State Of The Map/Planning/Website

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Prior to 2016 the State of the Map website acted as a one-stop shop for all your State of the Map news. The websites were developed with a "Latest News" style blog and a number of dedicated pages for content such as the program. RSS feeds were available for the blog element and fed through into the OpenStreetMap feed aggregator ( Key information was replicated on the wiki, where the community could add their own content.

To reflect the changing nature in which people consume data, and to integrate better into the wider OpenStreetMap project, a number of changes were implemented in 2016:

  • The State of the Map website was parred back to just key content. This reduces the pressure to keep an active blog going via regular updates and makes the site look cleaner and more professional.
  • An email newsletter was established as a replacement to the RSS feeds.
  • Major announcements are now made via the email newsletter and the main OpenStreetMap blog.


State of the Map events up to and including 2012 used WordPress to host the website. For 2013 we switched to concrete5. Both these tools provided a platform for the blog-like content we were providing at the time.

Since 2016 we have used Jekyll as a static site generator with GitHub Pages to create and host the State of the Map website. This provides a number of advantages and disadvantages:


  • Free cost.
  • Free license (Jekyll uses the MIT License).
  • Allows for anyone to contribute.
  • Flexible (theming, content).
  • Same solution as State of the Map US uses.


  • Requires more skill than a simple WYSIWYG platform like Wordpress.
  • Although edits can be made via GitHub online, in order to preview them you need to install Jekyll.
  • No HTTPS support for GitHub pages.