[Osmf-talk] CWG ...... was Re: [OSM-talk] Balance of power (was: Re: How to vote to match your view)

Serge Wroclawski swroclawski at gmail.com
Sat Dec 6 17:50:44 UTC 2014


Thank you for the compliment but I will also confess that since
joining the CWG, I've only contributed one article.

I think the CWG is not lacking for members as much as it is lacking in
knowing what needs to be done.

I'm happy to write articles, but I need to know what to write!

That's somewhat off topic for this discussion, but I feel responsible
for the CWG not being as effective as it could be.

- Serge

On Sat, Dec 6, 2014 at 12:31 PM, Simon Poole <simon at poole.ch> wrote:
> Am 06.12.2014 16:53, schrieb Richard Weait:
> ....
>> I think that the single most effective marketing message since
>> Switch2OSM.org was Serge's article, Why the World Needs
>> OpenStreetMap[1]
>> [1] http://blog.emacsen.net/blog/2014/01/04/why-the-world-needs-openstreetmap/
> ....
> Yes, Serges blog post had an astounding (and measurable) impact. And
> further it does show that, even online, getting covered by "classical"
> media makes a big difference.
> One of my larger frustrations is that the CWG never recovered from the
> incident we were discussing. Harry does a tremendous job but we don't
> seem to have had any success in getting more people to help on an on
> going base (I've lost count of how many times I've said that here and in
> other places).
> IM(very)HO we are missing out on the opportunity to take local stories
> of which we have plenty and to push the suitable ones out to a more
> international audience.
> If you look at the coverage we have at a global level it really boils
> down to business news (with very few exceptions US centric) and HOT.
> Given that the days are past when XY switching to OSM was big news (and
> technical improvements tend to be very "yawn") I believe that we need to
> push more stories out that are closer to home and less exotic. If you so
> want, more "human interest".
> Actually turning something that shows up in the OSM weekly news or in
> one of the  community blogs in to a story that works and has appeal
> shouldn't be underestimated. This brings me full circle back to the
> point of more people helping with the CWG, I just can't believe that we
> don't have more contributors engaging in one of what could be more fun
> working groups.
> Simon
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