[Osmf-talk] DWG survey on organized editing

Christoph Hormann chris_hormann at gmx.de
Wed Oct 18 10:50:24 UTC 2017

On Wednesday 18 October 2017, Joseph Reeves wrote:
> [...]
> The whole thing, I think, is completely unrepresentative of the
> global OSM community,

I find it quite remarkable how people started "shouting down" the survey 
result before the survey was finished and now start along the same 
lines again before anyone has even started to interpret the results 
w.r.t. regulating paid/organized mapping.

Please don't abuse people from parts of the world underrepresented in 
OSM or in the OSMF or this survey as pawns to lobby for your interests 
or those of an organization you represent.  If you want to activate 
mappers from Asia, Africa and elsewhere to contribute to the discourse 
on paid/organized mapping that is certainly welcome - although it would 
have been much better to do this while the survey was still running - 
have you attempted to do something in that direction?

Arguing in that direction if you are from Europe or North America and 
involved with organizations performing paid/organized mapping (who 
are - as Martin pointed out - likely overrepresented in the survey) is 
frankly just petty.

The DWG who organized the survey by the way has repreatedly called for 
people from underrepresented parts of the world to volunteer for DWG 
work for a long time - with relatively little success so far.  So if 
active mappers from outside Europe and North America want to do 
something for better representing their region in the OSM community 
volunteering for the DWG or for other working groups would be a good 
place to start.

Christoph Hormann

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