[OSM-talk] "reconverting" google mapmakers
capiscuas at gmail.com
Tue Jul 7 00:36:21 BST 2009
as an OSM evangelizer I realize that convincing people that has not too much
interest on GIS to join the OSM army is a bit difficult, that's why I had
the idea of going to the http://www.google.com/mapmaker site and contact by
mail the contributors and try to convince them to join the OSM idea.
By scrolling the map you'll realize that in the bottom-right side of the
screen will appear the top contributors and if you are lucky they will have
a google profile where you can send them a email, or contact them trough
their blog, google picassa, etc
In an afternoon I was able to find a group of 6 ecuatorians very interested
in tracing streets(they were google map makers of course) that didn't know
anything about OSM and that didn't know that Google is taking advantage of
their efforts that they do for free. Most of them are very interested in OSM
and they just need a bit of help of how to start.
I think you guys can do the same, let's try to let know the google mapmakers
that there is a project similar of what they are doing named OpenStreetMap
where their efforts will not be closed later by any company or similar.
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