U.S. Chapter of OpenStreetMap Sets San Francisco for Annual U.S. State of the Map Conference


Annual U.S. meeting brings together nationwide community of mappers and experts in geographical data
WASHINGTON, D.C.--February 12, 2013--The U.S. Chapter of OpenStreetMap (OSM) has announced that the 2013 U.S. State of the Map conference will be held in San Francisco,
Calif., June 8-9, 2013.
State of the Map US in San Francisco will be a gathering of experts and  enthusiasts in one of the fastest growing technologies today, geodata,  which is the basis such
critical efforts as mapping, city planning,  disaster recovery and environmental monitoring. The conference will  take place at the Mission Bay Conference Center, an exciting
new meeting  and event destination in the new life-sciences campus for teaching and  research of the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF)..
The  main conference, Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, will feature a  series of community-led sessions on OpenStreetMap case studies,  technology, mapping groups,
ideas and tools to help the community  improve the U.S. map, and much more. Friday June 7 will offer a day  of workshops to introduce newcomers to mapping and
using OpenStreetMap  data, as well as an evening social event to kick off the full
Monday, June 10 will be "Hack Day," a full day for  technologists to share and create code to improve today's mapping tools  and to invent tomorrow's.
The State of the Map US brings together the  many individuals, organizations and companies that comprise the  OpenStreetMap community. Coffee breaks, social events
and generous space  for informal meetings give everyone numerous opportunities to connect  with colleagues and to meet new mappers.
The conference web site is  at http://stateofthemap.us. See also the official announcement on the US  Chapter of OpenStreetMap's blog at  http://www.openstreetmap.us/2013/02/state-of-the-map-us-2013.
The  conference photo is by Manuel Meneses Namihira and can be found at  http://www.openstreetmap.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Screen-Shot-2013-02-08-at-9.51.28-AM.png.
About the U.S. Chapter of OpenStreetMap
The United States Chapter of the OpenStreetMap Foundation is dedicated to improving the growth, availability and accuracy of open-source geospatial information in the
United States. To achieve that important goal the U.S. Chapter, incorporated in  April 2010, is working to promote and develop OpenStreetMap.org in the United States,
and to conduct exciting new mapping projects with a focus on the United States. 
For more information, please visit www.openstreetmap.us.
About OpenStreetMap
OpenStreetMap (OSM) creates and provides free geographic data, such as street maps, for anyone to use. Most maps considered "free" actually have legal or technical 
restrictions that hold back their use in new creative or productive ways. OpenStreetMap launched in the fall of 2004 in London. Since then the organization
has grown to more than 900,000 volunteer members worldwide. Almost daily there are meetings and new projects initiated by OSM members worldwide. In January of 2010,
OSM started a special project to provide critical mapping data to support the emergency efforts following the earthquake in Haiti, a project that continues today. And, 
after the March 2011 tsunami in Japan OSM stepped in again to provide critical mapping data to emergency responders and government organizations.
For more information, please visit the OSM Press Portal (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Portal:Press#Introduction).

Published Monday, February 18th, 2013

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