Forum for mappers of the United States to discuss OpenStreetMap topics.
There are no categories yet for issues specific to the United States.
The OpenStreetMap US community primarily communicates on two platforms:
In addition, there are some subnational mailing lists:
- talk-us-massachusetts@ mailing list
- talk-us-newyork@ mailing list
- +4 more that haven’t been active for over 6 months
The OSM-US Slack is very active, with probably hundreds of messages per week.
The talk-us@ mailing list can have up to 30 messages per month.
The subnational mailing lists might only have a few messages per month, if any at all.
No plans, just vibes.
Due to the high volume of existing communication platforms, we don’t expect to discontinue them anytime soon. Slack hosts the majority of our discussion right now, though there are enough US mappers with reservations about discussing an open data project on a proprietary platform that we can’t rely solely on Slack to reach the entire community. So we tend to have more consequential tagging discussions on the mailing list.
But Discourse hasn’t had the same problem as Slack, since it’s open source, and more transparently connected to the OpenStreetMap web infrastructure. Ultimately, I think there’s enough incentive for the US mapping community to transition towards this platform. It’ll just take time.
@clay_c (myself) (on OSM)
- mapper and developer in North Carolina
@ezekielf (on OSM)
- mapper and developer in Vermont
@iandees (on OSM)
- moderator of OSM-US Slack and talk-us@ mailing list, mapper in Minnesota
@ElliottPlack (on OSM)
- Data Working Group member, mapper in Maryland
All of us have been active in OSM for over a decade, and actively participate in discussions on existing platforms.