On Saturday, 8th of August 2020,
we will celebrate 16 years of OpenStreetMap!
Planning an online party or mapathon?
- You can use your video room even after the birthday, for any OSM-related event.
- Community members in low-bandwidth environments may benefit from using BigBlueButton’s low-bandwidth settings.
- Please add your event to the OSM wiki! If wiki editing isn’t your thing, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your event details and we’ll add it 🙂
- Post why you love OpenStreetMap. We will publish a collection of messages later 🙂
- Post a photo of yourself holding a written message 🙂
- Use the hashtag #OpenStreetMap16 on social media
- Make/order a birthday cake. See previous examples of OSM cakes for inspiration. Don’t forget the attribution!
- If your photos are accompanied with the text “CC-BY-SA 2.0” (or another open license), we can add them to the OSM wiki (or feel free to add them yourself! ~ register here).
- Do you have more ideas? Share them in the comments 🙂
Observance of the anniversary of the creation of OpenStreetMap is held on or about the 9th of August, which is the anniversary of the registration of the OpenStreetMap.org domain name. The concept of OpenStreetMap predates the domain name registration, but that seems a suitable anniversary date 🙂
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