[Talk-it] Your experience with Wikimedia Italia being a local OSMF chapter

Edoardo Yossef Marascalchi e.marascalchi a gmail.com
Mer 12 Dic 2018 13:38:43 UTC

Hi Michal,
my 2 cents:

Wikimedia became an OSM Chapter on mappers members request.
To become chapter mapper members were requested to raise their hand and
identify themself as OSM contributors.
As far as I can remember more than 30 members were OSM contributor as well
and more OSM contributors became members afterwards.

WMI is well involved in promoting OSM both at schools/universities, funds
hackatons, conferences and mapping parties.

In the last 2 years coordinators position were opened at national and
regional levels about different area of interests (GLAM, Universities, Wiki
Love Monuments and OSM). Not all region got covered but where the
coordinator has been present many activities has taken place.

WMI organized the 2017 State of The Map conference in Milan.

While at the beginning we discussed about level of independence between the
two "area of interest", by the end of the day both Wiki* and OSM are well
interconnected and it's quite common to mix the topics when presenting the
projects to the wide audience.

IMHO, having been one of the original proposer of WMI as OSM Chapter, the
coexistence is natural and as far as there isn't attrition between the
groups, will be a successfull integration in Poland as well.

Just as background, we (me and fellow OSM mappers from the very beginning)
had a lot of discussion about asking WMI or GFOSS.it to become Chapter.
GFOSS was the more logical choice as made of GIS professionals, but WMI
looke more "active" and "alive" and more aligned to the Open Knowledge side
while GFOSS was more leaning on the Free and open source software topic.


On Wed, Dec 12, 2018 at 1:34 PM Michał Brzozowski <www.haxor a gmail.com>

> Hi to all Italian mappers,
> The Polish OpenStreetMap Association is on the verge of dissolution due to
> lack of enough people at the last annual general meeting to run for the
> board and the revision commission.
> Depending on what the next general meeting will vote for in the January
> and what the attendance will be, one of the likely outcomes is dissolution
> and transfer of the assets (web domain and funds) to Wikimedia Polska.
> As Wikimedia Italia is a local chapter of the OSMF, I'd like to ask you a
> few things that hopefully will inform the discussion of our Polish
> community and if the dissolution-transfer occurs, could give WMPL an idea
> what to go with or improve on.
> - How many members of WMIT are actively interested in OSM or joined
> because of OSM?
> - What part of expenses is related to OSM?
> - What types of OSM-related activities does the WMIT organize, finance or
> promote? E.g. do you organize conferences, smaller meetings (like mapping
> parties), distribute promotional material, run servers (for maps, QA) and
> so on?
> - Is there demand among companies and government institutions to have some
> tangible entity they can talk to about OSM? (In Poland certainly there is.)
> - How do the members interested in OSM organize within WMIT? What is the
> level of autonomy if any or necessary at all?
> - Do you form strategic or one-off partnerships related to OSM with
> outside entities?
> NB: to be clear, I am not writing this in official capacity.
> Greetings,
> Michał Brzozowski
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/RicoElectrico
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Edoardo Yossef Marascalchi
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