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SOTMUS 2015: Improving Diversity in OpenStreetMap

SOTMUS 2015: Improving Diversity in OpenStreetMap

Presented at State of the Map US 2015 at the UN Headquarters in New York City.

Open source has a diversity problem, and OpenStreetMap is no exception. In this talk I will not focus on proving that there is a problem; instead, I will provide concrete action items that we as a community can implement to help debug this issue. From the smallest local level to the national scale and even (or perhaps especially) internationally from the OpenStreetMap Foundation there is much the OpenStreetMap community can do to ensure that our community reflects the world we’re mapping.

I will share examples from other open communities that have successfully promoted diversity initiatives and share ideas for how we can apply their lessons to the OpenStreetMap community. I will also talk about the work that is already happening in OpenStreetMap and pitch a few ideas for ways to extend them.

My goal is to show you that while improving diversity is a big challenge there are a lot of things that we can do to start moving in the right direction today.

Kathleen Danielson

June 07, 2015

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  5. Diversity? • Gender • Racial • Sexual Orientation & Gender

    Identity • Disability • Socioeconomic status
  6. Suggested Reading: “Feminism is for Everybody” bell hooks

  7. The Problem(s) with FOSS

  8. Implicit Power Structures

  9. Suggested Reading: “The Tyranny of Structurelessness” Jo Freeman http://www.jofreeman.com/joreen/tyranny.htm

  10. Privilege and Marginalized Groups

  11. Suggested Reading: “Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There

    Is” John Scalzi http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/15/straight-white-male-the-lowest- difficulty-setting-there-is/
  12. Unequal Distribution of Funds

  13. OSM Isn't Immune

  14. Suggested Reading: “The Threads of OSM Discussion: Are the Doors

    Really Open?” Alyssa Wright http://www.slideshare.net/apw217/changing-the-ratio http://vimeopro.com/openstreetmapus/state-of-the-map-us- 2013/video/68098504
  15. What am I NOT discussing? • Proving there's a problem

    • The Pipeline • Geographic & Linguistic Diversity
  16. Learning From Friends

  17. Building New Communities

  18. Communities of Identity • Building communication channels, access to networks

    • Spotting and combating problematic patterns
  19. “Adjacent” Communities • Black Girls Code • Rails Girls •

    DjangoGirls • PyLadies • Trans*H4CK
  20. Improving Existing Communities

  21. Boston Python Workshop • Packaged workshop materials • Increase diversity

    of local UGs rather than creating new groups • PSF grants
  22. Outreachy (Formerly “GNOME Outreach Program for Women”)

  23. Providing Resources

  24. The Ada Initiative • Codes of Conduct • Imposter Syndrome

    Trainings • Ally Skills Workshops • AdaCamps
  25. Geek Feminism Wiki • Timeline of Incidents • Feminism 101

    • Helps “baby feminists” • Outlines abuser patterns
  26. Wikimedia Gender Gap Task Force • Surveys • Academic Scholarship

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia: WikiProject_Countering_systemic_bias/ Gender_gap_task_force
  27. What about OSM?

  28. What are we already doing?

  29. Current OSM Diversity Work • Codes of Conduct • Travel

    Grants • Diversity mailing list • Fundraising for The Ada Initiative
  30. The Ada Initiative https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/KathleenLD/diary/23967

  31. What Next?

  32. WARNING: Beware Invisible Labor!

  33. Make Our Spaces Healthier

  34. Stop Tolerating Bad Behavior! • SOTM Codes of Conduct •

    Mailing list Codes of Conduct • Implementation support
  35. Increase Access to Funding

  36. Where is the Money? • Who makes a living off

    of this project? • Not just larger companies
  37. Capture Our Experiences

  38. We have a wiki-- let's use it!

  39. OSM Diversity research

  40. Best practices & resources (Wikimedia!)

  41. Mailing List Greatest Hits

  42. Track ongoing diversity projects

  43. this problem is not Too Big

  44. Tell your boards (or run for your board!)

  45. Educate yourself

  46. Learn to spot bad behavior and say something

  47. Stop relying on invisible labor

  48. Money Talks

  49. Pay the Experts! (Ada Initiative, Outreachy)

  50. Diversity Matters.

  51. Thank You! @KathleenLD

  52. Any Questions? (For comments, find me in the hall or

    on Twitter!) @KathleenLD