OpenStreetMap US

About Public Domain Map

Public Domain Map is a new collaborative mapping tool from OpenStreetMap US that allows map contributors across the United States to edit and contribute to federal datasets. The goal of this work is to leverage the power of crowdsourcing to improve government datasets, which in turn creates data that can be conflated into OpenStreetMap. Developed in collaboration with federal partners, Public Domain Map is designed to multiply the impact of volunteer mappers contributing to the public good by combining crowdsourcing efforts. Using familiar tools and workflows, volunteers will contribute map data that is approved by government agencies before publishing to OpenStreetMap and federal datasets. As a result, volunteer-contributed data can be leveraged by a greater number of agencies, citizens, companies, and nonprofits to better inform decision-making.

How to Participate

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Public Domain Map’s development! We are currently in a PILOTING phase, testing the mapping workflow for Public Domain Map, and could use your help. Your participation in the pilot will play a critical role in ensuring that Public Domain Map is accessible, functional, and an enjoyable experience.

Do you already have experience mapping in OpenStreetMap and have used the OpenStreetMap US Tasking Manager? Experienced Mappers Start Here

Are you new to OpenStreetMap? New Mappers Start Here

If you have any questions or encounter roadblocks, please do not hesitate to reach out to or ask questions in the #publicdomainosm channel in the OSM US Slack

As is the nature of our work, this is a collaborative project. If you have ideas on how we can improve communication, instructions, or any aspect of this project, please share with us either by feedback form or email.