OpenStreetMap US Newsletter - Issue #22
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News & Announcements

We've mapped 100% of Philadelphia playspaces for KABOOM!

In just under 6 weeks, the OpenStreetMap community has made 1,745 map edits in support of KABOOM!'s mission to achieve playspace equity in Philadelphia. Now we can use help validating!

Thank you mappers!
BubbleGuppies, higgonia, ottwiz, jessbeutler, SherbetS, sejohnson, KevinPaul90, ElliotPlack, MaggieMaps, dolphonia, losthiker, frizatch, danieldegroot2, echong91, Leslie2021, rcheetham & AANewman

OpenStreetMap's 17th Birthday!

Thank you to everyone that celebrated with us! OpenStreetMap turned 17 this past month and we were thrilled to join 16 other communities around the world for a 17-hour global mapathon. 308 users made 817,991 map changes with the #OpenStreetMap17 hashtag!

How did you celebrate? Do you have ideas for next year? Share with us!
Connect with fellow mappers on the OSM US Slack
12 Months of OpenStreetMap

August is Back-to-School Month 

Sharpen those pencils and don't forget your lunchbox - it's Back-to-School Month. This month, OpenStreetMap US is focusing on mapping schools, Historically Black Colleges & Universities, and Safe Routes to School features for #12MonthsofOSM.

Project of the month: Mapping Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)

Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) had been largely unmapped in OSM before Harrison Cole put a call out to the community to fix this. Help finish mapping these campuses - learn more here!

OSM US Mappy Hour

OSM US hosts regular Mappy Hours featuring a variety of topics and guest speakers. For August's 12 Months of OSM theme of Back-to-School, Thomas Baumann shared his use of OpenStreetMap for Safe Routes to School, and Harrison Cole discussed the HBCU mapping project. You can catch this presentation as well as previous Mappy Hours here.

Mark your calendars and register for our next Mappy Hour on September 8, 2021, 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT. The topic is Food Access with presenter Alex Hill, Detroit Food Map.

Community Spotlight: US Bicycle Route System Update
Shout-out to the OSM US volunteers that are committed to keeping the US Bicycle Route System up-to-date in OpenStreetMap! From SteveA on talk-us: "Lots of us took opportunities to enter data, learn new skills, contribute wiki, draw graphics, double-check, make improvements to our process and even widen our circle to include more volunteer Contributors making both a great project and a great map."
Read about the project in our latest blog post!
Upcoming Events

Save the Date: TeachOSM's Back-to-School Night on September 21

Attention mappers and educators! Join TeachOSM Tuesday, September 21st for our first ever ‘back-to-school’ night. We’re offering an informal open house to introduce our programming. This hour-long event will feature brief demos from teachers and mappers to enable you to:
  • Find out more about how you can put OSM in your school
  • Learn how to take advantage of our Map-Alongs and other educational programming
  • Find out how you can get support for open mapping education in your community
Sign up now to reserve your space!
August 28            ~   OSMUS Slack Summer mapping party
September 2        ~  South Bay Map Night
September 8        ~  OSM Michigan Mapping Meetup
September 8        ~  OSM US Mappy Hour - Food Access
September 14      ~  OSM US Geo-Ladies Night!
September 14      ~  PHXGeo September Monthly Meetup
September 15      ~  MapABQ Meetup
September 16      ~  South Bay Map Night
September 21      ~  TeachOSM Back-to-School Night
September 21      ~  Maptime SF/Oakland: Open Hack Time
September 22      ~  Trails in OpenStreetMap - a Public Discussion
Sep 27 - Oct 2     ~  FOSS4G 2021 Buenos Aires - Online Edition
September 28      ~  Open Columbus Remote Sidewalk Mapping Party
September 30      ~  South Bay Map Night

October 12           ~  MappingDC Mappy Hour
October 14           ~  South Bay Map Night

Mark your calendar for these big events...
November 19-21  ~  State of the Map Africa 2021 [Virtual]
November 22       ~  Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Summit [Virtual]

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