[OSM-talk] Fwd: A short online questionnaire on the OSM users .....(It takes 48 seconds)

jamal jokar jamaljokar at gmail.com
Fri Jun 28 09:27:44 UTC 2013

On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 9:14 PM, john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com> wrote:

> One major problem with surveys is the responses.  You really want a cross
> section sample so to be meaningful you'd need to generate a random list of
> OSM users to send the questionnaire to then try to get the highest response
> rate possible.  OSM would need to be involved to send the questionnaire out
> by email.

if it is possible that would be great and I design another questionnaire to
be sent out to all users, of course by OSM support.​​

>   The number needed to create the sample would need to be worked out
> mathematically but it could be done.
> Language is a problem.
> The emails would need to stress the importance of replying even if the
> person concerned felt their answers were not important.
> I think probably it would make sense to run once a year then over time
> multiple years you can see trends.
> I'm not certain if you'd target active mappers or inactive ones, we have a
> fair number of these.  One technique is to have a basic questionnaire and a
> more detailed questionnaire which is sent out to a smaller sub section of
> the sample.

Doesn't matter the users are active or inactive If the user_id is given I
check the history of their contributions as well.​​

> I would suggest a coordinated approach since the bigger the survey the
> better the quality of results.  It needs a small committee to balance
> respondent burden with the value of the research.  I'd also suggest a
> sample survey is run first, sometimes the questions or possible answers
> don't make sense to the respondents.  For example job, retired isn't an
> option yet many mappers are retired.
> Cheerio John
> On 27 June 2013 14:55, Kai Krueger <kakrueger at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I tried sending this mail through nabble earlier on, but it doesn't seem
>> to have gone through, so I'll try and resend. If you did get this email
>> twice, I apologise.
>> -----
>> Clifford Snow wrote
>> >Your survey is mostly demographics. There were two actual questions
>> >related
>> >to mapping. I'm not sure what you hope to achieve.
>> Understanding the demographics of the mapping community can be a very
>> interesting question and topic of research.
>> After all, there has just been set up a new mailing list
>> "diversity-talk", to discuss the demographics of openstreetmap and how
>> to achieve a broad appeal to many different demographic groups. Having
>> some good hard numbers about the current situation, to augment the data
>> we already have, would be rather helpful.
>> If good methods can be worked out how to achieve those numbers, these
>> studies can be repeated periodically. That can then be helpful, amongst
>> other things, to see if various outreach programs to try and diversify
>> the community have had success, and if yes in which demographics.
>> Understanding the motivation of mappers can also be hugely interesting!
>> This information can help figure out how best to promote OSM and get
>> more people involved in mapping and where best to focus efforts to
>> attract more people.
>> >Clifford Snow wrote
>> >Please rethink this survey and try again.
>> Without knowing the questions this research is trying to answer and what
>> other tools and data they are using as well as their analysis method,
>> you cannot judge if it is a good survey and appropriately set up for the
>> questions it hopes to address. Furthermore, good research in social
>> sciences is often incredibly difficult. As you usually have no
>> interventional control on the subject of study and you often have to
>> deal with subjective reports in surveys. So it is often not uncommon to
>> have to ask many seemingly redundant and strange questions in order to
>> get around or detect biases.
>> >Clifford Snow wrote
>> >As Frederik Ramm suggest, please
>> >explain more about your research.
>> I would be very interested in hearing more about the research as well.
>> However, there are situations when you don't want to reveal the actual
>> questions you are interested in ahead of time to your survey
>> participants as alone the knowledge of what the researcher is interested
>> can bias the results. With the relatively factual questions of this
>> survey that seems less likely though..
>> Overall, I think there is more than enough room for a lot of different
>> research, both social and gis research in the OSM community and its
>> data. Imho it is great to see research into these topics and the more
>> the better!
>> Kai
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