[Talk-us] Facts about the world

Alex Barth alex at openstreetmap.us
Sat Apr 4 15:03:02 UTC 2015


I actually think it's fine Frederik has opinions about how we should do
things around here in the US and shares them. I just don't want to be
called a couch potato in the course of it ;-)

On Sat, Apr 4, 2015 at 8:57 AM, Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com> wrote:

>
>
> On Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 7:18 PM, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:
>
>> Hi,
>>
>> On 04/03/2015 02:41 AM, stevea wrote:
>>
>>
>> It seems to me that in the USA, what people think about OSM is one of
>> these two:
>>
>> (a) A project for hackers and couch potatoes who trawl their county web
>> pages and other sources to look for stuff they could "upload" to OSM
>> (because it's such a big country and nobody could possibly, yadda yadda
>> yadda)
>>
>> (b) A project for people who roll up their sleeves, travel to places of
>> humanitarian crises, and help those in need by creating maps where the
>> government hasn't done their job well.
>>
>>
> Wow Frederik,
>
> In your post related to one of your pet-peeves about the US OSM community
> you managed to stumble across one of MY PET PEEVES!
>
> Honestly I have a hard time with people who spend a lot of time on the
> country specific mailing lists telling people that live, are from or often
> travel to a specific country or area what OSM is to them. If I'm correct
> you have never lived in the US, you have never spent significant time in
> the US, you have no plans to move to the US or any other particular
> interest, right? So why do you come over to talk-US and tell the people
> that do all of those things what OSM should be to them?
>
> If we want a free map of the entire world we should all be free to make
> our own meaning out of OpenStreetMap. That is of course within the
> boundaries of the license.
>
> Signed,
>
> Someone who has mapped her neighborhood by hand, imported data and
> traveled to places of humanitarian crisis all with OSM.  Additionally I
> live and am from the US.
>
> -Kate
>
> P.S. Specific to the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and your suggestion
> that it is mostly people from the US. That is simply not the case. HOT's
> new current board is 7 people and only one is from the US. I also suspect
> our contributors are more from a few countries in Europe than anywhere
> else.
>
>
>
>>
>> Bye
>> Frederik
>>
>> --
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Alex Barth
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