Submissions:2014/OpenStreetMap mapping party!

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depends on the interest... seems more people are interested in tutorial / workshop / hacking on wikidata so might do that instead. if folks are interested in this, please sign below. Aude (talk) 10:44, 31 May 2014 (EDT)

Title of the submission

OpenStreetMap mapping party!

Themes (Proposal Themes - Community, Tech, Outreach, GLAM, Education)
Type of submission (Presentation Types - Panel, Workshop, Presentation, etc)


Author of the submission


E-mail address

email me



US state or country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

This workshop will be hands-on opportunity to get an introduction to the OpenStreetMap project, go outside in the local area to collect some map data, and then enter it into OpenStreetMap.

Two consecutive open space slots are requested for this workshop, as it has two components:

Part 1

We will begin with a quick introduction to OpenStreetMap, including what the project is about, how to edit and how to collect data. You will learn about field papers, which are printed maps that we can take notes on, and mobile apps available that we can use while out mapping in the field.

We will then divide the target mapping area into smaller portions, organize participants into small groups, and assign groups to the areas. Participants will get field papers and if they wish, may also use their mobile devices (not required, though) and we may have some GPS devices available (although not essential and perhaps not the best tool for mapping in NYC).

New York City is not mapped very well yet, so there is an abundance of areas around the venue that we can choose as our focus mapping area. Also, where the map does have data, it can quickly become outdated (especially shops and restaurants) and it is necessary to regularly update the map. We will choose an appropriate area near the venue to map.

We will allocate about an 30-35 minutes for the groups to go outside to collect map data.

Part 2

Then we will reconvene at the venue and together we will enter the data into OpenStreetMap. To enter the data, you can use either the new iD editor which is the more simple editor on or if you want to learn more advanced editing (well, it's not that difficult!), then we can show you how to edit and enter the data using JOSM.

About the presenter

aude is an "addicted mapper", contributing to OSM since 2008. [1] She co-presented an OSM workshop and organized a mapping party at Wikimania 2011, Wikimania 2012, Wikimania 2013, and at Wiki Conference NYC 2010, along with numerous local events with Mapping DC. She also is a member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, helping with response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Beyond OpenStreetMap, she has contributed to Wikimedia projects for 10 years, and currently works for Wikimedia Deutschland as a software engineer on the Wikidata project.

Length of presentation/talk (see Presentation Types for lengths of different presentation types)

request 2 open space sessions, so 1 1/2 hours

Will you attend WikiConference USA if your submission is not accepted?


Slides or further information (optional)
Special request as to time of presentations

Looks like the most appropriate time slots for this are on Sunday morning, although I am ok with other times if it allows two consecutive sessions.

Interested attendees

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  1. Rhododendrites (talk) 09:53, 10 April 2014 (EDT)
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