The impact of community happenings in openstreetmap-establishing a framework for online community member activity analyses

Moritz Schott*, Asher Yair Grinberger, Sven Lautenbach, Alexander Zipf

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The collaborative nature of activities in Web 2.0 projects leads to the formation of online communities. To reinforce this community, these projects often rely on happenings centred around data creation and curation activities. We suggest an integrated framework to directly assess online community member performance in a quantitative manner and applied it to the case study of Open- StreetMap. A set of mappers who participated in both field and remote mapping-related happenings was identified. To measure the effects of happenings, we computed attributes characterising the mappers’ contribution behaviour before and after the happenings and tested for significant impacts in relation to a control group. Results showed that newcomers to OpenStreetMap adopted a contribution behaviour similar to the contribution behaviour typical for the respective happening they attended: When contributing after the happening, newcomers who attended a remote mapping event tended to concentrate on creating new data with lower quality but high quantity in places foreign to their home region; newcomers who attended a field mapping event updated and enhanced existing local data with high accuracy. The behaviour of advanced mappers stayed largely unaffected by happenings. Unfortunately, our results did not reveal a positive effect on the community integration of newcomers through happenings.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number164
JournalISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2021

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  • Community events
  • Contribution patterns
  • Mapping events
  • Online communities
  • Openstreetmap
  • User centric analyses
  • Volunteered geographic information


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