[okfn-labs] opening up what3words

Heather Leson heather at textontechs.com
Mon May 18 09:13:28 UTC 2015

Folks, if you are in London, I would recommend meeting with the OSM
community and attending a Missing Maps events - http://www.missingmaps.org/
And, for other regions, of course, there are local OSM communities.

HOT works with local communities, local language and local customs.  Maps
and locations will need to evolve, which is why I am keen on this topic.

Personal note - I think the tone of this mailing list chain is not be very
welcoming. It is my hope that as you build the examples/discussions that
are more inclusive and respectful. Truly, I know you are attempting to
sanitize discussions from any form of digital colonialism, but in my
opinion there are more productive ways to talk about our neighbours as well
as about software and mapping. There are civic tech communities and growing
mapping communities in the regions you mention.  Neighbours - refers to
communities who may want to use what this discussion creates.

Thank you


Heather Leson
heather at textontechs.com
Twitter: HeatherLeson
Blog: textontechs.com

On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 12:04 PM, stef <s at ctrlc.hu> wrote:

> On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 09:23:26AM +0100, Rufus Pollock wrote:
> > Just wanted to +1 this - I almost feel these points (generalized) could
> be
> > a useful post and warning to ourselves about "techie cockiness" (and
> > forgetting users).
> to me this rather sounds like: hey all these starving people, lets open a
> fishery here and sell them fish, instead of going the much less profitable
> way
> and teach them.
> so we opt for ignorance, and practice it ourselves.
> as a counter argument: people are able to handle phone numbers, bank
> accounts,
> and other long numbered stuff (ssns).
> > On 17 May 2015 at 13:27, Friedrich Lindenberg <
> friedrich.lindenberg at okfn.org
> > > wrote:
> > > their new address, and they can write it on a box and ship it. If
> you're in
> > > a city in Ghana (which, I understand, has flaky street naming), the
> 750m
> > > resolution of Maidenhead just won't cut it.
> just to repeat and dispell misinformation/ignorance: maidenhead has an
> infinite resolution, depending on how many digits you release, the example
> i
> gave has actually a 25x25m resolution.  here's my stab at the OKFN office
> locator: JO02BF86ML
> --
> otr fp: https://www.ctrlc.hu/~stef/otr.txt
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