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Thursday, May 24 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
OpenStreetMap in Your Community

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OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a free and editable map of the world. It is a prime example of the powers of volunteered geographic information. It was started by Steve Coast in the UK in 2004. With over 4 million users, and a million contributors, OpenStreetMap now covers the world.

2010 was a major milestone in OpenStreetMap’s history. The Haiti earthquake in 2010 was the catalyst for the incorporation of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) immediately after the disaster. Since then HOT has been involved in numerous natural disasters throughout the world. Later Missing Maps, a partnership with the American Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières and others, formed to map the most vulnerable places in the developing world.

This talk will look at the history, where it is being used, how to contribute, and how you can use it. We will look at how OSM uses open data to improve OSM and how you can use OSM to improve your maps. OSM is also a place where people can explore their interests which include accessibility, hiking, cycling, trains, and even high voltage power lines.


Thursday May 24, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm AKDT