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weeklyOSM is the sister project of the German OSM blog (also well known as Wochennotiz). The infrastructure of weeklyOSM was created within the Comenius project "My community and my history in OpenStreetMap" by an international team from five countries and is being consigned, little by little, into the hands of the community.

The aim is to share OSM news in a range of languages in addition to German and English.

We were interviewed by OpenCagedata in June 2016 about our Wochennotiz and weeklyOSM and took the chance to report at length.

How to submit content to weeklyOSM?

How to subscribe?

We recommend to subscribe our RSS-feed in order to stay informed whenever a new weeklyOSM is released. Alternatively, we offer also toots, tweets, emails (in the widget-box on the right side of our webpage) and inform in diverse forums and talk lists

Currently Available Languages

In the order of appearance of the languages in weeklyOSM:

Workflow and Tools


theFive wrote a dedicated content-management system: OSMBC (OSM Blog Collector) back in mid 2015, especially designed for the needs of Wochennotiz and weeklyOSM. This system has been in use since WN 272.

OSMBC allows news articles to be "collected" by the weeklyOSM team. This process previously was done entirely by the German Wochennotiz team. Later English and Spanish translations of Wochennotiz were managed within the tool, but these days increasingly articles are collected in different languages and cross-translated in a flexible workflow enabled by the OSMBC software.

Despite the name, it is not limited to blogs. The team also checks international mailing lists and other channels to include any news that is relevant. The system supports "markdown" formatted text, for each article, and groups them into categories. These are ultimately converted to HTML and put into the wordpress blog each week.

OSMBC editing an article

Review Process for weeklyOSM in our CMS OSMBC

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How-To videos about OSMBC


Please note: The weeklyOSM is not only a translated German Wochennotiz, the Czech team shows you how they add Czech related content. Of course each team is free to add language specific issues, moreover they deliver interesting news to the whole OSM community via the German Wochennotiz.

OSMBC wiki

For the OSM editor we run our own OSMBC help wiki.

Sometimes the question arises whether to translate a term or whether it is a technical term in English that is not translated. If the term is translated, there is often the question of which term to use. DE, ES and FR have defined proposals for their respective languages.

Amount of work

For each available language there are about three people needed to provide a level of satisfying quality. Translating is of course a big part, but also proofreading is very important.

Related Projects


Team members often communicate by email, as this "simply works anytime and anywhere". Since 2016 we use for our internal communication a self-hosted Mattermost on a FOSSGIS-Server https://www.fossgis.de/. Mattermost offers more real time [1] in a convenient way, it runs in a web browser, can be accessed via apps for mobile devices, supports xmpp and irc and is proving to be very efficient.

Want to join us?

We are always grateful for help from mappers (and also non-mappers!). As you can see, each weeklyOSM release includes a lot of recurring work and support would be appreciated. You can really help (even if you have limited time). This could involve translating some parts or helping to proofread articles. This way you will be able to read the news before anyone else does ;-) Email: info at weeklyosm dot eu.

We try to keep the map with our current editors mostly up to date. The weeklyOSM's Map of Fame includes current staff and former editors who have made more than 2000 edits in OSMBC, our CMS. The former editors can be recognised by the number of their edits for weeklyOSM behind their name. Of course, this number is missing for the current editors.


Details of design conventions, logos etc are recorded on the /Branding subpage

Current tasks

  • 2015-05-31 building up this wiki page

Using Deepl.com API for translation


Some Milestones

Name Number Date Link
Wochennotiz 001 2010-07-23 https://blog.openstreetmap.de/blog/2010/07/osm-wochennotiz-nr-1/
Weekly OSM Summary #1 2010-06-11/ https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2010/11/15/weekly-osm-summary-1
Wochennotiz 010 2010-09-26 https://blog.openstreetmap.de/blog/2010/09/osm-wochennotiz-nr-10/
Wochennotiz 100 2012-06-17 https://blog.openstreetmap.de/blog/2012/06/wochennotiz-nr-100/
Wochennotiz 200 2014-05-22 https://blog.openstreetmap.de/blog/2014/05/200-wochennotizen/
Weekly OSM Summary #100 2014-07-14 https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2014/08/12/weekly-osm-summary-100/
Wochennotiz 219 2014-09-30 2014-09-30 https://blog.openstreetmap.de/blog/2014/09/wochennotiz-nr-219/
Wochennotiz / weeklyOSM 219 2014-10-07 https://weeklyosm.eu/archives/214
Wochennotiz / weeklyOSM 300 2016-04-20 https://blog.openstreetmap.de/blog/2016/04/resuemee-wochennotiz-mal-300/
Wochennotiz / weeklyOSM 400 2018-03-24 https://weeklyosm.eu/archives/10142
Wochennotiz / weeklyOSM 500 2020-02-23 https://weeklyosm.eu/archives/12904
Wochennotiz / weeklyOSM 600 2022-01-23 https://weeklyosm.eu/archives/15244
Wochennotiz / weeklyOSM 700 2024...

some special issues

Date Link
2010-09-02 First German Monthly Project
2010-09-02 Fünf Gründe, warum Bing und Co. die Spielregeln von OpenStreetMap ändern könnten
2010-09-14 Warum man OpenStreetMap nicht mit Wikipedia gleichsetzen kann
2010-09-25 Spitzengespräch „Digitalisierung von Stadt und Land“ im BMI -
January 2017 The maps that made 2016 extraordinary!


Wochennotiz - how it started
weeklyOSM newsblog
weeklyOSM at twitter

Map of authors

  • Weeklyosm is currently produced in: umap