[Osmf-talk] Voting "recommendations" by employers (straw poll)

John Whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 10 13:47:16 UTC 2018


OpenStreetMap was started by hobbyists but these days it is used for 
many different purposes.  Some humanitarian, some commercial, some are 
straight urban planning.  It's strength is its diversity.

I had a math's teacher once who was explaining infinity who said think 
of infinity now add one to it and that's my infinity.  So it is with 
OpenStreetMap each mapper probably has a different idea of what it is.

We have specialists, locally we have a group of mappers who are cyclists 
and we let them take the lead on what should be tagged for cyclists but 
I wouldn't like to say they are second class citizens because they don't 
know the nuances of mapping bus stops.

We are richer because of the mixture of contributors but because we 
don't have a top down organisation in the conventional sense other 
organisations have difficulty with the concept so we need people with a 
foot in both camps to be able to tap the full potential of the map.

Cheerio John




Christoph Hormann wrote on 2018-11-10 7:59 AM:
> On Saturday 10 November 2018, Mikel Maron wrote:
>> People who can do OSM professionally are not second class
>> citizens, who lack ability to think for themselves.
> As someone who works with OSM professionally i have to disagree here.  I
> consider myself a second class OSM community member because of my
> professional involvements.  Not because i feel being treated as a
> second class citizen by others but because i know that OSM could not
> function exclusively with professionals like me without individual
> local hobby craft mappers while OSM could perfectly function with
> exclusively local hobby craft mappers without professionals being
> involved in the project.  This makes professionals second class
> citizens of the project in my eyes who are (hopefully) welcome and
> appreciated by the OSM community because of the contributions they make
> but who need to stay in a subordinate role en large for the project to
> function.
>

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