[Talk-us] Reaching out to Local User Groups

the Old Topo Depot oldtopos at novacell.com
Wed Feb 6 19:37:24 GMT 2013

We already did/do that :

1.  Sunnyvale and SF Edit-a-thons used a Google Hangout so that I could
give a remote bootstrap to SF as they did not have a local leader.  Seemed
to work
2.  BiWeekly Mappy Hours are held, also via Hangout and are well attended
and also seem to work

Google hangout is challenged wrt to scalability; it'd be good to have more
video participants.

Local F2F is surely better; but remotes can be effective to spinup
remote/detached folks who then act as seeds/centers around which locals can
form.  Let's stay open to all the possibilities.  A little encouragement
and interaction seems to go a long way, even if beers are NOT involved ;-)

On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM, Kathleen Danielson <
kathleen.danielson at gmail.com> wrote:

> Re: Map -- All in good time. (Gotta write up my blog post first...)
> Re: Remote meetup deployment: I love that idea and think it would be an
> awesome goal 6 months from now. I'd love to have built up a local OSM user
> group organizer toolkit by then, so that we can give them some tried and
> tested resources to keep things going.
> Re: Sponsors-- might be something that corporate OSM users would like to
> sponsor...
> On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 2:08 PM, Steve Coast <steve at asklater.com> wrote:
>> Stupid suggestion - plot these on a map.
>> Would be interesting to see which high-populaion areas *don't* have a
>> meet up and then see if we can organize something remotely and then some of
>> us fly in for a weekend, if inclined, to kick things off.
>> Costs would be $200 for SWA flights plus $200 for hotels or something. I
>> suspect we could find that kind of money somewhere to sponsor someone to do
>> this.
>> Steve
>> On Feb 6, 2013, at 6:13 AM, Kathleen Danielson <
>> kathleen.danielson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I heard from a few of you, so thanks a ton! I just realized this will be
>> a lot easier if I give you the local groups I already have on my list. If
>> you organize *or are a member of* (or just know of) a local user group from
>> somewhere other than the areas listed below, please let me know ASAP!
>> New York
>> Chicago
>> Washington, DC
>> Boston
>> San Francisco (I'm combining this with Sunnyvale, but let me know if
>> that's incorrect and they are really two separate entities)
>> Seattle
>> St Louis
>> Tampa
>> Portland
>> Cleveland
>> Salt Lake City
>> On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM, Kathleen Danielson <
>> kathleen.danielson at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Calling all OSM Local User Group organizers--
>>> Over the last several weeks I have reached out to many of you, but I am
>>> certain that I missed a few. I am working on wrapping my initial findings
>>> on the local OSM communities in the US, but I want to ensure that you're
>>> all represented.
>>> If we have NOT directly connected about your local OSM group, please
>>> shoot me a quick note to let me know that and I'll have some follow up
>>> questions for you after that. Nothing taxing or time-consuming, I swear!
>>> Thanks!
>>> Kathleen
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