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Weekly OSM Update

18/01/2024-24/01/2024 Mapping

Anne-Karoline Distel has researched that historic=pinfold and historic=pound are describing the same thing in different dialects. She thinks that pinfold should be deprecated. The proposal emergency=disaster_response was approved with 45 votes for, 1 vote against, and 2 abstentions. GOwin explained the various software and hardware equipment needed to organise a mapping party for same-day imagery collection and mapathons. rtnf, the driving force behind the Indonesian edition of weeklyOSM, explained the terms in Xvtn’s OSM iceberg graphic (we reported earlier) for newcomers and commented on the issues from his point of view.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

The State of the Map Organising Committee is providing a Travel Grant Programme (TGP) to facilitate accessibility and diversity at the global SotM 2024 Conference, which will happen in Nairobi, Kenya on 6 to 8 September. The TGP ranges from EUR 40 to 1200; the Online Attendance Support Grant, for those with limited internet connectivity, is up to EUR 40. In a comment, SeverinGeo pointed out that the amount allocated for people living in Africa will probably not even cover travel costs, and therefore active but not wealthy OSM contributors are unlikely to take part in the SotM. The OpenStreetMap Foundation congratulated Tom Hughes for being recognised as one of the top open source contributors in the OpenUK New Year’s Honours List (we reported earlier).


Geoffrey Kateregga presented the results of a survey of OSM community leaders across Africa in his OpenStreetMap diary. This overview of the OpenStreetMap landscape in Africa was also outlined during the State of the Map Africa 2023 conference. The website for the State of the Map 2024, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, is now online.


Hiroshi Miura reported that K Sakanoshita, together with the OpenStreetMap community in Osaka, Japan have created a public information board based on OpenStreetMap data. The board is located next to Showa Public Bath, near Awaji Station. This neighbourhood map was created using the ‘Town Walk Map Maker‘ web application. Rawmaps displays more than 20 different data categories including countries, EEZs, populations, coats of arms, population, and economic data. Planets, stars, and the moon are additional items you can view.

OSM in action

The Anime Site Mapping Project is a geolocation project aiming to identify the real-life settings used in anime films and television series. The identified locations are displayed on a uMap map based on OpenStreetMap data.


The free Windows Video GPS Viewer application allows you to view videos captured by your dashcam, action cam, or drone with embedded geolocation information on an OSM map. The Open Reviews website is offering a grant and calling for developers to integrate Mangrove Reviews with OsmAnd or other apps as a plugin. Yuri Astrakhan has fixed Sophox so that it once again returns in full up-to-date OSM data for the first time since June 2021. See what it can do with these example queries.

Did you know…

  • That the All The Places project is trying to web scrape the POI data from major websites that have ‘store location’ pages?
  • That Free Map Tools offers various map-based measurement tools?
  • Prettymapp? Ideal, if you want to quickly create a personal Christmas gift using OpenStreetMap data. Instead of using it online, you can also easily install it on your computer.
  • The public transport navigation app, KTrip?
  • That a ‘mute user‘ feature has been added to OpenStreetMap?
  • There are several OpenStreetMap-themed add-ons for the Mozilla Firefox browser?

Other “geo” things

Paris’ public transport authority has asked the makers of navigation apps to limit route suggestions for travellers while the city is hosting the Olympic Games.

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