[Talk-us] OpenStreetMap US Census

Mikel Maron mikel.maron at gmail.com
Sat Jul 23 00:11:34 UTC 2016


OSM US Community
This weekend at State of the Map US, we're kicking off an "OpenStreetMap US Census" -- asking you all to contribute a little bit of information about yourselves to help us better understand who is mapping where and when. Robert Soden and Jennings Anderson are researching OpenStreetMap at the University of Colorado Boulder, and along with myself, we are developing this survey. We want to hear your thoughts and questions on this approach.
Over the years, there have been many interesting questions about the composition and makeup of the OSM community -- like where we're from, who we are, and what are our motivations for contributing. At present, it’s hard to learn any of this information because the OSM user profile does not tell us very much about the people behind the map.
Survey responses will be kept confidential; only aggregate results (aggregated to zoom 12 tiles) will be shared publicly. Here are some of the question we are looking to ask, to start:
 * OSM username * "Home" tile * Gender * Age * Do you use OSM in your everyday life at work, or personal use?
We’re looking to kick this off at State of the Map US this weekend and be able to provide immediate, interactive feedback. We're going to take part in a Birds-of-a-Feather session at the conference on Analysis of the OpenStreetMap community and the potential of future community surveys to help us understand who an OSM contributor is, what our community looks like, and how we can improve!
Look forward to hearing from you and seeing many of you in Seattle!
Mikel Maron, Jennings Anderson, & Robert Soden
OSM Usernames: (mikelmaron, Jennings Anderson, rsoden) * Mikel Maron * +14152835207 @mikel s:mikelmaron
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