OSM Bootcamp 1

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OSM or OpenStreetMap is a wiki-map, a community-edited map just like Wikipedia is a community edited encyclopedia. It has liberal licenses for use, and enjoys wide support within open source software that has anything to do with mapping [1].

OSM bootcamp aims to introduce the FOSS Nepal community to OSM at a detailed level. We will also discuss how the creation, use, and maintenance of OSM can be carried out in Nepal. The bootcamp will be structured in the following manner.


  • Intro to the day, etc. (Prabhas Pokharel, 1:10 - 1:15)
  • What is OSM? Why, how and challenges. (Presentation, Prabhas Pokharel, 1:15 - 1:45)
  • Experiences of on-the-ground GPS mapping in Nepal. (Presentation, Bijay Rai, 1:45 - 2:00)
  • OSM as it maps to Nepal (Presentation, Nama Budhathoki, 2:00 - 2:15)
  • Break (2:15 - 2:30)
  • How to edit OpenStreetMap data. (Live Editing session, Prabhas Pokharel, 2:30 - 3:00)
  • Live editing of neighborhoods of choice (3:00 - 3:55).
  • Stretching / Putting Laptops away Break (3:55 - 4:00)
  • Future steps / strategy for Nepal (Discussion, guided by Prabhas Pokharel, 4:00 - 5:00)

The event will be held on July 31, 1 - 5pm, at Brihaspati Vidyasadan in Naxal, Kathmandu. If you would like to attend, please fill out the OSM Bootcamp Application, as we have limited spaces for the event. Attendees are all asked to bring a laptop to the event, and install some form of java on their system before they arrive. (Please make sure that you see text in the red box on this web page.)

Pre-event preparation if you have the time

[1] - Note: The OSM Beginner's Guide describes it thus: OpenStreetMap (OSM) follows a similar concept as Wikipedia does, but for maps and other geographic facts. People gather location data from a variety of sources such as recordings from GPS devices, from free satellite imagery or simply from knowing an area, and upload this data to OpenStreetMap. The uploaded data can be further modified, corrected and enriched by anyone who notices missing facts or errors.

This Beginner's Guide covers the process of adding data to OpenStreetMap.

To add data to OSM, you need to register a user name. If you want to edit this documentation wiki, you can signup here; these are two separate logins.