OpenStreetMap: 2010 State of the Map conference
The OpenStreetMap (OSM) Project has announced that this year's State of the Map conference will take place from the 9th to the 11th of July in Girona, Spain. OpenStreetMap is an open source project that is building free online maps, not based on any copyright or licensed map data. Founded by Steve Coast in August of 2004 and run by the OpenStreetMap Foundation, to date the project has nearly 270,000 users worldwide that make more than 7,000 edits every hour.
Discussing the 2010 OSM Project conference, Coast said that, “State of the Map is an incredible testament to the strength, drive, breadth and depth of the OpenStreetMap community,” adding that, “As the map and community continues to grow exponentially, we have so much to talk about. We've been instrumental all over the world from Haiti to Hungary and surpassed 250,000 users. Girona will provide a great forum for intelligent discussion around OSM, its future and how we can touch even more people’s lives.” The event will include speeches and presentations from various OSM community members covering topics including, for example, an introduction to mapping, data validation, OSM on OLPC XO laptops in primary schools and various panel discussions.
Those interested in attending this year's conference are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Normal registration costs €250 (approximately £219) for all three days and discounts are available for OpenStreetMap Foundation and community members.
More information about the 2010 State of the Map conference can be found on the State of the Map site and in a post on the OpenGeoData blog. Those interested in helping OpenStreetMap can create a new account to start contributing. Additional details about mapping can be found in the OpenStreetMap Beginners' guide. The OpenStreetMap maps are released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 2.0 license.
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