WikiIndaba conference 2019/Submissions/OpenStreetMap 101: The Wikipedia of Maps

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Submission no. 029
Title of the submission
OpenStreetMap 101: The Wikipedia of Maps
Type of submission
Lightning talk
Author of the submission
Enock Seth Nyamador
Language of presentation
English and Français
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
WMGH | OSM Ghana | OSM Africa
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

EN OpenStreetMap or OSM is an active community of thousands of local contributors worldwide crowdsourcing neighbourhood data every day. OpenStreetMap data have been used in several cases from disaster & humanitarian responses, web and mobile applications to printed maps. Much of the data collected on OpenStreetMap is of interest to Wikimedia projects and we will cover the basics of how Wikipedia, Wikidata, and the OpenStreetMap project connect with each other through various editing tools and extensions. There is great potential for cross-project collaboration, with both of our communities deeply rooted in the value of a collaborative building and free access & creation of information. This session will also show OSM impact stories and cases across the Africa continent.

FR OpenStreetMap ou OSM est une communauté active composée de milliers de contributeurs locaux dans le monde entier qui cartographient tous les jours, leur milieu environnant. Les données OpenStreetMap ont été utilisées dans plusieurs situations, de la gestion des catastrophes et la réponse de crises humanitaires à la création de simples cartes papier, en passant par la mise en place d’applications web et mobiles. La plupart des données OpenStreetMap peuvent être intéressantes pour les projets Wikimedia, et nous allons montrer comment, à travers les outils d’édition et les greffons, ces interactions entre les projets comme Wikipedia et Wikidata et le projet OpenStreetMap se font. Il existe un potentiel énorme de projets sur lesquels nos communautés dont la co-création d’information libre et libre d'accès constitue une valeur fondamentale dans laquelle elles sont bien ancrées, peuvent collaborer. Cette session sera également l’occasion de présenter des histoires sur l’impact de OSM à travers plusieurs pays en Afrique.

Targeted participants
  • Anyone interested
  • Wikipedians with an interest in maps
  • People who want to learn about making maps
  • Developers with an interest in geo-information or GIS

Note: The participants are required to bring their own computers and a mouse (highly recommended)

What will attendees take away from this session?

Participants will learn:

  • How to add an OpenStreetMap map to a Wikipedia article using the maplink and other templates
  • The basics of OpenStreetMap editing using the iD editor & JOSM
  • Add Wikidata and Wikipedia links into OpenStreetMap
  • Using OpenStreetMap for offline navigation; OsmAnd, MAPS.ME, GPS Receivers, etc
  • Basic GIS
Theme of presentation
WikiCulture & Community
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Beginning | intermediate | advanced
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
Lightning talk
Will you attend WikiIndaba if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?


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Final decision[edit]