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POP Study

Public-OSM Partnership - OpenStreetMap for public authorities (POP study)

More and more authorities are asking whether and how they can use the largest vector geo-database OpenStreetMap. A pilot study entitled "Public-OSM Partnership" (POP Study) promises to provide some answers. It is intended to clarify questions about data licenses, identify typical processes and evaluate software tools by the end of 2021.


Analogous to the public-private partnership, the newly proposed term "Public-OSM Partnership" (POP) involves representatives of the community (public authorities) working in partnership with citizens and association representatives of the crowdsourcing project OpenStreetMap (OSM) to fulfill a public task by coordinating and optimizing their resources and activities.


This pilot study clarifies questions about data licensing, identifies typical processes and evaluates tools. It is expected to demonstrate by approximately the end of 2021 how OSM can be used by the community, from monitoring to direct adoption of OSM data. The sponsors of the study are OST-HSR (University) and Schutz & Rettung Stadt Zürich as co-leaders together with Statistik/OGD-Stelle Stadt Zürich and the cantons of Zürich (GIS-Zentrum und Statistik) and Neuchâtel (GIS-Stelle).


Contact: Stefan Keller