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OpenStreetMap tile CDN continues to grow

https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2015/03/24/openstreetmap-tile-cdn-continues-to-grow/

Since the last additions to our OpenStreetMap tile serving network in December, there has been a lot more server set-up going on.

The German tile cache server tabaluga is now retired and is no longer serving tiles. This may sound like bad news, but quite the opposite! Tabaluga has been replaced with a new server, katie, which has taken over its job.
The new tile cache server katie is still located in Falkenstein Germany, and still hosted by Hetzner.

More good news: There are two tile cache servers in Germany now!
The second tile cache server, konqi, is located in Jena Germany, hosted by EUserv.

The Russian tile cache server gorynych just had a memory and SSD upgrade, and with this it can deliver even more content.

There is another new server in Hungary. With this Hungary becomes one of 12 countries hosting OSM CDN servers.

Tile cache server sarkany is located in Budapest Hungary, hosted by szerverem.hu.

With all of these, the CDN (Content Delivery Network) server count comes to 16 active servers.

Tabaluga was running, thanks to Freerk Ohling, at Hetzner since May 2013, and served its last tiles in January. Freerk approached us back in April 2013 to suggest we implement EDNS client subnet support (implemented in December 2014) and to offer us a sponsored tile cache server. Now he has also kindly sponsored new tile cache servers in Germany.

Tabaluga primarily served traffic to visitors from Germany. Approximately 56 million map tiles per day. (avg 652/sec, peaking at 1245/sec). Serving close to 1TB of data per day. It was the highest traffic OSM tile cache server.

OpenStreetMap tiles are free for everyone to use, but should be used with moderation. If you are a high traffic site you should look at switch2osm.org to find out how to use the data and keep the tiles available for everyone.

The OpenStreetMap Foundation seeks additional distributed tile servers. If your organisation would like to donate a tile server and hosting, please see the Tile CDN requirements page on the wiki. You can also support OpenStreetMap by donating to the OpenStreetMap Foundation.

The OpenStreetMap Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, formed in the UK to support the OpenStreetMap Project. It is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free geospatial data for anyone to use and share. The OpenStreetMap Foundation owns and maintains the infrastructure of the OpenStreetMap project.
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Two million OpenStreetMap contributors!

https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2015/03/12/two-million-contributors/

The two millionth account was registered this week, marking another milestone in the continuous and phenomenal growth of OpenStreetMap.

Two million contributors are surveying their neighbourhood, and contributing to the open map of everything. We aren’t done yet. There are still neighbourhoods where we need more mappers, the goal is a mapper on every block.

Celebrate this milestone with a neighbourhood survey to improve your local data. Celebrate further by introducing a friend in another town to OpenStreetMap and teach them how to contribute data from their neighbourhood. We’re still growing. The data is still improving. We’ll get to four million in no time at all with the help of our
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The two millionth account was registered this week, marking another milestone in the continuous and phenomenal growth of OpenStreetMap. Two million contributors are surveying their neighbourhood, and contributing to the open map of everything. We aren't done yet. There are still neighbourhoods ...
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+Petr Schönmann Harry Wood has a good presentation, named "The Long Tail of OpenStreetMap", regarding those numbers:
http://harrywood.co.uk/blog/2014/11/17/the-long-tail-of-openstreetmap/
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OpenStreetMap events in 2015

https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2015/02/25/openstreetmap-events-in-2015/

The OpenStreetMap Foundation has been organising the annual State of the Map (SotM) conference since 2007. These events have proved popular with our community and beyond, and have grown from a few dozen attendees to a high of 300 attendees at SotM 2013. This year we had two good bids to host SotM 2015, but issues beyond our control caused concerns about whether we could make this into a success. The SotM working group, with the support of the OSMF board, has therefore agreed that there will be no OSM Foundation organised conference this year.

As the OpenStreetMap community has grown over the last 10 years, so has the conference scene. Even without OSMF organising a conference this year, there will still be a number of OSM-centered conferences, including SotM US at the UN’s New York headquarters in June, and SotM-Scotland in October. There are also many webinars, mapping parties, hack events and socials planned for 2015.

The StateoftheMap Organizing Committee has taken on a number of new members to support our efforts in 2015, 2016 and beyond. We are currently drafting a proposal on the future of SotM in which we are looking at the role of SotM within the project and how the OSMF SotM relates to the various regional events. We already have some views but we encourage you to share yours in the comments below.

Preparations for State of the Map 2016 will be starting soon and we encourage local groups who may be interested in hosting SotM in their home country to contact us early.
The OpenStreetMap Foundation has been organising the annual State of the Map (SotM) conference since 2007. These events have proved popular with our community and beyond, and have grown from a few dozen attendees to a high of 300 attendees at SotM 2013. This year we had two good bids to host ...
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No-one likes seeing disasters happen. The amount of suffering involved in an event like Typhoon Haiyan is immense, and huge humanitarian efforts try to provide aid to those left behind where possible but even then lives are left devastated. OpenStreetMap volunteer mappers are doing their small bit to help the relief efforts by mapping the areas affected by the typhoon. If you want to help see the +Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team page at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Typhoon_Haiyan_%282013%29
Volunteers across the world are building the digital infrastructure for the organization's Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts
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State of the Map sponsor +Bytemark has given every attendee their own personalised mug. Have you collected yours?
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There's a brand new editing experience available on the edit tab drop-down. The new "iD" editor has a clear "walk-through" mode to help you get started. If you've never edited OpenStreetMap before, now's the time to try it out and tell your friend to try it too.

If you would like to contribute in a different way, we're also launching a fund raising appeal. We need to upgrade our server infrastructure to keep OpenStreetMap running. You can donate to OpenStreetMap at http://donate.openstreetmap.org/
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Call for Venues for State of the Map 2016

https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2015/03/10/call-for-venues-for-sotm-2016/

The state of the map working group are delighted to announce that the call for venues for 2016 is now open!

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2016/Call_for_venues

This is much earlier than in previous years which means that you are free to propose any dates within 2016. If there is an exciting event going on in your city that OpenStreetMappers may be interested in, then why not align the conference to this.

The State of the Map working group is here to help you. We’re an expanded team compared to the last few years and are looking forward to receiving your bids. In 2014 we were south of the equator in Buenos Aires, in 2016 we could be in your home country! So lets celebrate hitting 2 million registered users*, share experiences and ideas, and plan for the next 10 years of OSM.

See you in 2016…
— State of the Map, working group

* don’t worry – you won’t have 2 million people turning up on your doorstep looking for somewhere to stay!
The state of the map working group are delighted to announce that the call for venues for 2016 is now open! http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2016/Call_for_venues. This is much earlier than in previous years which means that you are free to propose any dates within 2016.
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Interested in becoming a #GSoC2015 #OpenStreetMap student?
Get to know our project and data by mapping something local.
Start by learning OpenStreetMap basics at:
http://learnosm.org
Visit the wiki page to find out more
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Google_Summer_of_Code/2015
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It’s Document Freedom Day, and we’re delighted to announce that the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has given OpenStreetMap an award recognising the project’s work on Open Standards and Emerging Standards.
Members of OpenStreetMap produce the world’s most up-to-date, accurate, and yes, open map of the world for anyone to use for any purpose. It’s used by outdoor enthusiasts, relief efforts, mobile device users, governments, web-based mapping applications and commercial organisations, showing just how useful Open Data can be.
Although the award went to the entire project (that’s You), the FSFE didn’t have room for all 1 million+ of us to turn up, so members of Mappa Mercia, the West Midlands, UK group of OpenStreetMappers met the FSFE representatives in Birmingham on Saturday 22nd March. Brian Prangle received the award, saying “It’s always great to have your work recognised, so thank you, on behalf of all the hundreds of thousands of contributors to OpenStreetMap, to FSFE for their award. We’re thrilled that you see OpenStreetMap as making such an effort towards open standards and it’s especially pleasing that you position us as an ‘emerging standard’”.
Anna Morris from the Document Freedom Day campaign explained how useful the meeting was. “This was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the achievements and problems faced by a sister movement,” said Morris. “We found that we have many common goals and ample opportunity to share skills and resources.”

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Hi +Antonio Noack
OpenStreetMap doesn't contain height data in that way. Only relative height to the ground of buildings and objects in database. Elevation data you can see on the OSM based maps is generaly SRTM data.
Hope this helps you.
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Hrvoje Bogner
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Heehee - I am hiding behind the pop-up banner on the right hand side (it was windy right!) :)
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The annual global OpenStreetMap conference, State of the Map is taking place this weekend in Birmingham. There are live streams of the sessions on the conference web site if you can't be there.
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looking forward to the next North American edition ;0)
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We're coming back to England this year, back to where it all started, for the annual OpenStreetMap conference "State Of The Map"! The winning bid to host the event, was Birmingham (UK). So that's where we'll be in September.
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