Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit week is here, hosted by this year’s chair France. After the 2015 OGP Summit’s Open Mapping efforts, we are excited that open mapping will play an even bigger role in 2016.

I will be in Paris presenting Mapbox Cities at the panel “Leveraging the Citizen Open Mapping Movement” on Thursday. Another relevant panel for open mapping is “The impact of satellite imagery on open government”.

OGP Summit

The French government has been advancing open mapping in cooperation with the OpenStreetMap community through its spin-off organization Etalab by making addresses openly accessible. Another exemplary project is OpenSolarMap which will also be presented during the Citizen Open Mapping panel on Thursday. SNCF, the French railway company, has set an example with their SNCF Challenge Open Innovation, making all their stations and other data available on OpenStreetMap.

As we’re in the process of shortlisting our Mapbox Cities finalists, it’s great to see the emphasis on subnational partnerships in the Open Government Partnership on Friday afternoon.

Are you in Paris this week? Mapbox sponsors the OpenStreetMap mapathon organised by CartONG the same evening. Be sure to sign up for the free event, even if you’re not attending the summit.

Catch me at the summit or during the mapathon to talk smart citizens, open mapping and, of course, Mapbox!