Blacksburg Mapping Party April2009

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Participate in the first OSM Mapping Party of Blacksburg, Virginia! This mapping party will be focused on collecting information about cycling related features of Blacksburg. Methods for collecting information will include using GPS units, or for those less GPS savvy, annotating hard copy maps.

What are mapping parties?

Mapping parties are events where anyone can come and participate in the OpenStreetMap project. OpenStretMap is a free, open source map that can be contributed, edited and used by anyone anywhere. Mapping parties are social events where experienced and new mappers can meet to share and learn more about the project. The events are generally held in a public place, and allow time for discussion, mapping and editing. The event is open to all.

It's fun. It's free. You can help.

More about Mapping parties


  • When: Sunday April 5th, 10am - 3pm
  • Where: Bollo's Cafe & Bakery Inc, 206 Draper Rd NW, Blacksburg, Virginia 24060
  • Contact: Spencer
  • Event schedule:
Sunday: 10am - 3pm
10:00 am: Introduction to OpenStreetMap for beginners.
10:30 am-1pm: Mapping time (walking/biking/driving)
1:00pm -3:00 pm: Uploading and Editing Map Data with refreshments and discussion.


  • If you own a GPS or laptop computer, please bring it along. If not, we will have GPS units to loan.
  • Please bring a digital camera, audio recorder or notepad to take notes about areas you are mapping (see Mapping Techniques - Mapping_techniques)
  • Mode of transportation can be by foot, bike or car. I'll likely assigned groups areas based on what mode they are using.

Mapping objectives

To map cycling related features of Blacksburg, VA (e.g. bike racks, street crossings, roundabouts, and other cycling related features). There is a project for displaying cycling related information from OpenStreetMap called OpenCycleMap ( Please take a look for ideas about what we'd like to map. Although we will be targeting cycling stuff, you are welcome to record whatever features you'd like to collect. If you have suggestions of other features to collect, add a comment here -

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