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OpenStreetMap Foundation Commitments

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You want to contribute to OpenStreetMap even more than you do now. What can you do to help? You are considering running for a seat on the OpenStreetMap Foundation Board of Directors. Or perhaps you are considering volunteering on one of the OpenStreetMap Foundation Working Groups.

But you're concerned that you might be signing up for more than you realize. What's really involved? How large is the commitment? What are the commitments?

OpenStreetMap Foundation Board Elections 2014

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The OpenStreetMap annual conference, State of the Map is coming up soon. Which means that the OpenStreetMap Foundation Election to the Board of Directors is also coming up soon! Here is what you need to know. Two of the seven board seats are up for election this year.

You should go to State of the Map

Meeting with other OpenStreetMap contributors, in person, is an important thing to do. You should do this if you care about OpenStreetMap. Attend events. Especially events where you can meet mappers from all around the World.

The OpenStreetMap Foundation Board

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We just had the Thanksgiving Day weekend here in Canada. This seems an ideal time for me to thank some people in the OpenStreetMap community. Today, I offer my thanks to the OpenStreetMap Foundation Board of Directors. You'll find the list of seven board memebrs and their biographies on the Foundation web site. If you are interested in OpenStreetMap and you aren't familiar with the folks on the board, take a few minutes to learn more about them.

OpenStreetMap Meeting MatchMaker

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We know that OpenStreetMap has great data. Looking deeper, we know that the best data in OpenStreetMap is where there are more local contributors. If you want your city, state and country to have better data, you need more local mappers. Here are steps you can take to improve the quality and quantity of your local data by making mapping more fun for more mappers.

Courtyards! Multipolygon Relations in OpenStreetMap

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A Courtyard is a building with a hole in it.

Or rather, it is the portion of the building that is constructed without a roof. This may combine the shelter and safety from the surroundings provided by the building walls, with the benefits of natural light and a clear view of the sky. What could be more romantic than a candlelit dinner with your favourite person, under the stars, in the courtyard?

But wait! Trouble in paradise. My building with a courtyard just looks like an ordinary building in OpenStreetMap! How do I fix that?

Every Day is Open Data Day

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Don't let Open Data Day become a stunt. Every day is Open Data Day. Here is how you can make it so.

Government Open Data in Canada is Doomed Unless you Fight to Fix It

Municipalities, Provinces / Territories and the Feds, all seem to think that Open Data needs their individual governmental fingerprints all over it to be successful. Those governments have instead, poisoned the Canadian Open Data environment with a series of odious, mutually incompatible, custom written Open Data licenses.

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