[HOT] Fwd: [OSM-talk] OSM maps that are accessible for the visually

Blake Girardot HOT/OSM blake.girardot at hotosm.org
Wed Dec 13 15:55:31 UTC 2017

Dear Friends,

I thought some of us here might find this discussion from the OSM
general discussion list interesting. It is about making map data
available for the visually impaired and someone from an organization
that specializes resources for the blind posted about how
OpenStreetMap is being used for indoor navigation. The linked to
article mentions how important #OpenData is to the effort and
OpenStreetMap in particular.

I personally never thought about indoor mapping before, but this use
case for it makes a lot of sense. There is a wiki page dedicated to
how to use the OSM "Simple Indoor Tagging" system:

Might be something fun for a local meet up to do, I think I will see
if our local group is interested in doing some of the significant
buildings around my community.

Anyway, I thought it was pretty cool use case.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jeremiah Rose <jrose at aph.org>
Date: Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 4:03 PM
Subject: Re: [OSM-talk] OSM maps that are accessible for the visually

The American Printing House for the Blind's Nearby Explorer app uses
OSM to support indoor navigation. We have a video demonstrating the
app reading out the distance and direction of POIs to a blind user.

To that end, we've been mapping a variety of venues with Simple Indoor Tagging.

I'll post this on the forum as well.

Jeremiah Rose
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Blake Girardot
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

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