The Local Chapters and Communities Working Group (LCCWG) is the OpenStreetMap Foundation’s newest working group and it was established in September 2019 following the annual Local Chapters Congress at State of the Map 2019. Since its establishment, the working group has now grown to 10 members spread over 4 continents as can be seen on the map below.

Location of the 10 members of the LCCWG Location of the members of the LCCWG. Base map © Stamen Design, CC BY 3.0 with map data by OSM contributors.

During State of the Map 2020, the LCCWG gave a talk titled “Building Stronger Communities Together”. This presentation explained about the work that we have done over the past year, which includes running a survey of Local Chapters and communities, looking at the websites of various Local Chapters and seeing what are the common features and differences, and looking at ways to help local OSM communities grow and sustain themselves by using various tools. If you missed that talk, you can view the recorded video of that presentation.

Screenshots of the LCCWG's presentation Screenshots from the LCCWG’s video presentation during State of the Map 2020.

One nice thing that we in the LCCWG did was that we took a very collaborative approach to creating our presentation. Coordinating across six time zones, seven members of the working group were able to piece together a 25-minute video. We think this collaborative method of working together provides a really good example of how mapping communities across the globe can come together and make something great. And this collaborative spirit really embodies how we envision OSM communities should work together to make the best map of the world!

If you share in our vision, please feel free to join the LCCWG! Just send us an email at local [at] osmfoundation [dot] org expressing your intention to join. You can learn more about us and the work that we do on the LCCWG web page.

Comment from Heather Leson on 25 October 2020 at 18:45

great stuff

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