Organised Editing/Activities/Kosovo streets mapathon

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Streets around the Pristina hackerspace, with AKK roads behind the OSM data. Note the missing names in the middle and missing roads on the right.

Kosovo Streets Mapathon


The Kosovo community has recently obtained street names and geometries from the Agjencia Kadastrale e Kosovës . AKK and the local NGO FLOSSK have signed a memorandum of understanding to allow this data to be used in OpenStreetMap.

In this mapathon, we will compare existing street segments and names on OSM with an AKK overlay and fix where needed.



The Kosovo community can be reached on Telegram:

The mapathon organiser is Arianit.

Instructions for participants

If you participate, add yourself and your username to the list of participants below

Choose an area to work on in the tasking manager and click 'Start mapping'. If you don't know what area to work on, ask in the chat. If the area is too big, you can click on 'split' to divide it in four.

Click on 'edit' to open the area in your editor of choice.

See the next section for how to add the AKK backgrounds.

Trace the roads that are missing, add the road names where necessary, then go back to the tasking manager to mark your area as done, and pick your the next one! Most missing roads will be of type 'residential', 'service' or 'track'.

Make sure you've read all of this page, and don't be afraid to ask any questions on the chat.

Tools and Data Sources

The best aerial imagery to use in Kosovo in 2019 are Bing and DigitalGlobe Premium Imagery.

Please report any mistakes found in the AKK data on the Telegram group and/or on this event's Talk page.

To display the roads:

In the iD editor:

On the right, click on the Map Data button (shortcut F), then click on "..." next to "Custom map data", then enter{z}/{x}/{y}.mvt?access_token=pk.eyJ1IjoiZ3Jpc2NoYXJkIiwiYSI6ImNqdDU0MWZlZDAyYmkzeXBiZnQ3MjRrNGcifQ.usw6vA9LGxHRE9xeMw2mHw

AKK roads will be shown in magenta. They can be selected to display the name.

To make things more visible, you can hit W

Be careful when tracing roads to connect them to the rest of the road network, and not to the AKK road lines.


  • In the Imagery menu, choose Imagery Preferences
  • At the bottom right of the window, click on the button with the green '+' that says 'WMS'
  • In field 6 at the bottom of the window, enter{proj}&WIDTH={width}&HEIGHT={height}&BBOX={bbox}
  • In field 7, enter as a name: "AKK Kosovo roads"

Map both red and green roads. The red roads are as the municipalities sent them to AKK, the green ones have been validated by AKK.

An useful filter (Windows > Filters) to display only highways is

(-highway=* | -type:way) -(child highway=*)


See also:


There will hopefully be some more people dropping in from the internet. Please join our chat and say hi.


We'll ask participants to use the hashtag #kosovoroads in their changeset comments.

Measuring our Success

We'll measure the number of missing streets by municipality before and after the event.

Municipality Names in AKK Names in OSM Names only in AKK - before Names only in OSM - before Likely typos - before
K. Deçanit 577 28 563 14 2
K. Dragashit 455 88 371 6 6
K. Drenasit 753 339 424 16 29
K. Ferizajit 1203 1156 102 58 89
K. Fushë Kosovës 373 371 23 21 20
K. Gjakovës 975 864 214 107 208
K. Gjilanit 990 246 868 125 10
K. Graçanicës 308 270 66 29 14
K. Han i Elezit 72 72 2 2 6
K. Istogut 471 166 320 19 23
K. Kaçanikut 420 380 54 14 24
K. Kamenicës 562 37 540 17 7
K. Klinës 397 17 391 11 2
K. Kllokotit 76 71 10 5 4
K. Lipjanit 681 533 199 52 28
K. Malishevës 865 23 849 7 1
K. Mamushës 43 49 3 9 12
K. Mitrovicës 763 203 607 54 50
K. Obiliqit 407 386 31 10 18
K. Parteshit - Pasjanit 65 18 52 5 0
K. Pejës 951 288 720 69 80
K. Podujevës 1182 28 1169 14 4
K. Prishtinës 2153 1158 1011 54 174
K. Prizrenit 1631 467 1188 96 211
K. Rahovecit 518 110 455 49 17
K. Ranillugut 104 103 6 5 9
K. Shtimes 290 279 22 11 10
K. Skënderajt 667 50 633 15 6
K. Suharekës 1310 113 1207 20 23


Pre-mapathon JOSM trainining and installation was offered at Prishtina Hackerspace Wed 13 March at 17:00.

Post-Event Clean Up

Our core team will frequently look at new changesets being uploaded with our hashtag, and apply corrections where necessary. They will be present at the mapathon to assist anyone with questions.

A few days after the event, the core team will look at the common QA tools (OSMI, Osmose, Keepright) to repair anything that might have slipped through the cracks.


We'll post some results here after the event.


The Kosovo community would like to thank:

  • All participants
  • Agjencia Kadastrale e Kosovës, especially the address team
  • Mapbox for hosting vector tiles
  • The Swiss OSM community for letting us use their tasking manager
  • FLOSSK for its support