The Growing OSM Community in Cleveland, Ohio (USA)

Posted by skorasaurus on 3 May 2012 in English (English)

Last Friday, I attended my first NEO (Northeast Ohio) GIS users meetup (which featured a great presentation by Jen Ziemke, CrisisMappers Co-Founder). There, I met Steve Mather, a local GIS analyst, who’s interested in OSM, wanted to learn more about it, and knew of a couple others in the area who were also interested, including a member of the Baldwin-Wallace College ACM.

Tuesday Night, I gave a presentation to 5 at the BW ACM meeting on Openstreetmap, editing conventions and standards, sources of data to add, the contrasts of and benefits of using OSM in addition to or instead of Google Mapmaker (Several of our attendees were GoogleMapMaker contributors) and we tossed around some ideas of what we’d like to see mapped in Cleveland and the Cleveland area. As the only currently active contributor in Cleveland for over a year, it was exciting to see growing interest !

We’re scheduling a brief mapping party [likely a weekday evenings during the week of May 21] at Baldwin-Wallace College (since the campus is very poorly mapped) and I’ll walk users through how to add data. As soon as the date, time, and specific location are confirmed, I’ll add it to the Event Calendar. It will be the first OSM mapping party in Cleveland since 2009 (although I’m not sure if that event ever had taken place] !

Just a couple days ago, I noticed the Cuyahoga County GIS dept. had signed up for an OSM account and made a couple edits ! I’ve contacted them and I’m excited to hear about their plans with OSM =)

Location: Tremont, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, 44113-4466, USA

Comment from Minh Nguyen on 3 May 2012 at 17:40

I’m glad to hear things are going well in the Cleveland area! Awesome that the GIS department is testing the waters – unsolicited, even?

Recently there was also a flurry of activity from students in Ohio State’s Geography 607: Fundamentals of GIS course, mostly around Columbus but also in small towns throughout the state. A few students have even stuck around after the assignment was due.

Now if only I could pull some Cincinnatians away from foursquare to help with OSM…

Comment from skorasaurus on 4 May 2012 at 11:50

Minh, Unsolicited !

That some of the students have continued to edit is great ! I also saw one of them edit in Cleveland as well.

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