[Imports-us] OSM US Import Document Draft

Darrell Fuhriman darrell at garnix.org
Tue Nov 5 00:58:50 UTC 2013

On Nov 4, 2013, at 16:52, Brian H Wilson <brian at wildsong.biz> wrote:

>> >I think this cannot be answered wholesale. It is for the OSM community
>> >to reach out to others - GIS community or elsewhere
> What is this "OSM community" you keep talking about?

To my mind, the OSM Community is anyone who wants to be part of it. The OSM Community and GIS Community is a false dichotomy.

At best, one should say "OSM community members who come from a GIS background".

There's no sense creating a division where there needn't be one.

> The only people I know of locally (rural Oregon) who are more than vaguely interested in OSM are GIS professionals. Most people here think maps are paper things that come from AAA.
> If you want OSM to succeed outside cities then you need to refine your thinking and your tactics.

This is part of why the diversity-talk mailing list was created – as an explicit acknowledgement that the OSM Community is not an inclusive as it should be, claims to be, or aspires to be. You should join us!   https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/diversity-talk


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