The 2013 OpenStreetMap Data Report

A week ago MapBox released the excellent and nicely designed 2013 OpenStreetMap Data Report. Here's the blog entry about the report. Really worth looking at the report, even if it's just for appreciating its superb presentation.

From the entry: "We've looked back on the project's 10 years in the making, the skyrocket growth to over 1 million users, 21 million miles, and 78 million buildings, and tried for the first time to tell the story of OpenStreetMap as a whole in data. We have traced through OpenStreetMap's 67,629,368 roads and tallied up the incredible sum of 21 million miles - that's 40 years of driving at 60 miles per hour."

Other OSM-related news:

Using Web Maps in Android-powered SuperSurv 3.1

Supergeo Technologies, the leading global provider of complete GIS software and solutions, announced that SuperSurv 3.1, the latest mobile GIS software for Android devices, supports the use of Web Maps as Basemap to complete efficient data collection with OpenStreetMap.


Integrating with GIS and GPS technologies, SuperSurv 3.1 performs accurate data collection, real-time positioning, map display, and the waypoint tool. Through working with GPS, SuperSurv 3.1 allows field surveyors to collect data of point, polyline, and polygon, as well as recording and managing waypoint and GPS tracklog.


With SuperSurv 3.1, surveyors are able to display basemap in different types, collect spatial data with basemap from different sources, and apply the pre-generated map (cache map) or the map service published by SuperGIS Server as basemap to their mapping applications.


Besides, the customizable project file allows easy connection with OpenStreetMap to enhance the efficiency of data collection without generating cache map or accessing SuperGIS Server service. The customized project file (SuperSurv Online Map Tool) and the usage instruction are available on SGDN website.


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About Supergeo


Supergeo Technologies Inc. is a leading global provider of GIS software and solutions. Since the establishment, Supergeo has been dedicated to providing state-of-the-art geospatial technologies and comprehensive services for customers around the world. It is our vision to help users utilize geospatial technologies to create a better world.


Supergeo software and applications have been spread over the world to be the backbone of the world’s mapping and spatial analysis. Supergeo is the professional GIS vendor, providing GIS-related users with complete GIS solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms.

Batch Geonews: Debacle over OGC and the GeoServices REST API Standard, OpenLayers vs Leaflet, More Geo from Google I/O, and much more

The recent geonews in batch mode, covering a larger timespan than usual.

On the open source front:

On the Google front:

On the Esri front:

In the everything-else category:

Slashdot discussed a few minor geo-related stories:

In the maps category:

A tale of two cities: web maps new and old

Bloggage update: Vector online GIS appears to be gaining traction. These emerging technologies contrast with Esri who offers a slew of tools on the desktop and in like mature web mapping services and model building. But these newcomers offer a service to process GIS functions online and allow to load data direct from web source further augmenting their web performance. Here I compare how I used a 180K vector dataset from NOAA NGDC described previously on these alternate methods. 

OpenStreetMap Launches iD: All-new Easy Map Editor

Two days ago the new open source iD editor we mentioned a few times has been officially launched, here's the official announcement OpenStreetMap launches all-new easy map editor and announces funding appeal.

From the announcement: "The new editor, codenamed ‘iD’, boasts an intuitive interface and clear walk-throughs that make editing much easier for new mappers. By lowering the barrier to contributions, we believe that more people can contribute their local knowledge to the map – the crucial factor that sets OSM apart from closed-source commercial maps. [...] The new iD editor is a pure HTML5 experience, using the cutting-edge D3 visualisation library. Behind the clear design and intuitive interface is a sophisticated back-end that automatically recommends the most popular ‘tagging’ conventions used by the OSM community."

Numerous sources discussed the new iD editor, you'll find more technical details on iD on the MapBox blog, MapBox built iD, including multiple links to media coverage. Slashdot also discussed two stories, OpenStreetMap Launches a New Easy To Use HTML5 Editor and OpenStreetMap Adds Easier Reporting of Map Problems. extracts and publishes almost 8 million POIs from OpenStreetMap

by Julius Chrobak,

May 6, 2013 made available almost 8 million points of interest from OpenStreetMap through their query API. Developers can use a flexible query language to get the POIs they need into their applications in sub-seconds. All the major OSM tags are included to provided detailed information about the points.

The dataset contains hotels, camps, restaurants, bars, public transportation stops, places for sport or leisure activities and more. It has been extracted from the generic OpenStreetMap structure into a straightforward tabular form. This means developers do not need to figure out what are the relations among various OSM tags in order to retrieve just the points of interest. The company believes this is a huge time saver and will make the OSM data appealing to a larger audience of developers.

About GmbH is a Swiss IT start up  which helps companies and developers to access variety of large volume Open Data on demand through their flexible query API. takes care of all the mundane data management, adminsitration, and synchronization tasks and allows developers to quickly enriching their applications with the information they need. The API documentation as well as an interactive interface to explore available datasets is available on


Julius Chrobak, co-founder of GmbH

Hertistrasse 1, 8304 Wallisellen, Switzerland

tel.: +41 44 830 00 33

Open Source Geonews: OpenStreetMap iD Map Editor Beta 1, EuroGlobalMap, GeoServer Beginner's Guide, and much more

Here's the recent open source / open data geonews in batch mode.


Open data:

Everything else:

Open Source Geonews: OSM2GIS, OSGeo-Live 6.5, OSGeo Board Priorities, OpenBlock Project, JTS Union VS ArcGIS Dissolve, and much more

Still catching up, here's the recent open source geospatial news.

New software:

Software updates front:

Everything else:

Kort Game - Location-based web app which uses gamification to improve OpenStreetMap

I'd like to introduce a new location-based game: Kort.

This web app motivates users to help improving OpenStreetMap (OSM) data. Game-like elements are used like credit points and badges in a mission to resolve missing spatial data. Kort combines the concept of gamification with volunteered geographic information and is targeted to non-specialists. Within three weeks more than 1,000 users registered and it has been translated into 11 languages!

After having signed in with OSM or Google account, credit points (so called 'Koins') are collected by the players on a mission task. Examples are POIs without a name, where users have to enter the missing label. All proposals for solutions are then validated by other players. If a proposal has passed validations (around 3 depending on error type), it is considered complete.

Data errors are downloaded every night from a project called KeepRight. The data covers many parts of the world except for parts of North America and others. The final task of integrating the passed proposals into OpenStreetMap has not been realized yet. It can be done manually, though. This an other enhancements like moderating campaigns are planned in the near future.

The project has been implemented by two computer science students during their bachelor thesis at the Geometa Lab of the University of Applied Sciences, Rapperswil (Switzerland). It's based on HTML5, free (open source) and it runs on iPhone and Android, and in Chrome.

For more information visit

OpenStreetMap: 1 Million Contributors!, Introducing OSM's New JavaScript Editor, and OSM Editions of Year 2012

Every frequent Slashgeo reader knows about OpenStreetMap, and now, the project reached another important milestone: 1 million OpenStreetMappers.

From the blog entry: "OpenStreetMap has just passed 1 million users! That's a million people who have signed up on to join in with creating a free map of the world. At first glance you may think that OpenStreetMap is a map. Those who know more will tell you that it's actually a database; a flexible editable repository of free geospatial data. But above all OpenStreetMap is a community. A massive community in which people like you and me come together collaborate and help build this thing... and now there's a million of us!"

To ease contributions even more, they also introduced the alpha version of the new OpenStreetMap editor, codenamed iD (screenshot below). And for its beauty, see the short animation on OpenStreetMap: A Year of Edits 2012.

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