State of the Map Asia (SotM-Asia) is the annual regional conference of OpenStreetMap (OSM) organized by OSM communities in Asia. First SotM-Asia was organized in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2015, and the second was organized in Manila, Philippines in 2016. This year’s conference, third in the series, was organized in Kathmandu, Nepal on September 23 – 24, 2017 at Park Village Resort, Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal.
We brought nearly 200 Open Mapping enthusiasts from Asia and beyond to this year’s SotM-Asia. The event provided an opportunity to share knowledge and experience among mappers; expand their network; and generate ideas to expand map coverage and effective use of OSM data in Asian continent. We chose ‘from creation to use of OSM data’ as the theme of this year’s conference, emphasizing on the effective use of OSM data. We also brought together a government panel from four different countries in this year’s SotM-Asia. We believe this event will deepen the bond and enhance collaboration among OSM communities across Asia.
More information about the conference can be found on: http://stateofthemap.asia.
Project NOAH-ISAIAH Exposure Mapping
● Mapped building footprints
in 15 provinces, and is the
most significant contributor
of building polygons for CY
– 2.2M+ buildings
– 450+ contributors
Mamburao, Mindoro – DRR Mapping
● @Rally, single-handedly assisted a local government effort to
map, in detail, the town of Mamburao, Mindoro to help their
Disaster Resiliency and Preparedness Program
Raw edit count:
– Nodes: 172,773
– Ways: 14,162
– relations: 27
Query & visualization, using Overpass Turbo
● OSM is #1! – in the humanitarian mapping space, and niche mapping (like finding the nearest
● All contributors are important – A community is only sustainable by ensuring a welcoming
space for new contributors, where they can be made comfortable to explore, learn, and
engage. However, we still suck at welcoming new mappers.
● Hold fast to shared, core values – Our values: Diversity, inclusiveness, participatory action,
promotion of Free Software, and Open Knowledge.
● Re-invent yourself – Feedback help determine what works - and what doesn’t. Don’t get
Network, network. - By pursuing a strategy of collaboration, we’ve expanded our
engagements many times over.
● Don’t forget to have fun! - Learn the difference: serious vs. sincere.