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Project of the Week: Project Hotspot

The goal/purpose of Project HotSpot is to get major U.S landmarks
mapped out to a level of detail beyond commercial map data providers.
We’re starting with a top 10 list of places asked for by users of the
commercial website.

If we can get these ten places looking very spiffy, then MapQuest will
feature the OSM maps of these places as “Premium Maps” of these
locations when they are returned as Search Results for our approximate
50 million monthly unique visitors to

This Project of the Week is submitted by Antony Pegg. Ant is the head
of the Open Initiative at MapQuest and has a friendly bet with his
boss that OSMers can make better maps of landmark locations than
commercial mapping companies can. Read more about Ant’s friendly bet,
and objects of interest when mapping a landmark, in the Project
Hotspot wiki entry for this Project of the Week.

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 Month.

Amusement park photo by Patrick Mcgarvey
is licensed CC-By-ND

Image of the Week: OpenStreetMap in mayor campaign


The recent municipal election cycle in Toronto included OpenStreetMap.
Mayoral candidate, Sarah Thomson had a bicycle policy as part of her
platform. That policy, called Bike City was illustrated with two
images of planned bicycle infrastructure on OpenStreetMap base maps
with proper license and attribution.

Ms. Thomson did not win the election. You can see the OSM images in
context on her old campaign page.

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 of the OpenStreetMap project.

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

Weekly OSM Summary #1

11/06/2010 – 11/13/2010

Every week a lot of things are happening in the OpenStreetMap world. New map renderings are created, new services are released and the map gets better and better every day. It can be hard to keep track of all the different communication channels and don’t miss any important news. Since we read most of those channels anyway, we decided to collect all the things we find newsworthy enough to list them at the end of the week here. To every news we’ve attached a short description and you can always find more information on the linked websites. Enjoy!

  • “New search” with live suggestions built-in, based on Nominatim and the Google Closure framework. You can try out the search here or read Martijn’s blog post here.
  • PocketNavigator is an Android app based on OSM data that uses tactile feedback to guide you through your way.
  • Fabian Schmidt has created a map that highlights ODbL licensed streets by color. Green streets would still be available after the switch to the new license, red ones wouldn’t. Yellow ones were edited by users who have agreed to the new Contributor Terms AND users who haven’t yet agreed. This map is updated with new data daily.
  • MapQuest has released its own Bicycle routing service based on OSM data.
  • Elevation Service based on SRTM data, for example to combine with OSM Routers MapQuest DevBlog
  • When you visit any of the open.mapquest websites right now, you’re greeted with a splash page that promotes MapQuest’s use of OSM data.
  • Want to attend the upcoming SOTM-EU 2011 in Vienna? You can add your name into the wiki here.
  • Computerteddy created a new OSM Map for Garmin Devices that is optimized for cars.
  • Want to use OSM Maps in iPhoto 09 or 11? MacPad provides a small HowTo.
  • Sven Geggus wrote a blogpost about creating a WMS-Server in about 100 lines of python code.

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

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

[If you like this summary, be sure to tell Pascal, Jonas and Dennis.  If you don’t like it, tell them how it can be improved!]


FREE Webinar on OpenStreetMap!

Curious about OpenStreetMap? Haven’t made it to one of the famous beer drinking, I mean *mapping* parties?

Well here’s your chance to learn more about the project (sans beer):

Hurricane Coast is co-hosting a FREE webinar about OpenStreetMap.
This Wednesday November 17th at 2PM EST, join in on the fun that is open source mapping!


Photo by Kevin Steele (cc by sa Flikr)

It’s a great introduction to the project with some background information, stories of why OSM is groovy (think crisis mapping) as well as a mini “make your first edit” presentation.

It is co-hosted by Depiction, a company who uses OpenStreetMap data for base maps, routing and much more! Depiction puts powerful mapping, simulation and collaboration tools in the hands of everyday people, in a package that is both easy to use and affordable. 

Sign up today, it’s fun!


WhereCamp5280 November 19th, 2010

Join like minded friends and geo geeks at this years WhereCamp5280 in Denver, Colorado on Friday, November 19th. WhereCamps are unconferences – loosely structured days of talks around a common theme of maps! 


(Photo CC by Robotbrainz Flickr)

There are three days of events planned, from a special USGS tour and a hack day on Thursday November 18th, to a mapping party in Winter Park, Colorado on Saturday the 20th. Check out the schedule here

WhereCamp5280 is free to attend thanks to generous sponsors!


Project of the Week: Memorials and monuments

November 11 is the 92nd anniversary of the end of the First World War,
and is marked in many countries by religious and civil ceremonies to
remember those who lost their lives in this and other conflicts. It
therefore seems appropriate to have a related Project of the Week.

Add memorials, monuments and historic plaques to OpenStreetMap with
help from the instructions on the Project wiki page.

This guest Project of the Week is from Jerry Clough (SK53) who started
contributing to OpenStreetMap in 2008. Thanks, Jerry!

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 Month.

Vimy Ridge Memorial photo by Mark Kilner
is licensed CC-By-NC-SA