[Talk-us] Facts about the world

Tod Fitch tod at fitchdesign.com
Sat Apr 4 21:26:35 UTC 2015

> On Apr 4, 2015, at 1:36 PM, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:
> Indeed. I don't have much exposure to US Americans outside of OSM but in
> the few interactions like that I had, if people did have any conception
> about OSM it usually fell into one of the two categories I mentioned -
> either "OSM the hacker project to re-purpose government data" or "OSM
> the humanitarian project”.
I wonder if there might be a sampling bias going on. Going out an gathering data in the field and then entering it is relatively straight forward and non-controversial. So people doing that often don’t join or follow the mailing lists. You are much more likely to run in to them at https://help.openstreetmap.org or http://forum.openstreetmap.org than on this or any other list.

If you get to a situation where it seems to you that an import might be a good idea then you join a mailing list and discuss the idea. First with the mappers in your country (talk-us in this case) and then if it still seems like a good idea with the imports people.

But if all you ever do is “traditional” OSM field mapping you are seldom seen or heard of. So the lists will be biased toward discussion of things like importing data.

Might be interesting to see a breakdown of current map objects in the US to see how many last had manual edits or corrections versus how many are imports.

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