[OSM-talk] Survey Results for the thread "Some thoughts against remote mapping"

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Sat Jun 20 15:14:34 UTC 2015


At first glance, 42% feel OSM is welcoming to women sounds okay, but
stepping back, what it really shows there is a lot of room for improvement.

My goal was to quickly survey to people on the issues raised in the thread.
Getting at the gender issue requires more than just looking at the answers
by gender. Since I created the survey, I didn't feel it would be
appropriate for me to answer it as well. Had I answered it, I would have
answered No for the question. All you have to do is try to get women
involved in OSM to understand there is a problem.

I don't have an answer to how we fix the problem of making OSM a welcoming
place for women. More data could help us better understand the problem from
which we can help mailing list moderators and organizers like me do a
better job. A well designed survey, would be a good first step. It has been
a long time since I created surveys. From what I remember, first conduct a
focus group, then design and test the survey.

Clifford

On Sat, Jun 20, 2015 at 7:50 AM, Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com> wrote:

> Yes, I would be especially interested if the results were broken out by
> gender. Currently I suspect you just showed that men think OSM is welcoming
> to women...since there aren't that many in OSM to even take the survey.
>
> -Kate
>
> On Sat, Jun 20, 2015 at 7:30 AM, Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us>
> wrote:
>
>> The issue raised by Frederik Ramm was, to paraphrase Ben Abelshausen, an
>> interesting topic and certainly a lot of people wanted to contribute to the
>> discussion. I was impressed by the positive tone taken by participants in
>> the conversation. To me that bodes well for our community.
>>
>> Frederik raises important issue that the community felt the need to
>> discuss. I wanted to get a snapshot of how people felt about the issue, not
>> just the people on responding. A survey seemed like the best approach. The
>> results are from a small, self selected group of mappers that subscribe to
>> the talk mailing list. The results do not attempt to say what is the right
>> answer, only what a small segment of the community feels towards the issue.
>> Sixty-nine people did respond to the survey.
>>
>> OSM, especially OSMF, should consider conducting surveys to better
>> understand mappers concerns. The third question, "Is OpenStreetMap
>> welcoming to women?" should be overwhelmingly yes. Instead it appears that
>> we don't know. I would like to see us get more data to help understand the
>> problem so we get to 100% yes.
>>
>> Question 1: Do you agree with the statement "*Whenever you give someone
>> a map by remote mapping, you also take something away from them.*"
>>
>> Answer Choices–
>> Responses–
>>>> Strongly Agree
>> 4.35%
>> 3
>>>> Agree
>> 14.49%
>> 10
>>>> Disagree
>> 56.52%
>> 39
>>>> Strongly Disagree
>> 24.64%
>> 17
>> Total69
>>
>> *80% disagree with the statement while 20% agree. *
>>
>> Question 2: *Do you agree or disagree with the statement "Imports stunt
>> community growth*."
>>
>> Answer Choices–
>> Responses–
>>>> Strongly Disagree
>> 21.74%
>> 15
>>>> Disagree
>> 46.38%
>> 32
>>>> Agree
>> 24.64%
>> 17
>>>> Strongly Agree
>> 7.25%
>> 5
>> Total69
>>
>> *68% disagree with the statement while 32% agree.*
>>
>> Question 3: *Is OpenStreetMap welcoming to women?*
>>
>> Answer Choices–
>> Responses–
>>>> Yes
>> 42.03%
>> 29
>>>> No
>> 13.04%
>> 9
>>>> Not sure
>> 44.93%
>> 31
>> Total69
>>
>> It would be interesting to get more data, especially if the results were
>> broken out by gender.
>>
>> Clifford
>>
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