Empowering Collaborative Mapping: OSM Teams v2.0


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  • UI and Workflow Improvements

    The new design of v2 offers a cleaner and more streamlined interface, making it easier to create and join teams. The navigation has also been simplified, with intuitive workflows for creating new projects and inviting team members. OSM Teams 2.0 includes improved search and table control capabilities, which will help users to find the teams and projects they are looking for more easily. Users can now filter by location, making finding the teams that align with their interests simpler.

  • Invite new team members

    Team managers can now add members via an invitation link unique to each team. The API's capabilities have also been extended to make it easier for developers to build custom integrations, including adding and managing data layers. Managers may now add users by username, eliminating the need to know a user’s OSM ID and making the process much faster and easier.
  • Get your data, and keep it too

    For organized mapping teams who want to collect more information from their members, OSM Teams now permits individual team and user data collection while offering granular data privacy controls. Team moderators and organization owners may create additional profile details or require certain information included in a form on the profile or team creation process. These details can include member contact information, team descriptions and data sources, and team contact information. Teams and organizations can keep this information visible only to team leaders or expose it to the whole team, organization, or publicly. All of these controls are available on each attribute.

  • Recognize Member Achievements

    Team managers and organization owners can now create badges to recognize team members' achievements or to label members as a certain internal role. Badges can be permanent, like “alumni” or “team mascot,” or set to expire, like “mapper of the month.”

YouthMappers Use Case

The mission of YouthMappers is to “cultivate a generation of young leaders to create resilient communities and to define their world by mapping it.” The previous approach to YouthMappers’ chapter organization was the same of many organized mapping teams; the creation and shared maintenance of spreadsheets - lots of spreadsheets.

When YouthMappers discovered the OSM Teams project, they immediately recognized the value this would bring to their process. Today, 235 YouthMappers chapters are organized through OSM Teams with over 500 members. New chapter members are immediately added to teams on OSM Teams to ensure that their contributions are tracked in the YouthMappers Activity dashboard. Alumni can be tracked via OSM Teams badges, also available on the OSM Teams API for further data aggregation and analysis.

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