OpenStreetMap

A lot of new contributors in the Philippines

Posted by maning on 14 October 2009 in English (English)

I am seeing a lot newbies adding POIs and streetnames around the Philippines lately.

http://www.fxfoo.com/osm/kml/web/web-osm-world-day-latest-v0-openlayers.html?lat=14.53717&lon=121.23152&zoom=6&layers=B0T

Welcome guys/gals!
We have a lot of work to do :)
RULE NUMBER 1: HAVE FUN!

If you have questions, ask me. Or better, subscribe to the osm philippines mailing list:
http://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/talk-ph

Our wikipage is here:
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_Philippines

Keep on mapping!

Comment from seav on 15 October 2009 at 05:26

I guess we need to start "organizing" the welcoming committee to help bring the newbies up to speed. :-)

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Comment from maning on 15 October 2009 at 07:06

You got the idea :). Since nobody took on the welcoming committee proposal, I decided to just do the invites via diary postings.

Let's see how this goes. But a more organized effort should be better.

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Comment from ianlopez1115 on 15 October 2009 at 09:27

I've welcomed a new mapper named "Pufferfish". Gave him some tips, and invited him to join the mailing list. It's a good start, that's for sure. Maybe we need to make a "survey" for our new mappers.

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Comment from seav on 15 October 2009 at 09:54

Well, I've been sending messages to some newbies via the OSM messaging system. I only send to newbies that seem to want to stick around, so I wait until they contribute for at least several days before sending them a welcome message. This is to avoid bothering the one-time contributors. :-)

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Comment from maning on 15 October 2009 at 10:31

I use the same approach, observe if the new mapper comes back. If he/she continues to contribute, that's when I send messages mostly with this content:

1. commending his/her contributions in the specific
2. provide a few tips
3. extend a helping hand (you can ask me)
4. direct them to join the mailinglist

I've observed that most newbies use potlatch so sending them a message via osm website would be the best approach. What I want is to encourage them to join the mailinglist since most Ph discussion happen in the list.

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