OpenStreetMap is a critical open data platform for governments embracing open data and is shaping up to be a big focus at the upcoming OGP High-Level Conference in Brasilia next week. Eric and I are participating in Tuesday’s OGP Innovation Village, where we will present our open source mapping tools and MapBox Streets, which is powered by OpenStreetMap, and the panel “Open Data As a Means, Not an End: Getting to Impact” on Wednesday morning. To kick off the OGP meetings we will spend Sunday afternoon mapping Brasilia in OpenStreetMap. We would love it if you joined us.

A lot is already moving. Brasilia has great coverage on OpenStreetMap and it is rapidly improving. Ruben, Chad, and Dan from our team have spent the last two weeks tracing many of Brasilia’s surrounding cities. Here is a look at the progress made by all OpenStreetMap contributors since the beginning of the month.

OpenStreetMap contributions in Brazil this month

For our mapping on Sunday on the ground, we are excited to add local knowledge. We plan to prepare walking papers, grab a camera and a GPS, get in a car, and collect street name and point of interest data. We are still figuring out which areas to focus on but we’ll likely pick Taguatinga and around as this is most accessible to us. Let us know of specific areas you think would benefit from better local geo information.

If you would like to join us, we will meet on Sunday (that’s April 15) in the lobby of the Comfort Inn, Setor Hoteleiro-Projeção I, Taguatinga at 11:00 am. You don’t need anything particular to participate, and if you have a camera and a GPS (maybe just your smart phone) bring it along.

If you’re interested, please send me an email to alex at mapbox dot com by Saturday or find us on Twitter at @ericg and @lxbarth. Looking forward to it!