]

Tungsten Carbide-level sponsor



MapQuest is thrilled to sponsor the 2011 State of the Map conference in Denver. The power of open-source mapping unlocks the next wave of innovative LBS apps and we are excited to support OSM’s goals to accelerate growth of the worldwide mapping community

— Christian Dwyer, SVP & GM, AOL/MapQuest

MapQuest is a returing sponsor for State of the Map.  They first joined us last year in Girona.  I enjoyed meeting some of the MapQuest Open Initiative team last year and I know that you are going to enjoy getting to know them this year. 

Okay, State of the Map team, now I really want to book my ticket!  When can I do that? 😉

Project of the Month: Buildings


Adding buildings to OpenStreetMap has been difficult in the past.
Collecting a GPS trace of a building yields poor results because the
building interferes with GPS reception. But buildings can be
interesting to have on a map. Large collections of buildings in cities
can look very impressive. Lone buildings in remote areas can be
important landmarks for navigation. Or a shelter from bad weather.

There are more than 28 million buildings in the OpenStreetMap
database. Recent donations to OpenStreetMap contributors of aerial
imagery that permits deriving OSM objects without restriction have
made mapping buildings practical in more parts of the world.

The Project of the Month for February is to add local buildings to the map.

This is a Project of the Month. Project of the Week returns
next week, while PotM will continue until the end of February. These projects
inspire mappers to contribute data they might not have considered
previously, and allow us to be inspired by the projects of other

This is your Project of the Month. Make suggestions. Inspire other
mappers. What is it about contributing to OpenStreetMap that
interests you? Postboxes? Bowing alleys? Share your OpenStreetMap
obession by contributing a Project of the Month.

Timber framed building photo by WikiMedia user Gerbil
is licensed CC-By-SA

MapQuest supports OpenStreetMap

A financial donation for OpenStreetMap was announced today on the
OpenStreetMap Foundation blog. This latest donation follows their
dontation in September 2010 and many other activities in the OSM
community. Read about the donation on the OSMF blog.

The donation from MapQuest is not earmarked for specific use but will
be used to support OpenStreetMap operations. Typically, financial
support for OSM allows the purchase of big ticket items like a new
database server. You can see from the server upgrades page on the
wiki that many other bits and pieces go in to keeping OpenStreetMap
moving smoothly.

* note: The server room shown above is not the OSM server room.

CERN server room photo by Torkild Retvedt
is licensed CC-By-SA

Image of the Week: Danish aerial imagery donation


Fugro Aerial Mapping A/S is a Danish aerial imagery company. Fugro
has shared their 40cm Danish photography with OpenStreetMap community
for tracing vector data in to OpenStreetMap

[Thanks to Peter Brodersen and Jonas Häggqvist for making this
happen]. See the project page for more details including how to start
using this aerial imagery for mapping in Denmark.