[OSM-talk] [HOT] Surveys and studies

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 5 12:24:09 UTC 2017

Do we want to set up or partner with someone as a partner, as is the
fashionable way these days, our own base survey?

To do it properly it would need some planning.  Alessandro might have some
ideas or contacts.  Note to Alessandro this is very preliminary at the

As background to the OpenStreetMap mailing group I first posted this on HOT
and the message is below.  We had two researchers doing very similar
questions and neither were getting the number of responses they would like.

Statistics Canada likes to recycle or reuse survey data were possible, its
cheaper than running yet another survey for a start.

The implications need thinking through.

So thoughts?

Cheerio John

On 5 September 2017 at 03:29, joost schouppe <joost.schouppe at gmail.com>

> Hi John,
> Makes a lot of sense to me. We could possible make a kind of code of
> conduct for survey researching the OSM community. That could very well be
> part of a project Frank, Peter and I are launching: http://www.
> openstreetmap.org/user/joost%20schouppe/diary/42134
> I think it would be really helpful if we set up a survey engine under the
> wings of the OSMF. That would make it easier to re-use surveys and share
> experiences and data between researchers. Also we could include a review
> proces before launching the questionaire, so e.g. questions can be
> internationalized (even if this is not a priority for the researcher
> themselves).
> 2017-09-04 22:20 GMT+02:00 john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com>:
>> At Statistics Canada they have a concept of respondent burden.  Basically
>> it means you try to limit the number of questions you ask people whilst
>> still trying to get the answers in.  Is this information available from
>> another survey?
>> May I suggest a more formal arrangement where a survey is organised say
>> every three / six months and researchers submit their questions to be
>> included in the survey?  This is done for a number of surveys at Statistics
>> Canada and is a useful way to include one or two additional / supplementary
>> questions to a survey.
>> The advantage to the people running the studies is hopefully a wider set
>> of respondents making their surveys more statistically valid.  The
>> advantage to the mappers are fewer messages in the mailing lists and fewer
>> surveys asking to be completed.
>> At the very least I'm sure Zoe and Laura could see if the data from their
>> surveys could feed the other.
>> There are other things that could be done such as random sampling then
>> following up with the randomly selected sample this reduces self selection.
>> Thoughts?
>> Thanks John
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