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.

Suggested activities include mapping groceries, farmers markets, community gardens, food distribution centers, identification of food deserts ( both domestically and internationally. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT and US State Dept’s Mapgive ( might offer additional opportunities for contributing.

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 18, tentative National Geographic Society Steven Johnson TBD

Hosting an Event

  • Your event can be an outside surveying event or an inside editing event.
  • Design your event friendly to newcomers, make sure there's someone available to instruct on how to survey using Field_Papers and how to edit OpenStreetMap using the Id editor.
  • Your event location should preferably 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 improving future events.

Past Events