Crater Lake National Park


Digital maps for the National Park Service


  • Improving OSM Data in Our National Parks

    9 JUN 2013 | MAMATA AKELLA

    The NPMap team is responsible for coordinating web mapping across the U.S. National Park Service. One of its primary responsibilities is creating customized basemaps and web applications for individual parks. To build these applications the team uses a variety of technology and data including OSM.

    In this talk, Mamata will discuss the results of a pilot project with America’s most visited National Park - the Great Smoky Mountains - and efforts to improve park data in OSM and in turn the National Park Service’s own mapping products. With the National Park Services’ adoption of open source tools, data, and basemap services, it has a vested interest in contributing to and improving data in OSM.

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  • Places of Interest

    9 JUN 2013 | NATE IRWIN

    The NPMap team recently kicked off work on a system called Places of Interest. This system will provide a way for the OSM community to contribute spatial information (structures, campgrounds, trails, waterfalls, etc.) back to the NPS, and streamline the process of getting National Park Service data into OpenStreetMap. Data that’s collected through Places of Interest will be distributed to NPS personnel at parks, certified, and then exported back out to OpenStreetMap. This data will also be used by a variety of the Park Service’s internal and public-facing desktop, web, and mobile applications (including our basemap, Park Tiles).

    If done right, Places of Interest will fundamentally change how the National Park Service does data. There are, however, a slew of hurdles to overcome - some technical, some social, and some institutional. This presentation will cover some of these hurdles and also go into detail about how the NPMap team is planning on implementing their ideas. In addition, it will cover why the National Park Service and other federal agencies cannot simply use raw OpenStreetMap data in its products.

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  • Building Park Tiles

    28 FEB 2013 | MAMATA AKELLA

    Mamata presented on building Park Tiles at FedGeo Day in Washington, DC.

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  • NPS and OSM

    27 FEB 2013 | NATE IRWIN

    Nate talked about OpenStreetMap and the NPS' Places of Interest system on a kickoff call for the POI project.

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  • Building a National Park Service Base Map

    18 OCT 2012 | MAMATA AKELLA

    Mamata presented on the Park Tiles project at NACIS 2012 in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Status of Web Map Licensing

    5 DEC 2013 | NATE IRWIN

    Nate gave a status update on web map licensing for the NPS to the Web Council during their December 2012 call.

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  • Choosing the Right Tool for the Job

    16 OCT 2012 | NATE IRWIN

    Nate presented on the NPMap team's approach to managing web mapping for the NPS at NACIS 2012's Practical Cartography Day in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Overview of NPMap

    11 APR 2012 | NATE IRWIN

    Nate gave a high-level overview of the NPMap library at the 2012 FOSS4G North America conference in Washington, DC.

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