We had a good meeting at the OpenStreetMap St Louis inaugural event last week at the St Louis Bread Company in Shiloh, Illinois. We had 7 ArcGIS experts from Scott Air Force Base, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and the National GeoSpatial-Intelligence Agency show up who were looking for more information on OpenStreetMap. We discussed the background of OSM, the basics of the slippy map, how to update using Potlatch, what types of mapping activities are a good fit for OSM, and what we want to do with the group in the future. We went over several of the slides Wil Skora used a couple of weeks back at the OSM Cleveland meeting. We would have had at least 2 more mappers show, but we got hit with an afternoon snow and ice storm that kept them away. We will shoot for meeting every quarter on the Third Thursday of the Month. I’m planning on our next meeting being on April 18. I’d like do an outdoor project and meet outside of the cabin in Rock Springs Park in O’Fallon, Illinois and clean up the OpenStreetMap basemap of the park. I will post an event for this a week or so out. Please feel welcome to join us whether or not you were part of our original group

Comment from robert on 6 February 2013 at 00:44

Sounds like a good start to a community.

Comment from verticalgeo on 6 February 2013 at 01:22

Thanks for the comment Robert. I hope to build on it.

Comment from skorasaurus on 7 February 2013 at 01:45


Nice start, Glad the slides were helpful ! I also agree with the utility of the outdoor exercises, we’re hoping to do an outdoor mapping activity in Cleveland either in March or May.


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