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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. By nature weeklyOSM will be released several days after the German news.

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?

Available Languages

  • weeklyOSM is currently produced in these cities

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

What is the function of - Open - Edit - Review - Closed in OSMBC?


See the animated gifs about OSMBC in


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.

OSM wiki

Documentation of our activities. The English version should be seen as the main page, to which all other languages should relate.

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 2106 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: theweeklyosm at gmail dot com or via blog


The blogs are delivered by Wordpress running on web servers. As of mid 2016 the English language version is hosted at http://www.weeklyosm.eu and the German version at https://blog.openstreetmap.org. Some further details on technical set-up:


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



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