MapGive is making it easier for new online volunteers to get involved with crowdsourced mapping. The website has resources for how to map, explains why it's important, and shows how people can get involved. MapGive is from the U.S. State Department's Humanitarian Information Unit. More at: mapgive.state.gov
A gathering of the European OpenStreetMap communit, State of the Map Europe, took place in Karlsruhe, Germany in June. Hundreds of attendees met to discuss various aspect of the project. Ed Freyfogle details how OpenStreetMap (OSM) has come a long way.