Mappy Birthday Open Street Map

The famous and most used Open Street Map (OSM) turns 17-years old today. I am pretty sure every one in the mapping community or anyone who has ever used a map before knows what Open Street Map.

Just a Brief Introduction to OSM

OpenStreetMap is a free, editable map of the whole world that is being built by volunteers largely from scratch and released with an open-content license.

The OpenStreetMap License allows free (or almost free) access to our map images and all of our underlying map data. The project aims to promote new and interesting uses of this data.

Birthday Celebrations

Users, contributors and map makers from around the world are celebrating this day in different styles just to honor the project. The most famous event is the 17-hour long Mapathon which is being hosted in various nations or if I may say, the most active Nations when it comes to OSM.

This year the project birthday, the OpenStreetMap 17th Anniversary Birthday party will be celebrated on or around 8th August 2021 in cities all around the world! In some cities, people might meet even a week later 

Open Street Map – Wiki

There is definitely no limitation as to how you can celebrate this birthday. Here is a couple of ideas that have been listed on the Wiki Pages:

  • Post why you love OpenStreetMap.
  • Post a photo of yourself with a message 🙂
  • Use the hashtag #OpenStreetMap17 on social media
  • Make/order a birthday cake. See previous examples of OSM cakes for inspiration. Don’t forget the attribution!
  • If your photos are accompanied with the text “CC-BY-SA 2.0” (or another open license), we can add them to this page (or feel free to add them yourself!).

Participating countries like Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Belgium, Turkey, Japan, among others have listed their events on the Open Street Map wiki page.

Birthday events

Order by longitude in time order (from East to West). Use {{flagicon|country}}.

OSM 17th Birthday Celebration – Asia Pacific (August 6-9. 2021)

6 August

7 August

8 August

For this day unfortunately the table is too large to display here, but you can view it yourself here.

Also on August 8th:

  • Nepal Kathmandu Living Labs
  • Zambia OpenStreetMap Zambia – 3 PM – UTC+02:00
  • Uganda OpenStreetMap Uganda – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (UTC+03:00)
  • HOTOSM (Global/remote) #ValidationWeekend in celebration of #OpenStreetMap17: Project 10091 – Local Governance Impact Activity in Zambia (Chibombo District)

9 August

  • Hungary Hungary/20210809 Birthday celebration with ice cream, cakes, snacks and drinks at lake Feneketlen in Budapest
  • Philippines Philippine Red Cross Internal Mapathon training of volunteers under the Community Resilience in Bicol Project to map/update 20 barangays.

Hopefully wherever you might be, you will be able to celebrate this day as Open Street has contributed immensely to much of the developments when it comes to sharing data within the geospatial community.

About the Author


Kumbirai is a 4th year Surveying & Geomatics students at the Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. He is also the Founder and Team Lead at African Surveyors Connect. He enjoys spending time writing web-applications and is more of a GIS enthusiast who mainly focuses and grew interests in Health and Land Administrative Applications of Geographic Systems.

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