Foundation/Local Chapters/Local Chapters Congress/2020

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The Local Chapters and Communities Congress 2020 (LCCC 2020) is a virtual event where leaders and members of various OSM communities, whether they are officially recognized Local Chapters of the OSM Foundation or just a regular user group of OSM mappers, come together to share stories and learn from each other. Let’s get together and see what kinds of organizational efforts we can share together to support and grow our mapping communities!


November 21, 2020 starting at 12:00 UTC


The meeting will be held online using the OSM Foundation's BigBlueButton instance. The link to the event room will be emailed to registered participants.


Session notes

Thanks for Participating!

Registeration Closed

Share something about your local community!

Usually, the Local Chapters Congress has been held in person at the global State of the Map conference and participants share something about what their local community is doing. Since we are going virtual this year, we are asking participants to instead submit a short write-up plus a representative photo that can be shared with all of the participants before the Congress starts. Once you have registered, please expect an email with instructions on how to do just that!


All times are in UTC. Find the time in your city here.

Time Session Speaker / Facilitator Description
12:00 Welcome to the Congress Eugene Alvin Villar (OSM Philippines) and members of the LCCWG
12:10 Keynote Allan Mustard (Chair of the OSM Foundation Board) Allan will share some updates from the Foundation
12:30 Welcoming tools Anisa Kuci (OSM Italia) and Jonathan Beliën (OSM Belgium) Discussion on tools that communities can use to welcome new mappers
12:45 Creating your community websites Joost Schouppe (OSM Belgium) Discussion on tools and ways for local communities to create their own websites
13:15 Microcosms demo Brian DeRocher (OSM US) Demonstration of Microcosm and update to the OSM website to allow local communities to organize themselves better
13:30 BREAK Grab a beverage, walk your dogs, stand up and stretch!
13:45 Local Chapter signing ceremonies OSM Foundation Board Recently recognised Local Chapters will have their Local Chapter Agreement signing ceremony! Let's welcome Geolibres (OSM Argentina), OSGeo Oceania, OpenStreetMap US, and FLOSSK (OSM Kosovo). Guest appearance from OSM Czechia (already signed) and OSM DRC (just accepted).
14:00 Open discussion Maggie Cawley (OSM US) This is a free time for participants to talk about concerns, ideas, and experiences especially about their local communities. We will also discuss how and why to become a local chapter.
15:00 Closing LCCWG Thank you for joining the OpenStreetMap community for our first virtual Congress!

Code of Conduct

The OpenStreetMap Foundation is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of the event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate.

Please refer to the State of the Map 2020 Code of Conduct for more information.

You can email the LCCWG with any concerns at local [at]

What is the LCCWG?

The event is organised by the Local Chapters and Communities Working Group (LCCWG) which is one of the official working groups of the OpenStreetMap Foundation. Learn more about the work we do on our official page on the OpenStreetMap Foundation website.

Screenshots of the LCCWG's presentation during State of the Map 2020

If you're interested to see what we have been doing for the past several months, watch our presentation during State of the Map 2020 last July.