KEYNOTE: Changing the Ratio of Open Street Communities

A session at State of the Map 2013

Saturday 7th September, 2013

9:35am to 10:00am (GMT)

Alyssa Wright
OpenStreetMap exists with what Gabriella Coleman calls a collaborative ethical temperament--one that values transparency, accessibility, and openness for the purpose of participation. Vibrant and open dialogue is key in encouraging and facilitating this participation. But are the doors really open to anyone?
I investigate the structure and demographics of the OpenStreetMap community. Framed by established research on OpenStreetMap, specifically and open source, in general, I establish why a lack of gender and racial diversity poses significant challenges for the sustainability of our work. I then introduce OpenThreads, a toolset for the rhetorical analysis of open mailing lists. This research can serve as a guide for building future tools of interaction on our mailing lists and beyond. Scandalous photos included.

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undercover optimist with gym class fear of social media. @opengeo @openplans building maps to something more complicated than happily ever after. bio from Twitter

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Time 9:35am10:00am GMT

Date Sat 7th September 2013

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