Proposal - Language and location based content and categories

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This proposal is the result of consolidating very diverse feedback on languages, locations and categories.

Please, we want to read your input in the comments below!

We acknowledge that OpenStreetMap is a very diverse, multicultural and multilingual community, which can’t easily translate into a simple forum categorization or organization.

Some of the challenges we would like to tackle:

  • Local groups and editors want to have a space to talk about mapping in their region.
  • People who speak the same language want to easily create and discover conversations that might be relevant for them and collaborate.
  • There is a barrier for people who don’t speak English to access and participate in some conversations.
  • Some people want to support mapping in countries they don’t live in or they don’t speak the local language.

We think this proposal balances the desire of people to have a space in their language, the experimentation to use tech to bring people closer even if they don’t share a language and enabling effective coordination for local mapping.

![:speaking_head:](upload://8AWZ1Q1FsgivjOJIhXph2ouw9Rh.png ":speaking_head:") Proposal on how to handle different languages

Each supported language will have a top level category.

  • At least 3 active contributors should be moderating content.
  • Initially any content can be posted into their language category.
  • Country-specific conversations should go under the country category, not here.
  • Community will actively use tags to separate different content.
  • If the volume of one tag is high, a subcategory for that type of content can be created (as per request of the moderators)

Example:

The language (lagcode)

  • “Topic about routes and cycling” (tag:cycling)
  • “Join the next community call” (tag:meetings)
  • Help and support (subcategory)
    • “Issue trying to download map data.”
    • “I need help with OSMAnd” (tag:osmand)

![:handshake:](upload://sn1AvalzvQn6rIEQ0q7kC2OMkBD.png ":handshake:") Proposal on enabling a more multilingual collaboration

We’ll keep working on dynamics and tools that can help bring closer people who don’t speak the same language. One example is considering an experiment/test with discourse translator plugin and observe how participation evolves. We’ll add this to the TODO list once we have fully transitioned the biggest communities.

![:globe_with_meridians:](upload://3VwQWWnwsJamjcbnugfmJoQj1Lf.png ":globe_with_meridians:") Proposal on how to handle local mapping / editing discussions

Each country can have a subcategory under #communities

  • At least 3 active local contributors should be moderating content.
  • Only content relevant to the region of the map will be posted.
  • The community is encouraged to use tags to separate different content.

Eventually a country category can be moved to be a top level category, that would allow:

  • If the volume of one tag is high, a subcategory for that type of content can be created (as per request of the moderators)
  • Subcategories for additional country languages can be requested.
  • The country can have one subcategory for English discussion to allow the international global community to also support local editing in the country.

Example as normal subcategory under #communities

The country (countrycode)

  • “Help with mass import of POIs in my city” (tag:dakar, poi)
  • “Improve data quality and train validators” (tag:validators, quality)
  • “Disaster response support to the recent crisis” (tag:english, disaster-response)

Example as top level category:

The country (countrycode)

  • “Help with mass import of POIs in my city” (tag:dakar, poi)
  • “Improve data quality and train validators” (tag:validators, quality)
  • English (subcategory)
    • “Disaster response support to the recent crisis” (tag:disaster-response)

![:left_speech_bubble:](upload://72UTJ1RtJXUGlwOjHr3IY3LqQAt.png ":left_speech_bubble:") What do you think about this proposal? Add a comment below!

  • What do you like the most?
  • Is there something missing?
  • What would you do different and why?

We’ll keep this proposal open for input and feedback until March 29th.

After that date the @forums-governance team will take in consideration all the input and take a decision.

Thanks! ![:slight_smile:](upload://9wFbSzwMJ8niV0HX560HiD7O9Dv.png ":slight_smile:")

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Ce sujet de discussion accompagne la publication sur https://community.openstreetmap.org/t/proposal-language-and-location-based-content-and-categories/310