This year, I’m attending an opensource conference about the use of Wikipedia (Wikimania). I planned two openstreetmap events: a workshop (1:15) and a “mapping party” in the evening. They are ment to show how we can use OSM in Wikipedia articles.
Where can I find a presentation I can use to introduce OSM?
This is important. If I can convince my colleagues of the importance and quality of the OSM maps, Wikipedia might add OSM as their default mapping tool. Currently we are using “wikiminiatlas” (you can find the link on the top right of an article), but it’s clear OSM has a better quality.
Just to make sure, are you aware of the ongoing integration efforts of OSM into Wikipedia? For example in the German, Russian and a few other wikipedias the osm-gadget ( http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilfe:OpenStreetMap/en ) is now active by default, that shows OpenStreetMaps for all referenced articles. There are also ongoing efforts to bring this into en.wiki and in future perhaps also include some more sophisticated tools.
Very cool! Not to threadjack, but have Wikipedia folk considered using adding an additional map type which shows multipolygons and route relations? I think it would be great to show the border of a country/city, or even better to show the route of a highway or significant bicycling/hiking trail. I looked on that Wikipedia:DE page and didn’t see any mention of it.
There is also the maps-l mailinglist, where discussions about the integration are on going ( http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/maps-l/ ). Its archives gives more details on what has so far been done, although reading through list archives might be a bit tedious.
Proposed schedule for the workshop (I recieved a time slot of 1u20):
About OSM (10 min)
Introduction into mapping, part 1: physical mapping (using GPS-device) (10 min)
About the collaboration between Wikipedia and OSM (10 min)
Introduction into mapping, part 2: using Merkaartor, JOSM, the online editor (10 min)
Workshop (20 min)
Preparation of the Mapping party (10 min)