Community

As the free and editable map of the world, OpenStreetMap is at once a vastly global and very local project. Chances are there are other OpenStreetMap mappers, programmers or data users in your physical or digital vicinity. Here are useful resources on how to get in touch and learn more about OpenStreetMap.

Start mapping

Head over to OpenStreetMap and become a mapper today.

Get In Touch

We'd love to meet you - there are many opportunities to meet other mappers and OpenStreetMap data users to exchange experiences and join forces. Try one of the options below, or just drop us a line at team@openstreetmap.us.

  • The annual State of the Map US conference brings together mappers and data users of all backgrounds. It is a great way to dive into the OpenStreetMap community and meet mapping aficionados and professional data users from private sector, government and NGOs.
  • The OpenStreetMap Slack team is one of the main hubs of the US community: Join Here and chat in real time with others.
  • Attend a Virtual Mappy Hour hosted by the community where you can ask questions, talk about things you're passionate about, and learn from others.
  • Follow us on Twitter where we regularly update you of OpenStreetMap US relevant news and events
  • Join our Facebook group
  • Get in touch on IRC - there's always someone online on the #osm-us channel on irc.oftc.net (Getting started with IRC)
  • Join a meetup group in your city.

Resources

  • The OpenStreetMap Wiki provides a comprehensive resource for everything OpenStreetMap. For instance, learn how to map particular geographic features in the Map Features section.
  • Learn OpenStreetMap step-by-step with learnosm.org
  • Get help from experienced mappers and programmers on help.openstreetmap.org
  • Learn about using OpenStreetMap data and maps on switch2osm.org
  • Looking for beefy servers to run your OpenStreetMap community project? Get in touch.

Interesting things to map

If you're look for good places to start mapping, here are a couple of ideas:

  • Go outside, what's new in you city? A café that just opened? A school that changed its name? A new street or building that's not on the map yet? Log on to OpenStreetMap and update the map.
  • Map the neighborhood you grew up in or your last vacation spot.
  • Log on to Map Roulette and start improving OpenStreetMap with a one-minute task at a time.
  • Map for a good cause and pick a task from the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team's OSM Tasking Manager.

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