OpenStreetMap for Beginners

  • 2022-07-25, 11:00–12:30, Envelope ✉️
  • 2022-07-25, 21:00–22:30, DNA 🧬

Are you interested in maps? Are you searching for a FLOSS mapping navigation? Do you need geodata? Do you need a map on your site? Do you want to help creating maps from your local environment or from vulnerable places? Then, you have come to the right talk! This talks gives a broad overview of OpenStreetMap, the community and how to get started with it.

Note: 1st session is in Dutch, the 2nd session is in English

OpenStreetMap is an open database of geodata and has become the biggest geodataset of the world. It is often called 'the wikipedia of maps' and is getting used in more and more applications - from grassroot movements to big corporations. But it can be confusing to dive into the ecosystem.

In this talk, I'll give a high-level overview of OpenStreetMap and answer the most important questions:

  • What is OpenStreetMap (and what is it not?)
  • What applications exist?
  • What tools exist?
  • How can one contriute?
  • How can one export data?
  • How can one get in touch with the local mapping community?

No previous experience with mapping or GIS needed! This is a talk, so you don't have to bring anything. However, if you need some help with your first OSM-edits, I'll stick around after the talk to get you started. In that case, it might be useful to bring your laptop (or smartphone)

After studying informatics, I rolled into OpenStreetMap. My day-to-day job is building routeplanners (especially for cyclists) and mobility analysis tools.

At the same time I built an editor to make editing OpenStreetMap as easy as possible by focussing on just a single topic at a time. Check it out at