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What is OpenStreetMap?
A free worldwide map
Created by contributors
Over 1,000,000 registered users
, not public domain
Why should the NPS care?
Roadmap for a Digital Government
A Call to Action
Everything we do should be in the open
OpenStreetMap data are freely available
Data for parks is being created in OSM, whether we are involved or not
Work with the OpenStreetMap community to improve coverage in parks
Help us build Places of Interest, a system that will help us improve both our internal databases and OSM
1. Working with the OpenStreetMap community
NPS employees who are
with the OSM community
Connect with OpenStreetMap community via meetups and online mailing lists
Help organizing mapping parties
Act as a local contact/coordinator for interested OpenStreetMap contributors
2. Places of Interest
A centralized database of commonly-used themes (visitor centers, peaks, entrance stations, restrooms, etc.)
Accessible to non-technical users and the public
OpenStreetMap will be used to interact with the public (a
Where will POI be used?
In desktop/mobile GIS (ArcSDE and/or ArcGIS Server)
Quick intro to Park Tiles
Goal is to reproduce
park maps in a digital, GIS-driven format
Will utilize a combination of NPS and OSM data
Places of Interest will feed data into Park Tiles
A possible workflow:
Setup our own instance of
Data input via this interface will go into two places: OSM and an internal NPS database
Internal data will be validated by a park
Approved (and tagged) data will be pushed out to OSM
Want to get involved?
NPS-OSM mailing list
OSM mailing lists
Organize a park mapping party for
National Day of Civic Hacking
(June 1-2, 2013) (and
let us know
Lots to do this Spring and Summer!
Introductory blog post and docs
for National Park Service data
Kickoff Places of Interest at
State of the Map US
in San Francisco (June 8-9, 2013)