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12 Months of OpenStreetMap
12 Months of OpenStreetMap was inspired by the Project of the Month done by mappers in France, Switzerland and Germany. See the French wiki page Projet du mois and the German "Wochenaufgabe for examples. Setting a monthly theme gives us the opportunity to learn and work together around a certain OpenStreetMap theme, and can also used for targeted data improvement in under mapped places in the US.
Have tagging questions or want ideas for features? Check out the Map Feature Documentation.
Be sure to use the changeset comment #12monthsofOSM when uploading your edits!
12 Months of OpenStreetMap Themes for 2022
|MONTH||THEME||EVENTS & HIGHLIGHTS||MAPPING IDEAS||PROJECT OF THE MONTH|
|January||Mobility & Accessibility||January 26 Mappy Hour with The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology||sidewalks, crosswalks, kerb cuts||Code for Charlottesville: Sidewalks & Crossings|
|February||Rural America||February 23 Mappy Hour - open discussion on mapping Rural America||TIGER cleanup, building mapping, health & emergency services in rural areas||TIGER cleanup in Washington State|
|March||The Built Environment||March 23 Mappy Hour with Melanie Laverdiere of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory||buildings, building attributes, parking lots||Parking Lots in New Orleans|
|April||Urban Greenspaces||12 April Map-Along: Improving Park Mapping
April 27 Mappy Hour with Veronica Nixon from PHXGeo
|parks, park features, street trees, urban natural areas & reserves||Urban greenspaces in the Baltimore-DC area on MapRoulette|
|May||Sustainable Transportation||May 25 Mappy Hour with Zhi Keng He from BetaNYC||bus stops, bike boxes, bike parking and rental stations||Mapping services and amenities along the 9-11 National Memorial Trail|
|June||Coastal America||June 22 Mappy Hour - open discussion on mapping coastal America||coastal buildings and roads; communities in hurricane and flood risk areas; beaches and other natural infrastructure||Mapping buildings in Ocean County, New Jersey|
|July||Outdoor Recreation||July 20 Mappy Hour with James Crawford||campgrounds, trailhead features & amenities, playgrounds, swimming pools, sports facilities||Mapping Swimming Pools in NYC for Rising Tide Effect|
|August||Water Quality & Access||n/a||drinking water points, toilets, storm drains, rain gardens, green roofs, water sources||Missing Reservoir projects in MapRoulette|
|September||Emergency Preparedness||September 28 Mappy Hour - Mapping with Open Imagery||fire stations, fire hydrants, hazardous features, industrial zones, gas stations, buildings||Mapping buildings in Valley Center, California|
|January||Let it Snow! A Celebration of Winter||"Mapping Ouray Ice Park" Mappy Hour presentation||snowmobile routes, ski resorts, emergency snow routes|
|February||A Celebration of Black History Month||"Mapping Segregation" Mappy Hour presentation||February is Black History Month – a good time for us to take a closer look at what’s in OSM.
Are there any missing landmarks, memorials, or artwork associated with Black historical figures, abolitionism, or the Civil Rights Movement? Your local library website may have resources for learning about Black history in your community.
|March||A Celebration of Womens History Month||OSM Ladies Night Mappy Hour 3/8/21||Geochicas: The Streets of Women, update tagging in support of women|
|April||A Celebration of the Natural Environment||Mappy Hour 4/28 with mapping in nature talks!||Mapping ideas ~ Streams (including bridges and culverts), trails, trees, parks, conservation areas|
|May||Celebrating National Walking & Biking Month||Mappy Hour 5/12/21 featuring sidewalk & biking talks||Sidewalks, curbs, and bike infrastructure.|
|June||Supporting Disaster Response & Resiliency||Mappy Hour 6/16/21 with guest speakers discussing mapping for Disaster Response & Resilience||Mapping communities in hurricane-, flood-, and wildfire-prone areas; mapping emergency services in your area|
|July||Celebrating National Parks & Recreation Month||Mappy Hour 7/14 with guest speakers discussing mapping state parks and playgrounds.||Parks, playgrounds, sports pitches, playgrounds|
|August||Back-to-School Month!||Mappy Hour 8/18||Schools, Safe Routes to School, playgrounds, libraries|
|September||Hunger Action Month!||Mappy Hour 9/8 with Alex Hill on the Detroit Food Map project and mapping food access. View the recording here.||Mapping features related to food security|
|October||Mapping History||Mappy Hour 10/27 with OpenHistoricalMap. View the recording here.||Mapping historical features, memorials, and documenting changes in time through OpenHistoricalMap.|
|November||30 Days of Mapping||We're taking a break this month from Mappy Hours. Instead, check out OSM Geo Week for other events.||Check back every day for a new mapping theme!|
|December||Mapping Our Local Economies||Mappy Hour 12/15/21 with Willem Lee-Stockton. Register here.||Mapping local shops, marketplaces, tourism, banks and financial services.|
Have a suggestion for a monthly theme? Please add it below!
- Transportation: a full month, like sidewalks, kerbs, and traffic signals
- a month of TIGER cleanup
- February: for black history month, something around minority owned businesses? Or something related to monuments, parks, etc. dedicated to famous people of color?
- Rural - choose a few undermapped towns in rural areas
- Pick a theme based s)on a state e.g. takeout in Texas, addresses in Arkansas...
- Streams (including bridges and culvert
Ideas for Tracking Edits & Awarding Prizes
Please make any suggestions here!
30 Days of Mapping - November annually
OpenStreetMap US challenges you to 30 days of mapping throughout November. Followto get a new task each day.
Map all 30 days and win a prize from OpenStreetMap US! Use the changeset comment #30daysofOSM to track your edits.
|Day||What to Map||Instructions||Link to tagging information|
|1||Little Free Libraries / Public Book Cases||Map little free libraries and other public bookcases for National Family Literacy Day. Place a node where the little library is located.||amenity=public_bookcase|
|2||Public Libraries||Show some love to your local branch by adding it to the map or making sure opening hours and other tags are up to date. To map, place a point or draw as an area along the library outline.||amenity=library|
|3||Animal Shelters||For Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, make sure your local shelter is on the map. Add buildings, fences, and other features. Update opening hours and contact information.||amenity=animal_shelter|
|4||Community Centers||Draw an area area for the campus of the community center and apply the tag amenity=community_centre with useful tags like opening hours.||amenity=community centre|
|5||Post Boxes||Place USPS (and commercial) collection points, add the operator, and collection times if known.||amenity=post_box|
|6||Fire Stations||Trace the outline of the fire station area with amenity=fire_station and name=*. Add additional details if known.||amenity=fire_station|
|7||Street Lamps||Place a point where the street lamp is, add details about the light if known.||highway=street_lamp|
|8||Bicycle Shops||Place a point or draw as an area along the shop outline. Tag it with shop=bicycle, and repair=*. Add other useful tags such as name, opening hours, contact information.||shop=bicycle|
|9||Bicycle Parking||Place a point at the location of the bike parking station. Add capacity and operator if known.||amenity=bicycle parking|
|10||Sidewalks||Trace the sidewalk network, including crossings, making sure everything is connected.||highway=footway +footway=sidewalk|
|11||Bus Stops||Place a point, add network details, and physical attribute tags to assist riders.||highway=bus stop|
|12||Pizza Places||Place a point where the pizza place is with the correct amenity tag, add cuisine=pizza, as well as address, phone, opening hours if known.||amenity=* + cuisine=pizza|
|13||Movie Theatres||Map a point or draw as an area along the cinema outline. Tag it with amenity=cinema and name=*.||amenity=cinema|
|14||Restaurants||Place a point where the restaurant is, add cuisine, address, phone, opening hours if known.||amenity=restaurant|
|15||Drinking Water Fountains||Place a node at the water fountain location, and tag with type, and access public/private.||amenity=drinking_water|
|16||Soccer Pitches||Trace the pitch (or field) with the tags leisure=pitch and sport=soccer. Add name, surface, and lighting information if known||leisure=pitch + sport=soccer|
|17||Parks||Trace the area and add information such as name, operator, and hours if known. Add all the amenities your park has to offer.||leisure=park|
|18||Trees||Place a point at the center of the tree and tag it with natural=tree.||natural=tree|
|19||Campgrounds||Tag the grounds with tourism=camp_site, add operator and capacity information if known, and any amenities.||tourism=camp site|
|20||Buildings||Trace an area around the building footprint, tag building=yes unless you know the building type.||building|
|21||Building levels||Adding the number of storeys (above ground) for the buildings in your neighborhood using the building:levels tag.||building:levels|
|22||Addresses||Tag buildings in your neighborhood with address tags.||addr|
|23||Coffee Shops||Place a point where the coffee shop is, add address, phone, opening hours if known.||amenity=cafe|
|24||Hotels||Place a point where the hotel is located with the t=hotel tag, add name, address, phone, opening hours if known||tourism=hotel|
|25||Grocery Stores||Add a point or draw as an area along the store outline. Tag it with shop=supermarket and name=*.||shop=supermarket|
|26||Gyms/Fitness Centers||Place a node at the center of the gym/fitness center or draw an area along its outline.||leisure=fitness centre|
|27||Shops||Place a node at the location of the shop with the shop=* tag as well as name, opening hours, and other useful information.||shop=*|
|28||Shopping Centers||Trace the area around the shopping center, place points for businesses inside, trace parking areas too.||landuse=retail|
|29||Parking Lots||Trace the area around the parking area, add service roads and parking aisles, and access information.||amenity=parking|
|30||Charities||Place a node at the location of the charity or nonprofit. Depending on the type of charity, tag with office=ngo or amenity=social_facility. Add name and contact information.||amenity=social_facility
- TIGER fixup
- American Indian reservations
- Long-distance hiking trails
- Mapping for Impact
- National Park System (tagging recommendations are "promoted" to Public lands, below)
- Public lands – attempts to better map and clarify tagging on public lands (especially federal and state-level), initially and especially oriented towards boundary=protected_areas and areas of leisure=*, such as larger, non-urban "parks" (in the US English sense, not the sense of how OSM defines leisure=park)
- Racism – facilitating storytelling around racism and antiracism and improving representation of racial minorities
- United States Bicycle Route System
- United States/Highway classification
- Women Remembered
- Interstate Highways Relations
- United States/Numbered highway relations
- Boundary relations
Other interesting projects
- TerpNav Pedestrian Maps, a project of Gemstone, a University of Maryland student project. Tags areas impassable to pedestrians of varying capability for routing purposes. Nice to know when you're on crutches.