Community Update from 23 May 2011 to 29 May 2011 (week 2011-21)
Image Of the Week 2011-21
23448 km from Vladivostok to South Africa. 301 hrs by car. Probably the longest routing available on any public routing engine. From Cloudmade with OSM data.
Project Of The Week : Education Month
June 2011 is education month. We'll map the places that we associate with educating ourselves and others. Is the primary school that you attended included in OpenStreetMap? Your high school? Add those places to the map. We'll look at post-secondary schools and other places associated with education as the month progresses. Learn about places to learn about places.
- A way of doing 3D with aerial photography 
- In Poland a new bill may ensure that all government data will be released as public domain.
- Maps, open data and activism on the Heygate estate - how OSM can influence political actions.
- OSMF US asks for ideas for branded advertising stuff 
- A great GPS visualisation script by Alexander Avtanski 
- New release of online router Routino 2.0 ... now with attention to turn restrictions!
Another problem with imports
Mass imports of unreviewed data generate a lot of problems. This time again, the import of landuses in Baltimore has generated some problems to the local community. A user describes how he feels about this import on a diary page. More and more people are against blind imports and for a better import policy.
The White House uses OSM
More and more big sites offer an OSM-based map rendering as an alternative layer or even as the only layer. This is a sign that more people find the project interesting.
Another old debate came up this week on the lists: Some people want the return of anonymous edits. One of the use cases could be a tweet with a particular hashtag and geolocalisation to create a new object on OSM. But anonymous edits come with several problems and are hotly debated.
Sending of mail about ODBL
The possible transition to the ODBL is going forward. OSMF started to send out emails to contributors who haven't yet accepted or declined the new license. For technical reasons, emails are sent gradually instead of all at once.
RFC : Towers for lighting
A user proposes a new tag for describing man-made towers designed for the purpose of lighting. While the definition is close of the actual highway=street_lamp, your comments are welcome on the talk page
Voting : Addr keys
After some adjustements the proposal about addr keys has reached the voting phase. Please vote on the proposal page