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

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Fri Jul 19 23:42:51 UTC 2013

On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 4:07 PM, Serge Wroclawski <emacsen at gmail.com> wrote:

> >> We need publicity!
> >
> > Yes! Publicity is in my opinion one of the biggest things we need and
> should
> > try and work on as a group.
> <snip>
> When I was in DC, t the Washington Post to covered MappingDC. The
> Washington Post is not only the largest paper in DC, it's one of the
> largest newspapers in the United States, but the result of the story
> was that we got a few signups to our list, but we saw no increase in
> our events, and no one came to a mapping party saying they'd heard
> about us from the newspaper.
> Similarly, when the Washington Post covered the local DC hackerspace,
> we had two people stop in at the space (only two!) and neither of them
> joined.

I'm not sure that two events are enough data points to state that publicity
doesn't work.

> > So perhaps instead of setting targets of that we want to achieve X
> number of
> > active mappers in a certain time frame, we could set a target of aiming
> to
> > have Y articles about OSM in the press and Z talks / booths at
> conferences
> > by then.
> I love publicity, but what's really important to us is sustaining
> community members and mapping activity.

Any thoughts on what sustains members?

Maybe we need to ask people, what got them interested in OSM and what keeps
them active. Maybe one of the activities we should undertake is to collect
that data to help develop plans go active mappers.


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