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OSM at SCALE 6X :: the 6th annual Southern California Linux Exposition

SCALE is the premiere Open Source conference in the southwestern US, with approx 1,500 delegates attending over the weekend of 9-10 February 2008. It's happening here at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel.


OSM will have an exhibit booth where we'll be showing people what OSM has achieved. We will be explaining to visitors the wide variety of ways that they can contribute to the project and showing them how to get started. We will also be explaining and demonstrating some of the cool ways that OSM data is being used and the impact it is having on traditional GIS.


Etienne will be hosting an Introduction to OSM session on Saturday evening at 7pm. This talk will cover the origins and history of OSM and show how much has been achieved since the project started. There will then be a short tutorial explaining how to record tracks with a GPS unit, upload them to OSM and convert them into beautiful maps. The session will conclude with a discussion of the benefits of free geo-data and the future of OSM.

Dawn Raid Mapping Party

  • When: 0700 to 0900 on Sunday, February 10, 2008
  • Where: Somewhere in LA, possibly a park or a beach.
  • Objectives:
    • To introduce SCALE delegates to the OSM way
    • To comprehensively map a small well-defined piece of LA
    • To have fun

You know that you really did want to get up for an early Sunday morning stroll as the sun rises over Southern California. Now you have a real reason to do so. We'll start off at a coffee shop for some breakfast and a quick briefing, and then armed with GPS receivers you'll head out to all directions following footpaths and trails wherever they lead.

At the end of the session the GPS tracks will be collated and uploaded to the OSM database. During the rest of the day you'll be able to tag your data between conference sessions and watch as it's transformed into a beautiful map. Job done.

If you want to be part of the dawn raid, contact Etienne at the OpenStreetMap booth.