OpenStreetMap US

Photo: Kristy Hall

Happy 9th Birthday OpenStreetMap!

It’s always fun to dig into’s Way Back Machine on such occasions and here is what I found: the mission statement of OpenStreetMap in the year of its inception:

This is an effort to produce free (CC licensed) streetmaps of the world. The idea is to run around with a gps and annotate the data using the applet below in a wiki-type way.

Nice and simple. We’ve come a long way, here’s to many more years OpenStreetMap!

This year we’re celebrating on August 10th. Join in on one of the many physical locations or connect online over’s #osm-us IRC channel or your favorite online hangout medium.