At the State of the Map and HOT Summit conferences this year, we discussed ways to increase diversity and promote inclusion in OpenStreetMap (OSM). These discussions have evolved in format over the past few years; this year focusing on practical actions individuals can take to improve diversity. Read these ideas from 40 people attending State of the Map, to see how you can help.
By diversity, we mean broad representation across demographic characteristics of participants, including gender, racial, ethnic, geographic, socio-economic, age, sexual orientation/intersectionalism, and other dimensions of difference. We are concerned not only with the presence and participation of our diverse community, but also with the quality of the experience being inclusive.
As mentioned, one suggestion from the diversity discussion was understanding how to baseline diversity levels in OSM, and how these are changing. In looking through the data we collected on diversity for the HOT Summit, my biggest learning is we have not systematically captured data at key points of the conference process in order to be able to concretely measure how we are doing. The data points below, which are based on the questions included in the call for speakers, serve as a baseline against which we can track our performance going forward:
* 35% of speaker applications self-identified as from an underrepresented group, 49% of total talks were from speakers who self-identified as from an underrepresented group
* 41% of speakers selected were female
* 35% of speakers selected came from outside North America & Europe
Get more involved in Diversity with…
* State of the Map Working Group
* HOT Summit Working Group & Community Working Group: https://www.hotosm.org/community/working-groups/
* GeoChicas Telegram group: https://t.me/geochicasosm
* OSM Diversity list: https://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/diversity-talk
* YouthMappers and the LetGirlsMap campaign (www.youthmappers.org/letgirlsmap)
Comment from Sawan Shariar on 19 October 2019 at 11:36
Thank you, Rebecca.
Comment from quicky on 4 November 2019 at 13:10
Very interesting !