New OSM Contributor Feed

by Pascal Neis - Published: July 1st, 2012

The OpenStreetMap project keeps attracting more and more new members that register and start contributing their data to the project. In one of my last blog posts I presented a website which shows the location of each new and active member based on one of their first edits. Since the launch of this website, some of you asked me about a potential opportunity to feed this information for a particular area. Well, there you go!

You can create your own bbox of interest to determine the area in which you would like to be informed about new members. All you need is the center coordinates (lon & lat) of your area. The following URL is an example for Berlin (Germany):

The “deg” parameter is used to specify the length (degrees) of your bbox. This means that with a “deg” value of 1, a distance of about 111km in each direction from your center point will be determined to create the bbox. This value of 1 degree also represents the maximum distance possible. The resulting Atom feed contains all new members of the past 7 days that made at least one change in you predefined area [1]. Some additional information about each new member was added too [2]. The database will be updated every morning between 6 and 7am CET.

On the following webpage you can create your own personal osm feed in a few simple steps:


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