[Talk-us] [Local-chapters] Can someone please start communicating better?

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Mon Nov 2 18:10:22 GMT 2009

Hi Sam,

Sam Vekemans wrote:
> In Canada, (once the import is further underway, there will be more active
> involvement with the national team)


> And with the Austrailia Import, there would probably be a need to a local
> chaper


> And with The New Zealand data, i know the Linz is being worked on... but i
> still cant see why they dont have an @openstreetmap.org mailing list

Data imports and community are two completely different things. (Some 
say that data imports actually prevent community building.)

There is absolutely no reason to set up an incorporated chapter just 
because you have imported a ton of data. A chapter can perhaps reflect 
the growing community, but hardly ever create a community out of thin air.

There are certainly valid reasons to set up a chapter - but an import 
takes just one or two people whereas bringing a chapter and community to 
life requires more. Often it is also a different kind of person - doing 
an import requires technical expertise but being socially inept is not a 
problem, whereas you can successfully run a chapter without knowing what 
a changeset is if you are a good communicator and motivator...


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