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

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Fri Jul 19 03:27:19 UTC 2013


If someone can hook me up with a logo polo and/or a car sign or two, I
wouldn't mind working the shirt into my work rotation, and my car makes it
all over Oklahoma.  386 miles today alone, average around 150 miles a day.
 Occasionally makes longer trips closer to the panhandle, Dallas metro,
into NW Arkansas, SW Missouri, and somewhat more rarely into southern
Colorado and southern Kansas.  Rare outliers being metro Portland (sadly, I
had to leave a few weeks before SOTM; would be nice if we could get one
centrally located for most of America instead of hugging the coastlines),
bay area (again, same trip out of Portland, weeks before SOTM San Francisco
was announced), and southern California.  Trips to California will likely
be along the I 40 corridor or towards the bay area and Portland on US
highways (I 25, 70, 80 and 84 are boring on a level I wouldn't wish on
anyone for a trip that isn't really that much faster than the US highways;
at least 40 has options for nearby chunks of old 66 and the only real
mindnumbing segment is crossing the Cimarron, readily bypassed by detouring
through Philmont Scout Ranch to US 412 instead).


On Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 9:59 PM, Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us>wrote:

> 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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