Antony Pegg, of the MapQuest Open Team, has announced even more
OpenStreetMap related news, including the answer to a mystery from a
short while ago. Ant tells us:
I am very happy to welcome Thea Clay to the MapQuest Open
Antony also tells us about MapQuest implementations of Potlatch 2,
nominatim and some documentation goodies that you will want to see in
his complete article. Go read it now.
Muki Haklay, senior lecturer in GIS at University College, London has
published another academic study of OpenStreetMap data quality. In
this paper, Professor Haklay shows that Linus’ Law applies to
OpenStreetMap. Linus’ Law states
Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow
as applied to OpenStreetMap. Professor Haklay shows how positional
accuracy improves with more data contributors per square kilometer.
Read his entire article
Original link to article
October 21, 2010
Denver Skyline (flickr cc by Larry Johnson)
The State of the Map (SotM) organizing committee announce Denver, Colorado, USA as the winning bid for the 2011 International conference for OpenStreetMap (OSM). The annual event will be hosted in September 2011.
There were five proposals to host the annual spectacular event: Vienna, Austria, Havana, Cuba, Denver, Colorado (USA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Tallinn, Estonia. “Deciding on the best location for State of the Map is always one of our biggest and toughest decisions.” says Henk Hoff, chairman of the SotM organizing committee. Among the deciding factors were location, experience of the local committee and outreach potential to new communities.
“Denver is a clear choice because after four great years in Europe, it’s time to branch out and engage with other international communities.” commented Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap. 2011 will host the fifth annual international conference, attracting over 250 people in attendance. Sponsorship details, volunteer opportunities and more information will be available in the near future.
Follow State of the Map on Twitter #sotm
Contact the organizing committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wikipedia in German has started to use OpenStreetMap as the default
map in some entries. OSMers / Wikipedians Kolossos and Peter Körner,
announced today, German-language articles with lat / lon coordinates
marked “map” would become a link to display an in-article map. That
map also shows markers to points from similar articles.
These contributors, and others have been doing very interesting things
with OpenStreetMap and Wikipedia. Very nice!
Their original announcement is found on the German OSM mailing list.
They aren’t glamorous. They might not be pretty. They can be useful,
but there is one seldom-spoken benefit to mapping a local shopping
mall. It is so satisfying.
What is so satisfying about mapping a local mall, or cluster of shops?
It’s a mapping project of Just The Right Size. More substantial than
adding a single POI, faster than adding a village. Mapping a mall is a
nice meal; more than a snack, less than a feast. But perhaps best of
all, mapping a mall is a task that can be completed. Mapping a mall
can be a perfect 30-minute mapping project including survey and
Find out more about this Project of the Week, including tagging
suggestions at the project page on the OSM wiki.
This is your Project of the Week. Submit your own projects or offer
suggestions to inspire and inform other mappers.
OSM contributor and infrastructure guru has written an interesting
summary of why City Labels can look unusual in some parts of OSM.
One year after the French land cover import, 69% of the country
includes land cover information.
Details of the French community Corine Land Cover project.
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
Justin O’Beirne has published a second part of his critique of
OpenStreetMap. In this part, Justin looks in detail at the rendering
of city labels in the OpenStreetMap.org “Mapnik” layer.
An article in The Wall Street Journal today quotes Henk Hoff
extensively. Henk is an OpenStreetMap Foundation board member.
The article is behind a paywall.
Some of us are wondering what SteveC will be up to next, between hang
gliding lessons and skiing. He offered one hint today when he
published a new blog and introduced us to “Transiki”. Kind of like
Transit and Wiki; get it?
Steve talked about proprietary transit formats and varying attitudes
toward data sharing. This will be good fun to keep an eye on as it
progresses. Imagine the cool things that we’ll be able to learn when
we can see the neighboring and / or competing transit systems all in
the same tool. We’ve seen how OpenCycleMap makes a joke of municipal
cycle maps that “stop at the border”. Cyclists care bout the other
side of the border as well. Transit maps are about to get a wakeup
You should read all of Steve’s announcement on his new Transiki blog: