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12-03: OpenStreetMap–The Free, Open, Collaborative Global Basemap
9:00am - 10:30am
Session Chair: Marena Brinkhurst, Mapbox, United States of America
OpenStreetMap - The Free, Open, Collaborative Global Basemap
Marena Brinkhurst1, Olaf Veerman2
1Mapbox, United States of America; 2Development Seed, United States of America
Many working on land issues face a major barrier to using geospatial technologies: the lack of basic basemap data like roads, village names, and local landmarks. Some of us have begun creating our own maps, a daunting endeavor that is often repeated by other organizations who also need access to similar maps. A potential solution is OpenStreetMap - a free, accessible, collaborative, and open mapping platform to create, share, and access basemap data. This Masterclass, supported by the Community team at Mapbox, will introduce OpenStreetMap - explaining its history, how it is maintained, advantages that it offers, and examples of how it is being used by organizations, governments, and local communities. This will be followed by a hands-on introduction to using OpenStreetMap, including ways to download, add, validate, and import data. We will also discuss what could make OpenStreetMap a more useful tool for organizations working on land issues and global development.