[Talk-ca] COMS2200 Ottawa, Carleton University

James james2432 at gmail.com
Wed Oct 11 12:06:30 UTC 2017

Hi Tracey, as promised I started some documentation on what errors I'm
seeing quite often. I will be updating it later during my lunch hour with
more examples:

On Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 11:08 PM, Steve Singer <steve at ssinger.info> wrote:

> On Tue, 10 Oct 2017, Tracey P. Lauriault wrote:
> Greetings OSM mappers;
> For the benefit of background to others on the list
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/user_blocks/1560
> Is an example of the block message that was sent to a bunch of users.
> (I wasn't involved in asking for or implementing the blocks or have
> anything to do with the assignment).
> I haven't looked at the edits in any details but I will make a few general
> comments
> 1. If one user comes into OSM and makes a few changes with issues because
> of misunderstandings or inexperience fixing those changes isn't a big deal.
> Most of the time someone will just fix them without saying anything.
> However if 30 or 300 users make lots of changes in a short amount of time
> with the same types of errors the volume present challenges.  Large scale
> edits by a bunch who are doing it as part of a course, or who are employed
> by a company to make the changes, or who are doing so as part of a
> coordinated humanitarian effort have the potential to cause problems if
> they aren't coordinated  carefully.
> 2. A big part of working in any open-source project particularly with OSM
> is that you need to communicate with the other contributors. Communication
> is a two way street, some people are better at it then others and it
> doesn't come naturally to everyone.  I would hope that a course that
> covered the contributing to open source projects (including open data
> contributions) covered interacting with the community. If the course only
> wanted to give students experience with the tools then editing against a
> test or development instance of OSM would be better.
> The advise I would give to people new to the open source communities(and
> at times remind veterans) is believe that most people who are contributing
> are coming from a place of good intentions and to give them the benefit of
> the doubt and try to understand where they are coming from.
> When contributing to an open sourced project you need to take
> responsibility (as an individual) for your contributions but that doesn't
> mean they need to be, or will be perfect. No edits are perfect but people
> need to be willing to listen to and learn from feedback from other members
> of the community.
> Steve
>> I understand that students for COMS2200 have been blocked from posting to
>> OSM.
>> There was also an unfortunate email sent to Carleton University by one of
>> your members that is circulating
>> through the administration from (james2432 at gmail.com).
>> The data are being contributed as part of an assignment described here -
>> https://github.com/TraceyLauriault/COMS2200A
>> I understand that the students are making some small and some large
>> mistakes that may not meet your OSM
>> data quality standards.  The students are restricted to only be mapping
>> the Carleton University Campus.
>> I wonder if it might be possible to unlock the restriction to let them
>> finish the assignment.  They should
>> be done by next week. There are 150 students.  Once the assignment is
>> complete I would gladly work with you
>> to salvage the data, delete some data, repair some data or wipe all of
>> the data.
>> We apologize for this inconvenience and hope that you can be empathetic
>> and allow for the assignment to be
>> completed so that the students can be assessed.
>> Also, perhaps there are a number of common errors and if you identify
>> them we may be able to fix them.
>> Sincerely
>> Tracey
>> --
>> Tracey P. Lauriault
>> Assistant Professor Critical Media Studies and Big Data
>> Communication Studies
>> School of Journalism and Communication
>> Suite 4110, River Building
>> Carleton University
>> 1125 Colonel By Drive
>> Ottawa (ON) K1S 5B6
>> 1-613-520-2600 x7443
>> Tracey.Lauriault at Carleton.ca
>> @TraceyLauriault
>> Skype: Tracey.P.Lauriault
>> https://carleton.ca/sjc/people-archives/lauriault-tracey/
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