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Map Kibera project featured on Flickr Blog


The Map Kibera project ( is putting Kibera
on the map.

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.

Flickr is able to use the map created by Map Kibera and OpenStreetMap
( for placing Flickr geotagged photos.

See the Flickr Blog entry here
and keep up with the Map Kibera ( and
right here on OpenGeoData.

WordPress Plugin OSM v0.9

Michael writes:

After one year I have released the version 0.9 [of the OSM wordpress plugin] which includes a lot of feedback from people using OpenStreetMap in their WordPress blog. The progress of OpenStreetMap maps and the fact, that many people use OpenStreetMap in their blog is motivating to keep the development of OSM-plugin running. Features implemented within the last year are covered by version 0.9:

OSM-shortcode generator in WP-settings

performance improvements

integrated icons

several gpx and kml files within one map

interface for geocaching

simple popup-html-marker with custom field

template tags to be added in the WP-theme

load non-OSM tiles

add controls like scaleline, mouseposition

These pages are related to the OSM-plugin:

Download @ :

Plugin @

Wiki @

Author @

Nestoria Hiring OpenStreetMap expert(s)


Nestoria was an early adopter of OpenStreetMap and has sponsored every
State of the Map conference to date. Now they are interested in
hiring some OpenStreetMap talent.

From the @nestoria account Twitter


“Want a job where you get to build things with #openstreetmap ? We’re
hiring, join us:

This could be your big break into the world of commercially-backed OSM
contributors. Give them a ring.

From their Job posting on

What positions are available?
We’re currently recruiting for:

* Engineering Manager (permanent)
* Technical Product Manager (permanent)
* Engineering Intern (3-6 months)

All positions will, unless stated otherwise, be based in our central
London office (in Clerkenwell).

The first week of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team on the ground in Haiti

Robert Soden has written a detailed updated on the first week of HOT in Haiti

In many ways, our outreach efforts been far easier than we anticipated. The GIS teams here have all heard of OSM, and most of them are using the data already in some fashion. Many of the people we’ve talked to over the last week have expressed sincere gratitude to the community for all of its hard work and been more than willing to take time out of their days to talk to us, connect us to the right people, and participate in our training sessions. It’s not because they’re kind people (though they are). The GIS and Information Officers on logbase have a real incentive to work with us because OSM has become such a key dataset here. So they want to learn how to use the data more effectively, give us feedback on how we can improve the tools available to them, and strategize with us about to best fit OSM into their workflows.

Project of the Week 2010Mar28 – Swimming in data

Many of the coastlines in OSM came from an import of the PGS coastline
data. It was a fantastic benefit to be able to add this coastline
data to OSM, and we’re better off having had it. And there are many
places that have aerial imagery that is now good enough to improve on
PGS coastlines. So that is the project of the week for 28 March,
2010, check your favorite bit of coastline and improve what you can
with overhead imagery.

Those without a favorite bit of unimproved coastline might take a look
at the crenelated coasts of North America for examples of what can be
improved. This is a
portion of Long Island with aged PGS coastline that fails to meet our
current standards for Good Coastiness. Sure, it will be fixed up by
the time the second reader gets to it, but have a look at that area in
the original bulk import form, . Okay, perhaps
we can make our current imports a little friendlier to view.

And now a sea change

Let’s improve the Project of the Week while we’re improving the map.
Let’s increase participation. If you are participating in potw,
consider posting some of your before and after shots of the areas you
are mapping. Reply with your comments and links to your good work.
Consider adding “potw” to your changesets. It’s nice to know if you
find a project of the week interesting.

Propose a Project of the Week.

Write it up and add it to the Proposals page, or email me directly.
Make general or specific suggestions regarding potw on the discussion page.

Share your project!

Detailed, written potw proposals are very warmly welcomed. Tell us
what you are doing, show us how it is making a difference, and let us
know how we can help you with your project locally, or by replicating
it in our neighborhood. Give some example tags and guidelines if you

The massively successful Image of the Week project has been running
since 2006, and is now a flipbook history of What Was New In OSM.
Plus a couple of entertaining April Fool images. Part of the strength
of the IotW is the indefatigable leadership of User:Ojw who has kept
it running for five years. Much of the strength of IotW comes from the
community interest. Folks do something interesting, make an image,
and share it with IotW.

Let’s see if we can make potw at least half as interesting and
informative as IotW. Join in, won’t you?

If you haven’t seen IotW (What? Is that possible?!?!) You must see it
now. Prepare to spend an hour learning the visual history of OSM.

The Beautiful fish on the reef photo is cc-by Alain76 on Flickr.
The Crashing waves photo is cc-by Wonderlane on Flickr.

Announce: OpenOS

As you’ve probably heard the Ordnance Survey is going to open some data next week. We don’t exactly know what data or what license it will be under but there’s a reasonable chance it won’t be importable in to OSM because either the data will be low scale or released with an incompatible license.

If that’s the case then I propose we start, separate from OSM, an OpenOS project. I basically see it as either a clearinghouse for putting up converted formats for the data and/or a full OSM stack, mapnik, potlatch and all for editing and fixing it. Because as Russ Nelson keeps saying, datasets without a community are dead.

I propose that until we know it’s compatible, usable and so on in OSM that no OSM resources are spent/used on something like this. Thus, I’ve bought the domain to host it and set up a google group which you’re welcome to join to help discuss what to do if/when we get some data.

I think this data will need a community, tools and editing and who better to build all that than people from OSM?