OpenStreetMap US Newsletter - Issue #18
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OpenStreetMap US
April 2021
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Mapping USA - Coming in May!

Have you heard about Mapping USA? Our virtual spring conference is a celebration of OpenStreetMap across the US. The event kicks off Thursday May 20th with a Mappy Hour, Friday enjoy a half day of talks, and Saturday join workshops, birds of a feather conversations, and mapathons. Register today!

Call for Proposals Open

Calling all members of the OSM community: submit your ideas and session proposals for Mapping USA! 
Call for proposals closes April 23
The program will include space for short talks, workshops, birds of a feather sessions, and there’s even room for improvisational sessions, mapping parties, and other creative ideas you might have. 


Call for Sponsors

OpenStreetMap US strives to make all of our events, including Mapping USA, financially accessible to our mapping community. Support from event sponsors helps keep registration free for our virtual events. Access the sponsorship guide here.

Community News & Announcements

Welcome Jess to the OpenStreetMap US Team 

Please welcome Jess Beutler, our first Program Director, to OpenStreetMap US! Jess is working on a part-time basis to strengthen and expand the impact and breadth of OSM US program offerings. Learn more about Jess on our latest blog post.

Member Spotlight

Meet OpenStreetMap US member Valerie Anderson. Valerie is the Director of Communications & Programming for the Florida Native Plant Society. She is a science communicator who also conducts fieldwork including rare plant surveys, prescribed burning, plant rescues, and restoration plantings. Valerie was first introduced to OpenStreetMap while writing her Master's thesis. Valerie says: 

"I was checking a lot of Linux and programmer news and using QGIS for my M.S. that's where I first heard of OSM. I made my first edit to an AirBnB on a vacation to southwest Florida. I contribute because one day soon I would like to use an OSM-based router on my phone and right now that isn't possible."
Are you a member of OpenStreetMap US? Join today!
Upcoming Events
April 22        ~ Earth Day mapathon, Loyola University Chicago Chapter of Friends of MSF
April 24        ~ Mappy Hour with MaptimeBmore
April 27        ~ TeachOSM Mappy Hour
April 28        ~ OSM US Mappy Hour -Mapping the natural environment
April 30        ~ Map the U - an OpenStreetMap Salt Lake City event
May 8           ~ Mapping Your Neighborhood - with OpenStreetMap Seattle
May 12          ~ OpenStreetMap Michigan Meetup
May 12          ~ OSM US Mappy Hour - Walking and Biking
May 20-22   ~ Mapping USA - A 3 day OSM US Virtual Event
June 8          ~ FedGeo Day
July 9-11      ~ International State of the Map 2021

Have an idea for an event or interested in presenting at an upcoming Mappy Hour? Let us know!
Find more events at

OSM US Virtual Mappy Hours

OSM US hosts regular Mappy Hours featuring a variety of topics and guest speakers. A special thanks to Steven Johnson of TeachOSM and Courtney Clark of The American Geographical Society for their presentations about OSM & Education.  Find the recorded presentation on our playlist! 

April 28th, 2021 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT: OSM & the Natural Environment. Join in to learn about mapping projects related to the great outdoors.

May 12th, 2021 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT: Walking & Biking. Join in to learn about mapping projects related to sidewalks, bike routes, and more.

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