[Osmf-talk] Directed Editing Policy

Erwin Olario govvin at gmail.com
Wed Nov 22 04:06:28 UTC 2017

Collaborative, [On-going] crisis mapping falls under the "directed editing"
effort, and is one of those activities that couldn't be planned for ahead
of time, and should be exempted from the 14-day discussion requirement.

A short message to local communities and a wiki stub (how many channels are
there?) should be sufficient to immediately start on mapping, and the other
requirements can follow thereafter.

If so, what is the accepted definition of a "crisis" or emergency activity
that falls under this category?

We have learned in the past that many activities of this kind (after the
crisis has passed) have shortcomings in terms of data quality, but still
has proven useful in many situations.

Hopefull, a policy, or a documented best practice document, can help
alleviate the issues related to this.


On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 8:56 AM Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:

> Hi,
>    the DWG has prepared a policy on "Directed Editing" (former working
> title "Organised Editing Policy"). Read it here:
> https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Directed_Editing_Policy
> The policy picks up (but doesn't slavishly follow) the results of our
> survey, where it became obvious that transparency and communications are
> what mappers find most important about organised mapping efforts. The
> policy replaces the somewhat fuzzy terms of "paid" and "organised"
> editing with the concept of "directed editing", which is essentially
> when you're required to edit OSM (because of work, a school assignment
> etc) and/or when you're told by others exactly what and how to map.
> The DWG is interested in feedback on this proposal. Are you currently
> involved in some form of editing that would be covered by the policy?
> Does the policy present an unnecessary obstacle for some activities? If
> you have witnessed organised mapping efforts that caused problems -
> would these problems have been avoided if people had adhered to the
> proposed policy?
> Bye
> Frederik
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