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Daylight Release Schedule Update: Transitioning to Semi-monthly Releases

We’re excited to announce a significant change in our release schedule for this quarter and upcoming year. Starting with version 1.33, we are shifting from monthly to semi-monthly releases.

With semi-monthly releases, you can look forward to fresher data!

version release week
v1.33 10/23/2023 - 10/27
v1.34 11/13 - 11/17
v1.35 11/27 - 12/01
v1.36 12/11 - 12/15
v1.37 12/25 - 12/29
v1.38 01/15/2024 - 01/19
v1.39 01/29 - 02/02
v1.40 02/12 - 02/26
v1.41 02/26 - 03/01
v1.42 03/11 - 03/15
v1.43 03/25 - 03/29

To enable this faster release cadence, we’ve sped up our issue detection and validation methods across the board. One of these issue detection methods is to use an NLP model trained to identify profanity. We’ve upgraded this model to produce better scoring, reducing time spent checking false-positives. In addition to issue detection, our LoCha (logical changeset) process now operates on a daily cadence rather than weekly to keep our maps current and accurate. We’re also flagging feature issues earlier through community tools such as MapRoulette and Rapid.

Internally, we’ve been testing this new release schedule (hence the jump from v1.30 to v1.32) and have encountered no critical issues after two full releases. We’ve seen a similar relative volume of issues fixed for bi-weekly cycles compared to our previous monthly release cadence.

For the many downstream consumers of our map data, including the maps we display to Meta’s users, we hope these more frequent releases with fresher data will make it even more useful. We’re always looking to improve, so please send continue sending us feedback!

How To Reach The Team

If you have any questions about this data distribution, we have created a #daylightdistro_feedback Slack channel in OSM US. Members of the team will be there periodically to answer questions. You can also email the team at osm@fb.com. Visit Maps at Meta for more information.