Last week’s terrorist events in Brussels have been deeply shocking. They hit close for us who are organizing this year’s State of the Map in this beautiful city. We are fortunate to report that everyone involved in planning activities is safe. Now our thoughts are with those affected by the attacks this week in Brussels but also with the many victims of terrorism in the world.
OpenStreetMap is a global community and our mission to map the world tears down barriers and brings together people from all over the globe.
So now more than ever, we invite you to attend this year’s State of the Map to celebrate this spirit that stands in opposition of the terrorism that is trying to divide us today.
One map, one community – we’re looking forward to seeing you in September.
Your State of the Map organizing committee.
PS: We are monitoring the situation closely as Brussels is recovering from the attack and assess security measures at the conference. If you have any questions or concerns regarding State of the Map and the recent terrorist attacks, send us a line.
The state of the map working group are delighted to announce that the call for venues for 2017 is now open!
Why so early?
Following on from last year we are opening the call for venues early. This gives you the greatest flexibility over dates you can pick in 2017. It also makes it easier for others who may be wanting to run OpenStreetMap events – we can assist with calendar planning to help avoid any problematic clashes.
How’s SotM 2016 shaping up?
Planning for State of the Map 2016 in Brussels is coming along nicely. We’ve got a date, a great venue and have also secured a hotel deal for the delegates. Keep up to date with all the latest news about event tickets, scholarships and the “call for presentations” by signing up to our newsletter.
What’s the vision for 2017?
State of the Map has traditionally been an annual conference of a few hundred delegates. During 2015 we looked at the key aims of the OSM get together and developed a vision for 2017. The vision is sufficiently broad to accept all styles of bid – we’re open to new ideas if a compelling case is put forward.
The State of the Map working group is here to help you. This year we have provided a template to help you when it comes to recording details about potential venues and catering services. We encourage you to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible so that we can provide guidance if required.
— State of the Map, working group
A whole bunch of local OpenStreetMap community conferences have recently been announced:
State Of The Map CZ+SK, the Czetch & Slovakian conference, is coming up soon on May 21st in Brno.
State Of The Map France will also take place May 20th-22nd in Clermont-Ferrand.
State Of The Map Japan will take place August 6th in Tokyo.
State Of The Map US will take place in July 23rd to 25th in Seattle, Washington.
State Of The Map Latin America will be in November in Sao Paulo, Brazil (exact date to be finalised)
These national conferences, large and small, are organised by local OpenStreetMap communities. If your country is not on the list, you’re welcome to get together with fellow OpenStreetMappers to organise something
…but don’t forget, the main get-together for all of the community, is the international OpenStreetMap conference “State Of The Map“, which will be taking place September 23 – 25 in Brussels.
Following the successful participation in last year’s event, OpenStreetMap has again been selected as a Google Summer of Code mentoring organization. We invite students to looking through our project ideas or discuss their own OSM-related ideas with our community. Applications can be submitted starting March 14.
More information for students are available from our wiki page on GSoC as well as Google’s official GSoC site.