Exploring the relationship between “informal standards” and contributor practice in OpenStreetMap

Andrew Hall, Jacob Thebault-Spieker, Shilad Sen, Brent Hecht, Loren Terveen

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Abstract

Peer production communities create valuable content such as software, encyclopedia articles, and map data. As part of the creation process, these communities define production standards for their content, e.g., semantic and syntactic requirements. We carried out a study in OpenStreetMap to investigate the role of that community's standards for geographic metadata. We found that most applied metadata was consistent with the community's standards; however, we also found that the standards identified many opportunities for applying metadata that were not achieved. In addition, when we situated the standards in the context of OpenStreetMap's data model, we found a significant amount of ambiguity; the syntax allowed only one value, but everyday meaning - and the standards themselves - called for multiple values. Our results suggest significant opportunities for OpenStreetMap to produce additional valuable open source content to power applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OpenSym 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359368
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 22 2018
Event14th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OpenSym 2018 - Paris, France
Duration: Aug 22 2018Aug 24 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OpenSym 2018

Other

Other14th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OpenSym 2018
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period8/22/188/24/18

Keywords

  • OpenStreetMap
  • Peer production
  • Volunteered-geographic information

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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    Hall, A., Thebault-Spieker, J., Sen, S., Hecht, B., & Terveen, L. (2018). Exploring the relationship between “informal standards” and contributor practice in OpenStreetMap. In Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OpenSym 2018 [a10] (Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Open Collaboration, OpenSym 2018). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3233391.3233962