[Talk-ca] Building Canada 2020 OSMGeoWeek Mapathons

Julia C juliaconzon at gmail.com
Thu Oct 19 14:27:52 UTC 2017

Hi everyone,

Firstly, thank you all for your feedback.

I understand the concerns about repeating what occurred at Carleton, but
our goal is to try our best to avoid this situation. So far the professors
I have connected with are well aquatinted with OSM and will be targeting
GIS students to participate. Some professors will even be grading their
students on their contributions, so hopefully this will incentivize
students to accurately contribute. Also, we are determining methods for
validating the data afterwards.

John, I agree with your opinion on prioritizing importing the building
footprint datasets and then having participants add tags, but our focus for
the OSMGeoWeek mapathons would be to map areas that do not have existing
building footprint datasets to import.

Matthew, I agree with you as well, having experts present at mapathons to
educate participants on the correct methods of mapping is valuable. With
this in mind, I will encourage universities to invite local OSM experts. If
anyone is interested in participating in a university mapathon as an expert
OSM contributor, please let me know and I can connect you to the university
that is located within your region.

I hope you all understand that we want these mapathons to be as
constructive as possible, to educate students about OSM as well as to
contribute to the Building Canada 2020 project.


On Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 2:15 PM, Julia C <juliaconzon at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> I am currently working at Mapbox on the Data Team and previously worked at
> StatCan on the Crowdsourcing project. Mapbox is collaborating with
> StatCan to engage Canadian universities to participate in the Building
> Canada 2020 project
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_Canada/Building_Canada_2020> by
> hosting mapathons during OSMGeoWeek <http://osmgeoweek.org/> (November
> 12-18, 2017).
> We want to make sure we are accomplishing this in a way that encourages
> new Canadian mappers, while also ensuring participants are being educated
> properly about OSM and the community.
> The plan is to help educate Canadian universities about organizing
> mapathons through documentations like teachOSM <http://teachosm.org/en/> as
> well as to set up clear tasks for students to complete during the
> mapathons. We have started outlining the information on this wiki page
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_Canada/Building_Canada_2020/OSMGeoWeek2017>
> .
> On the Canada OSM Tasking Manager <http://tasks.osmcanada.ca/> there are
> already some tasks related to the Building Canada 2020 project. My plan is
> to add additional tasks for students to complete. The tasks will clearly
> outline what the students should map and where they should map.
> I would like to know if you have any suggestions on
> cities/towns/communities in Canada to focus on, particularly rural regions
> that are not mapped and have high resolution imagery.
> Regards,
> Julia
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