This Saturday (September 22) Ian and I will head up to New York City to lead an Introduction to OpenStreetMap workshop at foursquare’s head quarters. If you’re interested in using and contributing to OpenStreetMap but haven’t worked much with it (or at all), then this is the workshop for you. We’ll discuss how you can use OpenStreetMap data and the benefits of it, and then dive into hands on training on contributing data through tracing, surveying, and other means and then using it in your projects. Specifically we’ll cover:

  • Examples of OpenStreetMap data usage
  • Contributing data with JOSM
  • Tracing satellite imagery
  • Surveying with Walking Papers and GPS devices
  • Finding answers by navigating the OpenStreetMap Wiki and other helpful resources
  • Using OpenStreetMap data
  • Introducing the OpenStreetMap community

Come with a laptop, a mouse, and a GPS tracker if you have one, and be ready to start mapping New York City. We’ll kick off at 1:00 and go until 5:00 pm. Please RSVP on the New York City meetup group - at the time of this writing, 36 out of 50 available spots are already taken, and we’re filling up quick!

A big thanks to foursquare for hosting the event, and to the OpenStreetMap NY meetup group for helping us spread the word.