[Talk-us] How to get more publicity?

Richard Weait richard at weait.com
Mon Jul 11 22:33:45 BST 2011

On Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 5:23 PM, Steve Coast <steve at asklater.com> wrote:
> So here's my solution.
> We take aim at a date like GIS day in November (I think) or a nice Saturday
> near to it. We run a national day of mapping parties trying to get one per
> state on the same day. Each party organizer is responsible for picking a
> venue with wifi and contacting local press.
> We have a central website like "mappingpartyday.com/Seattle" would be a
> simple page for the Seattle party. Different pages for each city/state.
> The front page has media and pictures etc posted throughout the day.
> We do this together and help each other out with ideas, get our local media
> involved. Together, we can get the national media involved if we have enough
> states participating.
> And it's not much more work than any other mapping party.
> I figure we could get WA, CA, CO, OR (thats you dave), Washington DC, NY, TX
> and now TN with Chattanooga.
> If these 7-8 or so core communities across the US would be up for it, just
> scheduling a mapping party on the same day, then without a doubt we could
> get more states involved like AZ or IL where there are people who just need
> a little bit of encouragement to get going.
> So, how about it?

And do not wait!  Start by holding local OSM meetings NOW!  You'll
only have a few more monthly meetings before GIS day.  Do it.  You'll
want other local mappers who are experienced enough to help lighten
the load on mapping party day.  Start today to make them experienced
enough. ;-)

Really do this.  We're having another Toronto Mappy Hour tonight
(don't miss it).  It's always awesome.  People come form other cities
to attend.  Really.  You just need to start this ball rolling.  There
are others nearby who just want somebody else to pick the date and
place.  Do it!

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