[Talk-GB] OSM UK volunteers required

Rob Nickerson rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com
Wed Oct 2 18:53:02 UTC 2019

Hi Edward,

Sorry for the slow reply, you caught me at a busy time.

I think 2 and 3 are quite similar. Perhaps you could argue that 3 is more
focused on non public sector. Maybe we get improved content on our website
and  some leaflets ready (if needed) and then start sharing that content.
It might also include building our contacts so that we can answer more of
the questions we may receive.

The lobby element in 3 is possibly more focused on public sector. We've
made a start over the last year by responding to the government's
Geospatial Commission. Next steps would be to keep an eye out for similar
consultation opportunities whilst also looking for other avenues to do
direct promotion of OSM.

In any case across 2 and 3 we want to consider both public and private
sector - we'd like OSM to be embedded within all sectors.

As for 1, we've put out a call for ideas on the loomio group. Next step is
to see what contacts we have and start approaching them. I think it will be
easier if we have existing relationships but if not then we should try from

So in summary it's quite an open scope. Ideas and suggestions welcome and
let's take it forward from there.

I'd be happy to take more questions on email or arrange a quick chat /
call. Let me know what works for you.

Best regards,

On Thu, 26 Sep 2019, 09:09 Edward Bainton, <bainton.ete at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thank you, I think I could do a bit on 1, 2, and/or 3.
> 1, 3. Do you have brief case studies you could share as examples of what
> you're looking for?
> 2. Could you clarify what a 'lobby group' would lobby for?
> Thanks and best wishes
> Edward
> On Wed, 25 Sep 2019 at 22:33, Rob Nickerson <rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Last month OSM UK (the non-profit community interest company) set out
>> it's strategy areas for the 2019/20 year. We have made a start on these but
>> a bit more volunteer time will allow us to speed them up.
>> If you could volunteer some time for any of the following, please let me
>> know. Each requires some initial planning before implementing solutions.
>> Help at either stage is appreciated.
>>    1. Use the quarterly projects to partner with another organisation to
>>    leverage their membership/supporters.
>>    2. Pursue a role as a lobby group. That is, getting OSM on the radar
>>    of large organisations.
>>    3. Proactive outreach to businesses, organisations and academia to
>>    show them a front door to using and contributing to OSM.
>>    4. Enhance / nurture the Talent Directory.
>>    5. Help shape tagging guidelines.
>>    6. Develop guidelines to work out when OSM UK should and should not
>>    support a mechanical edit / data import.
>>    7. A micro-grant programme to support those who want to help us grow
>>    the community via talks, workshops, etc.
>>    8. Focus on map fixes (e.g. a quarterly project on Notes, Fixmes).
>>    9. Assist with conflating TfL Cycle Infrastructure Data into OSM
>> Thank you,
>> *Rob*
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