[Talk-us] Steady increase in the number of mappers in the US

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Fri Jul 19 02:59:37 UTC 2013


We have over 200 mappers contributing to OSM in the US driving us to second
place, but way behind Germany. Look at OSM Stats for the details.
http://osmstats.altogetherlost.com/index.php?item=countries

Second place is good, but I wonder what we could be if we made it our goal
to increase the number of active mappers. When you look at our numbers
against our population, there is a lot of room for growth. See the chart of
the top 10 below. The data was taken from osmstats along
with population data from Wikipedia.

  Rank Country Population Mappers Nodes Created Nodes Modified Deleted
Nodes New
Nodes Per Mapper Mappers per 1M Population  1 Germany 80,493,000 564 72992
40981 7174 129 7.01  2 United States 316,278,000 202 62036 18103 23815 307
0.64  3 Russia 143,400,000 191 84192 17872 3008 441 1.33  4 France 65,684,000
182 116333 14463 13497 639 2.77  5 Italy 59,704,082 116 42873 10047 2603 370
1.94  6 United Kingdom 63,181,775 113 36210 4111 2233 320 1.79  7
Poland 38,533,299
91 37578 4271 4112 413 2.36  8 Austria 8,464,554 77 18564 4414 948 241 9.10
9 Spain 47,059,533 70 25214 3745 712 360 1.49  10 Belgium 11,153,405 52
16430 2201 1670 316 4.66

I'd like to suggest that we adopt a goal of increasing the number of active
mappers in the US. I'm not sure how we accomplish it, but I'd like
to solicit suggestions and feedback. Lets set some target goals.  I think
this is a worth while project to work on.

I'll start by just listing a few of my thoughts:

We need publicity!
Increase diversity of mappers by attracting more women and minority mappers
Support for local groups
OSM Ambassadors (Like Fedora Ambassadors if you are familiar with the linux
distribution Fedora)


Cheers,
-- 
Clifford

OpenStreetMap: Maps with a human touch
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