Quite often I have been 'spotted' while out mapping and have got into conversations with local business owners. I want to allay their suspicions when they see me wandering along service alleys and taking photos of their premises. I explain what I am doing and tell them a bit about OSM mentioning that I will be adding their business details to the map.
Once I have done the editing and seen the results show up on the map I usually email the business and send them a link to the appropriate part of the map. I also mention that their details will appear on "Osmand – the associated Android app"
Does anyone else do this?
In my email should I be saying something like "OpenStreetMap -the free, open source, alternative to Google Maps" or is that perhaps being too pointed?
What about referring to embedding OSM on their website if they have one? I've generally avoided this as I'm not tech savvy enough to answer any questions which may arise.
Suggestions, comments welcome!