OpenStreetMap US

April 1–3, 2022

The 10th State of the Map US conference took place among the saguaros in the Sonoran Desert at the University of Arizona, Tucson.


Public Domain Map

Apr 1, 2022 · Jim McAndrew and Derald Dudley

Imports, licenses, and separate databases: These topics always seem to strike controversy in the OpenStreetMap community. Public Domain Map aims to resolve (some of) these tensions by providing a system that allows...

How to remotely map a city's public transport network during a pandemic

Apr 1, 2022 · Dylan Scott

In the middle of the year 2021, in the middle of the pandemic, together with the World Bank and the help of local mappers from OpenStreetMap, we carried out the digitalisation of...

An American Map Style

Apr 1, 2022 · Brian Sperlongano

Highway shields! Expressways! This talk introduces the OpenStreetMap “Americana” project, which aims to build an American map style, complete with the features that North American users expect to see on their maps....

OpenStreetMap For Fire Fighting

Apr 1, 2022 · Rob Savoye

Here in Colorado we’ve been using OSM heavily for fire fighting and emergency response as the detail in the rural parts of our state is much better and up-to-date. This talk will...

Lessons from the sign shop

Apr 1, 2022 · Minh Nguyễn

Minh has spent much of the last year cataloguing the thousands of standard signs posted by highway departments across the United States. Cataloguing these signs has revealed a number of gaps in...

An end-to-end look at mapping pedestrian infrastructure in OpenStreetMap

Apr 1, 2022 · Edoardo Neerhut

I’ve been thinking a lot about pedestrian infrastructure around the world and how it differs between cities and countries. In some 2021 talks, I looked at this closely across 5 cities and...

OpenHistoricalMap: Life Cycle

Apr 1, 2022 · Richard Welty

OpenHistoricalMap by its nature must provide more extensive and robust Life Cycle support than OpenStreetMap. This presentation looks at some approaches and discusses some current experiments. Considerations discussed include both UI/UX issues...

New ML Datasets in Daylight Release

Apr 1, 2022 · Esra Cansizoglu, Marc Prioleau, and Vinay Jayanthi

Mapping from satellite imagery in highly populated areas can be very challenging when dense buildings and trees occlude the surface. Device location signals can provide evidence about the existence of roads in...

What's new with the RapiD Editor

Apr 1, 2022 · Bryan Housel and Ben Clark

RapiD is an advanced OpenStreetMap editor that makes it simple to work with openly licensed geodata and AI-detected features. In this talk we share our progress on bringing new datasets into RapiD,...

OpenStreetMap Analysis As A (Public!) Service

Apr 1, 2022 · Jennings Anderson

Today, the entire Daylight Map Distribution of OpenStreetMap is now available on AWS as a public dataset with complete geometries and expanded metadata in an Athena compatible format. All one needs is...

Introduction to the U.S. Trails Working Group

Apr 1, 2022 · Diane Fritz

This talk is a quick overview of the concerns that led to the formation of the U.S. Trails Working Group (TWG), the structure of the group, and the topics the group is...


Apr 1, 2022 · Brian DeRocher

How your local community can be represented on

The OpenStreetMap US Government Committee

Apr 1, 2022 · Derald Dudley

Hear about the work of the recently formed OSM US Government Committee and how you can get involved.

Earth at your Fingertips: An open source interactive spherical display for OpenStreetMap

Apr 1, 2022 · Andrew Tschesnok

Imagine Earth, as seen from space, on your kitchen counter, as an interactive globe. It’s nothing short of stunning. This will be an overview and call to action to help us bring...

OpenStreetMap in Education

Apr 1, 2022 · Jess Beutler, Steven Johnson, and Richard Hinton

What do students love about open mapping? Why is open mapping one of the most effective teaching tools? In this session, TeachOSM contributors will share how to connect students to meaningful &...

The state of US Highway Classification

Apr 1, 2022 · Adam Franco

Beginning in May 2021 many US mappers have participated in a project to harmonize US highway classification between the states and with world-wide practice. Focused on “importance” and network connectivity, the project...

OpenStreetMap Mapping for People Living in Protracted Crisis: Dzaleka Refugee Camp

Apr 1, 2022 · Zola Manyungwa

The Dzaleka Mapping Project was managed and implemented by MapMalawi. It was funded by Facebook’s Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Community Impact Grant. The project aimed at generating geospatial data that highlighted the...

Mapbox Movement: Traffic Volume Indexing on OpenStreetMap

Apr 1, 2022 · Kuan Butts

Understanding traffic volumes provides insights into how urban movement occurs. What roads experience greater congestion? How does a new off ramp impact traffic volumes on local roads? Evaluating the impact of road...

Community Cadastres: How OpenStreetMap Can Give People Land Rights

Apr 1, 2022 · Immaculata Mwanja and William Evans

At least 70% of residents in Dar es Salaam live in informal settlements with no access to their land rights. With the rapid urbanization going on in the city, it shows that...

Tales from the Roads: Driving 20k Kilometers on OpenStreetMap-based Navigation

Apr 1, 2022 · Aaron Baddley

Building a navigation system seems pretty straightforward– add a map here, show a route there, turn left here, arrive there… but the many layers of data and systems involved need to align...

The Integration of OpenStreetMap and UAVs data for Malaria Elimination in Rwanda

Apr 1, 2022 · Erneste Ntakobangize

During the zero malaria campaign in Rwanda, it has been found to be impossible to illuminate malaria just by normal methods of preventing adult mosquitos at home, the answer is to fight...

OpenStreetMap can help Inventory and Manage the Curb

Apr 1, 2022 · Daniela Waltersdorfer

My session will focus on defining what makes up the curb, thus identifying curb-assets. For the purposes of curb management, we will treat the curb as an asset that houses many other...

Initiating participatory open data in public policies involving local community in St Lucia

Apr 1, 2022 · Philip Hippolyte and Shazmane Mandjee

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is creating a fourth Open Mapping Hub in the Latin America and the Caribbean region; a region in which HOT OSM has historically had little experiences or collaborations. The...

Mapping the Puget Sound Nearshore with Imagery and Data

Apr 1, 2022 · Brian Footen

Modern mobile mapping technology in concert with GIS can play an important role in conservation and recovery of Puget Sound. These maps, similar to ‘Street View’ provide a portal to nearshore conditions...

Integrating WPDx and OpenStreetMap data schemas for seamless bidirectional water infrastructure data updates

Apr 1, 2022 · Stellamaris Nakacwa

The lack of up-to-date water point data presents a huge challenge in the development of better monitoring, and investment policies for water resource management. Fragmentation of the water points information has led...

Park Operator: Thematic Editor for Protected Areas

Apr 1, 2022 · Davey McLovin

Millions of outdoor adventurers use mobile trail maps based on OpenStreetMap data, whether they know it or not. Unfortunately, trail data in most places is missing rich and complete metadata which prevents...

Humapitarians: Our Red Cross journey to be better stewards and users of OpenStreetMap

Apr 2, 2022 · Kat Kinzer

Our team at American Red Cross has made countless edits to OSM, created a dizzying number of maps, crashed QGIS on our computers more than a few times, supported open source software...

Micromapping Phoenix City Parks

Apr 2, 2022 · Sean Whitcomb

I spent the summer of 2021 micromapping all 183 city parks in Phoenix, Arizona. In the process, I learned a lot about OpenStreetMap, micromapping, and the city. Mapping parks is an excellent...

A MapRoulette Travel Guide

Apr 2, 2022 · Martijn van Exel

MapRoulette is the micro tasking platform for OpenStreetMap. Mappers on all continents use it to fix common mapping errors one at a time: crooked roads, misspelled names, mistagged points of interest. In...

Closing The Loop: Useful Indicators of Urban Transport

Apr 2, 2022 · Taylor Reich

Indicators based on OpenStreetMap data have been key to ITDP’s success advocating for bicycling in Brazil – and now we’re taking the strategy worldwide. We’re building a global web platform, based on...

Counter-mapping Narratives of Suburban Commercial Landscapes And Identity

Apr 2, 2022 · Nohely Alvarez

Langley Park is an unincorporated inner suburb in Maryland, located a mile away from the Washington, D.C. border. Since the 1950s it has been recognized for its transient community - one of...

Sanctioned Trails, Social Trails, and Statistics

Apr 2, 2022 · Chad Blevins and Daniel Castro

In late 2021 the Trails Working Group was formed bringing together stakeholders to improve trail tagging throughout the US to reduce traffic on “social trails” or trails whose use is discouraged or...

OpenStreetMap quality assurance review - error detection tools

Apr 2, 2022 · Monica Brandeis and Adam Shaw

The flexible data schema of OSM lends itself to a questionable data quality, which is often highlighted by people with limited knowledge about the OSM. Map errors in OSM are most often...

OpenHistoricalMap: Time

Apr 2, 2022 · Richard Welty

A quick summary of the current status of time processing in OpenHistoricalMap and discussion of future plans and ideas.

OpenStreetMap Data Addressing Challenges Associated with Informal Settlements upgrading in Kigali

Apr 2, 2022 · Erneste Ntakobangize

In the process of upgrading informal settlements in Kigali city of Rwanda, three main slums were identified mainly Bannyahe in Gasabo District, Agatare in Nyarugenge District, and Batsinda of Gasabo, the main...

How could field collection for OpenStreetMap look like in the future?

Apr 2, 2022 · Philipp Kandal and Alex Ilisei

For Grab, having extensive street imagery in Southeast Asia is essential for logistics and provides a key source for OSM improvements in the region (over 226,000 km of roads edited by the...

Building Quality

Apr 2, 2022 · Jan Marsch

Just let’s put all that Microsoft building data in! The amount of buildings in this and other open data sources is tempting. It’s well possible to top existing 485 Million OSM buildings...

MapMetrics and Automatic Road Alignment

Apr 2, 2022 · Steve Coast

TomTom launched MapMetrics, a system to analyze map quality for OSM globally, in August 2021 ( The system uses GPS traces to see where people go, and route against those traces to...

Keynote: The Sonoran Desert: the borderlands and beyond

Apr 2, 2022 · Robin Reineke

In this talk, the speaker will introduce the binational Sonoran Desert region through the mapping practices of some of its peoples. From mapping traditional Indigenous territories and site names to monitoring the...

How You Can Build a More Equitable OpenStreetMap with YouthMappers' Everywhere She Maps

Apr 2, 2022 · Courtney Clark and Maliha Binte Mohiuddin

“The best experience I ever had.” “Everywhere She Maps has opened the door for women.” “The Everywhere She Maps Internship Match program is the cornerstone that empowers young women.” These quotes are...

OpenSource to the rescue: the future of MapLibre

Apr 2, 2022 · Yuri Astrakhan

The story of MapLibre - the project that continues to develop browser and native technology for tile visualization ever since Mapbox changed licensing on the amazing technology of Mapbox-gl-js.

Mapping History in Our National Parks

Apr 2, 2022 · David Jenne

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks have beautiful scenery and some intriguing history. Using old maps and public documents, the author has been researching the past and recording changes through time into...

A highway to OSMCha

Apr 2, 2022 · Wille Marcel

OSMCha is the main OpenStreetMap validation tool. It’s used both by corporate and community mappers. After many years being maintained exclusively by Mapbox, OSMCha is now entering a new phase. As Development...

"Show-Me State" of the Map: Introducing an Open Geospatial Curriculum to High Schoolers in St. Louis

Apr 2, 2022 · Matthew Gibb and Josh Sisskind

Last year, Maxar presented a collaboration with Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis introducing college students to OpenStreetMap, to support their developing geospatial program. Over the past semester, we have expanded our...

Road Supply Tool

Apr 2, 2022 · Adam Davidson and Thet Hein Tun

Supply Question: How many kilometers of roads in [a given polygon] are X? Example: “How many kilometers of roads within a city are high speed?” Concept: To answer the above question, we...

Appalachia Mappin'

Apr 2, 2022 · William Wetherholt

This talk gives a rundown of the current efforts surrounding OpenStreetMap in the Department of Geography at Frostburg State University in the mountains of Western Maryland. The use of OSM has continued...

A Graph-Based Road Conflation Method Preserving Connectivity

Apr 2, 2022 · Esra Cansizoglu and Yunzhi Lin

Connectivity of roads in a map is essential for many use cases including navigation. We present a graph-based solution to the road conflation problem which takes into account the connectivity of the...

An Open Data Pipeline From Esri to OpenStreetMap (and back again)

Apr 2, 2022 · Steve Moore and Deane Kensok

Over the past few years, Esri has made a renewed commitment to participating in and contributing to the OpenStreetMap project. With recent efforts in this regard, we’re now able to offer an...

Curated Major Map Features Library

Apr 2, 2022 · Yunzhi Lin, Charmaine Bonifacio, and Jacob Wasserman

A team of experienced mappers and language experts at Meta has reviewed a dataset of major map features from OSM, and used the curated results as for one of their validation processes...

Mapping the Metaverse

Apr 2, 2022 · William Evans

In 2021, the ‘metaverse’ became a household term. How does virtual reality connect with OpenStreetMap? And how do we bring OSM into the metaverse? In this talk, I will present on how...

A Brief Technical History of OpenHistoricalMap

Apr 2, 2022 · Sanjay Bhangar

I have been involved with the OpenHistoricalMap project since its inception - what started out as an idea more than 10 years ago, to use the OpenStreetMap software to map historical objects,...

Generating and serving your own custom tiles with OpenMapTiles

Apr 2, 2022 · Yuri Astrakhan

OpenMapTiles has matured to offer rapid customizable tile generation tailored to specific nees. Generate your own layers, optimize for size or completeness. Real time tile generation.

Mapping Waste Piles and Plastic Pollution using UAV Imagery and Machine Learning

Apr 2, 2022 · Patrick Kalonde

This talk presents an ongoing project in Malawi where UAV imagery is being used to support the mapping of plastics and waste piles. The project was done as part of a Master’s...

A Student Reflection on State of the Map US 2022

Apr 18, 2022 · Hayden MacLachlan

This a guest blog post featuring Hayden MacLachlan’s experience at State of the Map US 2022 in Tucson, Arizona. Hayden is a fourth-year undergraduate student at George Washington University and currently the...

Get Ready For State Of the Map US in Tuscon!

Mar 16, 2022 · OpenStreetMap US Staff

State of the Map US celebrates its tenth anniversary in only a few short weeks! We have a fantastic lineup of speakers and sessions and we could not be more excited to...

Apply for a Scholarship to State of the Map US 2022!

Oct 27, 2021 · State of the Map US Organizing Committee

Applications are now open for State of the Map US scholarships! This year we’re looking to bring in our largest cohort yet, from a diversity of communities, professions, geographies and associations. OpenStreetMap...

State of the Map US 2022 Call for Proposals

Oct 15, 2021 · State of the Map US Organizing Committee

State of the Map US 2022 - Help OpenStreetMap US Celebrate 10 Years! You’re invited to propose a session for the annual State of the Map US 2022 conference being held in...

State of the Map US 2022: See you in Tucson!

Sep 28, 2021 · OpenStreetMap US Staff

OpenStreetMap US is delighted to announce the 10th anniversary State of the Map US has been rescheduled for April 1-3, 2022 in Tucson, Arizona! Be ready for a mapping packed event! There...