Submissions/OpenStreetMap mapping party!

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2014 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this August.

Submission no. 8023
Title of the submission

OpenStreetMap mapping party!

Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)


Author of the submission


E-mail address

email me!



Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

This session will be hands-on opportunity to get an introduction to the OpenStreetMap project, go outside in the local area to collect some map data, and then enter it into OpenStreetMap.

We will begin with a quick introduction to OpenStreetMap, including what the project is about, how to edit and how to collect data. We will do a quick demo of editing using one of the OSM editors (iD or JOSM). Then, you will learn about field papers, which are printed maps that we can take notes on, and mobile apps available that we can use while out mapping in the field.

We will then divide the target mapping area into smaller portions, organize participants into small groups, and assign groups to the areas. Each group will likely consist of a mix of experienced mappers and newbies. Participants will get field papers and if they wish, may also use their mobile devices (not required, though) and we may have some GPS devices available (although not essential and perhaps not the best tool for mapping in London).

We will allocate about an hour for the groups to go outside to collect map data. Then we will reconvene at the venue and together we will enter the data into OpenStreetMap. To enter the data, you can use either the new iD editor which is the more simple editor on or if you want to learn more advanced editing (well, it's not that difficult!), then we can show you how to edit and enter the data using JOSM.

Although London is fairly well-mapped already, there are plenty of incomplete areas. Also, data for restaurants and shops can quickly become outdated and it is necessary to regularly update the map. (this is definitely the case for Berlin, where there still is plenty to map and do!) We will choose an appropriate area near the venue to map.

About the presenter

aude is an "addicted mapper", contributing to OSM since 2008. [1] She co-presented an OSM workshop and organized a mapping party at Wikimania 2011, Wikimania 2012, Wikimania 2013, and at Wiki Conference NYC 2010, along with numerous local events with Mapping DC. She also is a member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, and helped with the response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Beyond OpenStreetMap, she has contributed to Wikimedia projects for 10 years, and currently works for Wikimedia Deutschland as a software engineer on the Wikidata project.

Additional experienced OSM mappers will assist me in this session, including Harry Wood from the local OSM community in London.

  • Open Data
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)

~2 1/2 hours or so: (preferably, at the end of the day and prefer on a day with free time in evening. The last timeslot usually works best and mapping can spill over somewhat after, with people free to take part in however much they want and/or can)

The session is divided into multiple parts and locations:

  • ~30 minutes in a workshop room, for quick introduction and to organize participants
  • ~ 1 hour outside in local area to do mapping
  • ~ 1 hour back to workshop room to enter data collected
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  1. Harry Wood (talk) - I'll certainly be joining in with this. I'm organiser of the normal regular London OpenStreetMap events.
  2. Lawsonstu (talk) 21:24, 30 March 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Wrightbus (talk) 16:14, 31 March 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Jodi.a.schneider (talk) 20:06, 31 March 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  5. This time I'll actually know what I'm doing :) SarahStierch (talk) 15:07, 21 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Of course! —seav (talk) 19:13, 22 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  7. --Ayaita (talk) 14:27, 29 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Enock4seth (talk) 00:23, 18 June 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  9. nasir khan saikat 03:17, 29 July 2014 (UTC)[reply]