mikelmaron has commented on the following diary entries

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Holiday reflections on OpenStreetMap about 1 year ago

Excellent point @SimonPoole, agree a “news” feature directly in could be great. Going to ruminate on all the ways we could approach that, and make it a core part of the experience of Also note, @joost schouppe had and generated a tremendous set of ideas here

(also noting that @-username doesn’t notify anyone presently, there’s another feature :)

Holiday reflections on OpenStreetMap about 1 year ago

If you feel there’s things that could be improved on the mailing list or to improve new mapper retention, let’s do them! I have a list of a few things I might explore in another post on my priorities for 2018.

(Yea I think I disagree with point d and your “summa summarum” (“all in all” in Latin, I had to look it up :) since I think there’s a second order affect on how and what people in the core of the project do based on the their perceptions and experience of the mailing list, and I do think people talking about this are sincere just as you are but that’s beside my point).

Building Canada 2020 over 1 year ago

love it. going to borrow that image, again and again :)

Building Canada 2020 over 1 year ago

@SimonPoole you’re out of line. If you need a punching bag, find an actual punching bag in real life, and spare your community from unfounded hostility.

Building Canada 2020 over 1 year ago

Great response @jaronswain? Maybe think about reframing your question next time @SimonPoole? I think you could put forward your question in a way that doesn’t make pretty negative assumptions. You could assume that you don’t have sufficient information to make a judgement.

Baltimore's Monuments to the Confederacy removed from OpenStreetMap after their removal by the City of Baltimore over 1 year ago

Amazing work @ElliotPlack

Statistics Canada and OSM building pilot project in Ottawa background. over 1 year ago

great history and context John, thanks for writing this up

Local Chapter Congress Notes from SotM 2016 almost 2 years ago


You seem to have two major threads in your diary entry.

Yup – that’s what came up during the Congress. Better communication is a top topic for Local Chapters.

Push notifications is a dream for many of us.

It’s getting close. This PR would implement. May need some policy work. Showing support for the PR could help get this moving :)

suspect we need to look at other approaches to find what interest the press.

Would love to figure out strategies here. Possibly a starting point is to start generating good stories on our diaries / blogs, then picking out the best ones to pitch. What are good stories coming out of OSM US?

100€ for a notifications listings page about 2 years ago

@Skippern sure let’s extend!

100€ for a subscription to diary comments over 2 years ago

And our next challenge

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And PR accepted! @Zverik @Stereo, let’s make donations to

100€ for a subscription to diary comments over 2 years ago

@Zverik PR submitted

100€ for a subscription to diary comments over 2 years ago

And ok, looks like I’m taking up your challenge Ilya

100€ for a subscription to diary comments over 2 years ago

And sure, I’ll put in 100 EUR too.

100€ for a subscription to diary comments over 2 years ago

@Zverik this is a great idea, and I’d love to see this. It doesn’t look too complicated, based on what’s in place for changeset subscriptions.

Going further, I’d love to have a single page where I can see all the changesets and diaries I’ve subscribed to, along with details on the latest comments / whatever I haven’t seen yet.

Let's Talk Local at the Global State of the Map over 2 years ago

Thanks Glassman, you’re right about terminology. I’m using Local Chapter here loosely (too loosely it seems) .. but I really see it as a spectrum, and don’t think that formalizing is the first step, far from it. Do like Harry’s thinking about building an on ramp.

A look into a sample of edits from MAPS.ME contributors from August over 2 years ago

Thanks @joost schouppe. Exactly – there’s a rational and smart way to go about looking at, based in real assessment and cool heads and respect for each other and all mappers.

I do wonder looking at these issues, how could adapt to address some of the issues discovered.

On the stats, I would be very surprised if the scale of this jump meant was due to something other than, since HOT and Missing Maps events occur frequently. One way to dig into this would be to look at each newly signed up users and look at their changeset comments.

Welcome to the new Missing Maps almost 3 years ago

hey @woodpeck — I’m reading your comment and having trouble understanding exactly what you think is an issue here. OSM purposely doesn’t spend much on publicity, or develops software – but makes an API available for anyone to sign up to and use, as long as the community norms of mapping are followed. Missing Maps as a project has not been in an OSM vacuum, and this is far from the first site to share statistics on how we’re mapping. If tangible issues develop, there’s plenty of room to address – OSM never stopped from doing something out of fear of what might go wrong, otherwise we’d never have started! In any case, the code for this is open, and I think there’s huge potential to apply analysis at scale on OSM for all sorts of purposes – how else can we make OSM better through infrastructure such as this?

Data and community in the Belgian regions about 3 years ago

Oh of course — was using Mazermind tools as well for analysis with OSM Epic Turned out, very difficult to manage the scale of data in OSM History, in a database.

A recent break through for me, via working at Mapbox on this stuff, was using OSMQATiles and TileReduce processing. This is what drove the country cover work (links at

For example, was able to very quickly write and run script to count and visualize users by join date in OSM. I mean really fast — writing the processor took less than an hour, and running takes less than a minute.

OSMQATiles covers what’s in OSM right now, not history, and doesn’t include relations. But even with these limitations, can derive enough actionable information to get a good picture of the community. I wonder, can we think of what questions where current OSMQATiles is sufficient, and whether the simplicity of the approach and speed gives a lot. And what critical things are we missing, and should we looking into a full history QA tile set as well.

Data and community in the Belgian regions about 3 years ago

Great research @joost%20schouppe. What tools are you using to run these stats? Would love to see this kind of local community research available everywhere, on an ongoing basis.

This mapper’s interest is first and foremost landuse mapping.

Pretty interesting how this is amplified when only analysing nodes. Raises the importance of something we don’t capture in metrics easily — what kinds of features edited on user and location basis.

If we had contribution stats by feature types at various admin_levels, would be able to identify particular community data strengths and weaknesses. The highway coverage analysis was one step in this direction

Another important element to capture is recency — you might have great coverage, but if it all happened 5 years ago, the community is not very vibrant.

Do people cross borders? Well yes. To define “home”, I first took a subset of people with at least fives sessions in Belgium over all years. Then I simply looked at the region they had most sessions in.

This is pretty interesting. A lot of mappers cross borders, and identifying who is local and who is remote is tricky. Would love to have a service which provided

1) per user, a list of the number of edits per admin boundary, along with the most likely “home” 2) a list of users per admin boundary (also at multiple levels)