[HOT] contacting local mappers through their OSM accounts during HOT campaigns

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Sun Mar 13 17:21:13 GMT 2011

Hi Hugh,

I think contacting local mappers of course is important.  I also think HOT is a little more nebulous than many of the volunteer crisis response groups.  Meaning we aim to serve as a coordination, but people are going to map if they think it is useful an appropriate.  Since OSM is a location information community/data source first and a humanitarian response tool second it makes things a bit weird at time.

Is the (wtf) about the Google Docs or just that one is accidentally locked?  If you link to it I can look to unlocking it.  The reason we have some of the training materials there is:

1. We print those and take them to places with little/no internet connectivity.  Google docs has worked better for us for that sort of export
2. We collaborate on them in real-time sometimes, which also works better than the wiki.

Yes getting in touch with mappers if you are going to do a bunch of editing in their area is the polite thing to do.  Though you'll find regionally there are different contact mechanisms depending on what worked for the local group.

Do you have an interest in helping develop activation protocols?   What is key I think is making them clear enough to help with organization, but not really strict where people would just ignore them.


On Mar 12, 2011, at 4:16 PM, Hugh Barnes <list.osm at hughbris.com> wrote:

> On Sat, 12 Mar 2011 04:47:24 -0800 (PST), Mikel Maron
> <mikel_maron at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> Thanks, good suggestion to contact the local active community in an
>> activation. 
>> There's so many ways OSM communities connect, we should have them all in
>> mind.
> It started about mappers, but just at the end I realised the community at
> large (community groups) is worth researching and reaching out to. There's
> such a fantastic community here, I'm sure they would have jumped on this
> right away:
> * http://lyttelton.net.nz
> * http://www.volcanoradio.co.nz
> (these sites do hokey engagement, but you see the point)
>> I don't think it needs to go as far as automated though. Check the
> History
>> tab. 
>> Also very helpful is ItoMapper
>> http://www.itoworld.com/static/osm_mapper.html. 
>> Also useful is owl_mapper, which filters out big edits from History 
>> (http://matt.dev.openstreetmap.org/owl_viewer/). These all can give a
>> quick 
>> picture of who the active and top mappers are.
> Whatever works, that's great. I also think, HOT or not, if I was about to
> make a large number of edits in an area with active mappers, it's just good
> manners to get in contact.
>> For activation, HOT really needs guidelines  and documentation of the
>> steps that 
>> need taking ... what conditions for an activation, defining affected
> area, 
>> notifying and activating local mappers and international hotties,
>> requesting 
>> imagery from providers, locating existing data sets for import, active 
>> generation of outputs for responders and partners, etc.....
> +1 too. I went to make a stub for this and found things similar enough
> that I stopped [1], including lots of Google Docs links (wtf), one of which
> is protected!
> I would be more comfortable if someone else, more involved in setting up
> these particular wiki resources, gets this into a suitable shape to
> accommodate these guidelines. If this doesn't happen, I may start an orphan
> page and post the link.
> Cheers
> Hugh
> [1] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team/HOT_Package
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