I was wondering if the admins of discourse.wicg.io would consider adding a “web mapping” discussion category. The reason I ask is because I intend to invite the members of the OpenStreetMap, Leaflet, OpenLayers, and D3 projects (among others) to comment on the Use Cases and Requirements for Standardizing Web Maps document, and I think it would be great to not have that discussion on an email list, which seems to put many people off nowadays.
I think this could have multiple benefits, with hopefully limited impact on the discourse instance:
First, it will invite prominent member projects of the Web mapping community to participate in an open and serious discussion of the relationship of mapping tech with the world of Web standards.
A possible result of such discussion, should it actually take place, would be to expose interested members of the Web standards community to the views of the various Web mapping communities, not only about that document but also about Web tech in general. There are many brilliant minds involved in Web mapping, and it would be great to have their contributions to the Web platform to help build the platform somehow. I guess I’m referring to the “virtuous cycle” cited in the Extensible Web Manifesto.
Secondly, it will help the efforts of the Maps For HTML Community Group, as well as other spatial data/ web mapping interest groups, community or otherwise, to bring spatial information to the mainstream Web, because as I see it, people who understand and value Web technology and architecture seem to hang out here, and it would be ideal to have their influence and ideas rub off on the spatial Web community, if even in a small way.
Finally, by creating a venue for “web mapping” on discourse.wicg.io, the WICG could signal a welcome to those communities without unduly overloading the HTML or other category.
Cheers, and thanks, Peter Rushforth