We met someone connected with perspective on the needs of OSM when we were at LinuxFest NW. Some continuation there is happening (he contacted higher-ups and sent me an email that he was waiting to hear back).
I added the project and note about it at https://gitlab.com/snowdrift/projects/issues/65 (not public, and we should change how we even handle these potential-project tracking, but that’s where we had it for now).
OSM is built by volunteers mostly but has substantial overhead costs (servers etc), they might be ideal for us because they have a massive audience and scope and yet the impact of modest success is real.
The ongoing costs they have in servers aren’t to deliver rivalrous service as much as to just run the system to even allow all the contributors etc., so it’s legitimate to think of that as the fixed costs of maintaining a public-goods project.
I hope we can get to where we have a better process for all this. I’m posting this to prompt @Salt and @msiep and anyone else who wants to help (@alignwaivers and @smichel17 maybe?) to be aware and to possibly help move forward on dialogues with OSM as a possible early project (get their perspectives, concerns, etc. and build our stuff to fit their needs)…