Community Day

We will follow the FOSS4G tradition of hosting a code sprint after the conference, and additionally be including OpenStreetMap Mapathons. The Community Day will be held Friday 23rd of November in the Old Arts Building at the University of Melbourne.

Participation in the Community Day is free of charge and all folks interested in giving back to open source and open data geospatial communities are welcome.

This is open to everyone - from novice to expert. It is a cooking pot of ideas where project insiders meet users and each helps the other. There’s always plenty to do – it’s not only about programming and/or street-mapping. Here are some ideas for topics that you can get involved with:

  • Humanitarian mapping

  • Local mapping

  • Testing, improving instructional documentation and translations

  • Improving features in software and/or identifying and debugging glitches.

Registration at the conference is not a prerequisite for participation in the Community Day.

Potential Projects

Closer to the event, we will allow participants to register for the community day and/or particular projects. In the mean-time, if you have a great idea for an open-source or open-data project you think could do with some community-day led assistance, please feel free to let us know using our Community Day Proposal form. Some projects that have already been proposed are listed below.

Improving OpenStreetMap with government open data

In recent years government agencies have been opening up more of their datasets to the public under open licenses, with many of these ready to use
in OpenStreetMap -

Using tools to help automate comparisons between OpenStreetMap and other open data sources and manually reviewing each change together with other available ground truthing sources, let's see how much we can improve OpenStreetMap through a local mapping import sprint.

Some prior work on imported NSW Public Schools data into OSM can be seen at

Easing into open source geo-software

This event is aimed at helping people new to open source software development ease into the system.

We will have a few ‘mentors’ of varying experience available to help people take their first steps to contributing to code bases - working on submitting issues, finding issues, forking repositories, making pull requests. Or other tasks like adding themselves to the OSgeo system. In a do-ocracy, it can take some confidence to swing out on the ropes - this event aims to give people a boost.

Attendees should come along with a favourite project in mind to work on - there’s no requirement to choose a specific tasks, work on something which
interests you!

With some luck, we will also have a few people in the room who are able to accept pull requests and updates - to provide that needed confidence boost of getting a thing done.

There are no formal lectures or guided discussions, just turn up with a laptop and an idea! We’re there to help!


Room of people using computers