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9 Aug Celebrations for the tenth anniversary of OpenStreetMap take place around the world
28 Jun The wiki main page was redesigned to be lighter and strictly use-case oriented, and we introduce navigation pages
23 Jun After State Of The Map Europe 2014 has ended, a lot of video footage is available from its wiki page.
8 Jun OSM contributors can now add their ORCID identifier to their user page on this wiki, using {{User ORCID}}.
5 Jun Mapbox releases Mapbox GL, a framework for client-side rendered vector maps on iOS using OpenStreetMap data.
5 May New release of Mapsforge 0.4.0 (offline vector map rendering framework)
Now 2014 West Africa Ebola Response
9 Apr Imagery from DigitalGlobe now available for use via mapbox [1]
4 Apr A new editor is released, Level0.
26 Mar OSM wins the FSFE's Document Freedom Award.
24 Mar HOT is coordinating mapping efforts for the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. You can help!
16 Feb The wiki reaches 1,000,000 page edits.
11 Feb Encryption (SSL) has been enabled to all of the website, thereby enhancing the privacy of its users.
7 Dec ScalableMaps [2] now offers over 300 OSM- and NaturalEarth-based editable vector maps in PDF and Adobe Illustrator formats.
2 Dec The main website is completely redesigned.
18 Nov We're using the Typhoon Haiyan wiki page to coordinate crisis response mapping. You can help!
13 Aug Zoom level 19 added for the standard layer on the website.
19 Jul New map controls have gone live on
7 May New server and fund raising drive 2013
7 May The newly developed online editor iD has been integrated as a tool on the website.
23 Apr You can now leave Notes on the map !
1 Apr iD editor Beta 1 is released
31 Mar Imagery Offset Database is up
14 Feb [3] alpha version (all-purpose map of Europe) has been released
9 Feb Node id numbers have increased to now require 64-bit Identifiers
31 Jan new domain: OSM Turkey
29 Jan iD editor alpha version released
8 Jan New template and category for Wikipedians who map
6 Jan One million registered users
18 Dec State Of The Map 2013/Call for venues open
6 Nov Start your local party for Operation cowboy
2 Oct New release of the OSM editor Vespucci 0.8 for Android devices
12 Sep OpenStreetMap data is now available under the Open Database License. copyright and license. Please help with Remapping
8 Sep New Foundation board members elected
18 Aug OpenStreetMap 8th Anniversary Birthday party worldwide celebrations
31 Jul Registration for SOTM US in Portland (Oct 13-14) now open
28 Jul Officially released Maperitive v2. (What's new)
25 Jul Automated redactions complete
11 Jul License redaction begins (Follow bot process)
25 Jun A huge amount of new satellite imagery was added to Bing which can be traced from in OpenStreetMap. See also Bing Blog
12 Jun New release of the editor Merkaartor 0.18.1
23 May Launch of where you can download selected shapefiles for coastlines or similar, derived from OSM data. See also blog post by Jochen Topf.
3 May Apple now attributes OSM in iPhoto, see [4] and [5]
19 Apr New version of the map rendering web service Maposmatic available, see also [6]
13 Apr MapFactor Navigator Free is available for Android devices via Google Play.
4 Apr Edits enabled again. License change work ongoing
1 Apr New planet.gpx download of all GPS points
27 Mar Announcement of plans for the license change work
20 Mar Esri donation to OSMF
13 Mar Mar 2012 DB server downtime planned for Tuesday 20th
12 Mar New Australian Geographic Reference Image available for mapping
13 Feb Leaflet 0.3 released
28 Jan Garmin converter tool mkgmap now builds an address search index
27 Jan "Night of the living maps" is global mapping event planned for Feb 7th
17 Jan Report of Google IP address being used to vandalise OSM data
13 Jan Bored of Google Maps? switch2osm
3 Jan State Of The Map 2012 will be in Tokyo [7]
Dec 24 Funding target reached. Mappy Christmas!
Dec 01 New License Change View on OSM Inspector
Nov 29 We have half a million users!
Nov 29 Call for papers for FOSSGIS and OpenStreetMap-conference is open
Nov 25 front page now features new layers
Nov 19 and sites have a new look
Nov 16 1st April 2012 is the target date for license change
Nov 12 OpenStreetBrowser ([8]) version 2.1 released.
Oct 25 KeepRight ([9]) now validates website/url tags.
Oct 21 "Look and Listen Map" & "Guide Me" win Torsten Brand Prize
Oct 13 Join in with the "Big baseball project"
Oct 4 Blocked applications to protect the servers
Oct 3 US local chapter elected a board
Sep 19 New server 'Zark' will be used for OWL
Sep 13 Yahoo! Aerial Imagery is no longer available.
Sep 11 OpenLayers 2.11 released
Sep 11 New board members elected
Sep 11 State Of The Map 2011 is winding up in Denver.
Sep 6 New Mailing list rails-dev created [10]
Aug 26 Board elections and other OSMF changes
Aug 18 Nominations open for foundation board elections. 4 seats available [11]
Aug 08 Help preparing for the license change
Jul 30 SOTMEU presentation videos are available
Jul 28 Mapweaver - successor of
Jul 25 Project of the week looking for new maintainers
Jul 20 Lets get ready for umble! OSMFight
Jul 13 Release of OpenStreetBrowser 2.0
Jul 6 Thanks to all the Wimbledon tennis champions
Jul 5 Osmitter lets you contribute to OSM via twitter
Jul 4 Ordnance Survey accept ODbL for their OS OpenData
Jun 29 It's Wimbledon week. Project of the week is mapping tennis courts
Jun 23 Planned downtime: Servers/June 2011 Maintenance Thu 23rd (Completed)
Jun 19 Phase 4 of the ODbL licence change has started
Jun 12 You can now login to OpenStreetMap using OpenID
Jun 12 New video tutorials for beginners showing Potlatch 2
Jun 1 Geofabrik now provide U.S. state extracts [12]
May 25 Education Project of the month starting with primary & secondary schools
May 23 We now have more than 400,000 registered users
May 22 new release of GpsMid 0.7.5 (you can search for house numbers now)
May 21 Statistics of clicks on integrated in Wikipedia OpenStreetMap map was published.
May 20 1 000 000 Relations in the database
May 16 Project OSRM has a new routing demo website
May 11 new Mapquest static image API
May 9 A new release Maperitive with improved SVG export and line offsetting.
May 9 Tile server upgrade
May 6 New Changeset display
Apr 29 We have a new logo! (blog post)
Apr 3 Switched to Potlatch 2 for the 'edit' tab default [13]
Mar 31 We are looking for representative Press images (high res, PD, full attr.)
Mar 30 Project of the month: Food month
Mar 23 New Community Updates
Mar 15 Help crisismapping Japan
Mar 7 ForeverMap has been released for Android devices
Mar 4 Milestone: 1 Billion Nodes in the Database
Mar 2 creates hiking books
Feb 25 Maperitive now supports SRTM1 and custom DEMs.
Feb 23 Project of the month: Tunnels and Bridges
Feb 17 New Community Updates
Feb 16 The 100.000.000th way
Feb 14 A map looking for OSM User Groups [14]
Feb 14 A map looking for OSM User Groups [15]
Feb 11 Merkaartor bugfix release: 0.17.2.
Feb 09 Project of the week : Florists
Feb 09 New Community Updates
Feb 06 Merkaartor bugfix release: 0.17.1.
Feb 06 OpenDEM launched, collecting a free digital elevation model
Feb 03 Bing road detect API announced
Feb 02 New Community Updates
Jan 27 New Community Updates
Jan 26 Project of the month : Buildings
Jan 26 Donation to OSMF by Mapquest/AOL
Jan 25 HOT has a new logo
Jan 24 350 000 users
Jan 22 New Project of the week: Banks and ATMs
Jan 21 Maperitive can now read PBF files and has better right-to-left scripts support.
Jan 20 New Community Updates
Jan 18 New release of GpsMid 0.7.1
Jan 13 Fugro sponsors 40 cm aerial imagery of whole Denmark
Jan 12 New Community Updates
Jan 05 New major release of Maperitive with scripting support for generating & uploading Web maps.
Dec 31 "JOSM tested" now includes imagery built in.
Dec 30 Route Manager and History Viewer are online behind new URLs ([16] [17])
Dec 26 Merkaartor 0.17.0 has been released.
Dec 21 OpenStreetBugs is now available via shortcut. More details here.
Dec 17 MapQuest Launches OpenStreetMap-Powered Mapping Service In The US
Dec 08 Russian satellite imagery project overlays custom-rendered OSM map of Belarus (google translate)
Dec 06 Humanitarian OSM Team Logo design competition launched
Dec 06 Two OSM projects and 6 other projects will be sponsored by German Wikimedia Competition WissensWert
Dec 03 OffMaps is "App of the day".
Dec 02 New Bing imagery now available in Potlatch 2 and JOSM
Dec 02 New Project of the week: Your train station
Nov 29 Online Editor Potlatch 2 is now available on
Nov 28 New Community Updates
Nov 24 New Project of the month: Wheelchair Accessibility
Nov 22 The node!
Nov 15 New Community Updates
Nov 23 Bing to provide their aerial imagery to OSM [18]
Nov 17 New Project of the week: Wanna Bet?
Nov 14 New unified Scientific corner: Research
Nov 04 New Project of the week: Headache?
Oct 25-31 New Community Updates
Oct 28 New Project of the month: Stay a While
Oct 24 Software lists replaced
Oct 26 Copies Google from OSM? Discussed at the last OSMF Working Group Minutes
Oct 21 Denver will be host to State Of The Map 2011 [19]
Oct 21 MapQuest launch new Nominatim service, Potlatch 2 deployment and restored TIGER Edited Map [20]
Oct 17 New release of the often mentioned RouteConverter 2.0
Oct 16 Osmosis v0.37 released (new PBF support) [21]
Oct 14 New release of LuckyGPS 0.74
Oct 05 New offline map display and routing for iPhone: ForeverMap
Oct 05 New tag listing/stats website: Taginfo
Oct 04 Spot Image give the permission to use the coverage of France for 6 months
Sep 28 Two English OSM books now available
Sep 25 New Release of NaviComputer 0.95 (Map Display and navigation on Windows Mobile)
Sep 11 300000 OSM contributors and counting
Sep 09 New release of NaviPOWM 0.2.5
Sep 09 Call for bids to host State Of The Map 2011
Sep 01 partner apologizes for cloned OSM content
Aug 22 Merkaartor 0.16.3 has been released.
Aug 16 Retirement of announced.
Aug 12 Existing contributors are now asked to accept the new contributor terms
Aug 08 Transit Database for OpenStreetMap Routing changed from beta to final stage
Aug 02 Microsoft launch an OpenStreetMap Mapnik layer on Bing Maps.
Jul 25 Maperitive now has a map tile generator and hypsometric tinting function (more).
Jul 11 SotM is all over! See State Of The Map 2010 page for session details.
Jul 10 Announced: Potlatch 2 public alpha testing
Jul 10 Announced: for Q&A.
Jul 7 Maperitive now exports map bitmaps with KML and OziExplorer MAP sidecar files.
Jul 5 First version of ArcGIS Editor for OSM released
Jul 1 - 3 July 2010 DB Upgrade. Server downtime for scheduled maintenance from 1st to 3rd July
Jul 1 There are six candidates applying for three chairs in the OSMF board.
Jun 30 NaviComputer [22] 0.94 released for WindowsMobile
Jun 30 Merkaartor has now settled in a new home:
Jun 26 Maperitive, a desktop map rendering application, can now do SVG exports
Jun 20 Vespucci 0.6.5 released (OSM editor for Android)
Jun 13 Foundation/AGM10 meeting & election announced
Jun 13 Merkaartor 0.16.1 has been released.
May 11 New OpenStreetMap users have to sign up to the CC-BY-SA / ODbL contributor terms.
Apr 20 Hit 250.000 users See here
Apr 16 New Nokia Sportstracker version enhanced with the power of OpenStreetMap.
Apr 14 version 1.00 released. lots of new features...
Apr 1 Ordnance Survey Opendata releases (UK)
Mar 22 Merkaartor updated to 0.15.3.
Mar 18 OSM accepted for Google Summer of Code
Feb 28 Merkaartor 0.15 released.
Feb 26 Usability improvements for Tell us!
Feb 26 Mapping Bolivia, presented during the last two "State of the Map...", is already walking. The first exploratory trip fri. Feb.26 "The project's blog".
Feb 24 BBC News reports on OpenStreetMap Haiti mapping "The volunteer mappers who helped Haiiti"
Feb 12 iPhone Application True Maps released. It features offline searches and routing.
Feb 9 New "Project of the week" launched
Feb 2 new Perl renderer...
Jan 23 OpenLinkMap
Jan 23 GpsMid 0.6 map application for mobile phone released
Jan 16 First Independent Traffic Congestion Services Test in Russia - OpenStreetMap Takes The Second Place
Jan 13 Huge OSM push for better data in Haiti following the devastating earthquake - join the effort
Jan 3 OpenStreetMap reaches 200 000 user accounts. Happy New Year!
Dec 30 The navigation app AndNav2 for Android is now Opensource
Dec 27 Results of OSMF members vote on Open Database License proposal announced
Dec 23 OSM Editor Merkaartor 0.15 available
Dec 19 OSMtracker 0.10.0 released.
Dec 14 Santiagos Metropolitan Regional Government (Gobierno Regional Metropolitano de Santiago) (Chile) granted access to their Schools, Hospitals, Landuse, Natural Reserves and Municipal Boundaries shapefiles. Members of the local community are working to convert and import them.
Dec 9 UK post code co-ordinate data likely to be freed in April 2010
Dec 6 OSMF license change vote has started; unofficial community survey at
Dec 3 ScanEx grant access to satellite imagery in Russia. Now you can use it in JOSM & Potlatch.
Nov 30 Mapzen Beta now available
Nov 23 New version 1.3 of Potlatch released with zooming up to level 23
Nov 17 Then you win: Ordnance Survey to open data in the U.K.
Nov 10 NearMap PhotoMaps high resolution up to date CC-BY-SA aerial photography now available for tracing for selected Australian capital cities.
Nov 1 The data checking tool Keep Right ([23]) is available for the whole planet. Make OSM routable!
Oct 18 New version of GroundTruth (1.6): now supports sea polygons-filling and custom background color (more info).
Oct 9 FOSSGIS hosts three sponsored servers for OSM
Oct 8 SotM10 call for venues is now open
Oct 1 More accuracy for GPS in Europe with start of EGNOS on Oct. 1st
Sept 28 flickr adds special 'machine tag' support for OpenStreetMap
Sept 20 New map renderer MapSurfer.NET (terrain map, contour lines, 3D buildings and more).
Sept 17 New release of NaviPOWM 0.2.3
Sept 18 Testing version of wheelchair routing service is online for German city of Bonn.
Sept 12 The OpenStreetMap community petitions Google to resolve the legal ambiguity of tracing from Google's aerial imagery.
Sept 9 Monopoly City Streets opens to surprise and initial licensing uncertainty from the OpenStreetMap community. The Monopoly City Streets' website struggles with the initial surge in interest.
Aug 31 German City of Rostock has all streets completed and houses with heights. 3D here
Aug 22 New Foundation Board elected
Aug 17 The NaPTAN Import added bus stops throughout London
Aug 16 First blind contributor uploads tracks in Finland. See OSM for the blind for details.
Aug 12 Merkaartor 0.14 released.
Aug 10 Find duplicate ways with Reports (for Germany) can be found here Way dupe check reports.
Aug 09 German City of Dortmund is declared to have all streets completed.
Jul 30 British town of Crawley and German town of Bad Oeynhausen are declared to have all streets completed.
Jul 28 Foundation/AGM09 announced, including elections (join today!)
Jul 28 OSMtracker 0.8.1 released.
Jul 24 Two ways to display distances in maps: Distance maps and
Jul 12 State Of The Map 2009 is over. Thanks to all the organisers!
Jul 05 New version of Kosmos: works with NASA's new SRTM server, uses IBF format for contours (more info).
Jun 29 ODbL 1.0 launched
Jun 29 German city Essen is declared to have all streets completed.
Jun 28 New version of GroundTruth: works with the NASA's new SRTM server (more info).
Jun 26 We now support short links
Jun 23 German city Aachen is declared to have all streets completed.
Jun 21 New release of Navit 0.1.1
Jun 11 Braille true type font for OSM released, see OSM for the blind.
Jun 4 launched. A service for paper-based mapping
Jun 3 OSM website now in several languages
May 27 Amenity Editor, a new simple POI editing system, made public.
May 27 New script to extract (simplified, resized) *.poly files for boundaries out of osm files.
May 26 Press release: Volunteer Mapper Flies Out to Antigua
May 21 Potlatch 1.0 released with new 'edit with save' features and built-in help
May 20 GroundTruth v1.5 has been released. It now includes "SRTM to OSM" functionality.
May 16 German city Oldenburg declared to be complete in OSM.
May 12 first known tactile map based on OSM data published.
Apr 29 API 0.6 compatible version of mumpot 0.5 released (including upload support)
Apr 26 Bug fix version of Merkaartor 0.13.2 released
Apr 21 New API went live after a year of development.
Apr 20 Six OSM projects accepted for Google Summer of Code
Apr 20 Final report on Bavarian aerial imagery published (in German)
Apr 4 Relation Check and Relation Diff. New Tools for quality assurance of relations.
Mar 28 Support for country-specific traffic-rules in Traveling Salesman.
Mar 23 German city Brunswik declared to be complete in OSM.
Mar 18 OpenStreetMap accepted for Google Summer of Code 2009
Mar 17 Wikimedia Germany starts a project for integration of OSM maps in Wikipedia
Mar 17 Number of (registered) users passed 100.000 (OpenStreetMap stats report & Graphical Stats)
Mar 16 Call for Papers for State Of The Map 2009 is now open
Mar 16 New version of Merkaartor 0.13 released
Mar 14 House numbers supported in Traveling Salesman navigator
Mar 5 OpenStreetMap wins two Linux New Media Awards
Feb 27 New license has been published, license text comments may be submitted until March 20 (announcement)
Feb 25 Radio Bremen's news website is using Openstreetmap (in German, sample article)
Feb 12 End of donation drive. £ 16,222 (~ € 18,100) was raised in one week.
Feb 9 Mapnik now usually is updated hourly (rather than weekly).
Feb 5 Start of donation drive to buy a new faster, bigger server for OpenStreetMap.
Feb 4 The new OSMbin file-format version 1.0 is published.
Feb 1 All I., II. and III. class roads in Czech republic are in OSM. See graph of mapping and unmapped czech roads.
Jan 26 GroundTruth, a new mapmaking tool for Garmins, released
Jan 25 Riding and hiking map available for selected German regions
Jan 22 OSM: Up-to-Date announced: a bookmarklet which will draw the current state of the database using Mapnik
Jan 19 French national land registry (cadastre) WMS opened to OSM (and other GIS). Authorities agree that their license is compatible with OSM if the source is provided (announcement in french, in english).
Jan 14 Vienna street map completed. Announcement
Jan 04 New Tramline Glattalbahn opened in the north of Zurich on Dec 14. Was already mapped on Openstreetmap the day before.
Dec 24 Kingston Upon Hull, UK completed. Announcement
Dec 23 Birmingham, UK and surrounds completed. Announcement
Dec 19 North Rhine-Westphalia Road Building Authority makes complete road network data available for free use.
Dec 12 The Bavarian Office of Land Survey is providing aerial imagery of Upper Palatinate for vectorization in a pilot project.
Dec 6 An experimental mkgmap version supports routable Garmin maps.
Dec 4 Image series A year of edits on planet Earth for OpenStreetMap.
Dec 1 OSM- stats: Are mappers going on winter break? – discussion
Nov 28 Google Maps - OSM comparison of the world's capitals
Nov 23 German mappers found OpenStreetMap section of FOSSGIS e.V.
Nov 18 Canadian government initiative GeoBase releases map data to OSM