Now the time has come: The “Project of the Month Switzerland”, short PotM CH, has started! The idea is to work together on a specific OpenStreetMap (OSM) topic. This way, mappers can be made aware of a topic and newcomers to a topic can be introduced to OSM. It is also used for targeted data improvement (“Directed Data Collection”). The idea for this comes from the French “Projet du mois” and the German “Schwerpunkt der Woche”, among others.
Wiki page for PotM CH and PotM CH Dashboard
A wiki page for PotM CH  has now been set up and a PotM CH webapp  implemented. The wiki page explains again what it is about and the PotM CH webapp shows in a dashboard with charts the active mappers and the progress.
PotM CH July 2021 Campsites and RV parks
PotM CH July 2021 is about campgrounds and RV sites. Use the tag “tourism=camp_site” for campgrounds and the tag “tourism=caravan_site” for RV sites. More tips can be found on the wiki page for PotM CH  (in german and french). Important: Always tag changesets with #potmch!
Next actions and StreetComplete and MapComplete
The next actions are already planned and you can participate and suggest further actions or topics! Just edit the mentioned wiki page . If you want to do pioneer work, you can also configure StreetComplete or MapComplete! On the wiki page for PotM CH you can find the corresponding help.
Join the PotM CH July 2021 campsites! Who will make it to the podium in July?
The city of Vevey has published on the Cartoriviera portal the data from a “mobile mapping” survey that took place at the end of last year. The 45 km of Vevey’s road network was covered and images were taken every 3 metres (people and license plates were blurred).
This data is freely available on the Internet https://cartoriviera.ch/rues-vevey, and these images are available for digitisation. Use the following source in the changesets based on this data:
Today we are welcoming the Swiss Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo) to the open data community. After many years of free access for consumers, today, finally, it is providing reusable open government data that can be used to build and enrich new applications and datasets.
This is a high point of a development of open data availability in Switzerland in which the cantons have been leading for many years starting with the Canton Solothurn over a decade ago and is now policy in nearly all of them.
What does this mean for OpenStreetMap?
The most interesting data for us right now is access to swisstopos “swissimage” aerial imagery. This will at last provide us with good coverage in Switzerland’s mountainous regions, something that has been sorely missing from the global orthophoto mosaics.
On Sunday, October 4, 2020, 25 Swiss castles invite you to the 5th National Castles Day. Their gates and drawbridges will then be open from 10 am to 5 pm for a varied program. So – come on in!
The association Wikimedia CH and the Swiss OpenStreetMap association (SOSM) will complement the event with a Swiss Fortresses Day 2020 (Burgentag 2020). Young and old medieval enthusiasts alike are invited to discover a castle ruin on their own. You decide the program yourself. Every castle has a history and many have something mystical about them. And there is often a fireplace nearby. Find out more with the following tips:
Map with selected castle ruins sites (see picture below),
A photo challenge to upload missing photos of castles.
Illustration: Interactive online map of selected castle ruins (realized with uMap and with OpenStreetMap data). [Large map]
The interactive online map of selected castle ruins shows a hand-picked selection of castles in Switzerland that are freely accessible and easy to reach. Depending on the castle, it can be up to one kilometer (i.e. approx. 20 min.) or more away from the nearest public transport stop or parking lot. Please follow the signs and treat nature with respect (e.g. make sure that there is no danger of forest fires in the area, watch out for ticks, don’t leave litter).
The map contains only a small part of the castles and palaces as they are managed in the Castles Project Switzerland. The Castles project links open data directly from the four open data projects OpenStreetMap, Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons (photos).
The Swiss Burgentag 2020 was initiated by the SOSM association and Wikimedia CH. The event is also kindly supported by the Swiss Castle Association. We thank the association ‘Die Schweizer Schlösser’ for agreeing to link the two action days Swiss Castles Day and Burgentag 2020.
One of the differences between Switzerland and other countries during the pandemic is that hotels have been permitted to stay open. Not all have done so, but there are around 400 that have kept their doors open.
“Bleibtoffen” now has support for displaying both open and closed hotels, and if your establishment is open, or you know of one that is open, please update this information on bleibtoffen.ch.
Update The SotM 2020 will be in Cape Town. We congratulate the team from Southafrica and look forward to the conference next year.
We would like to inform you about some recent developments. Every year the OpenStreetMap community meets at the international conference “State of the Map” (SotM). This year the event will take place in Heidelberg.
Up to two weeks ago no applications for the SotM 2020 event had been received by the SotM working group. In light of that situation we, the HSR Hochschule Rapperswil and the association SOSM, were asked if we could submit a bid, which we have now done.
We see this as an opportunity to expand the Swiss community and to present ourselves as a cosmopolitan host.
Please reserve the 19-21 June 2020. We hope for an active participation, and that some volunteers will contact us as helpers as soon as it is clear which location will win the bid. The decision is expected by the end of September.
Wikimedia und OpenStreetMap wollen in der Schweiz enger zusammenarbeiten. Den Anfang soll ein gemeinsames schweizerisches Burgen-Verzeichnis mit Karte, Fotos und weiteren Informationen machen.
Für den Samstag, 27. April 2019, ist ein Arbeitstreffen beider Communities und weiterer Interessierter auf Schloss Lenzburg (AG) geplant, um die verschiedenen Arbeiten zu koordinieren und sich gegenseitig die verschiedenen Projekte und Unterprojekte näher zu bringen.
Wikipedianer und weitere Interessierte erhalten eine Einführung in OpenStreetMap. Mapper und weitere Interessierte bekommen Wikipedia-Projekte nähergebracht. Am Nachmittag stellen Experten die Projekte OpenStreetMap, Wikipedia sowie Wikivoyage, Commons (Fotos) und evtl. Wikidata näher vor. Sie werden zeigen, wie man editiert, und stehen für Fragen zur Verfügung. (“Ask Us Anything”)
Das Ziel ist die vollständige Darstellung aller Burgen und Schlösser auf OpenStreetMap (OSM) und Wikipedia (WP), angefangen mit den Kantonen Aargau und Zürich.