[OSM-talk] Google launches "Indigenous Mapping" workshop
frederik at remote.org
Wed Dec 23 20:51:05 GMT 2009
Roy Wallace wrote:
> "Google and the Indigenous Mapping Network are teaming up to put on a
> two day workshop on the Google campus to teach people from native
> communities how to use Google's mapping technologies."
> I wonder if the "Indigenous Mapping Network" have heard of OSM?
Maybe not. But then I view all this Google activity not with the same
skepticism that others seem to have. I think someone who is mapping for
Google is still better than someone who is not mapping at all! It takes
enormous resources to (where reqired)
- explain to people what maps are ;-)
- make them understand that maps are not god-given or a government thing
but you can (help) make them yourself
- train people to look out for the things that are important for map making
A population that has these skills and this knowledge is a much more
fertile environment for OSM to flourish in - even if that initial
awareness has come from Google.
Frederik Ramm ## eMail frederik at remote.org ## N49°00'09" E008°23'33"
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