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Osmada − OpenStreetMap Augmented Diff Analyzer

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Osmada is a component to help monitor changes to OSM data. Unlike most QA Tools that are based on monitoring changesets, OSMADA is designed to help monitor changes to data you're interested in, for instance the shops and restaurants of your city.

Osmada reads and analyzes the result of Overpass Augmented Diff (adiff) requests in a database, it can then apply filters on those diffs and export the filtered diffs in various formats. The intention is to filter out changes one wants to ignore and produce a report with the significant changes. This report can then be used by a mapper to check individual changes.

An Augmented diff request produces an XML response composed of <action> elements. There are 3 types of actions : create, modify, delete. Each action contains two elements, the <old> and the <new> versions of the same OSM object. Osmada analyzes those changes, loads them in a database and augments each change with information such as main tags, added and modified tags. Osmada can then filter the changes, and export the filtered changes in the same format or a different one.

Osmada is designed to be used in workflows, typically composed of 3 steps :

  1. Load the changes in a database (SpatiaLite)
  2. Filter changes, for instance to ignore changes from trusted users or changes to unsignificant tags
  3. Export the remaining changes in same format (Augmented diff) or a different one (CSV only for now)

A workflow is defined as a Python settings file, a commented example is supplied in the osmada folder.


Clone Osmada

$ git clone
$ cd osmada

The most convenient is to use a Python virtualenv.

Install virtualenv itself

eg ; on Debian-like :

$ sudo apt install python3 virtualenv \
  spatialite-bin libsqlite3-mod-spatialite libproj-dev gdal-bin

Create the virtualenv

On Windows

$ mkvirtualenv --python=/usr/bin/python3 ./venv

On Ubuntu

$ virtualenv --python=/usr/bin/python3 ./venv

Enter the virtualenv

Be sure to be inside the venv before running any osmada command or install dependencies. To enter the venv :

$ source venv/bin/activate

Notice the (venv) at the beggining on your shell prompt.

Install the dependencies

(venv) $ pip install -r requirements.txt

Create the database :

$ ./ migrate

You're good to go !

Using it


osmada is mainly a CLI tool.

They are defined as django commands ; thus they run as:

$ ./ <command name>

To get command list:

$ ./ help

Get help about a specific command:

$ ./ help <command name>

Running workflows

Workflows are the complete transformation process :

  1. Load diff data from an external source into DB.
  2. Apply one or several filters
  3. Output as string in a given format

You can have different workflows, configured in settings. By default, you only have one available called passthrough (basically useless) ; you can run it on some adiff file of yours:

$ ./ workflow passthrough_adiff \
    --input-paths /home/steve/my_adiff.xml

It will output adiff XML code to stdout ; you may want to redirect it to some file:

$ ./ workflow passthrough_adiff --input-paths
    /home/steve/my_adiff.xml > out_adiff.xml

Alternatively, you can mention --output-paths :

$ ./ workflow passthrough_adiff
    --input-paths /home/steve/my_adiff.xml \
    --output-paths out_adiff.xml

workflow and loaddata commands can be made more verbose, using LOGLEVEL environment variable. Eg:

$ LOGLEVEL=DEBUG ./ workflow passthrough_adiff \
    --input-paths /home/steve/my_adiff.xml > out_adiff.xml

Available log levels are : INFO, DEBUG, WARNING, ERROR and CRITICAL. Default is INFO.

Loading data

You may want to load data into the DB without applying an entire workflow.

$ ./ import_adiff /home/steve/my_adiff.xml

Using web interface

There is a web interface to interactively visualize data in DB.

You first create a user:

$ ./ createsuperuser

Then you can run the local webserver

$ ./ runserver

And fire your browser to http://localhost:8000/admin

Flushing the db

Each time you run a workflow or import data, the database fills up ; if you want to cleanup all that :

$ ./ flush


Default settings are stored in osmada/ ; do not edit this file.

To start overriding settings :

$ cp osmada/ osmada/

And edit osmada/ to suit your needs ; the example file is commented and used to document the setting keys.

Storing lists in separate files

Some settings, such as TRUSTED_USERS are lists. You may want to store them into flat files (one value/line) within osmada/settings.d folder.

Here is an example with TRUSTED_USERS defined in a flat file.

  1. Create the osmada/settings.d/trusted_users.list file containing one value per line (empty lines are ignored) e.g:

    margaret doe
    thelma doe
    john doe
    jack doe
  2. Add this line (once) at the beggining of your

    from .utils import flat_file_list
  3. Reference the flat file from your

    TRUSTED_USERS = flat_file_list('settings.d/trusted_users.list')

Upgrade to the latest version

Be sure to have the venv activated.

Pull latest code from git:

$ git pull

Install latest requirements:

$ pip install -r requirements.txt

Apply latest database migrations:

$ ./ migrate

You're good to go :-)

additionaly, dependencies may have evolved after update, so if something yells, you may want to do apt and pip steps from Installing section again.


Running unit tests

Hint : run them each time you modify the code, and better: add tests for your code.

Initial setup:

$ pip install -r test-requirements.txt

Run tests:

$ pytest

See coverage:

$ coverage run test --settings=osmada.base_settings
$ coverage report

How long does my workflow takes ?

Use the time command to figure out.

$ time ./ workflow ...

Use with cron / scripts

To call commands from cron or shell scripts ; you may want to write something like:

/path/to/your/venv/bin/python /path/to/your/ command ...

What about treating a whole folder of adiff ?

Bash to the rescue (this example doesn't work with all filenames) :

$ for f in /home/steve/*.osm; do ./ workflow passthrough --input-paths "$f" --ouptput-paths "/tmp/`basename -s.osm ${f}`.adiff" ; done


Osmada − OpenStreetMap Augmented Diff Analyzer





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