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How do I find people around me who use ROS?

asked 2011-02-15 11:24:18 -0500

Alex Bravo gravatar image

I live in a medium-size city.

Is there a way for me to find other people in my area that use ROS?

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answered 2011-02-15 16:50:02 -0500

David Lu gravatar image

updated 2020-06-30 07:54:56 -0500

We could always crowd-source the problem and have everyone add their location to one map.

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edit: updated with data from the presentation slide, including Beta locations and other places with repositories

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That's really cool David. I didn't know you could do collaborative stuff with Google Maps :)
Eric Perko gravatar image Eric Perko  ( 2011-02-15 16:53:33 -0500 )edit
Your crowd-sourcing solution sounds pretty good. It shouldn't be hard to do too considering location is one of the fields in profiles on this site.
Alex Bravo gravatar image Alex Bravo  ( 2011-02-16 11:30:11 -0500 )edit

I suggested Alex's idea in the feedback link here at, but have no idea if anyone reads those suggestions. I think it would be really cool to map all of this info.

Kevin gravatar image Kevin  ( 2012-06-05 16:29:59 -0500 )edit

People do read those :). I don't know if anyone actually acted on it, especially since not everyone actually fills in that field. If WG were to create a map, it would probably be better to geolocate all of the IPs that fetched from (and get all that info for the mirrors as well).

Eric Perko gravatar image Eric Perko  ( 2012-06-05 17:42:38 -0500 )edit

answered 2011-02-15 11:32:23 -0500

Eric Perko gravatar image

updated 2011-02-15 11:44:49 -0500

A good start would be to check and see if any of the Universities near you have a repository listed.

See page 19 of the PDF from the ROS Introduction from the CoTeSys Fall School (PDF) for a map of many of the Repositories available.

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answered 2012-06-05 05:28:33 -0500

Alex Bravo gravatar image

Since the map never got created, I had to deploy a little more radical solution - move to Silicon Valley. :)

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answered 2011-02-15 11:39:29 -0500

Alex Bravo gravatar image

I remember seeing some type of ROS usage map a few months ago. I can't find it though...

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Edited my answer to include Radu's presentation with the map in it. If that map is available on the web, I don't know where it is :(
Eric Perko gravatar image Eric Perko  ( 2011-02-15 11:47:52 -0500 )edit

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