[OSM-dev] Documentation Improvement

Vanya Jauhal vanyajauhal at gmail.com
Fri Oct 3 17:18:14 UTC 2014

Hello Everyone

Fredrick, thank you for your reply. I'm sorry I wasn't clear in my mail
earlier. The platforms that I've come across so far are- learnosm.org, the
tutorial on openstreetmap.org, the tasking manager and the wiki page. All
the above provide some doc for learners. What I had in mind was, a platform
where we could put all of this on the same page. For instance, someone who
stumbles upon the tasking manager might be looking for a less complicated
tutorial, which is available on openstreetmap.org. So, maybe, in the wiki
page, you can have one complete page dedicated to bringing the above
documentations together.

For instance-
A summary page might read something like:
The tasking manager lets you perform data imports or HOT activations. The
documentation on page 1 will tell you how. But if you would like to mark
the bakery round the corner of your house, you can refer to the
documentation on page 2.

So, as you pointed out- there are many platforms. What I was thinking was
that maybe we could have one single page where the users are told about
them all.

I was thinking of using the wiki page for it, but if you think some other
platform will be better, please let me know.

And the FAQ and the comments part can be an add on to the wiki page itself.

Thank you for your input. Any feedback you have will be very helpful.

Thank you


On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 6:44 PM, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> On 10/03/2014 12:31 PM, Vanya Jauhal wrote:
> > all beginners currently have to start with the OSM tasking manager
> Can you explain more? As I understand it, the tasking manager is a very
> specialist tool that will not usually be the first thing a beginner
> comes into contact with.
> Beginners in OSM usually start with mapping things they are familiar
> with, like that bakery around the corner from where they live. They
> choose their own field of activity.
> The tasking manager is a coordination platform that lets *other* people
> tell you what you should be doing. It is used for unusual purposes like
> data imports or HOT activations, but it is far from the standard mode of
> working for beginners.
> > 1. The OSM beginner's page can have an FAQ section, where we can add
> > some common issues faced by users and their solutions.
> Are you talking of the Wiki or some other platform? We have plenty.
> > 2.Adding user comments to the documentation.
> This kind of depends on which platform you have in mind. The Wiki, of
> course, already allows everyone to edit the documentation. If you're
> thinking of another platform, the mechanism for reader participation
> might be different.
> Bye
> Frederik
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