[OSM-talk] How to present OSM to an audience of potential newbies?

Steve Singer ssinger_pg at sympatico.ca
Sun Jun 7 03:58:46 BST 2009

On Sat, 6 Jun 2009, Tim Morley wrote:

Some videos of OSM themed talks are available at [1] and [2]
You might get ideas from those.  [2] has starts out with a discussion on 
different freedoms a map might give (or not give).

Searching for "OpenStreetMap" on slideshare.net also gives many slidedecks 
that can give you ideas.

[1] http://www.fosslc.org/drupal/node/422
[2] http://hosting3.epresence.tv/fosslc/1/watch/145.aspx


> In a few weeks, I'll have the chance to present OSM to an audience of
> youngish (18-30), intelligent, open-minded people, who more than
> likely haven't yet come across the project. There may well be people
> who are familiar with free and open source software, but that
> probably won't be everybody present.
> Are there wiki pages, slideshows, materials, ideas, etc. that you can
> show me to help me prepare the presentation?
> Failing that, how do *you* explain to someone that uses Google Maps
> every day why you spend your time re-creating the same thing under a
> different name? (Slightly provocative question, perhaps, but it must
> be a very common one too -- what's your answer?)
> Thanks in advance for your help.
> Tim
> PS The audience is also very international, if that makes a
> difference -- mostly European (from all corners of the continent) but
> also with some Asians, South Americans, and Africans.
> PPS Sorry if this is a topic that's been covered before, but I've
> only just joined the list (and the project) and I couldn't
> immediately find anything relevant in the archives. If I've missed
> something, please just send me a URL and I'll do the rest. Cheers.
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