OpenStreetMap US Newsletter - Issue #19
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Mapping USA - Making Waves


Thank you to everyone who helped make Mapping USA a reality! From the volunteers and attendees to the speakers and sponsors, we're so grateful for you!

Mapping USA by the Numbers

We are encouraged by the turnout at Mapping USA:
  • 30 attendees to Thursday evening’s Mappy Hour
  • 31 speakers Friday across 26 talks
  • 15 organized workshops and birds of a feather sessions Saturday
  • Close to 200 attendees in total with over 250 registered attendees
This was our second virtual event and our first time working with Airmeet. We hope this platform provided opportunities for meaningful connection while we wait for the right time to hold an in-person conference. 

The replay of the conference is available here.


Thank you, generous supporters!

Mapping USA was made possible by our generous sponsors and conference attendees. A big thank you goes out to Microsoft, our Surfs Up sponsor, Critigen, our Hang Ten sponsor, and the University of Arizona Libraries, our Coastline sponsor. Critigen deserves an extra shout-out for their in-kind support in designing our awesome logo. We raised over $1,500 in donated registrations including a surprise $500 donation from an anonymous donor!

Community News & Announcements

OpenHistoricalMap is an OSM US Charter Project

OpenStreetMap US is excited to announce our latest charter project - OpenHistoricalMap! As a project, OpenHistoricalMap (OHM) has existed in some form since 2012 and is well-known in the OSM ecosystem. We believe this collaboration will benefit both OHM and the OSM US community. Read our latest blog post to get all the details. 

OpenStreetMap US Government Committee - Pilot Project 

A goal of the OpenStreetMap US Government Committee is to seek out mutually beneficial relationships between the public and open data communities. As part of their effort, OSM community members and representatives from federal agencies have been investigating solutions for feature collection that would result in data being contributed to both the OSM community and back to the federal government as public domain. Committee participants are pursuing a demonstration pilot project to collect railroad tunnels for official government use. Learn more on our blog.
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Upcoming Events
May 27         ~ San Jose Virtual Civic Hack & Map Night
May 28        ~ OpenStreetMap Foundation board of Directors - public meeting
May 28-29   ~ #ValidationMay: Importance of Data Quality in Humanitarian Mapping
June 8          ~ FedGeo Day
June 16        ~ OSM US Virtual Mappy Hour
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!
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OSM US Virtual Mappy Hours

OSM US hosts regular Mappy Hours featuring a variety of topics and guest speakers. Thank you to our most recent guest speakers Daniel Solow, Dean Allemang, and Lena Nguyen who spoke about mapping for walking and biking in OpenStreetMap. You can catch this presentation as well as previous mappy hours here. Next event: June 16, 2021 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

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