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.

Community Day Events

Closer to the day, we will take registrations for the community day and/or particular events at the community day. 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 events that have already been proposed are listed below.

Missing Maps/Australian Red Cross Mapathon

With the assistance of the Australian Red Cross and the Missing Maps project, Maptime Melbourne and Global Health Alliance Melbourne (GLHAM) will be running a Mapathon to help map the most crisis-prone parts of our region and the developing world. With your help we can directly improve the lives of some of the planet’s most vulnerable people. Both beginners and experienced mappers are welcome to join this mapathon.

All you will need is a laptop (please bring your own with you), a mouse and enthusiasm (mouse isn't absolutely necessary but makes the mapping A LOT faster).

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!

Open Data Cube

The Open Data Cube project would like to explore the integration of a WMS service with a Jupyter environment to enable the use of Open Data Cube to produce and save data, and enable it to be visualised and shared. This will be a rapid hackathon to build a proof of concept that should be able to be refined post-event in order to build operational capacity.


Room of people using computers