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Meeting in Person: Why, How, & What's Next?

Meeting in Person: Why, How, & What's Next?

Ideas about and suggestions for taking technical communities offline. Specifically geared toward local, in person, OpenStreetMap communities.

Presented on April 12, 2014 at State of the Map US in Washington, DC.


Kathleen Danielson

April 12, 2014

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  1. Meeting in Person: Why, How, & What’s Next? Kathleen Danielson

    State of the Map US 2014
  2. • Board Member, OpenStreetMap US • Creator and co-organizer of

    Geo DC • Technical Project Manager • Online Community Management Community is my jam. Who Am I?
  3. Getting people into the same room to drink beer and

    do nerdy things My Life Skill:
  4. Geo DC, January 2013

  5. 1. Save Community, Save the World OSM 2. Every community

    is unique 3. Take care of yourself 4. Community Scales If you only pick up 4 things:
  6. Why?

  7. • This community has diverse interests-- people get involved in

    OSM for a lot of reasons. Learn about them! • Mapping is a solitary task; it's easy to go down rabbit holes and forget about the big picture • It can only help the project to establish more in-person hubs Why Bother?
  8. ▪ Real Talk: I love OSM, but the mailing list

    discourse isn’t always as constructive as it could be ▪ Building real world connections can help ▪ Bottom-up approach to global community building ▪ A healthier community won’t spontaneously create itself Community Health
  9. How?

  10. ▪ This isn’t scary. (But don’t let anyone tell you

    it’s easy!) ▪ If you don’t get pick-up, that’s ok. Try again. Rethink your approach. Reach out for suggestions. (More on this later) ▪ It’s also ok if it doesn’t work out. Every place has unique challenges. Just Do It!
  11. • Find other mappers • Spread the word • Programming

    • Keep it going Getting Started
  12. • New York City • San Francisco • Boston •

    Tampa Bay • DC • Baltimore • Cleveland • St. Louis • Salt Lake City • Seattle • Chicago • ??? Where are the local communities? These aren't all exclusively OSM-focused, and that's ok too. More on that later.
  13. • ito! OSM Mapper • Pascal's OSM Contributors Map •

    talk-us mailing list (but try the others first) Find people in your area
  14. ito! osm mapper

  15. • Email ◦ Google Groups are great • Twitter •

    Facebook... wait, what? ◦ DC Homebrew Club • Meetup.com ◦ Not free ◦ Great way to reach new folks Spread the Word
  16. None
  17. Meet your community where they are

  18. • Ask! • Keep trying new things • Reassess: what

    your community needed two years ago might not be what they need today Assessing your community's needs
  19. • Social meetups ("Mappy Hour") • Mapping Parties; Field and/or

    "armchair" • Informal presentations, "lightning talks" • Maptime • Editathons Now What?
  20. #Editathon!

  21. • No one says you can't have a wider scope

    • Some of the largest, most active groups aren't OSM-exclusive • This is probably an easier way to get started All OSM all the time? Maptime!
  22. • Connect with other groups and organizations: ◦ Environmental groups

    ◦ Tech groups ◦ Others (KCDC) • Don't try this alone! • No, seriously: don't forget to reassess your community's needs. Keeping things going
  23. Take Care of Yourself

  24. • Try to have at least one co-organizer • Don't

    be afraid to ask for help or resources from your community • What type of programming or schedule can you realistically support? • Make sure it's fun for YOU! Take a break if you need it. Avoiding Burnout
  25. This Stuff Scales

  26. • How can we help each other build stronger local

    communities? • How can our local communities strengthen the national one? • How can the US community better collaborate with communities around the world? Let’s talk about it
  27. • Amsterdam Geo Drinks • Mappers in Belgium • OSM

    France in Paris • OSM meetup in Rome Local Communities in Europe
  28. • Save Community, Save OSM • Communities are special snowflakes

    • Take care of yourself • Community Scales Key Takeaways
  29. @KathleenLD Thanks!