[Osmf-talk] OSMF and Evangelism
frederik at remote.org
Thu Jul 30 20:40:12 UTC 2009
Rafael Morales wrote:
> As those of us that attended SOtM saw, there are a lot of folks doing
> amazing work in their home countries with access to literally one or
> two GPS units, imagine what could be done if we can provide some of
> these mappers with additional resources!
That's something that would have my full support - there is someone
there doing the work, he's asking us for support, let's do it.
I'm only wary about the idea of identifying "weak" spots by pointing at
a map in central command and then figuratively sending our troops in to
fix things. To me, that smacks of old-style "we know what is best for
you poor guys" development aid.
But I might be arguing against a strawman here; of course there's
nothing wrong with individuals spreading the word because they feel they
have good news. I just want it to come from the heart instead of being
When someone says that it is OSMF's role to spread the project to
foreign places I automatically think of money, of funds being allocated.
When I speak to a person and that person says: "I want to work more to
make OSM known in Kenya" then I tend to assume that this is a personal
thing close to that person's heart and they're doing something about it
which is perfectly ok. When, on the other hand, somebody says "I think
the OSMF should work more on making OSM known in Kenya" I automatically
think "OMG, paid community ambassadors for Kenya".
Perhaps an over-reaction on my part.
Frederik Ramm ## eMail frederik at remote.org ## N49°00'09" E008°23'33"
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