Hi,<br><div><br></div><div>I was not present during the last activation group meeting, so I do not know if it has been already discussed: what can we do to involve the local populaiton to our remote mapping activities? I have contacts in Mali (college of arts and humanities, hydrogeologist, writers) but to activate them, it is necessary IMHO to clearly explain the OSM concepts and what can be the kinds of contribution regarding the equipment (especially the internet connection), skills and commitment of everyone. In order not to discourage any potential enthusiastic local volunteers, I think we would really need to have something clear and consistent regarding what kind of information ot map/how to do it.</div>
<div><br></div><div>What would be the best way to explain the OSM concepts to people from the civil society? Switch2osm may be a good start point but I am figuring out it seems available only in English.
</div><div><br></div><div>I had a quick chat with Frederic, who has the experience of working remotely with communities in DRC and he suggested:</div><div><ul><li>regarding the info</li><ul><li>at small scale, numbers of the already traced roads</li>
<li>at higher scale, street names and main POIs</li></ul><li>regarding how to contribute, walking papers and/or <a href="http://osmbugs.org">osmbugs.org</a> rather than having to spend time to learn how to handle JOSM or even Potlacth.</li>
</ul><br> It also seems <a href="http://osmbugs.org">osmbugs.org</a> is lighter than Potlatch that can make the difference in a country where the internet connections are structurally slow. <a href="http://www.mapdust.com">Mapdust.com</a> could be an alternative: I like the explicit pop-up, and the capacity to choose the error type with a dropdown-list or to add a nickname but however it may seem more complicated for a newbie + it displays by default the mapquest rendering, not Mapnik.</div>