[Talk-nz] [talk-au] Funding for OpenStreetMap initiatives

Sam Wilson sam at samwilson.id.au
Tue Jul 13 04:05:35 UTC 2021

I've also had conversations like that, and have rarely managed to 
convince people that I'm not peculiar. I remember one bloke found it 
more believable that I was collecting photos of power poles than that I 
was contributing to a map!

OSM UK has high-viz surveyor vests 
<https://osmuk.org/community-projects/surveyor-hi-vis-jackets/>, or 
rather instructions for how to get a work-wear company to make such a 
thing on order. I wonder if we could do something similar here?

But yeah, I agree that a 'official' OSM Oceania leaflet or lanyard or 
something would be great. I mean, I realise I could just print such a 
thing, but there's something better about it having some sort of 
community standing.


On 13/7/21 11:33 am, Graeme Fitzpatrick wrote:
> Bit of an out-there idea that I've had a couple of times.
> Occasionally, when doing an on-street survey in populated areas, I've 
> thought that the sight of some random stranger walking the street 
> making notes about the buildings that he's passing & checking out must 
> look a bit suspicious! :-)
> Once, when I was writing down shop names in a shopping centre, I've 
> even been asked what I was doing, & explained that I was gathering 
> details to improve local maps.
> It would be "nice" if we could walk around with a photo ID, emblazoned 
> OSM Oceania (or maybe Australia / NZ / Fiji etc etc?) dangling around 
> our necks, as it would look a lot more "professional" & "official".
> At the same time, also have some brochures produced explaining what 
> OSM is about, what we do & how everybody can contribute, & pass them 
> out to anybody interested.
> Worthwhile?
> Thanks
> Graeme
> On Tue, 13 Jul 2021 at 13:03, Brendan Barnes <brenbarnes at gmail.com 
> <mailto:brenbarnes at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Suggestions:
>     Loanable equipment such as high-precision handheld GPS units for
>     GPS traces, and Waylens or 360 degree cameras for KartaView image
>     sequences. Similar to the equipment loan program in Europe
>     https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/GPS_Units_for_Loan
>     <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/GPS_Units_for_Loan>
>     Hardware for a loanable KartaView rig project, such as a
>     "trekking-style" backpack for OSM hikers, or a HD multi-camera,
>     high-precision GPS car rig.
>     Funding to help secure more OSM hardware hosting sponsors in the
>     region. Currently we only have two Tile Servers, and they are both
>     located in Melbourne, Australia.
>     Drone mapping infrastructure, such as a community Open Drone Map
>     cloud server, to process orthorectified aerial imagery.
>     On Sat, 10 Jul 2021 at 17:32, Mateusz Konieczny via Talk-au
>     <talk-au at openstreetmap.org <mailto:talk-au at openstreetmap.org>> wrote:
>         9 Jul 2021, 03:06 by eneerhut at gmail.com
>         <mailto:eneerhut at gmail.com>:
>               * Funding for OSM related software development
>         What about projects that are not
>         targeting specifically Oceania needs but
>         as useful elsewhere?
>         Is it going to be lower priority, with
>         Oceania-focused project having a clear
>         preference?
>         Or is it not useful to even propose them?
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