[Talk-us] Facts about the world

Alex Barth alex at openstreetmap.us
Sat Apr 4 15:02:19 UTC 2015

On Sat, Apr 4, 2015 at 2:55 AM, Serge Wroclawski <emacsen at gmail.com> wrote:
> The events are characterized as "Edit-a-thons" and they were designed
> to be run indoors. They were essentially a response from some members
> of the community who felt that Mapping Parties were not for them. The
> advantage of an Edit-A-Thon is that they can be run indoors (unlike
> Mapping Parties), but if you look at most Edit-A-Thons going on next
> week, and you look at the history of them (look at the talk-us
> archives) they're still largely indoor events.

#editathons are #mapathons since last summer and they've since at least a
year and a half now explicitly encouraged people to go outside - not least
because of your feedback Serge:

June 2013
"Rather want to go outside and survey? Nothing should stop you from that."

In June 2014 we renamed 'editathons' to 'mapathons' to clarify: go out and

I would also love to see a foot survey activity at StateOfTheMap.us in NYC
in June. I know my OSM US board colleagues Martijn and Alyssa are talking
to some people about this. If anyone here on this list is interested in
help lead a foot survey at State of the Map US, get in touch:
sotmus at openstreetmap.us .

Alex Barth
Vice President
OpenStreetMap United States Inc.
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