Re: [OSM-talk] The movie Eye in the Sky credits OpenStreetMap

2016-07-22 Thread Richard Weait
An episode of K9 used an OpenStreetMap screen in a chase sequence.
They fumbled the credit during production, but added an IMDB credit
after LWG contacted them.  :-)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1504317/companycredits?ref_=ttspec_sa_5

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Re: [Talk-us] license changes

2016-02-18 Thread Richard Weait
On Sat, Feb 13, 2016 at 7:24 PM, Steve Coast  wrote:
> Any license change process, or anything remotely close to it, should be open 
> and transparent. It should involve the community from the start and any 
> company that wants to participate too.

I'm aligned with that.

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Re: [OSM-talk] [Talk-us] license changes

2016-02-18 Thread Richard Weait
On Sat, Feb 13, 2016 at 7:24 PM, Steve Coast  wrote:
> Any license change process, or anything remotely close to it, should be open 
> and transparent. It should involve the community from the start and any 
> company that wants to participate too.

I'm aligned with that.

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[Talk-ca] OpenStreetMap 11th birthday

2015-08-06 Thread Richard Weait
Sunday, 09 August is the official OpenStreetMap birthday this year.
And the project is turning 11. What an exciting age!

Organize and host a celebration for mappers in your area and post the
details on the wiki.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OpenStreetMap_11th_Anniversary_Birthday_party

In Toronto, we're having our monthly Mappy Hour on Monday, 10 August.
Join us for all sorts of wonderful mappy conversation.

http://www.meetup.com/OpenStreetMap-Toronto/events/224421177/

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[Talk-ca] Toronto OpenStreetMap events May 2015

2015-05-11 Thread Richard Weait
Hello all,

Mappy Hour (Tonight!)
Monday 11 May 2015
http://www.meetup.com/OpenStreetMap-Toronto/events/52392/

- Meet and discuss OpenStreetMap topics over refreshments. Newcomers
welcome.  Questions welcome.


OpenStreetMap presentation by Stewart Russell
Tuesday 12 May 2015
http://gtalug.org/meeting/2015-05/

- Formal presentation including Question and Answer.


#maptime
Thursday 28 May 2015
http://www.meetup.com/OpenStreetMap-Toronto/events/221436512/

- Collaborative projects, peer coaching and discussion.  Newcomers
welcome.  Bring your computer to work on your projects.


See you there!

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Re: [Talk-ca] Imported data by 'Feldo'

2015-05-11 Thread Richard Weait
Martijn is referring to import errors near the Québec / Labrador border.

On Fri, May 8, 2015 at 4:54 AM, Martijn van Exel m...@rtijn.org wrote:
 Hi all,

 I'm looking at some potentially misguided import attempt. Some
 duplicate ways like these ones look suspicious to me:

 https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/330950347/history#map=17/51.46519/-57.24176
 https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/330950410/history

 Is this a known problem? Is Feldo on this list? I can message him/her
 but as this looks like it happened a couple months ago I thought I'd
 ask on the list first.

 Martijn van Exel
 skype: mvexel

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Re: [Talk-ca] Toronto OpenStreetMap events May 2015

2015-05-11 Thread Richard Weait
On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 12:42 PM, Colin McGregor colin.mc...@gmail.com wrote:
 Some words of warning regarding GTALug.

Hi Colin,

This is the second time that you have mentioned your unpleasant
experience with GTALug on this list, in the context of the
OpenStreetMap presentation that they have scheduled.  I am sincerely
sorry that you had an experience that was so unpleasant.

I expect that I will attend Stewart's presentation tomorrow.  This may
seem like I am ignoring Colin's advice to stay away. I will also
keep Colin's description of his experience in mind.  I think that both
Stewart and Colin are nice folks, so I do my best to be supportive of
both of them.  Also, Stewart has promised a kazoo solo.  :-)

Beyond that, discussion of GTALug is probably off-topic, unless there
are specific examples from which we might take lessons for our on-line
and in-person communities.

Best Regards and Happy Mapping,
Richard

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Re: [Talk-us] Help with OSM Presentation

2015-04-20 Thread Richard Weait
On Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 10:00 PM, Clifford Snow cliff...@snowandsnow.us wrote:
 I'm doing a presentation at Linuxfest Northwest in Bellingham, WA in hopes
 to gain new mappers. To help me with the presentation, I'd like to hear from
 you. Below are some questions - answer all or just a few.

 What about OSM surprised you most?
The amazing diversity in the interests of new contributors.  I meet
new OpenStreetMap contributors every month, and the interest that
brings them in to meet us differ widely.

 What is should I absolutely not leave out of the presentation?

1) Go outside and survey your neighbourhood. There is nothing better
that you can do for OpenStreetMap, than behave as though you are
tending a shared garden.
2) Time for questions.  I have trouble with this because I like to talk. :-)
3) It's Fun. It's Free. You can help.  One of the earliest tag lines
used in the project.  True then. true now.

For the Linuxfest audience, you might want to add something about the
hundreds (or thousands) of F/LOSS projects that intersect with the
OpenStreetMap project.  You certainly can't be expert about all of
them, or event list them, but the Linuxfest audience will want to be
reassured that they can probably find a library for their preferred
development environment.

Break a leg!

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[OSM-talk] Last day for State of the Map 2016 Call for Venues

2015-04-14 Thread Richard Weait
Get your bid team together and host State of the Map 2016!

http://wiki.osm.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2016/Call_for_venues

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[Talk-ca] Mappy Hour Toronto tonight

2015-04-13 Thread Richard Weait
Mappy Hour events are for discussion of all things OpenStreetMap.
Join us for refreshments and conversation.  Beginners always welcome.
Feel free to pass this along to your friends in the area who haven't
quite gotten into OpenStreetMap yet.

http://www.meetup.com/OpenStreetMap-Toronto/events/221234272/

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[talk-au] Last few days: State of the Map 2016 Call for Venues

2015-04-08 Thread Richard Weait
Dear All,

The Call for Venues to host State of the Map 2016 is open for a few more days.

Do you wish that your town / region could host State of the Map?  It
isn't too late.  Get a team of locals together and assemble a bid.

Have a look at the example bids, and the bids submitted so far.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2016/Call_for_venues

If you have any questions about preparing a bid and/or hosting State
of the Map, contact the State of the Map Working Group
t...@stateofthemap.org


Best regards and happy mapping,

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[Talk-de] Last few days: State of the Map 2016 - Call for Venues

2015-04-08 Thread Richard Weait
Dear All,

The Call for Venues to host State of the Map 2016 is open for a few more days.

Do you wish that your town / region could host State of the Map?  It
isn't too late.  Get a team of locals together and assemble a bid.

Have a look at the example bids, and the bids submitted so far.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2016/Call_for_venues

If you have any questions about preparing a bid and/or hosting State
of the Map, contact the State of the Map Working Group
t...@stateofthemap.org


Best regards and happy mapping,

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[OSM-talk] Last few days: State of the Map 2016: Call for Venues

2015-04-08 Thread Richard Weait
Dear All,

The Call for Venues to host State of the Map 2016 is open for a few more days.

Do you wish that your town / region could host State of the Map?  It
isn't too late.  Get a team of locals together and assemble a bid.

Have a look at the example bids, and the bids submitted so far.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2016/Call_for_venues

If you have any questions about preparing a bid and/or hosting State
of the Map, contact the State of the Map Working Group
t...@stateofthemap.org


Best regards and happy mapping,

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[Talk-us] Last few days. State of the Map: Call for Venues 2016

2015-04-08 Thread Richard Weait
Dear All,

The Call for Venues to host State of the Map 2016 is open for a few more days.

Do you wish that your town / region could host State of the Map?  It
isn't too late.  Get a team of locals together and assemble a bid.

Have a look at the example bids, and the bids submitted so far.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2016/Call_for_venues

If you have any questions about preparing a bid and/or hosting State
of the Map, contact the State of the Map Working Group
t...@stateofthemap.org


Best regards and happy mapping,

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[Talk-ca] Last few days: State of the Map 2016: Call for Venues

2015-04-08 Thread Richard Weait
Dear All,

The Call for Venues to host State of the Map 2016 is open for a few more days.

Do you wish that your town / region could host State of the Map?  It
isn't too late.  Get a team of locals together and assemble a bid.

Have a look at the example bids, and the bids submitted so far.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2016/Call_for_venues

If you have any questions about preparing a bid and/or hosting State
of the Map, contact the State of the Map Working Group
t...@stateofthemap.org


Best regards and happy mapping,

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Re: [Talk-us] North Carolina Outer Banks

2015-04-05 Thread Richard Weait
On Sat, Apr 4, 2015 at 4:49 PM, Jeff Klein jeff.klein...@gmail.com wrote:
 If I am correct, probably confused, the map sets only go as far east as -76 
 West, which excludes the Outer Banks of North Carolina. How do I get maps 
 that go further east?

Dear Jeff,

Are you asking about the garmin files that are found here?
http://daveh.dev.openstreetmap.org/garmin/Lambertus/2015-03-29

They are extracted from OpenStreetMap data and converted to the format
for those devices.  If something is missing, like a swath East of some
line, then it was likely left out deliberately, for some reason. (Or
by mistake, like failing to recognize the awesomeness of Southern
Shores, NC, and the Duck Woods Country Club. Sa-lute!!!)

If you would like help with a specific CONSUMER of OpenStreetMap data,
and there are many of them, please say which one you are referring to.
If you are talking about Dave's wonderful garmin extracts, then you
might try one of the larger file formats that span more than just the
continental US.  You also might send Dave an email and ask if he would
consider moving his bounding boxes for you, to include the area that
interests you.

And, yeah, the outer banks are awesome.  :-)

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Re: [Talk-ca] Business incubator

2015-03-26 Thread Richard Weait
Hi Yves!

On Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 10:57 AM, Yves Moisan ymoi...@videotron.ca wrote:
 Folks,

 Our old police station was turned into a business incubator :
[ ... ]
 2) I added the addr:* info to the point symbol, not the building outline
 (canvec import).  I'm thinking the addr.* info really belongs to the
 building, as that's the only thing with a street address (with maybe

I agree.  Address information generally applied to the building.

The current building-polygon, with a contained building-point is an
unusual construction.  I would expect only one database item for the
building.  Either the point OR the polygon, but not both.

 Case in point : there are close to ten businesses in there now, one being a
 DIY shop that I would really like to map.  So should I name the building
 outline with the name of the incubator (the container) and remove the point
 symbol altogether, then add point symbols only for the constituent
 businesses that are hosted in the incubator?

That sounds great.  i use the same concept in mapping small shopping
areas, where one building contains a row of retail stores.  Address on
the containing building polygon, then several shop=something /
name=SomeThing points as appropriate.

Best regards and happy mapping,

Richard

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Re: [Talk-ca] Business incubator

2015-03-26 Thread Richard Weait
On Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 12:53 PM, Yves Moisan ymoi...@videotron.ca wrote:
 Hi  Richard !

 Thanx for your answer.  OK to tag addr.* to the building outline and remove
 them from the building symbol.  Still, I'd like to see an obvious point mark
 for the incubator on the map.  For now, I resort to a building point feature
 but it would be neat if there were some generic commercial or business
 symbol.  Otherwise, the map will show point features for individual
 constituent businesses in the incubator, but not the incubator itself, which
 bugs me.

 You say you do the same for shopping marts.  Do you have an example I could
 look at ?  I would expect to see Shopping Center XYZ alongside the
 consitituent shops on the map.  So if there's a way to avoid having a point
 symbol to highlight the container name on the map, I'm all for it.

Searching for Jamieson Estate Plaza,
We find :
http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/31725282#map=19/43.42331/-80.28583

So, even though the name of the container-building isn't rendered in
this specific renderer we find the right data, without surprising
duplicates.

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Re: [OSM-talk] About Open Street Map

2015-03-23 Thread Richard Weait
On Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 1:16 PM, Carlos Arturo Fyu
spark_...@hotmail.com wrote:
 Hi everyone
 I´m new in this project; i´m actually working with open data sets of my city
 and I wish to map the information about
 births, deaths and many others; how can I Translate it to OSM?
 Thanks for your help!
 CarlosArturoFyu

Hi Carlos,

Welcome to the OpenStreetMap project, and thanks for your interest.

Adding information to the OpenStreetMap database from another dataset,
like city data, is a very advanced activity.  I can't recommend it for
somebody who is in a hurry.  :-)

Adding data that you observe, about the things that interest you, is
much simpler, and I can recommend that everybody start their
involvement with the OpenStreetMap project by doing exactly that; map
your neighbourhood.  Make sure that your favourite restaurant and
grocery store are included in the OpenStreetMap database.

There are some guidelines:  The best data to include is verifiable,
permanent and significant.  Ideally, we don't include data that is
personal or private in some way, data that is too rapidly changing,
not significant, or that is opinion.

The personal aspect of the births and deaths data that you mention
may be an issue.  I imagine that there will be objections to including
death-location data into the OpenStreetMap database.  There are
potential objections based on the accuracy (how precisely is it know
where a person died?) and on privacy, and perhaps on other grounds.

On the other hand, if you have data about a street address where a
person died, it would be acceptable to confirm that the street address
is properly included in the OpenStreetMap database.

If you want to know more about including data from external sources in
the OpenStreetMap database, please start your reading here[1].  The
Import page on the wiki and several connected pages from there, will
give you some details on the required steps before you begin.

If you want to know more about how to map your neighbourhood, and that
is a great way to get started participating in OpenStreetMap, then
have a look at the beginners' guide[2]

Best Regards and Happy Mapping,

Richard

[1] http://wiki.osm.org/wiki/Import

[2] http://wiki.osm.org/wiki/Beginners%27_Guide

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Re: [Talk-ca] Jeux d'eau

2015-03-22 Thread Richard Weait
2015-03-22 18:09 GMT-04:00 Bruno Remy bremy.qc...@gmail.com:
 Bonjour à tous,

 D'après vous, quel serait le tag idéal pour les fontaines-jeux d'eau
 installées dans les parcs municipaux pour enfants?
 Exemple:
 http://soucyaquatik.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/neuville-81-600x380.jpg

 leisure=water_park me parait dédié à des grosse installations de type parc
 à thème, donc inapproprié.

It's commonly called a splash pad, but tag usage seems scattered.

http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/search?q=splash_pad#values

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splash_pad

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Re: [OSM-talk] weeklyOSM 243 now in English

2015-03-21 Thread Richard Weait
On Sat, Mar 21, 2015 at 5:18 PM, Manfred A. Reiter ma.rei...@gmail.com wrote:
 The weekly round-up of OSM news, issue # 243, is now available online in
 English, giving as always a summary of all things happening in the
 openstreetmap world: http://www.weeklyosm.eu


Thank you for assembling these!

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Re: [Talk-us] On advocacy. (Rant-ish) Was: Retagging hamlets in the US

2015-03-18 Thread Richard Weait
On Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 4:01 AM, Greg Morgan dr.kludge...@gmail.com wrote:
 On Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 2:58 PM, Richard Weait rich...@weait.com wrote:

 3) New mapper fixes the BadHamlet and starts mapping their favourite
 restaurants, bowling alleys and coffee shops.

 This is a great idea but I believe that you have the experience backwards. I
 can only speak for myself but as a new mapper but I had no interesting in
 fixing things.  I mapped features of interest or where I found the most
 rewards.

By all means keep doing what works for you.  Build on the suggestions
from many sources, of how best to talk to your friends / colleagues /
neighbours and get them mapping.

And, thanks!  It's not a new idea, of course.  This is the same way
Steve Coast started OpenStreetMap; talk to people you know and get
them to map things near them.  This part hasn't changed at all.

What has changed is that we have it way easier than Steve did in the
early days.  We can point to working renderings of OpenStreetMap data,
we can point to applications that consume or even edit OpenStreetMap
on most any device imaginable, we can point to tutorials and blogs
about this or that arcane aspect of the project that holds the
interest of our colleague, but perhaps not ours.  We can even point to
mailing lists and IRC channels in dozens of languages for help when we
don't have exactly the right words in common.

It's way easier to get a potential new mapper started today than it
was when Steve started all of this, over a decade ago.

What hasn't changed is that advocacy is a deliberate choice.  You have
to decide to do it.  But that decision can be as easy as reaching out
to a old contact on your favourite social network,saying, What's up?
and asking if they want to know about the mapping thing you do.

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Re: [Talk-us] Retagging hamlets in the US

2015-03-17 Thread Richard Weait
My initial reaction to any automated edit is to break out in a rash.
Can we use that image to promote mapping best practices?  :-)

Goal: A new local mapper in each BadHamlet

Method:

1) Create an overlay that displays the hamlets as ugly, rash-like
spots.  It could even be a rash that allows checkouts a la tasking
manager.

2) Encourage mappers to do outreach in each spot.
- Mapper in Oregon sees that there is a BadHamlet in Massachusetts,
adjacent to their old hometown / alma mater / vacation spot.  Mapper
reaches out to their old classmates / colleagues / neighbours to find
one or more new mappers in / near that hamlet.

3) New mapper fixes the BadHamlet and starts mapping their favourite
restaurants, bowling alleys and coffee shops.

Benefits:

We get new local, mappers, in areas that aren't getting as much
attention as they might.

Mappers have a fun reason to reach out to folks they might not have
contacted recently.incorrect hamlet

Mappers have the opportunity to do some fun outreach to potential new
mappers for the first time.

Results:

The BadHamlets get fixed.

Potential objections:

Outreach is too hard, a mechanical edit is way faster.
I don't like outreach, I want to use software tools.
That will take forever.

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Re: [Talk-ca] Manitoba Snowmobile trails

2015-03-11 Thread Richard Weait
On Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 12:58 AM, Sam Dyck samueld...@gmail.com wrote:
[ ... ]
 Additionally, thoughts
 on how to reach out to IndyGord would be appreciated.

Same as for any other mapper, when you have thoughts to share about
their mapping.  These are in the order I type them, not of
significance.  :-)

- site-mail.  You can send a message to other users from your editing
API account on OpenStreetMap.org.
1) log in to OpenStreetMap.org with your editing API account details.
2) visit the profile of the user in question.  In this case I had to
try a few because the case and spacing matters.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Indygord
3) press send message and let them know what is on your mind.  Offer
constructive criticism or compliments.

- user contact info. They might have an email address or web site
address, in their user profile page.
Same as above to visit the profile page.

- changeset discussions.
1) Starting with the database object that has your attention, find the
changeset that caused the issue.  Perhaps,
https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/29000428
2) Add your thoughts to the discussion box.  Discussions are public.
Be nice and presume that the mapper wanted to do the right thing.

- reach out to them via this list, the main talk list, or the various
IRC channels.

- chat with them at local mapper events.

Best regards and happy mapping,

Richard

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[OSM-talk] Over 9000 :-)

2015-03-10 Thread Richard Weait
Congratulations, there are now more than two million registered
OpenStreetMap editing api accounts.

Let's all survey pur neighbourhoods today and see how much we can improve.

Happy mapping.
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Re: [Talk-us] Mappy hour tomorrow!

2015-03-10 Thread Richard Weait
On Mar 8, 2015 10:43 PM, Martijn van Exel m...@rtijn.org wrote:

 Hey all,

 It's time for Mappy Hour tomorrow! I changed the time slot to 11am
Pacific / 2pm Eastern,

Thanks for organizing these, Martijn. They're fun. :-)
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[OSM-talk] Call for Venues Open: State of the Map 2016

2015-03-10 Thread Richard Weait
The Call for Venues for State of the Map 2016 is now open.

This time we mean it! - State of the Map Working Group.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2016/Call_for_venues

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[Talk-ca] Call for Venues Open: State of the Map 2016

2015-03-10 Thread Richard Weait
The Call for Venues for State of the Map 2016 is now open.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2016/Call_for_venues

Build a team for your city and bid to host the OpenStreetMap conference.

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[Talk-us] Call for Venues Open; State of the Map 2016

2015-03-10 Thread Richard Weait
The Call for Venues for State of the Map 2016 is now open.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2016/Call_for_venues

Build a team for your city and bid to host the OpenStreetMap conference.

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[talk-au] Call for Venues Open: State of the Map 2016

2015-03-10 Thread Richard Weait
The Call for Venues for State of the Map 2016 is now open.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2016/Call_for_venues

Build a team for your city and bid to host the OpenStreetMap conference.

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Re: [OSM-talk] [OSM-dev] Partial Website + API outage

2015-03-09 Thread Richard Weait
On Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 4:26 PM, Grant Slater
openstreet...@firefishy.com wrote:
 All servers are now back to normal.


Thank you, Admin Super Heroes.  :-)

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Re: [OSM-talk] New statistics on volume of note creation and closing

2015-03-03 Thread Richard Weait
On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 4:58 AM, Bryce Nesbitt bry...@obviously.com wrote:
 Updated statistics on the note ecosystem, a bit redesigned:
 http://resultmaps.neis-one.org/osm-notes

Are notes more-likely to be resolved when a dialogue is possible
(non-anonymous)?  If the data suggests, for example, that anonymous
notes typically take 3 months to resolve, and non-anonymous notes take
36 hours, perhaps that would be sufficient motivation for a note
author to leave contact information.

The breaking point might not be non- vs. anonymous, but might be
non-anonymous and with a responsive author vs. other notes.  And it
might be difficult to determine when a note is closed with no action
vs. when a note is closed because it lead to a positive change to the
database.  Are people mentioning notes in their changesets?

So I guess my question is, what ages are notes when they are closed?  :-)

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[OSM-talk] spammy survey questions.

2015-03-02 Thread Richard Weait
I'm no fan researchers sending messages to OpenStreetMap users via the
messaging system.  I consider them an intrusion.  And I've complained
about them here, before.  There is another one making the rounds.
Seems like there are more of these every time I turn around.

I'd like to recommend that you hack any such attempts to survey the
membership, unless the survey is organized by the OpenStreetMap
Foundation. Hack them so that the researcher is  loaded with bad
data and so that future researchers are dis-incentivized from
abusing the community.

So how do we best hack research?

You could ignore the survey and surveyor.
Report them to DWG. They are spamming, after all.  And we hate spammers.
Report them to their university research ethics office.
I earlier suggested that we retag their university as a day care or
kindergarten. Or public toilet.  But that would be wrong.  Don't hack
OpenStreetMap; hack the survey.

Take the survey and give nonsense data.
Be sure to use a proxy or TOR so they don't even get meta-data.
Remove any identifying data if they provide a tracking link to the survey.
Give a nonsense user name if they ask for it, some fictional character
like like Dr. Liz or JohnSmith.
Reply to all geographic related questions with Null Island or the
equivalent in your national mapping scheme.
Answer all quantity related questions with prime numbers.

To be clear, there is great opportunity for OpenStreetMap to learn
about itself through research.  But that will have to be done in
coordination with the Foundation and under our terms.  This nonsense
of some half-baked, clueless, noob[1], collecting data that they then
keep secret, or monetize via one of their corporate overlords, just
doesn't fly.  Publishing results in a closed journal, just doesn't
fly.  They don't have to demonstrate the ignorance that they
demonstrate.  They could be following Muki's excellent code of
engagement[2] but no.  They never do.

But hey, if you like pointless surveys, go ahead and answer them.

If you like effective surveys, then go out and do a foot survey in
your neighbourhood and improve OpenStreetMap data.  See what I did
there?  Survey, get it?  :-)

Best regards and happy mapping,
Richard

[1] full of good intentions, I'm sure.
[2] 
https://povesham.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/observing-from-afar-or-joining-the-action-osm-and-giscience-research/

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Re: [OSM-legal-talk] new use case

2015-03-02 Thread Richard Weait
I'm pretty sure that Martijn means does NOT allow, rather than now.  :-)

So, whatever you are planning, Jennifer, hitting the editing API is
probably going to get you some unwanted attention.  There are other
ways to access the OpenStreetMap data, and you'll want to make sure
that you are using one of those approved methods that is suitable to
your use case.  To be clear, accessing and using OpenStreetMap data is
okay, all else being equal. Causing inappropriate stress on
OpenStreetMap Foundation resources is not okay. Let's presume that you
are going to use the replication data method to keep a local and
current version of OpenStreetMap data, so you won't be loading the
editing API.

What you describe in very general terms does sound like case 3 from
that wiki page, [1]. I want to publish something based on
OpenStreetMap data and my own data.

So where you ask, 1) is this allowed,  I would say, yes, the
license grants you permission so long as you comply with the terms of
the license.

and where you ask 2) If so, how would I give credit if nothing is
displayed? Or would I not have to give credit since no map or direct
data is displayed?

This answer is more complicated.  You are obliged to give credit, that
is one of the license terms.  So if you fail to give credit, you
haven't got a license to use and republish the data.  Additionally,
there is the share-alike obligation.  So, if that applies, you'll have
to meet that obligation as well.  You've been very general about the
nature of the external data you plan to consult, so I don't know if
you'll have an obligation to share-alike.

How would you give credit?  You should do so in a manner suitable or
customary to the medium.  Consider the TV credit roll mentioned in the
wiki.  For say, cupcakes or ear rings made with OpenStreetMap data, I
would expect a notation on the packaging.  For a wall clock, or
coasters, I would expect a label on the back.[2]  For electronic
hardware I'd expect credit in the firmware and the documentation.  So,
in short, the credit should be where a user, or consumer, or developer
(or mapper) would expect it.  Credit shouldn't be somewhere hidden
behind a disused file cabinet.  :-)

Best regards and happy mapping,
Richard

[1] 
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/License/Use_Cases#Case_3:_I_want_to_publish_something_based_on_OSM_and_my_own_data
[2] http://weait.com/coasters.png

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Re: [Talk-us] Your opinion about SOTM US

2015-03-02 Thread Richard Weait
On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 11:40 AM, Martijn van Exel m...@rtijn.org wrote:
 Hey all,
[ ... ]
 The main thing I would like to know more about is the types of
 talks you would be interested in, or even specifically which people or
 organizations you would want to see a talk from.

Easy!  Same as I always ask / hope for. :-)

1) I want to see deeply technical / specialized presentations specific
to OpenStreetMap.  Talks that wouldn't be suitable at
non-OpenStreetMap conferences.  So, talks on optimizing a rendering
stack, a la SotM-EU.  Or on tagging scheme alternatives, such as
SotM-Girona.

2) Given the audience at DC, I'd say you'll need a beginners track.
So many people I met there had no understanding of how to do a foot
survey, and no understanding of why that is the most valuable and
interesting data in the OpenStreetMap database.  So, yeah.  Some
really fundamental basics. Why and how to survey.

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Re: [OSM-talk] [Talk-us] Your opinion about SOTM US

2015-03-02 Thread Richard Weait
On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 11:40 AM, Martijn van Exel m...@rtijn.org wrote:
 Hey all,
[ ... ]
 The main thing I would like to know more about is the types of
 talks you would be interested in, or even specifically which people or
 organizations you would want to see a talk from.

Easy!  Same as I always ask / hope for. :-)

1) I want to see deeply technical / specialized presentations specific
to OpenStreetMap.  Talks that wouldn't be suitable at
non-OpenStreetMap conferences.  So, talks on optimizing a rendering
stack, a la SotM-EU.  Or on tagging scheme alternatives, such as
SotM-Girona.

2) Given the audience at DC, I'd say you'll need a beginners track.
So many people I met there had no understanding of how to do a foot
survey, and no understanding of why that is the most valuable and
interesting data in the OpenStreetMap database.  So, yeah.  Some
really fundamental basics. Why and how to survey.

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Re: [Talk-ca] ON prefix on Ontario highways

2015-02-28 Thread Richard Weait
Don't use prefixes or adulterate the ref with extra characters.  Use
the network tag for that information.

http://taginfo.osm.org/search?q=network%3Dca_on_county

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[Talk-ca] Speaker wanted: Toronto

2015-02-24 Thread Richard Weait
There is a Toronto GNU/Linux group seeking a speaker on OpenStreetMap
for their event in either April or May.  Let me know if you are
interested.

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Re: [Talk-us] OSM on Science Friday

2015-02-24 Thread Richard Weait
On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 11:48 AM, Mike Thompson miketh...@gmail.com wrote:

 Is there a place in the Wiki where media pieces like this have been
 cataloged?

Here?
http://wiki.osm.org/wiki/OpenStreetMap_in_the_media

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[Talk-ca] Bid: State of the Map - Toronto 2015

2015-02-09 Thread Richard Weait
Dear All,

The Toronto bid for State of the Map 2015 was not accepted, so we
won't be hosting State of the Map 2015 in Toronto.

I want to thank the hard-working members of the Toronto bid team; you
enabled us to assemble a wonderful bid on a preposterously short
deadline.  Well done, and thank you for committing your time and
experience and for believing in our goal of hosting the best
OpenStreetMap conference ever.

Thank you also to the many vendors who were able to meet our request
for quotes on the aforementioned preposterously short deadlines.  They
delivered on time.  Thanks further for being so patient and
understanding when the Toronto bid team had to ask for extension after
extension to the proposal period when faced with missed deadlines and
non-decisions from the SotM-WG.

There will be an official announcement from the State of the Map
Working Group some time soon with other details.

Best regards,

Richard

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Re: [Talk-ca] Help Importing York Region Data to OpenStreetMap

2015-01-28 Thread Richard Weait
You should not proceed with this import.  The plan description on the wiki
has several show-stopper problems.  From a quick scan of the wiki:

- multiple users on one account.  Don't do that. :-) Each of your employees
who try to edit OpenStreetMap must have their own accounts.  Pro Tip: Have
them use their real names, and not something like York Region GIS Team
#1  We OpenStreetMap contributors are real live humans, not faceless
administrative drones, even if we play the role of faceless administrative
drone at work.

- parcels. Parcel data is contentious and problematic in OpenStreetMap.
See https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Parcel

- there are likely other problems.  This plan needs careful, expert review.

Have any of your employees contributed to OpenStreetMap outside of this
project?  If not, they may be in for a tough learning curve.  Importing
data is not for a newcomer.  You should have years of real OpenStreetMap
experience before attempting an import.

If the OpenStreetMap community takes an interest in the York Region data
they will convert, conflate, adapt, correct it, and then contribute it to
OpenStreetMap.  So you don't have to go crazy with your limited regional
budget.  The volunteers / experts will do it.

Do you have Open Data for building outlines?  Building outline data is
widely accepted in OpenStreetMap as being useful and worthwhile.  Building
outlines make a better home for address point data than a disembodied
point, or a parcel centroid / parcel outline.

Do you have newer and or higher resolution aerial imagery?
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[Talk-us] Hartford CT mappers?

2015-01-18 Thread Richard Weait
Yo!  Who's there?  Doing anything next weekend?

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Re: [Talk-ca] Adding Buildings + Leisure + Corrections To Ottawa Map Over Holiday Season

2014-12-31 Thread Richard Weait
On Tue, Dec 30, 2014 at 9:31 AM, Adam Martin s.adam.mar...@gmail.com wrote:
[ ... ]
 I don't believe that
 the postal data in Geocoder is particularly accurate.

You can help, by improving geocoder.ca with the address information
that you know.  That improvement will help OpenStreetMap via
nominatim.  :-)

The founder of geocoder.ca (yes, the one being sued by canada post)
was a speaker at State of the Map - Buenos Aires, just a few weeks
ago.

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[OSM-talk] Wanted: You! to participate in Working Groups

2014-12-14 Thread Richard Weait
Hi all,

At least two Working Groups are actively recruiting for members to
participate.  I'm[1] calling for you to join in.

You can make a difference, and improve OpenStreetMap for everybody.
One way that you are doing that now, is by mapping your neighbourhood
and improving OpenStreetMap data. If you want to do more, consider
helping out with a Working Group.

You say, Who? Me?  I'm not qualified!

I say, Yes. You probably are qualified. [2][3]

If I had to guess, I would say that the roles to fill right now, are
for organizer types.  If you consider yourself the type to

1) organize and schedule periodic meetings of enthusiastic volunteers
2) record and publish minutes of those meetings

then you could be exactly the type of person needed right now to
reinvigorate established working groups and create new ones.

Best regards and happy mapping,

Richard


[1] So are others. I'm echoing the need for more board and WG
participation that has been previously mentioned by Matt Amos, Michael
Collinson and several others.
[2] http://weait.com/working-groups-1
[3] http://weait.com/on-ramp

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Re: [OSM-talk] maintenance?

2014-12-13 Thread Richard Weait
Admins are working on it.  No details yet, as they are busy fixing
rather than explaining. :-)  Sorry about the inconvenience. :(

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[OSM-talk] Fwd: new WG: membership services

2014-12-09 Thread Richard Weait
Interested in contributing to the organization of the OpenStreetMap Foundation?


-- Forwarded message --
From: Richard Weait rich...@weait.com
Date: Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 9:06 AM
Subject: new WG: membership services
To: osmf-t...@openstreetmap.org osmf-t...@openstreetmap.org


I've started a wiki page for the To Be Determined new WG for handling
membership services.  This is one of my ToDo list items from a
conversation I had with Henk yesterday.

Please indicate your interest, and potential jobs, tasks, roles, that
you feel suited to. Or those that you feel willing to grow into.

Also, if you've got (mostly) working membership services
administration code, it would be great to have a link, a description,
and or a peek at what you are doing.

https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Membership_Services_Working_Group

Best regards,

Richard

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[OSM-talk] Fwd: Reinvigorating working groups. Join in!

2014-12-08 Thread Richard Weait
-- Forwarded message --
From: Richard Weait rich...@weait.com
Date: Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 4:07 PM
Subject: Reinvigorating working groups. Join in!
To: osmf-t...@openstreetmap.org osmf-t...@openstreetmap.org


There have been recent discussions about reinvigorating various
OpenStreetMap Foundation Working Groups.

Recent board minutes indicated the membership management would be
moved from a board position membership secretary to a working group
format.[1]

Michael Collinson spoke [2] of his interest in seeing new people and
more people participating in Working Groups, based on his experiences
and earlier work by Matt Amos.

I wrote recently[3] about who might join a working group, why, and
what they might be able to offer a working group.  Shortly after I
published that, Jono Bacon tweeted an image that struck me as helpful,
inspirational and super appropriate for OpenStreetMap.  So, I wrote
about that as well.  [4]

In addition to the new membership WG, there will be announcements for
others.  Michael Collinson spoke of the need for more participation in
LWG and if I remember correctly MT[5].  There will be at least one
more, shortly, but it isn't mine to announce. :-)

Best regards and happy mapping,

Richard[6]

tl;dr

You do not have to be an expert, or know all of the answers, to be
valuable to a working group. You can join armed only with enthusiasm,
though organizational skills and communication skills are a benefit.

[1] 
http://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Board/Minutes/2014-11-20#Membership_Secretary
[2] earlier on this osmf-talk@ list
[3] http://weait.com/working-groups-1
[4] http://weait.com/on-ramp
[5] corrections and clarifications welcome, of course.
[6] who previously participated in several working groups at various times.

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Re: [Talk-us] Tagging addresses on area's

2014-12-08 Thread Richard Weait
That would depend on the navigation app in question, wouldn't it?  If
we mappers include more data, well structured, complete and up to
date, app developers will be more inclined / motivated to make their
apps work with it, I would think.

I think, based on your email, that you and I are mapping malls in a
similar fashion.

Add the whole building with address, name, etc, then add nodes for
each shop or other amenity.  Include the unit number on the node if
that is also available.

This approach seems to work well with hotels (with internal
restaurant) condo residences with ground floor retail, etc.

Best regards and happy mapping,

Richard

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Re: [OSM-talk] [Osmf-talk] Balance of power (was: Re: How to vote to match your view)

2014-12-06 Thread Richard Weait
On Sat, Dec 6, 2014 at 10:35 AM, Richard Fairhurst rich...@systemed.net wrote:
 [Apologies to talk@ readers for this follow-up to a post on osmf-talk@. I'm
 not an OSMF member and therefore can't post to osmf-talk@, but as I'm being
 spoken about over there, I'd appreciate the opportunity to respond.]

 Steve Coast wrote:

 See, there was no group that mobbed Richard out the board. The CWG
 took away Twitter access from everyone without any consultation,
 thinking Ivan's tweet was mine. I asked for it back, used every
 channel as I outlined. Richard sadly quit feeling CWG was being
 overpowered by the board but that's not what happened. The CWG took
 Twitter away from the people using it without talking to anyone, then
 was surprised this wasn't okay.


 For the record:

 Communications Working Group didn't think Ivan's tweet was yours. We
 genuinely didn't know who had sent it. (From what I remember of the content
 of the tweet, it didn't appear to be from a native English speaker, and at
 first I thought it might have been Emilie.)

 At the time, CWG was aiming for a step change in our communications. In
 particular, we were aiming to follow up our very successful switch2osm
 campaign, and were in the early stages of planning a second campaign aimed
 at recruiting new mappers.

 A large part of that was professionalising our message - bringing sharper
 focus to OSM's outbound communications, to consistently push the message
 that mapping was accessible, enjoyable, and made a difference. Basic
 marketing and not the sort of thing that should come as a surprise to
 anyone.

 To get this focused message across, we needed to ensure that everything
 going out on our Twitter, Facebook and Google+ accounts was in line. In an
 ideal world we would like to have drawn up simple house style and messaging
 guidelines (again, marketing 101) for those with access.

 However, our hand was forced by this badly phrased tweet, from persons
 unknown, endorsing a map which failed to attribute OSM (years later, I can't
 even remember what map it was!). Changing the Twitter password and asking
 those who wanted a message to go out to contact us, which is what we did,
 seemed the easiest and most sensible short-term measure.

 Unfortunately you decided to take this as a personal affront, when no such
 affront was intended, and to campaign volubly for CWG's work to be overruled
 because of this.

 There is absolutely no personal animus in this. Sure, I disagree with you on
 many things, but you're an engaging guy to chat to over a pint and I have no
 doubt we'll do so again some time. But let me make it clear that I did not
 quit because CWG was being overpowered by the board. I quit because it was
 clear that there was no likelihood of improving OSM through the Foundation,
 in any fashion, when well-intentioned, industrious, and skilled volunteer
 work could be overturned by emotive say-so.

 I see no sign that this has changed, and that is why I have no intention of
 rejoining the Foundation.

 As a postscript, I believe switch2osm was the last substantial marketing
 effort that OSMF has done. All the good publicity for OSM since then has
 been from third parties

I think that the single most effective marketing message since
Switch2OSM.org was Serge's article, Why the World Needs
OpenStreetMap[1]

[1] http://blog.emacsen.net/blog/2014/01/04/why-the-world-needs-openstreetmap/

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Re: [Talk-ca] Region of York Data Imports

2014-12-05 Thread Richard Weait
Hi Stephanie,

Thank you for your interest in the OpenStreetMap project.

Glad to hear that York Region is publishing Open Data.  Since York
Region has published the data, and since you've told us about it,
you've probably done everything that you need to do, now, as far as
making the data available for OpenStreetMap contributors to consider
it for inclusion in the OpenStreetMap database.

The OpenStreetMap community has stringent guidelines around the
inclusion of external data sources.  Interested members of the
community are now able to start that process of evaluating the
license, and the data that you have brought to our attention.  If
those community members have any further questions, should they reach
out to you here on the list, or by direct email?

Also, there are twice-monthly events in Toronto that OpenStreetMap
contributors, and map and data enthusiasts find interesting.  Please
join us at MappyHourTO, or #maptimeTO, some time.  The schedule is
kept online, here.  http://www.meetup.com/OpenStreetMap-Toronto/

Best regards and happy mapping,

Richard

Please note that OpenStreetMap is a registered trade mark and is
properly spelled OpenStreetMap - many capitals, and no spaces,
because we are trying to map the many capitols of the World, and leave
no gaps.  :-)  It's a common mistake to add spaces or drop the
capitals.  Don't feel bad about it.

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[OSM-talk] some secondary services reduced this weekend

2014-11-30 Thread Richard Weait
I missed this announcement on Friday.

https://twitter.com/OSM_Tech/status/538394075448479744

Short notice: Few secondary OSM services offline this weekend due to
power upgrades. Dev, OSMF blog, gpx tiles. Nominatim may be disrupted.

Followup indicates that nominatim is fine.

Big thank you @lontanviadi  @sp8962 Despite main server outage over
this weekend the #openstreetmap #nominatim is online  available.

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Re: [Talk-us] admin level for US states

2014-11-24 Thread Richard Weait
On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer
dieterdre...@gmail.com wrote:
 I wonder why US States are tagged as admin_level=4, wouldn't it be more
 consistent with the rest of the map to have them tagged as level 3?


Based on which uses of admin_level=3?   A quick scan of the wiki shows
admin_level=4 as states or provinces for several countries.

I guess the biggest reason they are admin_level=4 now is, that seemed
like the way to go in 2009[1], but that wouldn't prevent a change for
a compelling reason.

[1] wiki history of the admin_level page goes back to 2009, the tag
use in USA could pre-date that.
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:boundary%3Dadministrative

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[OSM-talk] Project #OSMselfie

2014-11-17 Thread Richard Weait
Let's put a human face on our data contributions.

If you are surveying, and or mapping.  Document it with an #OSMselfie.

I tried one.

http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Be%20A%20Mapper/diary/26355

Can you help me make a better presentation slide deck?

Best regards and happy mapping,

Richard

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Re: [OSM-talk] amenity=bicycle_repair_station :::: only 18 so far

2014-11-17 Thread Richard Weait
Here's one more for ya, Bryce.  :-)

http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Be%20A%20Mapper/diary/26357

These are cool.  Thanks!

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[Talk-us] OpenStreetMap Geo Week

2014-11-14 Thread Richard Weait
From US Local Chapter Blog.
Nov 13 2014
by Eleanor Tutt

http://openstreetmap.us/2014/11/osm-geo-week/

Beginning this weekend, teachers, students, community groups and map
lovers, in the US and around the world, will join together to
celebrate geography and make maps with OpenStreetMap, the free and
openly editable map of the world.

OpenStreetMap Geography Awareness Week - a collaboration between
OpenStreetMap US, National Geographic, MapGive, the Humanitarian
OpenStreetMap Team, and Missing Maps - takes place November 16-22
(with a few early bird Mapathons November Saturday 15, because when
you've got the urge to make a map, it's tough to wait an extra 24
hours!) This year's Geography Awareness Week theme is 'The Future of
Food' and participants will be mapping everything from local food
resources such as food banks and community gardens to farmlands and
orchards in the countries affected by the recent Ebola virus outbreak.

So how do you get involved?

If you're in the Washington, DC area, make sure to come to the
flagship OpenStreetMap mapping party on Friday, November 21st, hosted
by National Geographic, and help put food resources on the map.

Not near DC? No problem! You can find an event near you or you can
plan your own event using the OpenStreetMap GeoWeek Event Planning
Guide.

There will be a lot going on next week, so check back at
osmgeoweek.org frequently and follow all the happenings on twitter
using the hashtag #osmgeoweek.

If this month will be your first time contributing to OSM, welcome and
happy mapping! And if are an experienced OSM contributor, remember
that mapathons and events are a great way to get friends and neighbors
involved in mapping. Invite new people, offer assistance as needed,
and let's grow our community and our map at the same time.

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Re: [OSM-talk] Location SOTM 2015?

2014-11-12 Thread Richard Weait
On Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 2:04 PM, Michael Kugelmann michaelk_...@gmx.de wrote:
 Hello,

 as I didn't read anything about it: was there an announcement about the
 location for the 2015 SOTM at the 2014 SOTM Buenos Aires?
 IIRC there was a statement about the intention to announce the 2015
 locataion there...

The Waiting (is the hardest part)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMyCa35_mOg$t=0m14s
:)

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Re: [OSM-talk] OSMGeoWeek coming up

2014-11-11 Thread Richard Weait
Here's one more for you:

Learning QGIS and OpenStreetMap - Three short talks and plenty of QA

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

Learning Labs
481 Queen St W
Classroom B
Toronto, ON M5V 2A9
Canada

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Re: [OSM-talk] Status of Field Papers

2014-11-10 Thread Richard Weait
You know, in all this time, I didn't realize that field papers was free 
software.  Code is here.

https://github.com/stamen/fieldpapers
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Re: [Talk-ca] Municipal data source attribution

2014-11-09 Thread Richard Weait
On Sun, Nov 9, 2014 at 11:48 AM, Steve Singer st...@ssinger.info wrote:

 What is the current procedure for meeting the attribution requirement of a
 municipal data-source released under the 'Open Government Licence ?

I've taken the cautious approach, in past, and asked for explicit
permission from the publishers.

There are a couple of reasons for this.

- most publishers are new to Open Data
- OGL is new and only just barely worse than the garbage that preceded it.
- The attribution mechanism used in OpenStreetMap (entry on imports
wiki pages) might surprise some publishers
- the CT requirement to clear future rights for future license changes
makes explicit informed permission really valuable.

best regards,

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[Talk-us] OSMF AGM election results

2014-11-09 Thread Richard Weait
Hi all,

Thank you to all of the candidates.  Offering to spend your time and
energy acting on behalf of the group is an act of generosity.

The OpenStreetMap Foundation held the 2014 AGM yesterday including
votes on several matters including the election to the board.

The results are summarized on the wiki. Official results will be on
the Foundation web site in future.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Foundation/AGM14

I've added some background on STV (voting method) because it is the
first time I have been involved in it.  Learn along with me at my site
 http://weait.com  in several recent articles and several more on the
way.

I hope that you have found some inspiration and motivation from the
election cycle.  if so, please act on that new energy and contribute
to the project by:

* mapping your neighbourhood.  :-)
* starting a regular local event for (new) mappers
* writing and publishing some awesome code
* writing and publishing some awesome documentation
* joining a Foundation Working Group to act on behalf of groups of mappers

None of these require standing for election or waiting for another
election cycle to complete.

Best regards and happy mapping,

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[OSM-talk] Fwd: [Osmf-talk] Preliminary Voting Results

2014-11-08 Thread Richard Weait
Preliminary results from OpenStreetMap Foundation 2014 AGM voting matters.

-- Forwarded message --
From: Richard Weait rich...@weait.com
Date: Sat, Nov 8, 2014 at 5:03 PM
Subject: Re: [Osmf-talk] Preliminary Voting Results
To: Frederik Ramm frede...@remote.org
Cc: osmf-t...@openstreetmap.org osmf-t...@openstreetmap.org


On Sat, Nov 8, 2014 at 4:14 PM, Frederik Ramm frede...@remote.org wrote:
 Hi,

 Dermot has presented the results at Buenos Aires. The resolutions
 about AoA Change and the vote about the membership fee waiver have been
 passed with a large majority. The three candidates elected to the board
 are myself, Kathleen, and Paul.

 Welcome to our new board members!

 More detailed results will be posted in due course.

This is the table of results from the off-line double check of the
vote-counting procedure.  I hope to make a graphic that is easier to
understand.

http://weait.com/osmf-board-election-results-2014

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Re: [OSM-talk] Streams / Videos from SOTM 2014

2014-11-07 Thread Richard Weait
There is a stream currently running here.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/state-of-the-map-2014

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Re: [Talk-us] Tagging a seasonally closed roads with uncertain spring opening

2014-11-03 Thread Richard Weait
seems access=seasonal isn't in wide use but would be correct.

At first glance, I'd prefer a tag that works to get the message out
correctly all the time.  So, access=seasonal or similar.  That would
work for a consumer who received the data when the road was open, but
tried to navigate when the road was closed.

an additional 
seasonal:access:link=http://dot.highway-pass-status.example/gate-7/;
would be super helpful, if such a service exists.

http://taginfo.osm.org/search?q=access%3Dseasonal

faking it, to get it to render on a particular map is not
recommended. So, highway=construction, or similar, wouldn't apply.

I imagine that other communities with mountain passes will have
considered this,  perhaps ask on talk@ and hope for a reply from a
mapper in the Alps, etc. :-)

Easy for me to say from my frying-pan-flat glacial-run-off plain.  :-)

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Re: [OSM-legal-talk] Updated geocoding community guideline proposal

2014-11-02 Thread Richard Weait
On Sun, Nov 2, 2014 at 6:17 PM, Alex Barth a...@mapbox.com wrote:

 On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 8:40 AM, Martin Koppenhoefer
 dieterdre...@gmail.com wrote:


 Updated:
 http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/index.php?title=Open_Data_License%2FGeocoding_-_Guidelinediff=1102233oldid=1076215


 Hey Martin - the change you link to was to replace the term 'geocode' with
 the more common 'geocoding result' - do you have a specific concern with it?

GEOCODE is a trade mark belonging to a litigious, oh I shouldn't get
personal, professor.  :-)  The background is on the wiki, but I
thought this was made clear earlier in the thread?

http://wiki.osm.org/wiki/Geocode_Trademark

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Re: [OSM-talk] Changeset comment function

2014-11-02 Thread Richard Weait
Wonderful.  Thank you and well done, ukasiu, emacsen, woodpeck and TomH.  Great 
to have this long anticipated option.
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Re: [OSM-talk] Changeset comment function

2014-11-02 Thread Richard Weait

On Nov 2, 2014 6:29 AM, Vincent Privat vinc...@josm.openstreetmap.de wrote:

 Great job! Is there an API to get comments? I didn't find such on the wiki. Also, are anonymous comments allowed?
I had to sign in. Seems like anonymous comments are not allowed. But let's check the code? This appears to be the commit. I'm looking for the api stuff. :-) 
https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website/commit/2f228437324d80cb8a408d27912cc716a36aa3b0
Thanks again everybody!

 Le 2 nov. 2014 12:20, "Richard Weait" rich...@weait.com a crit :

 Wonderful. Thank you and well done, ukasiu, emacsen, woodpeck and TomH. Great to have this long anticipated option.
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Re: [OSM-talk] Changeset dicsussion function (was: Changeset comment function)

2014-11-02 Thread Richard Weait
Good call on discussion vs. Comment.

Also, I resisted the temptation to add first as a discussion for changeset/1.

On Nov 2, 2014 6:38 AM, SomeoneElse li...@mail.atownsend.org.uk wrote:

 On 02/11/2014 10:36, Simon Poole wrote:
  I would like to personally thank ukasiu, emacsen, woodpeck and TomH for
  developing and deploying this. A much wanted and needed feature.
 
 

 Thanks from me too.  I think that it'll be really, really useful. 
 Currently meta discussions happen elsewhere (on mailing lists, in IRC 
 via exchange of pastebin messages, probably on Facebook etc. too for 
 some OSM communities) and this is a great opportunity to bring those 
 discussions out into the open.

 One thought though - can we call it Changeset Discussions here (like 
 it actually is on osm.org)?  Changeset comments (the comment that you 
 supply when you save a changeset) are something else instead :-)

 Cheers,

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Re: [OSM-talk] Changeset comment function

2014-11-02 Thread Richard Weait
I hope to use changeset discussions to publicly thanks new mappers in
my area as a way to encourage them. We have many communication tools
at our disposal, lists, fora, PM, social media, local meetings.  Such
diversity of channels allows subtleties of application.  :-)  The
potential risks are dilution of messages, and (over-)repetition across
channels.  So we'll want to watch that.

I think changeset discussions might be as instantly-useful as Mikel's
addition of the map of changeset bounding boxes.  To me they both
inspire, Wow, that is so helpful!

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[OSM-talk] discussion: inclusion and alcohol

2014-11-01 Thread Richard Weait
I read this article recently and It got me thinking.  Do we devalue
community members, or potential community members who don't drink?

A quote from the article, When alcohol is currency, non-alcoholic
drinks are considered valueless, and the interests and needs of people
who don’t drink alcohol are easily forgotten.

Give it a read and let's talk.  Can we do better in the ways that the
article suggests?

https://modelviewculture.com/pieces/alcohol-and-inclusivity-planning-tech-events-with-non-alcoholic-options

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[Talk-ca] State of the Map 2014 2015

2014-11-01 Thread Richard Weait
Hi All,

I hope that you have your flight booked for State of the Map next
weekend in Buenos Aires.  It should be great fun.

Start thinking now about how you are going to get to State of the Map
next year.  We don't know where State of the Map 2015 will be, yet.
That should be announced in BA on 9 Nov. at the closing ceremonies.

For now, have a look at the venue bids to see list list of potential
sites for SotM 2015.

Any of those look interesting to you?  How about Toronto?  I hope that
you will support the Toronto bid by tweeting and writing about your
support during this next week.  OpenStreetMap events are great fun.
Join the fun.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2015/Call_for_venues

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Re: [OSM-talk] [HOT] Skybox release aerial imagery

2014-10-29 Thread Richard Weait
On Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 7:32 AM, Mikel Maron mikel.ma...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hello

 I've been talking with the Google Crisis Response team, and they have
 confirmed:

 * Imagery released under Skybox for Good can be digitized into OSM under
 OSM's license.

That sounds good.

 They want to know the best place to formally let OSM know the above. If the 
 gist of the above sounds reasonable, I think the best place to announce would 
 be on legal-talk@


I would expect that introducing them to LWG would be best.  Then they
and LWG can agree on an announcement, text and locations, and
coordinate their timing.

Best regards and happy mapping,

Richard

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[OSM-talk] Fwd: OSM country interviews

2014-10-25 Thread Richard Weait
oops.  Must remember to list-reply.  :)


-- Forwarded message --
From: Richard Weait rich...@weait.com
Date: Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 7:39 PM
Subject: Re: [OSM-talk] OSM country interviews
To: Ed Freyfogle e...@lokku.com


Hi Ed,

Yes, I enjoyed the State of the Country presentations as well.  I
remember many in Limerick, and several in Amsterdam.  I think State of
the Country talks transitioned to the Lightning Talk tracks in Girona
and so have been less prominent since then.

The wide difference between what the German community and Canadian
community had to present in Limerick was stark.  :-)  It was
inspirational to see countries that were further along the
OpenStreetMap curve and mapping street furniture and infrastructure
like lamp posts, while others were a long way from completing a basic
road network, or even major bodies of water.

Best regards and happy mapping,

Richard

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[talk-au] Fwd: [OSM-talk] OSM country interviews

2014-10-25 Thread Richard Weait
Would an Australian mapper like to speak about the State of the
(Australian) Map, with Ed?


-- Forwarded message --
From: Ed Freyfogle e...@lokku.com
Date: Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 6:40 PM
Subject: [OSM-talk] OSM country interviews
To: osmf-t...@openstreetmap.org t...@openstreetmap.org


Hi,

many years ago at SotMs there used to be a track of talks in which the
speaker would present the state of OSM in their country or region -
the community, the unique challenges, etc. I always really enjoyed
those talks because they were a chance to learn about the diversity of
the world while also reminding us that we're all the same in our
desire to create a great and open map.

Like the vast majority of OSMers I won't be able to attend SotM this
year (though I will be at WhereCamp Berlin please say hello if you're
there), but I'm fortunate to have a job that lets me work on OSM. I'm
one of the people behind the OpenCage geocoder:
http://geocoder.opencagedata.com

We thought we'd revive the country report tradition by interviewing
people from the different communities on our blog. We've done a few
now, listed below. Hope you enjoy them, and if you'd like to tell the
world about OSM in our part of the world we'd love to hear from you

enjoy,
Ed

The interviews so far:

Indonesia: 
http://blog.opencagedata.com/post/100941606733/country-profile-state-of-openstreetmap-in-indonesia

Basque Country:
http://blog.opencagedata.com/post/100820580653/country-profile-state-of-openstreetmap-in-the-basque

Bangladesh: 
http://blog.opencagedata.com/post/99749986348/country-profile-state-of-openstreetmap-in-bangladesh

Ireland: 
http://blog.opencagedata.com/post/99554636383/country-profile-state-of-openstreetmap-in-ireland

Chile: 
http://blog.opencagedata.com/post/98916200238/country-profile-state-of-openstreetmap-in-chile

Scotland: 
http://blog.opencagedata.com/post/98216589988/open-geo-interview-series-state-of-osm-in-scotland

We also do interviews in general with anyone doing interesting things
in open geo data generally or OSM specifically. See
http://blog.opencagedata.com

Final note - would especially love to interview anyone who's done on
the ground mapping in Antarctica or similarly remote place.

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[Talk-ca] Fwd: [OSM-talk] OSM country interviews

2014-10-25 Thread Richard Weait
Ed would like a Canadian mapper for a State of Canada interview.
Contact him directly, or ask me to introduce if you like.


-- Forwarded message --
From: Ed Freyfogle e...@lokku.com
Date: Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 6:40 PM
Subject: [OSM-talk] OSM country interviews
To: osmf-t...@openstreetmap.org t...@openstreetmap.org


Hi,

many years ago at SotMs there used to be a track of talks in which the
speaker would present the state of OSM in their country or region -
the community, the unique challenges, etc. I always really enjoyed
those talks because they were a chance to learn about the diversity of
the world while also reminding us that we're all the same in our
desire to create a great and open map.

Like the vast majority of OSMers I won't be able to attend SotM this
year (though I will be at WhereCamp Berlin please say hello if you're
there), but I'm fortunate to have a job that lets me work on OSM. I'm
one of the people behind the OpenCage geocoder:
http://geocoder.opencagedata.com

We thought we'd revive the country report tradition by interviewing
people from the different communities on our blog. We've done a few
now, listed below. Hope you enjoy them, and if you'd like to tell the
world about OSM in our part of the world we'd love to hear from you

enjoy,
Ed

The interviews so far:

Indonesia: 
http://blog.opencagedata.com/post/100941606733/country-profile-state-of-openstreetmap-in-indonesia

Basque Country:
http://blog.opencagedata.com/post/100820580653/country-profile-state-of-openstreetmap-in-the-basque

Bangladesh: 
http://blog.opencagedata.com/post/99749986348/country-profile-state-of-openstreetmap-in-bangladesh

Ireland: 
http://blog.opencagedata.com/post/99554636383/country-profile-state-of-openstreetmap-in-ireland

Chile: 
http://blog.opencagedata.com/post/98916200238/country-profile-state-of-openstreetmap-in-chile

Scotland: 
http://blog.opencagedata.com/post/98216589988/open-geo-interview-series-state-of-osm-in-scotland

We also do interviews in general with anyone doing interesting things
in open geo data generally or OSM specifically. See
http://blog.opencagedata.com

Final note - would especially love to interview anyone who's done on
the ground mapping in Antarctica or similarly remote place.

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[Talk-ca] OSM scheduled maintenance this weekend.

2014-10-24 Thread Richard Weait
There will be a brief maintenance window Sunday morning, London
(England) time, during which all database and editing API reliant
services will be unavailable.

https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/October_2014_server_maintenance


We'll probably sleep through it.  :-)

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[Talk-us] SotM-us 2015

2014-10-24 Thread Richard Weait
I see that the call for venues for SotM-us 2015 closed two weeks ago,
but I don't see any bids.  Are the bids private?  Was the call
extended?

Best regards and happy mapping,

Richard

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Re: [Talk-us] SotM-us 2015

2014-10-24 Thread Richard Weait
On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 6:21 PM, Alex Barth a...@mapbox.com wrote:
 Richard -

 The bids were submitted private. As soon as the board will reconstitute
 after the elections we'll take a decision on the next location for State of
 the Map US. FWIW, I personally don't see a reason to not share the
 submissions together with the board decision, but I'd love to get the
 permission from the submitters and my board colleague's approval for this.

Cool.  Looking forward to it!

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[OSM-talk] Fwd: An engaged electorate

2014-10-23 Thread Richard Weait
-- Forwarded message --
From: Richard Weait rich...@weait.com
Date: Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 8:50 AM
Subject: An engaged electorate
To: osmf-t...@openstreetmap.org osmf-t...@openstreetmap.org


Talk@ and osmf-talk@ posts suggest that we have an engaged electorate.
Candidates should undertake to engage with their potential voters.

Candidates.  Please address the current questions to candidates on the
wiki page,

https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:Foundation/AGM14/Election_to_Board

If you are uncomfortable with editing the wiki page directly, post
your answers to osmf-talk@, we can crowd-source it[1]. :-) Please
repeat the question in the email with your answer to avoid ambiguity.

Candidates, please continue to monitor the link above for additional
questions.  With your wiki account, you can see changes in that page
by using your watchlist.

There are fewer than 12 hours to go for candidacy declarations!

[1] so, readers, please help out by transcribing answers posted here
that are not added yet added to the wiki page.

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Re: [OSM-talk] [Osmf-talk] Modus operandi of the board

2014-10-21 Thread Richard Weait
Oliver is seldom seen on the mailing lists, you might want to cc his
board email oli...@osmfoundation.org

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[OSM-talk] SotM Buenos Aires Program published!

2014-10-21 Thread Richard Weait
Hello all,

Have a look at the State of the Map Program for Buenos Aires,
Argentina.  And then get your tickets and book your flights!

http://www.stateofthemap.org/program

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[Talk-ca] Fwd: SotM Buenos Aires Program published!

2014-10-21 Thread Richard Weait
-- Forwarded message --
From: Richard Weait rich...@weait.com
Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 5:56 PM
Subject: SotM Buenos Aires Program published!
To: osmf-t...@openstreetmap.org t...@openstreetmap.org


Hello all,

Have a look at the State of the Map Program for Buenos Aires,
Argentina.  And then get your tickets and book your flights!

http://www.stateofthemap.org/program

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[Talk-us] Fwd: SotM Buenos Aires Program published!

2014-10-21 Thread Richard Weait
-- Forwarded message --
From: Richard Weait rich...@weait.com
Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 5:56 PM
Subject: SotM Buenos Aires Program published!
To: osmf-t...@openstreetmap.org t...@openstreetmap.org


Hello all,

Have a look at the State of the Map Program for Buenos Aires,
Argentina.  And then get your tickets and book your flights!

http://www.stateofthemap.org/program

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Re: [Talk-us] Mappy Hour tonight

2014-10-20 Thread Richard Weait
Super. Thanks for doing these Martijn!

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[OSM-talk] Be A Candidate! OSMF 2014 Election preview

2014-10-15 Thread Richard Weait
I've drafted some of the details and wiki pages for the 2014 election
to the OpenStreetMap Foundation Board.  The details will be confirmed
and then transferred to the OSM and OSMF blogs.

The election is coming up soon, meaning that window for candidacy is
also coming up soon.  So think about it.  Prepare for it.  Do it.

http://weait.com/osmf-election-2014


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[OSM-talk] OSMF 2014 election details. Spread the word.

2014-10-15 Thread Richard Weait
Hi all,

The OpenStreetMap Foundation election (2014) is coming up soon.  Some
details are still being ironed out and published.  Please pass this
information along to your local community- and language-lists.  Spread
the word to your favoured social networks.

For starters, please find:

Some dates:
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 at 2359H UTC.  Candidate nominations open. (today)

Thursday, 23 October 2014 at 2359H UTC.  Candidate nominations close

Email Proxy votes to open and close some time between these dates.
Details to follow.

Saturday, 08 November 2014, time TBD. In-person voting at SotM Buenos
Aires, Argentina.

Subject to correction, of course.

Candidacy and candidates:
Note that candidates may self-nominate.
The candidate list.
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Foundation/AGM14/Election_to_Board

I've had questions about candidates and candidacy and have posted my
thoughts here:
http://weait.com/foundation-commitments
http://weait.com/osmf-election-2014
Your questions for current or past board members, and for candidates
are welcome on the lists, IRC and other channels.

Voting:
-dates for email proxy voting are not yet confirmed.  Typically, email
proxy voting begins some time after candidacy closes, and ends hours
or days before the in-person voting begins.
-STV voting will be used for the first time in the OSMF context.
Details will be added to the wiki page on proxy voting.
- Matters for voting in 2014 include the Election to the Board, three
special resolutions, and a vote on membership fees.  Details to
follow.
https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Foundation/AGM14/Proxy_Voting

Best Regards and Happy Mapping,
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[Talk-ca] Fwd: [OSM-talk] Your chance to host State of the Map 2015

2014-10-15 Thread Richard Weait
-- Forwarded message --
From: Rob Nickerson rob.j.nicker...@gmail.com
Date: Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM
Subject: [OSM-talk] Your chance to host State of the Map 2015
To: OpenStreetMap t...@openstreetmap.org


Hi list members,

State of the Map conferences are a great way to bring the community
together, reach out to new members and promote innovation. I am
delighted to see that the OpenStreetMap Foundation have committed to
continuing State of the Map in 2015.

The OSMF annual SOTM complements local SOTMs {EU, US, Scotland, etc}
and to me one of the big benefits is that the Foundation remains
committed to taking SOTM to new places. Now it's your chance to host
:-)

The call for locations for SOTM 2015 is now open:

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2015/Call_for_venues

So why are you still reading this, get bidding :-)

Regards,
Rob
SotM 2013 (Birmingham) local team



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[Talk-ca] OpenStreetMap community diversity

2014-10-08 Thread Richard Weait
Hi all,

There have been recent discussions on several OpenStreetMap lists[1]
about community diversity, in one form or another.  I recommend that
you take a scan through those discussions. As a gross
over-simplification, The OpenStreetMap community is mainly male.
Women and other demographic groups are not well represented. Increased
diversity will be beneficial to OpenStreetMap.  Let us each take
concrete steps to make OpenStreetMap more diverse.

The Toronto event organizing team, Steve, Stewart and I, have taken
one step towards improved diversity, by adding an anti-harassment
statement[2] that applies to OpenStreetMap events that we organize.
The statement is included in upcoming event announcements as well as
the information page linked below.  For Toronto OpenStreetMap
Enthusiasts, that means that this applies to OpenStreetMap Mappy Hour
and other events, as well as #maptimeTO #maptime events.

Our goal has always been to attend[3] fun events where we can learn,
and share, about OpenStreetMap with other interested parties.
Everybody with an interest in OpenStreetMap should be able to attend
and participate to the best of their ability and without
discrimination.

My questions to you, the wider Canadian audience, are as follows:

1) Will you help to draft a similar statement en français for this list?
2) How you addressing diversity / inclusion in your local groups?
3) What shall we implement now?
4) What will we work towards in the near future?

And as always, if you haven't attended an OpenStreetMap event to meet
with other mappers, you should do that!  We're fun!  And talking about
our shared interest in OpenStreetMap is fun and informative.

Best regards,

Richard

[1] see talk@, osmf-talk@ and diversity-talk@ for background.
[2] http://www.meetup.com/OpenStreetMap-Toronto/pages/Anti-harassment_statement
[3] even if we have to organize them ourselves :-)

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Re: [OSM-talk] Retired Challenges + Thanks!

2014-10-03 Thread Richard Weait
On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 5:25 PM, Martijn van Exel m...@rtijn.org wrote:
 Hi all,

 I just retired the 'Ways Needing Smoothing' and 'Crossing Ways' MapRoulette
 challenges because the remainder of the tasks were mostly false positives.

Nice.  Thanks for maproulette.

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Re: [Talk-us] Statistics of board candidate edits

2014-10-03 Thread Richard Weait
Darrell, Paul did say that it was a rudimentary analysis.  It is.  It
is just one lens through which one might view the candidates.  Their
candidacy statements are another lens.  Your interaction with each
candidate on lists, at conferences, and through social media is
another (or another three) lens(es).

Of course you are free to disagree with him.  One might suggest that
an experienced board member may have forgotten what it is like to be
a beginner and thus would be less able to understand and address the
challenges faced by new mappers.  I agree with this statement to a
point; not every experienced mapper is an effective coach for new
mappers.  Measuring and evaluating that hypothesis would be a
challenge.  :-)

Darrell, you say that you can’t think of a reason where number of
edits made by a board member matters matters one iota. I believe that
Paul addresses that directly in his statement, When considering the
qualifications of someone on the board which sets direction for the
local chapter, it is certainly useful to their experience as an OSM
contributor in the US.

I also see the benefits of the supplemental skills list that you added
in your email Darrell.  I wouldn't argue against a candidate who
brings useful supplemental skills, such as the ones you list.

That said, it is my understanding that some of those tasks are already
handled, in part, by other volunteers.  If I remember correctly, the
DC event organization team included several non-board members.  Also,
it is my understanding that the bulk of local events in the US are run
by local volunteers.  Both of those are true on the international
scale when you look at OSMF, and the Working Groups.

Paul, did you take alternate accounts into consideration, or only one
uid per candidate?

Best regards,

Richard

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Re: [Talk-us] US Chapter board elections - time is running out!

2014-09-30 Thread Richard Weait
On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 4:42 PM, Martijn van Exel
mart...@openstreetmap.us wrote:
 Hi all,

 With just a few days to go, we only have two names on the ballot for
 the upcoming US Chapter board elections. We have all five positions up
 for election, so this is clearly not enough!

It seems unusual that only one of five incumbents is running again.
Have the other current board members stated that they aren't going to
run for re-election?

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Re: [Talk-us] US Chapter board elections - time is running out!

2014-09-29 Thread Richard Weait
I presume that candidates would add themselves on the wiki, here?

http://wiki.osm.org/wiki/Foundation/Local_Chapters/United_States/Elections/2014

I further presume that self-nomination is acceptable, as both
candidates have done so.  :-)

DO consider adding yourself to the ballot.  If you enjoy
OpenStreetMap, you can enjoy contributing to a local chapter, or even
the OSMF board.

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[Talk-ca] Toronto event reminder

2014-09-08 Thread Richard Weait
Hi all,

As is our custom, monthly Mappy Hour events continue in Toronto.  Join
us tonight, or one night any month, to meet for conversation and
camaraderie around OpenStreetMap.  Newcomers, and visitors to Toronto
are welcome!

We started hosting monthly #maptime events recently, for discussion
and self-study around web maps.  As with Mappy Hour, newcomers are
welcome.

We keep our schedules here,
http://www.meetup.com/OpenStreetMap-Toronto so you can have a look at
any time.

Best regards and happy mapping,
Richard

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[Talk-ca] Fwd: [OSM-talk] SOTM in Buenos Aires: Call for Papers

2014-09-04 Thread Richard Weait
Oops. Don't know how this got missed.

CfP Buenos Aires closes soon.  Get your talk proposals in.


-- Forwarded message --
From: Frederik Ramm frede...@remote.org
Date: Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM
Subject: [OSM-talk] SOTM in Buenos Aires: Call for Papers
To: Talk Openstreetmap t...@openstreetmap.org


Hi,

   I just noticed that this mailing list hasn't had an announcement for
that so even if I'm not involved with the conference (*) here's a
reminder that you have another 10 days, until September 14th, to submit
presentations for this year's international State of the Map conference
in Buenos Aires.

Details are here: http://stateofthemap.org/CfP

Spread the word!

Bye
Frederik

(*) other than being a participant, that is!

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[Talk-us] Fwd: [OSM-talk] SOTM in Buenos Aires: Call for Papers

2014-09-04 Thread Richard Weait
Oops. Don't know how this got missed.

CfP Buenos Aires closes soon.  Get your talk proposals in.


-- Forwarded message --
From: Frederik Ramm frede...@remote.org
Date: Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM
Subject: [OSM-talk] SOTM in Buenos Aires: Call for Papers
To: Talk Openstreetmap t...@openstreetmap.org


Hi,

   I just noticed that this mailing list hasn't had an announcement for
that so even if I'm not involved with the conference (*) here's a
reminder that you have another 10 days, until September 14th, to submit
presentations for this year's international State of the Map conference
in Buenos Aires.

Details are here: http://stateofthemap.org/CfP

Spread the word!

Bye
Frederik

(*) other than being a participant, that is!

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Re: [OSM-talk] online survey about the OSM community

2014-08-23 Thread Richard Weait
clickhole.com has reported that a Local Mapper has responded to
misguided surveys by deleting the campus data of the offending
institution and replacing it with amenity=kindergarten.

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Re: [Talk-ca] Mapillary coverage in Vancouver

2014-07-29 Thread Richard Weait
On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 11:58 PM, Paul Norman penor...@mac.com wrote:
 For some time I have been taking pictures to map from, and now that
 Mapillary is out, I finally have a way to share them.


[ ... ]

 Technical:
 Images are captured at a settable interval, generally 2 seconds from a
 dash-mounted camera. Post-processing is then done for sharpness and
 contrast, time corrections applied, and the results correlated with GPX
 files from my GPS unit.

Could you tell more about your camera(s) and workflow?  No GPS in the camera?

And thanks.  This looks cool.  I've  added a few photos around
Toronto.  Just getting started.  :-)

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Re: [Talk-ca] Coastline or not coastline

2014-07-29 Thread Richard Weait
Regarding the remote mappers who are blindly editing local mapper
tagging conventions on the St. Lawrence River.

In addition to notifying DWG, be sure to also inform the remote
mappers.  I recognize those two IDs and think they are both a long way
from Canada, and thus unlikely to be monitoring talk-ca@.

Let the remote mappers know that local mappers are maintaining those
river areas, and their repeated changes are unexpected, add no merit,
and may be considered an edit war.

Best regards and happy mapping,

Richard

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[Talk-us] Lafayette LA mappers? address import?

2014-07-28 Thread Richard Weait
Hello Mappers,

Do we have active mappers (with an interest) in / near Lafayette,
LA?[1]  How do you feel about address data for that area?  Would you
participate in improving that data?  Would you like to lead that
effort?   More details, and all follow-ups please, to imports@ and
imports-us@.

I've been given ~100k address points for Lafayette LA, along with
license permission for inclusion in OpenStreetMap under CT/ODbL and
future licenses.  The publisher requires a don't blame us waiver
that we may include in the wiki. :-)

A quick scan of the central area of Lafayette shows approximately 14
addresses that include addr:housenumber=*.

A very quick preliminary scan of the data reveals:

- addresses are ALL CAPS and need expansion of RD, ST, ETC.
- addresses are points and appear to be approximate building centers.
There are exceptions.  There are address points on what might be a
main portion of a building.
- there is at least one address point on the pitcher's mound of a ball
diamond, and not on the club house building.
- address points seem sensible based on existing road rendering and
aerial imagery, for the area I looked at.

So, if you are interested (and especially if you have local
knowledge), please follow and participate on imports@ and imports-us@.

Best regards and happy mapping,

Richard

[1] I'll ping those that I see in the user map as well.

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[OSM-talk] OpenStreetMap Foundation Corporate Members

2014-07-20 Thread Richard Weait
Since February 2014 your company can support OpenStreetMap Foundation
with a corporate membership.  The first corporate members were
announced today.

https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2014/07/20/welcome-corporate-members/

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[Talk-ca] OpenStreetMap Foundation Corporate Members

2014-07-20 Thread Richard Weait
Since February 2014 your company can support OpenStreetMap Foundation
with a corporate membership.  The first corporate members were
announced today.

https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2014/07/20/welcome-corporate-members/

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