Join us for an introductory session and mapping party where we will contribute to the freely accessible, non-commercial dataset of the world – OpenStreetMap (OSM). Contributions from this mapping party are toward Building Canada 2020 (BC2020i) – a nation-wide initiative to map all of Canada’s buildings by 2020. With the aid of aerial imagery, we will map buildings in rural Masset and Trail, British Columbia. Inexperienced mappers are welcome (and encouraged!) to attend. The first 30 minutes of this session will be an info session to give new mappers a firm understanding of OSM principals and get off the ground to start adding buildings with confidence. Attendees can expect to spend about an hour mapping their area of choice. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided. OSM is a mapping collaborative aiming to create an open geographic dataset of the world, collected and imported by volunteers worldwide. OSM data is used by a variety of industries for a wide range of purposes as a replacement for other proprietary sources of geographic data – and map parties and mapathons are particularly notable for their benefit to emergency response efforts after large natural disasters as they can provide swift logistical support for on-site responders.
University of British Columbia