Soon, the 100,000,000th changeset will be published in #OpenStreetMap. The counter tool (https://jwestman.gitlab.io/osm-in-realtime/) shows the progression in real time. And #WeeklyOSM (http://weeklyosm.eu/archives/14269) is offering an interview and a present to the contributor lucky to hit the milestone.
The OpenStreetMap World Discord server (https://discord.gg/q6HnfNZ ) is hosting virtual Spring mapathon(s) during the weekends of March 27th and April 3rd (Spring break).
You do not need to stay the entire time delegated on the calendar (you can even just stop by).
You must join the server to participate in the voice/video call and organization of the event.
The actual date(s) of the mapathon(s) will be selected March 20th.
Availability Survey: https://doodle.com/poll/gybmhckqqmf5h98s
A journalist emailed me months ago asking if they could ask me some questions about corporate influence in OSM. I said sure, had a nice chat with them. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-19/openstreetmap-charts-a-controversial-new-direction is the resulting article that came out today. I think it is a factual and balanced article overall and I struggle to understand why people throw disparaging remarks at me on Twitter. I'm quoted saying that corporate mappers don't map for the same reasons as the rest of us - that's obvious right? They get paid, we don't?
I've started an #OSM discussion, to try to hammer out how to add it to OSM. Reply to that mailing list, or here, or whatever.
Sigh, compressed take on the bloomberg #openstreetmap article:
- corporate involvement in OSM has always been a thing (remember skobbler? MapQuest?). OSM is -not- wikipedia.
- tensions due to corporate involvement go back just as far, definitely far further back than 2014.
“Inside the ‘Wikipedia of Maps,’ Tensions Grow Over Corporate Influence”
Don't forget, only a few days left to have your opinion counted in the 2021 #OSMF Community Survey! Please take a few mins to fill in this anonymous survey to help the #OpenStreetMap Foundation Board (which I'm on) know more about the community. 🙂 (boosts welcome)
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