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The OSM test of “free”-ness — can you bake it on a cake?
Shown here: map from the Marikina Mapping Party

The Marikina Mapping Party was the fourth Mapping Party in the
Philippines. It occurred on a Saturday, March 20, 2010. They also had

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 – 25 April 2010: Table for 1/4 million

Tell us about a great restaurant. Put a restaurant that you know
about on the map. Even better if this is a small, family-run
business, but a big business or chain restaurant is okay too. Perhaps
a cafe, or a fast food join. Maybe a drive in or a greasy spoon.
Fine dining or great value. Famous five-star or unknown treasure.
Put a place that gave you a great meal on the map.

The restaurant doesn’t have to have seating for all of the 1/4 million
OpenStreetMap contributors at one time.

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Palace Grill photo by is licensed
ccbysa on Flickr

OpenStreetMap data is on your train

From Simon Clayson’s Flickr stream, we learn that OSM iz in yer
tranez. I’m sure that’s what the cool kids would say. More from

Great Western Trains have some seats with airline style LCD
“entertainment” screens. More interesting than paying £1.50 to watch
an episode of Friends is the “You are exactly here” screen which is
free. And it uses Open Street Map! Good work Volo TV.

Simon also tells us that the maps are attributed. He says, There’s
a big notice as you arrive on the page that thanks the “Contributors
of OpenStreetMap”

Photo of OSM map on VOLO:TV by Simon Clayson.
The photo is licensed cc-nc-nd
Hat tip to mikel for pointing this out.

Jon ‘maddog’ Hall Picks OSM for one of Today’s Six Best OSS Projects

Hot New Projects – In the Eye of the Beholder

From the fine article:

You would think that writing a blog entry on “Hot New OSS Projects”
would not be that difficult. All you should have to do is go to
SourceForge or Freshmeat and see what projects are being downloaded,
or at least accessed, and write about them. Or, hangout on Slashdot or and see what cool things are being shown and talked
about. These days you can even read the mainstream media about Linux
products and projects. And of course there is the site with
its news feeds, discussion groups and projects.

All of these would have been “too easy” for maddog, so of course he
had to do the unthinkable and ask his eclectic group of Linux User
Group (LUG) members what they thought were “Hot, New OSS Projects.”

The first message that came back from the “call for thoughts” was:

“What do you mean by OSS project?” followed by “What do you mean by
new?” and (of course) “What do you mean by Hot’?”

Read the full article on to see where OpenStreetMap finished
on the list.…

OpenStreetMap U.S. Inc

Kate writes on talk-us:

Hey All,

Just wanted to let you know OpenStreetMap U.S. Inc exists now. This
is so we can eventually become a chapter of OpenStreetMap. We’ll be
moving forward with getting an EIN (tax number) from the IRS, working
out the Chapter agreement, etc shortly.

Then of course having official membership soonish.


State of the Map 2010 Travel Scholarship

The OpenStreetMap Foundation is excited to announce that, like last year, the full travel and accommodations costs for 15 mappers to attend State of the Map 2010, will be provided.

We are looking for people from places where costs would prohibit attendance, especially developing countries and places that are “interesting” geopolitically. The scholarships will provide an opportunity for these leaders of nascent OSM communities to network, learn, and find the inspirations and support to take OSM to the next level.

Read more about this on the Scholarship page.

Image of the Week: TownGuide


TownGuide will render PDF maps with street & POI indexes

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.

Today is the day: 250,000 contributors

Here are some of the OpenStreetMap contributors, last summer at State
of the Map, in Amsterdam. There were something like 130,000
registered users of OSM at that time, and 250 attended SotM if I
remember correctly.

Look at those shiny happy faces. Like cherubs, every one of ’em.

And how we’ve grown, since then, the OpenStreetMap community. Today
will be the day. The 250,000th contributor will register for an
account at I feel comfortable
predicting this because OSM gets hundreds of new registrations a day,
and we’re only 45 short of the Big Quarter-Mill. Sometime before
midnight UTC, number 250,000 will register. It might have happened

There is a prize for 250,000

You get the right to a copy of the OSM data set under the OSM data
license. Congratulations, number 250,000. That’s the same prize we
all get. The prize we make by hand and give to each other. Collect
your prize at
Mon Apr 19 00:00:07 +0100 2010
Number of users

Sure. It’s an arbitrary milestone. Not every registrant contributes
a lot of data. One more contributor might not make much of a
difference. Let’s look at all of us in aggregate. And let’s look at
the next 250,000 to register. How can we, the old-timers, make things
easier on the next group of newbies? We need to make it easier on
them you know. The easier we make it for them, the easier it will be
for us. Otherwise we’re doomed to a spiral of answering the same old
questions at an ever increasing rate.

Go document something for a newcomer to OSM. Write a tutorial. Post
some examples. Help out on the newbies list or #osm. Free some code.
Benchmark osm2pgsql. Squash some bugs on trac. Do it for number
250,000. Do it for the next 250,000.

And take another look at the group photo above. They’re all smiling.
You know what they’re thinking?

it’s fun. It’s free. I’m helping.

Welcome to OSM, number 250,000. See you at SotM 2010?

SotM 2009 group photo by
Licensed ccby