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This Saturday, April 26th, in conjunction with the national OpenStreetMap #editathon, OpenDataSTL is hosting four separate 90 minute trainings on how to use GPS devices to collect data on St. Louis streets, trails, and landmarks and then upload that data to OpenStreetMap, the most comprehensive open, world-wide, crowd-sourced map. Trainings are free and open to anyone with an interest in OpenStreetMap, regardless of skill level.
Starting 12:01 am on May 1st, we'll also be kicking off a month-long MapForSTL editing competition, pitting bikers, hikers, and geocachers against each other to see which team can make the most improvements to OpenStreetMap and improve the quality of the St. Louis map. The competition will come to a head on May 31st, with a sprint to the finish during BuildForSTL, a weekend-long event bringing together citizens, software developers, activists, entrepreneurs, coders, hackers, designers, and artists to collaboratively create, build and invent to make St. Louis a better place.
The winning MapForSTL team will be announced on Sunday, June 1st at BuildForSTL and will have bragging rights for a full year. If you are a biker, hiker, or geocacher, you'll definitely want to show up and learn how to help your team win.