GeographyAwarenessWeek 2014

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Geography Awareness Week 2014 takes place 16 - 22 November 2014.

For basic information about GAW, visit National Geographic's web page here. This year's theme is "The Future of Food", so please add your ideas for food-centric events using OpenStreetMap.

Sterling Quinn has jump-started the mapping process with both a tagging scheme over on the Food_security as well as his presentation from State of the Map-US 2014. Both of these are useful starting points for hosting a mapping event.


Event Locations

Add your event location below

City Dates and Times Venue Contact Event link
Washington, DC Nov 14 - 19 TBD Steven Johnson TBD


Hosting an Event

  • The key to good participation will hinge on our ability to contact teachers, trainers, educators, PTA's, etc. well in advance of the event to insure good participation. They will want some advance training on how to use OpenStreetMap and how we can use OpenStreetMap to tie into the Future of Food theme.
  • BothMapRoulette or the Battle Grid to jump start editing, but aren't necessarily tied to the Food theme.
  • Your event can be an outside surveying event or an inside editing event.
  • Design your event friendly to newcomers, make sure there's someone there to explain to first timers the fundamentals of OpenStreetMap and show them the first steps of editing and surveying.
  • Your event location should have fast internet, comfortable seating, and work tables. If you're working at a school, bear in mind that their technologies might be constrained (older equipment, no admin privileges, etc.) and plan for work-arounds.
  • Changes committed to OpenStreetMap should contain the hashtag #GAW in the changeset comment.
  • Link to a post-event survey to gauge interest and ideas for making better events.


Past Events

Geography awareness week 2011