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 benefit. Public Domain Map aims to resolve this (and other challenges) by providing a workflow that allows crowdsourcing contributions to be used in both OpenStreetMap and public domain US Government databases. We will provide an introduction to Public Domain Map and showcase the work completed so far.
Quincy is a mapper, developer, and traveler from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He currently supports community tools and websites as Technical Lead at OpenStreetMap US. Previously, he was a maintainer of the iD editor.
Public Domain Map is a bridge database that lets organizations crowdsource authoritative map data in cases where OpenStreetMap isn’t an option. Mappers can address public data gaps while producing high quality data that is format- and license-compatible with OSM.