Is Volunteered Gi Sustainable

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Is Volunteered Geographic Information sustainable?
What is a sustainable map?
Why do people contribute to open projects and in particular OpenStreetMap?
How can OSM build and sustain its community?

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  • Thank you OSM for inviting an arch paleo like me to talk to youComing from a local government background I have talked with many clients who were increasingly interested in how OSM could form part of their mapping data strategy. The question frequently came up is this sustainable?I am not sure what people mean by a sustainable map but perhaps this morning we can explore the concept and how it might impact the future of OSM and its community.
  • This morning I want to briefly consider what does sustainable mean for a street map, what might be the special characteristics of a volunteered street map, explore the way that people participate in OSM and consider the motivations of people who contribute volunteered geographic information. Finally I want to offer a few thoughts and pose a couple of questions to you about the future of the OSM community.
  • And we can all learn from participating
  • The people who have been pretty good friends to OSM over the years
  • So back to my opening questionIs VGI sustainable? CLICKIf OSM keeps doing the things that it currently does well then it looks like the future is rosy

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  • 1. Is Volunteered Geographic Information Sustainable?
    Steven Feldman
  • 2. Agenda
    Sustainability
    Participation
    Motivation
    Future Gazing
  • 3. How many of you contribute to OSM?
    Frequently
    Moderately
    Once or twice
    How many of you earn a living or part from GI?
    Other IT?
    Married?
    Kids?
  • 4. What do you want from a street map?
  • 5. Complete
  • 6. Known accuracy
  • 7. Currency
  • 8.
  • 9.
  • 10. Becoming sustainable?
    People
    Process
  • 11.
  • 12. Growing numbers of contributors
  • 13. Soaring to new heights
  • 14. Past the tipping point?
  • 15. Contributor Fatigue
  • 16. Is there a VGI tail off?
  • 17. North London
    Long tail – Top 10 contributors out of 189 contributed 81%!
  • 18. Redlands, California
    75% of contributions from 2 users
  • 19. Belfast
    84% of contributions from 4 people
  • 20. Amsterdam
    76% of edits (exc AND) from 5 contributors out of 104
  • 21. Observations
    Most cities dependent upon small number of contributors
    Some evidence of user fatigue
    Large cities attract new major contributors, small ones don’t
  • 22.
  • 23. Updates
  • 24. OpenStreetMappers?
  • 25. Values
  • 26. Social
  • 27. Understanding
  • 28.
  • 29. Protection
  • 30.
  • 31. Fun
  • 32. Ideology
  • 33. Values
    Social
    Understanding
    Career
    Protective
    Enhancement
    Fun
    Ideology
  • 34. Top 4 motivations
    Fun
    Ideology
    Values
    Understanding
  • 35. What does this mean for OpenStreetMap?
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  • 41. Invite a Big Guy
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  • 50. Is Volunteered Geographic Information Sustainable?
    YES
  • 51. Thank You
    Steven Feldman
    KnowWhere
    e: shfeldman@gmail.com
    w: http://GIScussions.blogspot.com
    t: http://twitter.com/stevenfeldman