OpenStreetMap US

November 11–12, 2022

OpenStreetMap US’s third annual virtual conference was hosted jointly with Wiki Conference North America. The event included a Mappy Hour on Thursday, a half day of talks on Friday, and a day of workshops, birds of a feather sessions, mapathons, and the Local Chapters & Communities Congress on Saturday.

Recorded talks

Welcome to Mapping USA + WikiConference North America 2022!

Nov 11, 2022 · Maggie Cawley and Kevin Payravi

Welcome session for Mapping USA + WikiConference North America 2022, featuring Maggie Cawley (OSM US) and Kevin Payravi (WCNA).

Keynote: The Case for Sister Projects

Nov 11, 2022 · Minh Nguyễn

Sister projects are the unsung heroes of Wikipedia’s success. Disputes between inclusionists and deletionists led to the creation of Wiktionary, Wikibooks, and more, fueling new contributions to the sum of human knowledge...

At 18 years old, is OpenStreetMap entering adulthood?

Nov 11, 2022 · Jennings Anderson and Martijn van Exel

OpenStreetMap started 18 years ago with a blank canvas and the ambition to become the best map of the world. All we could do in the beginning was create: draw all the...

Linking Wikimedia and OpenStreetMap

Nov 11, 2022 · Richard Welty

This session will cover the mechanisms that exist for specifying cross connections between various Wikimedia projects (Commons, Wikidata, Wikipedia) and OpenStreetMap and OpenHistoricalMap. There are connectivity mechanisms in existence that can significantly...

Intro to Public Domain Map

Nov 11, 2022 · Quincy Morgan

It’s easy to see how OpenStreetMap can be leveraged to improve the completeness and freshness of government geospatial datasets. However, licensing has prevented federal agencies from using the data to its full...

Tips & Tricks for the Programs & Events Dashboard

Nov 11, 2022 · Sage Ross

In this lightning talk, Wiki Education’s Sage Ross will give a quick overview of the Programs & Events Dashboard, offering tips and tricks that can help novices, power users, and everyone in...

Mall Mapping with Every Door

Nov 11, 2022 · Martijn van Exel

OpenStreetMap Utah mappers went to two different malls and mapped them using the new app Every Door. Martijn will share experiences and share some tips and tricks!

Diversifying Wikipedia's biographies

Nov 11, 2022 · Ian Ramjohn

Since 2018 Wiki Education’s Scholars & Scientists Program has worked taught faculty, graduate students and professionals to become Wikipedians. The program has trained over 1,000 participants and contributed over 1.6 million words...

Wikimedia Sound Logo

Nov 11, 2022 · Rae Adimer

The Wikimedia Sound Logo contest has had stellar results–global participation surpassing even our best projections– and I would love to briefly share some of our learnings and most interestingly, play some compilations...

Building OpenStreetMap Into the Elementary Classroom

Nov 11, 2022 · Mike Jabot

In this session I will share how I am attempting to build OSM into the classroom work of teachers in grades 3-8. My work focuses in particular on how we can use...

Mapping the Virtual Border Wall with Public Records, Satellite Imagery, and Virtual Reality

Nov 11, 2022 · Dave Maass

EFF Director of Investigations demonstrates how his team is combining public records, satellite imagery, and virtual reality to reveal the locations of Customs & Border Protections surveillance towers.

OpenStreetMap US Trails Initiative

Nov 11, 2022 · Jake Low and Diane Fritz

Jake Low & Diane Fritz provide an update on the Trails Stewardship Initiative at the OSM US annual conference Mapping USA.

Data Modeling the Person

Nov 11, 2022 · Lloyd Alimboyao Sy

WikiProject Biography seeks to discuss social and ethical issues concerning the biographies of people on Wikipedia and Wikidata. As part of the WikiProject, our team created a data model capturing the various...

You can help us fix it: Learning new skills at the Philadelphia WikiSalon

Nov 11, 2022 · Mary Mark Ockerbloom and Doreva Belfiore

In this lightning talk, Mary Mark Ockerbloom and Doreva Belfiore will introduce the work of the Philadelphia WikiSalon, a Wikipedia Meetup that focuses on creating community while helping build Wiki skills among...

Fostering open knowledge by providing effective support to volunteers: an introduction to Wikimedia Foundation's Committee Support Team

Nov 11, 2022 · Jack Glover

This lightning talk will introduce the Wikimedia Foundation Committee Support Team. This team is part of the Legal Department and supports movement governance and health. The team provides essential staff support to...

Tools for linking Wikidata and OpenStreetMap

Nov 11, 2022 · Edward Betts

I describe an editing tool for adding links from OpenStreetMap objects to the corresponding Wikidata items ( Mappers use the tool by searching for a place they are familiar with. The software...

Come Here or Go Away?: Identifying Challenges to Scholarly Wikipedia Editing

Nov 11, 2022 · Savannah Cragin and Jennifer Johnson

This talk investigates the challenges of establishing pathways for academic contributors to edit Wikipedia. While there is powerful alignment in the educational missions of the Wikimedia Foundation with those of the academic...

Parks, Spawns, Nests & Pikachu: OpenStreetMap & Pokémon GO players

Nov 11, 2022 · Christopher Greene-Szmadzinski

In October 2022, Niantic publicly announced using OpenStreetMap to update its popular mobile game, Pokémon GO! The use of OSM data for PoGO has long been known by players and OSM contributors...

Print an OpenStreetMap Extract: Trailheads maps from OpenStreetMap

Nov 11, 2022 · Rob Chohan

Non-Profit land trusts have map needs. Docents want to lead a hike and describe where to meet for the monthly wildlife talk. Land trusts want to raise awareness via social media or...

Collaborative Corridors to Address OpenStreetMap Underrepresentation

Nov 11, 2022 · Bill Wetherholt

US Highway corridors provide a collaborative springboard to connect vested OSM interests across underrepresented regions. US-40 offered a link between Fall 2022 mapping courses in the Department of Geography at Frostburg State...

Wikimedia New York City, Sure We Can

Nov 11, 2022 · Wil540 art

I will give an informal 5 minute lightning talk about editing Wikipedia and how a Pear Tree inspired the Cartography of New York City article. I will go over the history of...

Magic Wand: A Plugin for JOSM

Nov 11, 2022 · Junior Flores

This plugin created for the JOSM tool allows you to create geometries from selected areas. The areas are selected according to the uniformity of the colors. It is also possible to add...

Swiping into a love of OSM

Nov 11, 2022 · Dan Joseph

Learn how the open source MapSwipe app fits into the toolkit of ways that the American Red Cross engages volunteers and partners in learning to love OSM.

WikiCred 2022 Grant Cycle Overview

Nov 11, 2022 · Ariel Cetrone

The WikiCredibility Grants Initiative (WikiCred), a project of Hacks/Hackers, is pleased to announce the launch of its 2022-2023 grant cycle. Applicants are invited to submit proposals seeking funding for tools, projects, initiatives,...

Future of North American Wikimedia affiliates

Nov 11, 2022 · Peter B. Meyer

I’ll describe briefly some of the administrative aspects of running a Wikimedia affiliate, based on my experience as an officer of Wikimedia DC and consultation with others. The lightning talk will highlight...


Mapping USA 2022 - Call for Proposals is Now Open!

Sep 26, 2022 · OpenStreetMap US Staff

Mark Your Calendars for November 11 & 12, 2022! OpenStreetMap US is thrilled to announce the return of Mapping USA in November - this year in partnership with WikiConference North America. Join...