Lago Maggiore Mapping Party

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UPDATE, 18/06/2008

The Mapping Party originally scheduled for 28/06/2008 was moved to sometime in September 2008. Informal mapping activity will still happen on Saturday June 28, leaving from the JRC parking lot around 10AM.

What is all this about?

A mapping party is where a group of openstreetmappers and novices descend on an area to map it exhaustively, usually over a weekend. It's a very social event where people can meet up and talk in between mapping sessions. A mapping session consists of dividing up an area between participants and mapping it, be that by car, cycle or walking. There have been many mapping parties so far, all over Europe and many recently in Italy.

The "Lago Maggiore Mapping Party" is organized by and openstreetmappers from JRC. Meeting point is in Ispra, on the east side of the lake, but the idea is to map as much as possible around the lake.

As of 15 May 2008 most of the area is pretty much empty, this will make even more evident at the end of the mapping party what openstreetmappers can do.

Where and When

  • Meeting Place: TBD
  • Schedule:
    • 09:00-10-00 Kick-off/planning meeting, breakfast
    • 10:00-12:00 Morning mapping session
    • 12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
    • 14:00-16:00 Afternoon mapping session
    • 16:00-18:00 Meeting, track upload
    • 19:00-..... Social dinner

What to Bring

  • GPS
  • Camera
  • Pen and paper
  • Bike
  • Vespa


Anybody can attend the party, no previous experience with OSM is required. We'll have GPS units and GIS software, so a bit of experience, specifically with JOSM, would be very useful. If you are interested in attending to the mapping party, you can sign down here (this is an informal list, just to see who may be coming).

Getting There

Pre Party To Do

  • Complete this wiki page
  • Choose meeting point, dinner location
  • Identify potential free imagery sources
  • Ask sponsors
  • Make posters and flyers
  • Press release and event promotion through mailing lists