Hi, I will be giving a talk on OpenStreetMap in about four weeks and I am looking for input on what topics I can cover in it.
The talk will be about 30 minutes in the context of an OpenData event and should show the bridge between OpenData and OSM.
The audience will be IT-savvy, but probably never worked with OSM before.
A few ideas were topically to address the license differences between EU OpenData (mostly CC BY 4.0) and the OBdL. I would also include qualitative differences in Public Data and OSM if I can find some to show.
Do you have any other concrete ideas? Or do you have existing presentations / recordings for that topic?
For possible topics I think as an open-source ecosystem, OpenStreetmap has one of the more complex and varied contributor bases, from enthusiasts volunteering their time in their home squinting at satellite imagery, to professional geographers, corporate editors, and people who contribute out of a desire to help disaster response efforts. Another point, places that are not necessarily metropolitan areas or chic tourist destinations receive more attention. For example, just the other day I mapped the roads of multiple rural villages in Pakistan. Looking at the search results for these villages most of them appeared in connection with OSM.You can also talk about how OSM largely supplements the geographical databases of various tech giants, whose maps would likely be of limited use outside cities that have less than 1 million people.
There is also the subject of “places that have never been mapped, but now (suddenly, for whatever reason) need a decent, usable map.” (I think of the example of Kibera around Nairobi, Kenya).
Because OSM has been busy for 18 years, these are getting to be fewer and fewer, but in my opinion, if/as/when one of these pops up as a “distinct need” (and NOW!) for a map, “because we’ve never really had a good community-oriented map of this area,” OSM simply can’t be beat: the community itself can develop it (if necessary or desired). The whole thing can become a “pilot project” for others in nearby areas which suddenly discover they, too, need “a decent map,” and before you know it, the explosion of more data entering into OSM (and being used by people who need to use them!) continues.