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US Chapter of OpenStreetMap Sets San Francisco, CA for Annual U.S. State of the Map Conference
Washington, DC - The U.S. Chapter of OpenStreetMap (OSM) has announced that the 2013 U.S. State of the Map conference will be held in San Francisco, Calif., June 8-9, 2013.
State of the Map US in San Francisco will be a gathering of experts and enthusiasts in one of the fastest growing technologies today, geodata, which is the basis such critical efforts as mapping, city planning, disaster recovery and environmental monitoring.
The conference will take place at the Mission Bay Conference Center, an exciting new meeting and event destination in the new life-sciences campus for teaching and research of the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF).
The main conference, Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, will feature a series of community-led sessions on OpenStreetMap case studies, technology, mapping groups, ideas and tools to help the community improve the U.S. map, and much more.
Friday June 7 will offer a day of workshops to introduce newcomers to mapping and using OpenStreetMap data, as well as an evening social event to kick off the full conference.
Monday, June 10 will be "Hack Day," a full day for technologists to share and create code to improve today's mapping tools and to invent tomorrow's.
The State of the Map US brings together the many individuals, organizations and companies that comprise the OpenStreetMap community. Coffee breaks, social events and generous space for informal meetings give everyone numerous opportunities to connect with colleagues and to meet new mappers.
The conference web site is at http://stateofthemap.us. See also the official announcement on the US Chapter of OpenStreetMap's blog at http://www.openstreetmap.us/2013/02/state-of-the-map-us-2013. The conference photo is by Manuel Meneses Namihira and can be found at http://www.openstreetmap.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Screen-Shot-2013-02-08-at-9.51.28-AM.png.
About the U.S. Chapter of OpenStreetMap
The United States Chapter of the OpenStreetMap Foundation is dedicated to improving the growth, availability and accuracy of open-source geospatial information in the United States. To achieve that important goal the U.S. Chapter, incorporated in April 2010, is working to promote and develop OpenStreetMap.org in the United States, and to conduct exciting new mapping projects with a focus on the United States. For more information, please visit www.openstreetmap.us.
OpenStreetMap (OSM) creates and provides free geographic data, such as street maps, for anyone to use. Most maps considered "free" actually have legal or technical restrictions that hold back their use in new creative or productive ways.
OpenStreetMap launched in the fall of 2004 in London. Since then the organization has grown to more than 900,000 volunteer members worldwide. Almost daily there are meetings and new projects initiated by OSM members worldwide. In January of 2010, OSM started a special project to provide critical mapping data to support the emergency efforts following the earthquake in Haiti, a project that continues today. And, after the March 2011 tsunami in Japan OSM stepped in again to provide critical mapping data to emergency responders and government organizations.