New map app recommendation: Organic Maps - - Available for Android and iOS. It is a privacy preserving Maps.Me fork providing users with beautiful vector tiles for offline maps and navigation. This is my favourite way for using #OpenStreetMap on a smartphone!


It is for all work related to OSMF! That means all working groups, committees, board, and pretty much all for OSM. As long as it is not being ab/used for private stuff, i bet you can get an account.

We are happy that our FOSS report recommendation has been heard and accepted - @openstreetmap got it's own @nextcloud instance: - ping us if you need an account.

#Mapbox has done great work developing Open Source standards and tools for map vector tiles! Some months ago, they decided to change the license for further development of the related JavaScript library, but fortunately the community took over and just released an official version 1.14.0 of #maplibre-gl-js

Interesting report on the use of Free and Open Source Software by the Foundation :

And to @rory for leading the pack on with the -oriented instance!

What hosted or self-hosted alternatives would you suggest they use ?

The Foundation is running a survey (in 13 languages!) to find out more about the community. It should only take a few minutes, and we'd greatly appreciate as many responses as possible., 🙂 (pls boost)

We wrote a report on an inventory and recommendations about the use of Free and Open Source Software in the OpenStreetMap Foundation -

You can now join the Foundation as a voting member under the new Active Contributor Program, provided you achieve significant contribution, like 42 days of mapping over the last year or some other forms of contribution to the community (like organizing events, building software, etc.).

Suggest to include from the beginning a fair open data policy and licensing, with a sensible choice of copyright ownership handling and propose to do all parts free and open source software from the very beginning.

Yes, this could be an explanation. We are not spamming we are just using the API through the bridge to post a few tweets. If they block, it is comes close to not giving free alternative a stage but rather silence us there.

We did not receive any explanation on the rules we supposedly broke. We provided all steps to verify us as humans and handed in a special petition to get unblocked. No answer in almost a week now. They just do whatever they want.

No idea. We set this up with same logo and description as here and added a bridge to tweet our toots. We have already given a phone number to "authenticate" us as an individual. We followed the steps to appeal and haven't heard from them for a few days.

Twitter blocks us for promoting Free Software alternatives. A good example why tech monopolies are dangerous.

Check out the @openstreetmap Free and Open Source Software policy to guide, but not mandate, software choices for work within the OpenStreetMap Foundation:

We need your help to make @openstreetmap more Free and Open Source! Join the OSMF FOSS policy committee and help us to identify our tools and support the community to be open.

Connect on IRC ( or write us to

Everybody is welcome!

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