[Osmf-talk] Linking University Research and OSM: Academic Working Group?
emilie.laffray at gmail.com
Wed Sep 26 13:27:23 UTC 2012
+1 from my side.
I would be interested in helping in this working group. I have always
wished to get more involved in that kind of research without having the
time and commitment to do this properly.
On 26 September 2012 12:59, Mark Iliffe <mark at markiliffe.co.uk> wrote:
> Hello All,
> As is the nature of long threads on mailing lists that many ideas get spun
> off. One of the many things that has cropped up when I "OSM" (as a verb),
> is the usability of our project's tools and processes;
> On 24 Sep 2012, at 18:55, Richard Weait <richard at weait.com> wrote:
> Evaluating user experience on editors is out of scope for what I
> envision for WWWG.
> The Welcome Wagon suggestion I think provides a way to partly solve this
> and drive adoption by new members, however I think there is also a way to
> go on the usability of the tools. This I believe is distinct from a
> "Welcome Wagon" group as this effects all of us, not just those who are
> learning OSM.
> There is an extensive list of publications on the wiki (
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Research) and research on the
> usability of data and tools has raised a special issue of Transactions in
> GIS here:
> I think this is a small amount of work in the corpus of research on GI
> Usability and where OSM is used in a research setting.
> When asking questions on how to evaluate tools surely that is something
> which is done by academic institutions ("ie. the stuff that they're good
> at"), while we get on with our thing. I'm not discounting the many academic
> researchers in the OSM(F) who wear two or more hats in representing their
> respective interests, however co-ordination and collaboration are core to
> our project and the academic world. In effect I believe a forum where these
> worlds can meet should exist. Be it as a working group with clear goals,
> tasks or a more informal grouping on a mailing list.
> "So, let's hear it. What do you think?"
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