What motivates over 1.5 million people to add details to a single map? From improving Lyft user experience to saving lives during humanitarian crises, OpenStreetMap is an open source project with almost limitless use cases – and limitless possibilities for engaging contributors. This talk provides an overview of the OpenStreetMap project and a behind the scenes look at the community driving the movement.
Jess Beutler is the Program Director at OpenStreetMap US. Her focus is to strengthen and expand the impact and breadth of programs for the OSM US community, such as Mapping for Impact and TeachOSM. Prior to working with OSM US, Jess has led participatory mapping projects and supported OpenStreetMap communities across sub-Saharan Africa, southeast Asia, and the Caribbean.
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