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Ubuntu, OpenStreetMap and Google translate.


Some of our favourite OpenStreetMappers were showing OSM at a recent
Ubuntu Release party in The Netherlands. The response was great, or
so I’m told, but look at this?

What happened in the translation of the names in the photo caption?
Author and standing, at left, is Floris Looijesteijn and the
translation has created some kind of Cycling-super-hybrid.

Original links below.……

Planet file now at 10 GB

Frederik writes:

For the first time, this week’s .osm.bz2 planet has an eleven-digit size (10026036818 bytes). That’s up 20% from beginning of the year. In 2007, we had an 88% increase in the same time span; in 2008 it was 36%, and in 2009 it was 19%. Of course these numbers say little since we had numerous large imports, format changes, and even changed the bz2 implementation along the way.

The uncompressed XML file ist just a few bytes short of 150 GB.

Map? Art? Both?

Sometimes a map becomes more than just a spatial representation and becomes something else. Sometimes a data visualisation becomes more than just the underlying data and almost takes on a life of its own. When these two things meet or collide the results can be spectacularly compelling and almost … art? Which brings me neatly to the Geotagger’s World Atlas.

This rendition of geotagged photos from the Flickr and Picasa APIs is recognisably London but seems more akin to the London of one of Neil Gaiman’s novels than anything you’d find in Stanfords in London’s Covent Garden.

I could spend hours looking at the entire Flickr set of images. Correction, I have spent hours looking at the entire Flickr set of images; hence my original blog post on these lovely images.

Photo credit: Eric Fischer on Flickr.

Image of the Week: OSM editor Mapzen


The image of the week is a screenshot of an OSM editing program,

About Image of the Week
These are Featured images, which have been identified as the best
examples of OpenStreetMap mapping, or as useful illustrations of the
OpenStreetMap project.

If you know another image of similar quality, you can nominate it on
Featured image proposals.

Project of the Week: FIFA World Cup 2010: Part 2

It may be the most widely-viewed sporting event in the world.[1] The
FIFA World Cup will kick off in South Africa next week. In
preparation, points of Interest were collected . All that remains is
to add the finishing touches.

You can help in 3 different ways:
– Map a training stadium.
– Trace buildings and other features from Y!
– Local mappers, add building addresses.

More details, tagging suggestions and links to stadium locations for
this Project of the Week:

This Project of the Week was presented by Nic Roets. Nic is a cyclist
and long-time OSM contributor from South Africa.

Nic is also the author of the Gosmore navigation and routing
application for OpenStreetMap.

This is your Project of the Week. Make suggestions, like Nic did when
he provided us with this PotW.

Soccer photo by susieq3c
Licensed ccby


Image of the Week: Map Kibera

The mappers above are mapping Kibera as part of the Map Kibera
project. From their web site:

Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya, widely known as Africa’s largest
slum, remains a blank spot on the map. Without basic knowledge of the
geography and resources of Kibera it is impossible to have an informed
discussion on how to improve the lives of residents. This November,
young Kiberans create the first public digital map of their own

You can find out more about the Map Kibera project at their blog

Photo by ricajimarie
Licensed cc-nc-sa

Project of the Week – 22 May 2010: Gardening

Ah, spring is finally in the air in the northern climes. Tradition in
these parts of Southern Ontario (Canada) is to do your first gardening
of the year on the Victoria Day weekend. Any earlier and you risk a
frost-kill. Any later and you risk a frost-kill before you can harvest
your tomatoes and cucumbers.

So to celebrate Victoria Day, and nature’s awesome majesty in the form
of fruits, vegetables and decorative flowers, the Project of the Week
is to map the things that we plant in the ground.

PotW is a day earlier than usual so we can dig in the garden and enjoy
the weather.

More details on this Project of the Week

This is your Project of the Week. Make suggestions.

Diasies photo by gfpeck
licensed ccbynd