Proposal: Regional mapathons
I would like to propose an idea and appreciate any feedback you may have. It is inspired by the 24 hour mapathon that Tshedy (Mats’eliso Thobei) held in April.
The idea is that we do 24 hour mapathons focused on a specific region in the UK. Instead of one mapper working for 24 hours (I don't recommend that) we welcome people to help map the specified region at time that suites each individual within the 24hour window. The suggestion is to do this once per month and announce the locations well in advance (e.g. a full 12 month list).
I feel that this complements the quarterly mapping projects which a thematic not regional projects. It may help to build community and allows mappers to look beyond their normal patch every now and then - will help to fill in some less mapped areas and to highlight mapping styles inconsistencies.
If uncomfortable with armchair mapping then there are plenty of other ways to get involved:
- If nearby, then visit in person.
- Review how the existing OSM data compare to your normal mapping area. What differences can you find, etc.
- Send messages to locals to encourage them to get active in OSM.
- Search for open data available in the location.
- Reach out to local organisations / councils to encourage them to use and update OSM.
Dates can be picked randomly but proportionate to when most people are actively contributing. A quick look at OSM Stats suggests Mon-Fri are most active. Weekends less so. Over 12 months we can therefore pick 2xMon, 2xTue, etc.. and just 1xSat, 1xSun.
I'm also tempted to pick regions randomly at first so that each place has an equal chance of being selected.
Any thoughts or ideas?