Collaborative mapping project recognised for digital sustainability

December 4th, 2017, Published in Articles: PositionIT, Featured: PositionIT

The award given to the Swiss OpenStreetMap long-term contributors.

The award given to the Swiss OpenStreetMap long-term contributors.

The OpenStreetMap (OSM) community has received an award at the DINACon 2017 Conference for Digital Sustainability. The awards recognised digitalisation projects in Switzerland which generate sustainable benefits for society through digital sustainability.

Digital sustainability describes how digital knowledge assets (data, content, software) must be created and made accessible to create the greatest possible benefit for society and the environment.

OSM is a map of the world, created by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data that is free for anyone to use under an open license. It has shown itself to be sustainable in various ways, notably in that the OSM database is available to download in its entirety, ensuring the work of its contributors will live on regardless, even as its core servers keep running with the help of donations to the OSM Foundation as well as funding from its corporate membership programme.

Long-term contributors Simon Poole, Stefan Keller, and Michael Spreng, who conducted an OSM session at the conference, accepted the award.

The conference, which took place for the first time in October 2017, was organised by the Research Center for Digital Sustainability of the University of Bern in cooperation with the Parliamentary Group on Digital Sustainability and the associations CH Open, tcbe.ch and Opendata.ch in Welle7 Workspace in Switzerland. More than 250 decision-makers and opinion leaders from politics, business, the public sector and the digitalisation scene took part in the conference.

Contact OpenStreetMap, www.openstreetmap.org

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