[Osmf-talk] Linking University Research and OSM: Academic Working Group?

Martijn van Exel m at rtijn.org
Wed Sep 26 14:15:39 UTC 2012


As a guerilla academic, I applaud the initiative. How (if at all)
would you envisage this initiative connecting with existing external
entities such as the VGI group on ResearchGate?

On Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 7:27 AM, Emilie Laffray
<emilie.laffray at gmail.com> wrote:
> +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.
> Emilie Laffray
> 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[1].
>> 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:
>> http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tgis.2012.16.issue-4/issuetoc. 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?"
>> Best,
>> Mark
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