If you are at least 18 years of age and speak English, you are invited to take part in an online survey about the OSM community pursued by faculty at San Diego State University (contact info below). In this academic research, we are trying to understand what makes a highly diverse and dispersed group of individuals come together in the process of co-creation and what types of individuals tend to contribute to OSM. A similar project was pursued several years ago by Nama Budhathoki, PhD (see http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Research), who is also involved in this research as we try to determine if and how contributor motivations may change over time as the community grows in numbers and expertise. You will be offered the opportunity to receive the overall results of the research project at its conclusion.
The entire survey should take about 20 minutes and is completely anonymous. At the end of the survey, you have the option to provide an email address to be entered in a lottery for one of ten electronic gift cards for [the equivalent of] $100 U.S. dollars each.
If interested, please take the survey at your earliest convenience at the following address: http://tinyurl.com/osm-aug14. It will be available to the first 700 respondents during the month of August and the gift card winners will be notified in early September.
Please contact Prof. Claudiu Dimofte, PhD ([hidden email]) if you have any questions.
Thank you in advance for your potential participation and apologies for the lengthy message in case you are not interested.
Nice to hear from you. But why do you send an inquiry to Europe
or the World (all listed 'newbies') using English instead of their own local languages, together with an US
$ gift lottery ? Several countries in Europe use Euro's, for instance, .fr, .de,
.pt, .sp, .nl, .se, .at, .pl, .dk and so on.
A well planned idea or a shot in the dark ? It does not make a well planned impression, studentikoos ?
I would expect a well planned inquiry with a donations for 1000 $ to
OSM. We're working for free without payments, if you want to pay me personally, I’ll stop my
contribution, you can’t pay me.