[Talk-us] OSM-US tasking manager
steveaOSM at softworkers.com
Sun Sep 14 08:09:03 UTC 2014
Paul Johnson wrote:
>I'm not necessarily talking just about the the Maui import, but for
>anyone who has a well organized idea of something relatively large
>that needs cleanup or editing. The US spans 5 timezones without
>including the overseas territories and commonwealths, with an
>estimated median block length of about 1-2 miles, of which I would
>be very surprised if we've broken double digits on what's been
>touched since the TIGER import. Having a general access tasker
>(maybe with some heavy hitters in each state being given access to
>generate new tasks) seems like it's going to be the way to go.
> Especially on getting things up to speed on relations, waterways,
>and nonmotorized facilities...
This is entirely possible, and my experiences in OSM serve as one or
more existence proofs.
I still do envision this ("something relatively large that needs
cleanup or editing") turning into coordinated activities (note,
plural). Listed, coordinated activities. Ranked, "up for grabs"
coordinated activities. Even as only roughly-sketched out ideas that
might sound a little pie-in-the-sky at first. Let's make more places
in this project, mailing list and wiki (if it makes sense to do so,
as a WikiProject, for example) where such activity communicates,
grows, flourishes and ideas cross-pollinate.
There are many who "want to volunteer in a more organized way." This
might be where local grows into county coordination, where county
turns into statewide or regional coordination, or multiple states
turn into "sub-continental" (or regional in the larger sense)
coordination. This energy is something OSM needs to better channel,
and it needs to become a dynamo that hums. Depending on density,
participation, enthusiasm, passion, how many answer and how much time
is available, this is a bit like having a Mapping Party, but without
meeting in person. (Local groups meeting in person is an excellent
thing to do, but much can also be done via missives, mailing list,
email exchange and wiki page explanation).
We might think about a concept I mentioned earlier (and got at least
one +1) of "look along the shelf at projects (like this, or that) in
areas A, B and C..." where somebody can see what they might like and
hence just go and grab responsibility for something and start
tap-tap-tapping away. Not a lot of explanation required, just good
clear goals stated, then careful coordinated editing to bring higher
quality data into the map. Checkerboard fashion: you do some here,
I'll to some there and when we meet in the middle it will look like a
lot of people have done something together even though it was only
two, three or four of us." This is one way we build community. I
know, I have done this in OSM. It is doable, it is wonderful when it
Relations, waterways, nonmotorized facilities...these are all good
but are just beginnings. Start some interest, get some interested
parties talking to each other, one willing to take a piece of things
if the other will complement with a bit of effort on their end. Good
community like this builds our map stronger.
Use the wiki. Use the mailing lists. Use the messaging system built
into OSM to find contributors near you and reach out and make friends
with your neighbors. Communicate. Say what you'd be willing to do.
Ask others if they would be willing to do D, E and F if A, B and C
look like they have other folks signing up to do them, too. Get
balls rolling. It's a neat thing when it happens.
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