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13 September 2010, 16:31

OpenStreetMap reaches 300,000 contributors

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OpenStreetMap Logo The OpenStreetMap (OSM) Project has confirmed that it now has more than 300,000 registered contributors. Founded in August of 2004 by SteveCoast, OpenStreetMap is an open source project that is building free online maps, not based on any copyright or licensed map data.

In recent years, the OSM project has become increasingly popular; in March of 2009 it surpassed 100,000 registered users and, in January of this year, hit its 200,000 user milestone. In mid-April, OSM's Richard Weait stated that the project "gets hundreds of new registrations a day". OSM statistics can be found on the OSM Statistics page and on the Stats wiki.

In a post on the OpenGeoData blog, the project developers have also announced that they are currently seeking a venue for next year's State of the Map (SotM) conference. The 2010 SotM event took place during the month of July in Girona, Spain. Previous conferences took place in Amsterdam, Limerick and Manchester. All venue proposals must be submitted before the 15th of October, 2010.

Those interested in helping OpenStreetMap can create a new account to start contributing. More details can be found in the OpenStreetMap Beginners' guide. The OpenStreetMap Project is run by the non-profit OpenStreetMap Foundation and OSM maps are released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 2.0 license.

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