[Osmf-talk] Live OSM discussion in ~45 minutes (7.30pm UK time)

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Wed Jul 26 17:45:40 UTC 2017

I've just learned that this week's Wikimedia Research Showcase,
streamed online TONIGHT at 7.30pm UK time, will focus on structured
data in OpenStreetMap. Details below.

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The next Research Showcase will be live-streamed this Wednesday, July
26, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST) 18:30 UTC.

YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC1jgK8C8aQ

As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research.
And, you can watch our past research showcases here:


This month's presentation:

Freedom versus Standardization: Structured Data Generation in a Peer
Production CommunityBy Andrew HallIn addition to encyclopedia articles
and software, peer production communities produce structured data,
e.g., Wikidata and OpenStreetMap’s metadata. Structured data from peer
production communities has become increasingly important due to its
use by computational applications, such as CartoCSS, MapBox, and
Wikipedia infoboxes. However, this structured data is usable by
applications only if it follows standards. We did an interview study
focused on OpenStreetMap’s knowledge production processes to
investigate how – and how successfully – this community creates and
applies its data standards. Our study revealed a fundamental tension
between the need to produce structured data in a standardized way and
OpenStreetMap’s tradition of contributor freedom. We extracted six
themes that manifested this tension and three overarching concepts,
correctness, community, and code, which help make sense of and
synthesize the themes. We also offer suggestions for improving
OpenStreetMap’s knowledge production processes, including new data
models, sociotechnical tools, and community practices.

Andy Mabbett

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