We are celebrating here at ODI-Cardiff.
We’ve received a grant from the Welsh Government as part of Cymraeg 2050. The grant will mean we can set up a Welsh language tile server of OpenStreetMap and support communities to improve the data about Wales in the service.
OpenStreetMap is best described as Wikipedia for Maps. It’s a global mapping database that anyone can edit. The core database contains lots of information that isn’t always displayed on maps: because maps are developed for particular audiences or interests. (Like cyclists, or people who speak German )
Volunteers from across Wales and beyond have already added the Welsh names for many places into OpenStreetMap but these don’t normally appear on maps. So the first thing we are going to do is create a Welsh language map based on the hard work of these volunteers.
We’re also going to work with official sources of Welsh names for places and things to make sure that this information, where it can be, is added to OpenStreetMap.
And then we’ll be encouraging people across Wales and across the world to improve the mapping information, and the use of the Welsh language in OpenStreetMap.
We hope that this project will deliver:
- a high quality, detailed, Welsh language map for Wales
- an enthusiasm across Welsh communities to contribute to OpenStreetMap and see their hard work reflected back in the Welsh map
- more organisations and groups in Wales using OpenStreetMap to deliver mapping services through the medium of Welsh
We hope to involve as many people as possible in this project. If you’d like to find out more and be kept up to date: join the ODI-Cardiff mailing list, follow us on Twitter, or send an email to the lead for this project: firstname.lastname@example.org.