MappingDC - OSM around the District

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Last night we kicked off MappingDC, a local OpenStreetMap chapter for Washington, DC and the surrounding metro areas of Virginia and Maryland. It held at HacDC, a hardware hacker enclave in Columbia Heights Neighborhood and led with much enthusiasm by Serge.

Where traditional OSM mapping parties are about raising awareness, MappingDC will focus on identifying local open datasets, building relationships with organizations, running hyper-local mapping parties to map neighborhoods, and other technology and outreach projects. We brainstormed on initial datasets we could clear up licensing issues such as from DC GIS.

We created a few new sections in the Washington DC wiki page: datasets, mapping groups, and projects. The Datasets is a list of departments or organizations that may have data that would be useful to import and a point of contact and MappingDC member that will reach out to them to work on getting it released into OSM. The mapping groups are to identify who would like to help out with local neighborhood mapping and once there are 4 or so people, setup a day to meet and go out and map it. The last section, projects, is brainstorming around how developers can work on building out useful tools such as geochat, or DC specific map styles such as metro lines, bike routes, or other characteristics that match with local culture and features.

Our first event will be mapping Silver Spring, Maryland on August 8th. Watch the wiki page for more details, subscribe to the mailing list, and follow on Twitter.

We want to build local OpenStreetMap such that it fits within the larger local community. Getting OSM working with local bloggers, transit discussions and planning, and who knows - perhaps powering the National Map?

GEOPRESS_LOCATION(Columbia Heights, Washington, DC)

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.