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

Alex Barth alex at mapbox.com
Fri Jul 19 16:03:05 UTC 2013

+1 to just get going in your city or in your community. Let nothing stop

The local dimension of OpenStreetMap was exactly why OSM US decided to do
#editathons. There's one happening this weekend, join us.


Well I've been promoting this event quite enough on this list so I'm sure
everyone of you already has this on the radar :) But share it in your
networks if you haven't yet. It's not too late.

In terms of publicity, it's exactly stuff like this that gets us into the
papers, like here:
to point out that the coverage of the NYC event is the merit
of the local group btw, and not the OSM us chapter).

Editathons are just one thing to encourage people to get together and
organize a local event. There might be other things that the OSM US chapter
can lend support with. Speaking as the OSM US chapter Secretary:
suggestions and active help are always welcome!

On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 11:51 AM, Richard Weait <richard at weait.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM, Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us>
> wrote:
> [ ... ]
> > As I envision an OSM Ambassador program, the goals would be similar to
> > Fedora[1],
> >
> > Organize OSM participation at events
> > Demonstrate OSM to the public
> > Promote OSM at local events with talks, handouts and swag
> > Promote Switch2osm
> >
> > Provide training in iD
> >
> >
> > Funding should be made available to the ambassadors for reimbursement for
> > travel and other related expenses. The most likely candidate to handling
> the
> > funding would be the US Chapter of OpenStreetMap. A budget and someone to
> > authorize expenditure would be required.
> This doesn't have to wait for funding, or permission!  There are
> hundreds of OpenStreetMap "ambassadors" reading this list, right now.
> 1) Start your local OpenStreetMap group.  Meet on a regular schedule.
> Monthly is best.  Make your goal, "be available to answer questions
> about OpenStreetMap".  Everything else is okay too.
> 2) Grow your local "ambassador team".  You don't have to do it all
> You don't have to do it alone.  Include people in your group who like
> to reach out to other groups.  Include people who like to speak at
> events.  Include people who can host at a venue.  Share the load.
> "Replace yourself" with assistant- and alternate-organizers to
> strengthen the local team.  But YOU have to start it.  Just do that
> much.
> 3) Connect with other nearby local groups to share and enjoy.  Drop in
> on Serge's group when you are in NYC.  Thank him for starting it!   Do
> the same when you travel to other places with local groups.  Welcome
> distant mappers when they visit your local area, too.
> "Ambassador Program"  Pah!  Just get on with it.  :-)
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