[Talk-ca] Issues with an Ottawa school

John Marshall rps333 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 22 19:06:38 UTC 2018

Good day Frederik,

I would.

John Marshall

On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 1:58 PM, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> DWG has received a complaint about a fictional village in Africa,
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/16.36752/-3.47617
> and after investigation it turns out that a total of 120 user accounts
> have been created on January 25th, using email addresses that point to
> one particular unified school district in Ottawa.
> 76 of these have made edits, some of which are legitimate tracings of
> buildings in Africa, but the majority are "funny" edits like the ones
> you see in the link above, in various places in Africa and occasionally
> the US. Objects with names like "Get dunked on", "The Ocean of
> Awsomeness with Vianey, Sarah, Maddy and Aubrey not Abby", "the abanoned
> mushroom railroad", "some fenced in area", "The Monkey Park" - the usual
> teenage stuff.
> I don't have the time to sort the good from the bad, and given that none
> of the pupils/students were active after January 26th, I'll probably
> revert the lot.
> Would anybody be willing to try and make contact with the school
> district in question, and try to find out who is responsible? It is
> certainly a good idea to introduce young people to OSM, but apparently
> with 120 in one go, teachers/instructors were unable to provide the
> necessary guidance for this to become a success. (I have not seen any
> attempts of organised cleanup either.)
> It would be good if the organisers responsible had a contact into the
> Ottawa OSM community so they could ask for support next time they plan
> something like this.
> (As a side note, most accounts seem to have been set up using real
> names, which perhaps also is not best practice for teenage editing,
> *especially* if most of the data contributed is actually detrimental to
> OSM.)
> If someone steps forward, I would furnish them with details in a
> personal email so as to avoid publicly tarnishing the reputation of the
> school in question ;)
> Our aim is not to accuse, but to help them understand the issue, and do
> better next time. It would be ideal if whoever steps forward possesses
> the diplomacy skills necessary to get that across.
> Bye
> Frederik
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