In our next #geowebchat (on Tuesday September 17) we will discuss diversity on the geoweb, and in particular the online communities that create geospatial data and tools on the web. What are the problems that result from lack of diversity, how did the situation get this way, and what can be done to improve it?
In this discussion we will discuss all kinds of diversity, such as gender, race, sexual orientation, ability, education level, and so forth. How do different kinds of diversity manifest (or fail to manifest) on the geoweb? Does diversity along one axis in a community (such as gender parity) help support other kinds of diversity, or does each kind of diversity need to be addressed separately?
As background material, I would recommend watching Alyssa Wright’s keynote at OpenStreetMap’s State of the Map conference from earlier this month, titled “Changing the Ratio of OpenStreetMap”.
You can also read one of our geowebchats from last year, specifically on the topic of gender and geosocial networking: http://mappingmashups.net/2012/04/03/geowebchat-transcript-3-april-2012/
As always, the #geowebchat takes place on twitter for one hour starting at 12 noon PDT, 3pm EDT, 8pm BST. Just log onto twitter and follow the hashtag #geowebchat to join in the discussion.
For more information about #geowebchat, and to read transcripts of previous chats, go here: http://mappingmashups.net/geowebchat/
Looking forward to chatting with you!