[OSM-talk] Fwd: FW: Open survey on participation biases in OSM

Zoe Gardner zoegardner3 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 20 07:53:39 UTC 2017

Dear OSM talk subscriber

A few weeks ago I posted a diary entry introducing myself, my interests in
OSM and showcasing an upcoming survey for OSM editors. I am a Research
Fellow in the Nottingham Geospatial Institute at the University of
Nottingham, interested in participation biases in geospatial crowdsourced
projects such as OSM and other Volunteered Geographical Information (VGI)
projects. My current research project is concerned with the way in which
participation biases in OSM may potentially affect the usability of the
data that is collected and subsequently what is available to location based
service providers which use OSM as their primary geospatial database.

You can read the full  entry by clicking on my diary entries in this link:


The project is motivated by recent research that has found a strong male
bias in OSM participation. This has led to assertions that various
geospatial knowledge could be under represented or poorly recorded on the
map. However, the actual consequences of this bias remain little explored
or reported. By collecting information about contributors to OSM, which can
then be analyzed along with their editing patterns, the impacts of this
bias might begin to be measured and therefore better understood. I have
therefore published an online survey designed to collect information
directly from OSM editors and I would like to invite as many of you as
possible to participate. The survey is anonymous and takes a couple of
minutes to complete.

If you are an OSM contributor and are interested in or would like to
participate in the study, please click on the link below, which will take
you to the Bristol Online Survey website where you will find more
information and an opportunity to participate in the survey. As a small
incentive, at the close of the survey in a few weeks’ time, 60 respondents
will be drawn at random to receive a £15 Amazon voucher.

To participate in the survey, click on the link below:


Please do think about participating. It is hoped that knowledge about the
way participation biases impact on crowdsourced maps will enable new
strategies to be developed to address any resulting voids in the geospatial
information provided by amateur mappers. In turn this could strengthen the
role played by platforms such as OSM in urban planning and sustainability
and raise the profile of the important mapping work that you all do.

In the meantime, if you would like to know more about me, my research
activities or the project, please visit my University webpage (link below)
and do not hesitate to get in touch directly or via the OSM messaging


Thank you


This message and any attachment are intended solely for the addressee
and may contain confidential information. If you have received this
message in error, please send it back to me, and immediately delete it.

Please do not use, copy or disclose the information contained in this
message or in any attachment.  Any views or opinions expressed by the
author of this email do not necessarily reflect the views of the
University of Nottingham.

This message has been checked for viruses but the contents of an
attachment may still contain software viruses which could damage your
computer system, you are advised to perform your own checks. Email
communications with the University of Nottingham may be monitored as
permitted by UK legislation.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk/attachments/20170820/92775f7a/attachment.html>

More information about the talk mailing list