[OSM-talk] Survey on global and local communities in OpenStreetMap

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 7 21:31:47 UTC 2019

Creating a survey that works takes a lot of effort and it is quite

Next time it might be worth asking some of the people who like to survey
the OSM community to build the survey incorporating a couple of questions
of their own and do a test run first.

Cheerio John

On Wed, Aug 7, 2019, 5:27 PM Christoph Hormann, <osm at imagico.de> wrote:

> On Wednesday 07 August 2019, Simon Poole wrote:
> >
> > @the designers of the survey. The question wrt remote mapping would
> > seem to be designed to achieve a specific result.
> I can also see some expectations and assumptions being visible 'between
> the lines' in some questions but this looks more like projecting own
> preconceptions and state of mind and less like active manipulation.
> There seem to be overall a lot of questions where there is a high
> likelihood that many participants will answer a different question than
> what those designing the survey wanted to ask - due to unclear and
> vague terminology for example and due to ambiguous references.
> The question you referred to for example says
> "Do you remotely map other countries?"
> and it is unclear if the "other" refers to the country where you live or
> to "where do you map mostly".  Pure armchair mappers only mapping in a
> single country might answer "No" to this question.
> My main concern is rather that there are a lot of free form questions
> yet there is no option for the participants to allow publication of the
> individual free form answers in anonymized form.  This means we will -
> just like in the previous survey - only learn about any of these
> answers through the lens of the subjective interpretation of those
> making the aggregation.  This provides a lot of room for distortion
> through either cultural bias or deliberate selectivity of those doing
> the aggregation which kind of defeats the whole idea of doing a survey
> to reach parts of the community that are otherwise not visible.
> In other words: What the survey says is you are welcome to provide your
> ideas through the survey but we, the creators of the survey, reserve
> the right to interpret your answers as we see fit and neither you nor
> anyone else may correct us if we do not correctly interpret what you
> wrote.
> --
> Christoph Hormann
> http://www.imagico.de/
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