Project #OSMselfie: Put a human face on edits

Posted by Be A Mapper on 17 November 2014 in English (English). Last updated on 18 November 2014.

I’m writing a new OpenStreetMap presentation and I’m looking for images for my slide deck. Ideally, images of happy mappers and the things that they are mapping and improving in OpenStreetMap. Even better, would be mapping things that are typically way better in OpenStreetMap than in other sources.

An Example

This edit reduced the extent of a parking lot because it is now fenced for imminent construction of a new condo.

and this is the #OSMselfie I took during the survey

Surely you can do better

Go ahead and post your #OSMselfie survey pics.

If you really want to help me with my slide deck, I’m looking for photos that illustrate the people in OpenStreetMap who make a difference by improving local data for others. So if you mapped a new accessibility ramp on a building, or a new public bike rack, or a new playground, or anything else awesome and wonderful. I’d love to have your photo, and your wonderful visage in my slides.

Please feel free to do a better job with the photography than I do. :-)

Best regards and happy mapping,


Location: Toronto Centre, Toronto, Golden Horseshoe, Ontario, Canada

Comment from malenki on 17 November 2014 at 21:31

Your selfie doesn’t show:
no selfie
One of me you can find at, another at my profile. And yes, both are during surveying (in Albania).

btw: why did you delete the parking lot?
Changing the tags to “landuse=contruction” would have been sufficient – and had kept the history…

Comment from Be A Mapper on 17 November 2014 at 21:40

Thanks malenki,

I’ve edited the article above to offer more detail. I reduced the size of the existing parking lot, beacause part of it is now blockd for construction. So I didn’t actually harm any of the nodes of the parking lot,

There was a problem with the image earlier, but it is fine for me now.

Comment from malenki on 17 November 2014 at 21:53

I meant this parking lot, sorry I was unspecific.
For me your image still doesn’t work. Tried with FF, Opera and Midori.

Comment from Be A Mapper on 17 November 2014 at 21:59

The deleted item is the highway=service, service=parking_aisle.

Comment from XuRxO on 17 November 2014 at 22:02

I don’t show myself, so not a selfie, but my colleague on a recent mapping party in Seville (Spain)

Andres mapping

More photos, almost all of them of the shops we were assigned at this G plus album.

Comment from wille on 17 November 2014 at 22:15

Great Idea! Where should we post the photo?

Comment from Zverik on 17 November 2014 at 22:23

I don’t understand selfies, but here is a photo of my walking papers from 2011:

Comment from LivingWithDragons on 17 November 2014 at 23:08

If you want photos of happy mappers, my album based around SotM EU 2014 is a recent start:

Some of them include selfies. I travelled by Bus, Ferry, Coach, Train, Funicular, Foot, Tram, Car, Bicycle, and tried to take a selfie photo on every mode but haven’t uploaded all the images as I thought it more fun to make an animated gif (but I haven’t done that yet).

Comment from stephankn on 20 November 2014 at 12:40

Did an #OSMselfie at #TEDxYouthDay in Chiang Mai.

They asked for “If I Ruled The World…”

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