Consider participating in a global community event focused on open mapping that is taking place soon - OpenStreetMap's (OSM) Geography Awareness Week activities (OSMGeoWeek). This is an annual coordinated community effort driven by the OSM community to encourage teachers, students, community groups, governments, private sector organizations, and map-lovers around the world to host “mapathons” and to create much-needed map data for humanitarian and development efforts. OSM works closely with MapGive, a State Department public initiative focused on open mapping that is amplifying outreach and organization for the event.
Last year, in partnership with HOT, MissingMaps, MapGive, YouthMappers, PEPFAR, and many more, there were 140 events in 42 countries - this year the goal is over #200mapathons! If you want to register an event or attend an event taking place near you, visit osmgeoweek.org for more details. Events can be of any size, and registration is easy - to register an event, fill out this FORM and your event will be registered on both the OSMGeoWeek and Missing Maps event pages. Regional support is available in some locations, so make sure you register your event. The project section of the site will include mapping projects where key partners have identified serious map data needs that can be filled through crowdsourced mapping.
Help spread the word by using #OSMGeoWeek on social media and following @MapGive. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any additional questions.