Communication Working Group

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We are involved in communicating the work of the Foundation and related news, through official channels. We are also welcoming people that want to get involved or just translate posts in other languages.
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One of the foundation Working Groups, the Communication Working Group takes on a number of communication related tasks and responsibilities. The group has been active to varying degrees since 2010, with a somewhat shifting role in that time. The focus is upon outward communication of the Foundation.

These days the group is largely concentrating on official news/announcement channels: blog.openstreetmap.org, and the OpenStreetMap twitter account facebook accounts.

This is where the foundation makes any official announcements. CWG also attempts to maintain these as informative/entertaining news channels for the OpenStreetMap project in general. These channels will never be the only source news, and so working out how WeeklyOSM and the blogs & diaries of the community relate to these official news channels, is a current challenge. In any case there is an expectation that OpenStreetMap has a lively and active blog and twitter account (an expectation among many community members, but even more so among outside observers). CWG is currently almost entirely occupied with trying to meet that expectation, and would benefit from more help (new members, or just temporary outside assistance) from people with good blog writing skills.

Being the "official voice of the foundation", these channels also carry an expectation that communications should always represent OpenStreetMap and the OSMF positively and responsibly, that being a summary of the OSMF Communication Guidelines, a document maintained by CWG.

Another current activity of CWG is responding to press enquiries, normally by email. Typically press interviews are handed off to local community members or board members.

The osmfoundation.org website content and design was an early focus. Most content forms a relatively static "brochure" for the foundation, but the website carries various important living documents, and this continues to be overseen by CWG.

With more volunteers CWG could take on other tasks. "Communication" is a broad word!


Who we are

Translators

Former Members

  • Robert Barr
  • Kate Chapman
  • Serge Wroclawski
  • Jonathan Bennett
  • Martijn van Exel
  • Richard Weait
  • Richard Fairhurst

Minutes

See Communication Working Group Minutes

This list gives a rough idea of when and how often we have been meeting, and allows you to delve into the details of our discussions. At one stage we managed a meeting almost every week on Mondays, but currently less regular

Contact

You can get in touch with the whole team at: communication@osmfoundation.org