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Be bold and edit the map
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Type of submission
Minh Nguyễn
E-mail address
mxn at Wikimedia wikis; Minh Nguyen at OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap is a freely licensed, freely editable map of the world. Recently, OpenStreetMap data began powering interactive maps in Wikipedia and Wikivoyage articles via the Kartographer extension. The Wikimedia and OpenStreetMap projects bear many superficial similarities: wiki-style editing, a free license, multilingualism, vandalism, countervandalism, bots, and – of course – interminable naming debates. There are also some important structural differences: in the case of OpenStreetMap, a decentralized administrative team and software ecosystem, an emphasis on original research over secondary sources, and no notability guidelines whatsoever. Yet these two movements complement each other in numerous ways.

This talk aims to provide a proper introduction to the OpenStreetMap community from the eyes of a Wikipedian. Due to time constraints, it assumes passing familiarity with OpenStreetMap and how to edit it (hint: click the Edit tab). We’ll go over key processes and cultural norms and why they exist, drawing parallels to the Wikimedia community’s own experiences. Then we’ll look at the various ways Wikimedia and OpenStreetMap integrate with one anothers’ content, including Wikimedia Maps and iD’s Wikidata integration. Finally, we’ll propose concrete ways the North American Wikimedia community can take its skills and sensibilities to OpenStreetMap and help make the Free Culture movement even more well-rounded. (If you like templates, you’ll love relations! :^P)

About the presenter: Minh is a longtime member of both communities. He cofounded the Vietnamese Wikipedia in 2003, still serves as an administrator there, and additionally writes about Ohio in the English Wikipedia. While on a Wikibreak in 2008, he discovered OpenStreetMap and his inner roadgeek got him hooked. He has since logged some 2.5 million changes, including 100,000 buildings, 12,000 high-voltage towers, and about 500 speed bumps. He currently works at Mapbox, a D.C.-based startup, where he builds frameworks for developers to integrate OpenStreetMap maps and directions into their iOS applications.

Length of presentation
30 minutes
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Thanks for attending! The talk was not recorded, but I’ve added everything I said to the version with notes below:

Please contact me if you have any questions.

 – Minh Nguyễn 💬 22:20, 11 October 2016 (EDT)

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