[OSM-talk] Directed Editing Policy

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Tue Nov 21 17:36:13 UTC 2017

I posted this announcement to osmf-talk 16 hours ago, where a little
discussion has already taken place. It has been pointed out to me that
it doesn't make sense to involve those who are not members in the
initial survey, but then cut them out later, so here's the announcement
below (even though, in the end, this is going to be a policy that the
OSMF board decides on). As always, discussing this on both lists at the
same time is going to be awkward but everyone should get a chance to
comment. If you have something to say, please do check the existing
thread on
so that we don't unnecessarily duplicate things.



   the DWG has prepared a policy on "Directed Editing" (former working
title "Organised Editing Policy"). Read it here:


The policy picks up (but doesn't slavishly follow) the results of our
survey, where it became obvious that transparency and communications are
what mappers find most important about organised mapping efforts. The
policy replaces the somewhat fuzzy terms of "paid" and "organised"
editing with the concept of "directed editing", which is essentially
when you're required to edit OSM (because of work, a school assignment
etc) and/or when you're told by others exactly what and how to map.

The DWG is interested in feedback on this proposal. Are you currently
involved in some form of editing that would be covered by the policy?
Does the policy present an unnecessary obstacle for some activities? If
you have witnessed organised mapping efforts that caused problems -
would these problems have been avoided if people had adhered to the
proposed policy?


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