OSM powerups: upgrade your mapping toolbox from collection to analysis

Ski-U-Mah
Friday, 1:00 PM – 20 min
Marc Farra, Seth Vincent

Development Seed’s partners collect, validate, store, and analyze geospatial data. That data sometimes fits into the purpose & schema of public OSM, but occasionally that data must remain private, and requires custom presets and features. In other cases, organizations which regularly make public contributions to the map still need a way of directing their members specifically towards institutional priorities and areas of expertise.

Over the years, we have taken to State of the Map US to demonstrate different components of our approach to using OSM-as-infrastructure to solve problems. This year, we’re unboxing our complete stack of open-source tools for setting up mapping workflows at any level:

  1. Observe: Cross-platform mobile application for field data collection
  2. OSM-Seed: platform for running an in-house custom OSM
  3. Scoreboard: providing feedback to mapping teams by visualizing activity and rewarding contributions
  4. Teams: collaborative team features for OSM users

In this talk, we’ll discuss decisions we’ve made through working with institutional partners to guide and improve their mapping workflows, and demonstrate how you can start using these tools.