Metanet donates hard disks to SOSM

Some of the SAS (this is a fast computer interface similar to SATA) disks we received together with the servers that we run osm.ch and related services on, have failed due to old age, and while we originally had an ample supply of spares now we’ve now run out.

Unfortunately, these disks are rather expensive to purchase new, if not to say uneconomic. Luckily Metanet has now helped us out by donating eight 2nd hand disks from their stock. This will allow us to defer a complete replacement for at least 1 to 2 years and make an unhurried decision on what to buy.

A big thank you to Metanet for supporting the Swiss OpenStreetMap Association.

Building addresses of canton Bern

Like Simon has already noted in a previous blog entry, we may use the Building Addresses of the Canton of Bern (GEBADR) for OSM.

In the last months the data was prepared to be suitable for OSM and a tasking manager was set up. Further information can be found in the documentation on the OSM wiki about this project.

Some are already mapping the addresses and are drawing the missing building outlines. But the task is rather large with a total of 400’000 addresses and it will take a long time. Further mappers supporting this project would therefore be really welcome. So please spread the word!

A special thank to Michael Spreng for his support and setting up the tasking manager. The tasking manager was set up on the servers of SOSM and is now available for other projects as well.

SOSM is now an OSMF Local Chapter

When we founded SOSM in June 2012 one of the topics was if we should aspire to becoming a formal local chapter of the OSMF. At the time it wasn’t urgent since the OSMF hadn’t actually finalised a template agreement or actually accepted a local chapter, it took nearly another 3 years for the first chapter to be admitted (Iceland early in 2015).

In 2012 and every time we had discussed the matter at an AGM the SOSM board had made clear that we would hold a members vote when the time was ripe and that took place at our AGM in April of this year. Still even with the approval of our members it has taken us another 5 months to actually get the agreement signed at the global State of the Map conference last week.

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We don’t expect any drastic change with this step, however given that so much of our work deals with government offices, political and other advocacy groups, having “official” status cannot hurt. The other part of the equation is that the agreement gives us a formal licence to use OpenStreetMap and other related trademarks in Switzerland.

Looking forward we expect to see more collaboration with other local chapters going forward and expect them to grow in importance as stakeholders in the project.

https certificate now provided by Let’s Encrypt

Since almost two years we offer encrypted access to our services. Back then we bought a certificate for two years, which will soon run out. But fortunately, since this year, there is Let’s Encrypt which provides certificates for free. I’m happy to announce that we have successfully switched and are now able to provide encrypted, secure access without additional costs to the association (except the few days of time spent setting it up).

Mapping Party St. Gallen April 2nd 2016

View of St. Gallen

After the SOSM AGM we will have our traditional post-AGM mapping party. This time we will concentrate on improving the mapping of St. Gallen the 8th largest city in Switzerland.

As always everybody is invited to come, including joining us for lunch at 12:00 at the Hotel Am Spisertor, Moosbruggstrasse 1, 9000 St. Gallen.

If you intend to join us for lunch please send us a short note at info@sosm.ch

SOSM 2016 Annual General Meeting

Agenda for the 2016 Swiss OpenStreetMap Association Annual General Meeting

Agenda der Generalversammlung der Swiss OpenStreetMap Association 2016

Saturday, April 2nd 2016, 11:00,

Samstag, den 2. April 2016, 11:00,

Hotel Am Spisertor, Moosbruggstrasse 1, 9000 St. Gallen

  1. Opening and Welcome / Eröffnung und Begrüssung
  2. Election of the minute taker and vote counters / Wahl des Protokollführers & der Stimmenzähler
  3. Adoption of minutes of the 2015 AGM / Annahme des Protokolls der GV 2015
  4. Activity report 2015 / Tätigkeitsbericht 2015
  5. Financial results 2015 / Jahresrechnung 2016
    •  Auditors report / Bericht der Kassen
    • Presentation by the treasurer / Bericht des Kassiersprüfer
  6. Membership fees 2016 / Mitgliederbeiträge 2016
  7. Budget 2016
  8. Elections / Wahlen
    • Board / Vorstand
      • Candidates for all positions are welcome. Pascal Mages will be stepping down as treasurer and will have to be replaced.
      • Kandidaten für alle Positionen sind willkommen. Pascal Mages tritt als Kassier zurück und muss ersetzt werden.
    • Auditors / Kassenprüfer
  9. Vote on the OSMF Local Chapter agreement / Abstimmung über den OSMF Local Chapter Vertrag
  10. Any other business / Varia

Translating osm.ch

new_osmch

Thanks to efforts of Michael (datendelphin) the move of the SOSM
provided services to the new SOSM servers in Bern is nearly complete.

See http://sosm.ch/wikimedia-donates-old-toolservers-to-sosm/ and
http://sosm.ch/adfinis-offers-hosting-location/

As part of the move I’ve updated the osm.ch portal a bit and added the
ability to pull translations from transifex. Up to now the portal was
only in German, I’ve added an English version leaving French, Italian
and Romansh to do.

The transifex project can be found here
https://www.transifex.com/projects/p/osmch/

Given that there are currently only 43 strings, I fully expect that we
will have the missing three languages covered tomorrow :-).

On a more serious note we are always looking for people that can help
with the translation of content on sosm.ch which is currently
predominantly German and English. If you want to help send us a mail to
board@sosm.ch

Update: translations for all aditional languages were done by Friday the 24th of April!