[talk-au] Funding for OpenStreetMap initiatives

Graeme Fitzpatrick graemefitz1 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 13 03:33:17 UTC 2021

Bit of an out-there idea that I've had a couple of times.

Occasionally, when doing an on-street survey in populated areas, I've
thought that the sight of some random stranger walking the street making
notes about the buildings that he's passing & checking out must look a bit
suspicious! :-)

Once, when I was writing down shop names in a shopping centre, I've even
been asked what I was doing, & explained that I was gathering details to
improve local maps.

It would be "nice" if we could walk around with a photo ID, emblazoned OSM
Oceania (or maybe Australia / NZ / Fiji etc etc?) dangling around our
necks, as it would look a lot more "professional" & "official".

At the same time, also have some brochures produced explaining what OSM is
about, what we do & how everybody can contribute, & pass them out to
anybody interested.




On Tue, 13 Jul 2021 at 13:03, Brendan Barnes <brenbarnes at gmail.com> wrote:

> Suggestions:
> Loanable equipment such as high-precision handheld GPS units for GPS
> traces, and Waylens or 360 degree cameras for KartaView image sequences.
> Similar to the equipment loan program in Europe
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/GPS_Units_for_Loan
> Hardware for a loanable KartaView rig project, such as a "trekking-style"
> backpack for OSM hikers, or a HD multi-camera, high-precision GPS car rig.
> Funding to help secure more OSM hardware hosting sponsors in the region.
> Currently we only have two Tile Servers, and they are both located in
> Melbourne, Australia.
> Drone mapping infrastructure, such as a community Open Drone Map cloud
> server, to process orthorectified aerial imagery.
> On Sat, 10 Jul 2021 at 17:32, Mateusz Konieczny via Talk-au <
> talk-au at openstreetmap.org> wrote:
>> 9 Jul 2021, 03:06 by eneerhut at gmail.com:
>>    - Funding for OSM related software development
>> What about projects that are not
>> targeting specifically Oceania needs but
>> as useful elsewhere?
>> Is it going to be lower priority, with
>> Oceania-focused project having a clear
>> preference?
>> Or is it not useful to even propose them?
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