[Talk-GB] UK/GB OpenStreetMap survey results

Dudley Ibbett dudleyibbett at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 13 20:04:09 UTC 2015

This looks to be quite a good list of objectives.  I would suggest adding discussions with the
existing local groups.  How might they
fit in should a national group be formed? 
What might a national group be able to provide in the way of support to local groups.


I would hope that any national body would have some “weight”
compared to individuals and the existing local groups in terms of engaging with
“major organisations” , potential Corporate support and sponsors.  I’m not sure I see the point of a national
body if it isn’t able to facilitate this. 
I say “facilitate” because OSM seems to be very much about local
and individual initiatives and I think it is important that this doesn’t change significantly if such a group is formed.


When it comes to an “engagement initiative” this could in
theory be the launch of a new UK rendering of OSM data but as suggested it is
probably unrealistic, if an inclusive new rendering is to be developed, in the time scale.  Personally
the idea of a vector based system appeals as it seems you could render a
“specialist” map with very little server resources.   If my
understanding is correct you would only need to “serve” the script to render
the vector data which would come from a central server, so I’m hoping a £35/pa
LAMP account might be all that you would need. 


Another possibility for an engagement imitative might be
some sort of “state of the UK map” event.  
I doubt SOTM will be returning to the UK any time soon and it would seem
appropriate for a national body to look at supporting this type of event.


I guess developing some sort
of “policy”/constitution under which it will operate will be a reasonable
priority.  Hopefully this can be based on
another (national) organisation rather than starting from scratch.

Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2015 11:18:50 +0100
From: bprangle at gmail.com
To: rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com
CC: talk-gb at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] UK/GB OpenStreetMap survey results

Seeing as the survey put technical stuff like a new render low on the priority list ( it got one of the lowest "strongly agree" scores) lets refocus on the community stuff that the survey indicated should be more of a priority.  A new UK render should be a separate task and discussion in my opinion. Here's my tuppence worth on 100 days 

100 members

10 Corporate members (if we decide that's what we want)

1 Flagship sponsor

1 Engagement Initiative launched with 1 new instance

Website and social media in place

Online shop with merchandise (e.g hiviz vests)

5 contacts identified in 
major organisations

discussions underway with OSM data user organisations

Committee/Board 2 meetings

1 online policy vote

Sponsor pack in place

Media Pack in Place

1 Press release

1 indepth piece of media coverage

On 1 August 2015 at 12:53, Rob Nickerson <rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com> wrote:
Hi all,

Thank you for taking the time to fill out the "A UK OpenStreetMap group?" survey. In the 3 weeks since the survey first opened we received a total of 101 responses. This is a great response rate and indicates that many people are interested in the prospect of such a group.

So what do the results show? Please follow the link below for a break down of the results and some suggestions as to next steps for this group.


I look forward to hearing your views on this. If possible please send replies to talk-gb at openstreetmap.org so that other members can view your comments (emails sent to this address are publicly visible).

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