We are announcing the call for nominees for the OpenStreetMap Awards 2019, which will be presented this September at the State of the Map 2019 conference in Heidelberg!
These are community awards, as nominees and winners are chosen by the community. The Awards strive to be a worldwide event for all OpenStreetMap members, including developers, mappers, community leaders, blog writers and everyone else. We need your help to find the best of OpenStreetMap globally.
For the fourth awards, we have made some changes. Gone are the three regional categories. Sorry. We have strong enough OSM representation in these countries to be listed together with other candidates. Also, there is a new category: Team Achievement Award. Companies, teams and groups should go there, to not compete with people in other categories. We had quite a lot of issues because of that mixing previously: how do you compare a mapper and an entire local chapter?
We’re mostly looking for new innovations, so only projects/works that were announced after June 1st 2018 are eligible. The Ulf Möller Award is an exception to this. Everyone is eligible regardless of the time when they were active in the project. You personally and your friends are eligible, do add yourself! Winners of past awards and selection committee members (in their categories) cannot be nominated.
The call for nominees will close in a month — on 15th of July. Whenever you see an interesting entry on OSM diaries or in WeeklyOSM, take a moment to submit the name for the award. The more nominees we have, the more interesting the final voting will be. Please keep in mind that we have the OpenStreetMap Awards and nominate people now!
In August the OpenStreetMap community will be coming together for our annual State of the Map conference, this year in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan. It is set to be an exciting three day event where mappers, programmers, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and policy makers will share their passion for OpenStreetMap.
We invite you to submit your session proposals for the 2017 State of the Map, by Sunday, 2nd April 2017.
You are encouraged to submit proposals for 20 minute talks, 5 minute lightning talks, and 75 minute workshops that will result in progress and excitement in the world of OpenStreetMap. Again, the deadline is Sunday, 2nd April 2017.
In addition to our website, we are also delighted to introduce you to the logo for State of the Map 2017. Aizu-Wakamatsu is one of the historical cites in Tohoku district, Japan. As such the design contains elements inspired by the Tsuruga Castle, the circular emblems of feudal lords of Aizu Clan, and the letters “會津” that were used for Aizu during the Edo period. You can read more about the design here, and our thanks go to Shunnosuke Shimizu for the wonderful logo.
The conference will be held on September 23 – 25, 2016 in the heart of Europe, Brussels, at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB ‐ Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Elsene, Brussels). The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is the offshoot of the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), founded in 1834 by a Brussels lawyer with Flemish origins, Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen. He wanted to establish a university independent from state and church and where academic freedom would reign.
Following years of tradition we held a logo competition for SotM 2016. We were delighted by the response and eventually settled on the eye-catching design below. Thanks to Veronica Semeco, who designed the winning logo, and Tatiana van Campenhout, who prepared the logo and website for launch.
State of the Map provides a fantastic opportunity to meet the diverse OpenStreetMap community and to celebrate your achievements and look forward into the future. As an organising team we are delighted to be able to bring data contributors, data users and software developers together again and we look forward to meeting you all in Brussels.
The SotM 2016 website has launched. There you will find more information about registration, call for proposals, the programme, social events and accommodations soon. Please also take the time to sign up to our email newsletter or follow us on twitter.
Can’t wait till 2016? There are a number of upcoming OSM-centered conferences in 2015, including SotM-LatAm in Chile in September, and SotM-Scotland in October. There are also many webinars, mapping parties, coding events and socials planned for 2015.
In what is turning out to be a busy 2015, these follow earlier events: SotM-FR in Brest, France; SotM-US at the UN’s New York headquarters in New York City; and HOT Summit in Washington DC.
All these events are organised by the wider OpenStreetMap community. Thanks go to the relevant organising teams for hosting these events.
After the success of the global State of the Map 2014 conference realized last November in Buenos Aires, the Latin America OpenStreetMap community is organizing its first continental conference.
The State of the Map Latin America will take place in Santiago, Chile, on September 4th, 5th and 6th. The conference will gather the Latin American and global mappers to share community and entrepreneurial knowledge, techniques and experiences in OpenStreetMap. The official languages for the event are Spanish and Portuguese, with some talks in English as well.
Santiago is the capital of Chile, its financial heart and biggest city, concentrating approximately 35% of the population of the country (6.5 million people). The event will take place on the days before the AbreLatam (September 7-8) and ConDatos (September 9-10), two of the biggest Open Data conferences in Latin America.
The State of the Map (SotM) organizing committee announce Denver, Colorado, USA as the winning bid for the 2011 International conference for OpenStreetMap (OSM). The annual event will be hosted in September 2011.
There were five proposals to host the annual spectacular event: Vienna, Austria, Havana, Cuba, Denver, Colorado (USA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Tallinn, Estonia. “Deciding on the best location for State of the Map is always one of our biggest and toughest decisions.” says Henk Hoff, chairman of the SotM organizing committee. Among the deciding factors were location, experience of the local committee and outreach potential to new communities.
“Denver is a clear choice because after four great years in Europe, it’s time to branch out and engage with other international communities.” commented Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap. 2011 will host the fifth annual international conference, attracting over 250 people in attendance. Sponsorship details, volunteer opportunities and more information will be available in the near future.