[HOT] Re : Blog post about last weeks Camp Roberts/RELIEF Mapping

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Thu May 31 07:29:39 BST 2012

Hi Stéphane,

I don't think the chat room idea was meant to replace the idea that
having someone experienced outline which tags to use. Tasks tend to
develop overtime though and there are often questions the experienced
person didn't think about. So the idea would be have a way to have an
ongoing discussion if there are questions and then the tagging
guidelines can be updated.

This updating of the docs through discussion is pretty typical now. I
think it is an issue more of solidifying a workflow.


On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 1:43 AM, Stéphane Henriod <s at henriod.info> wrote:
> It of course makes sense to take those decisions collaboratively, but how
> long would we reasonably need to gather enough people in such a chat room
> and reach a consensus on tags to use?
> Maybe a slightly more top-down approach would allow to spare time in a real
> emergency, if an experienced mapper (if possible with field knowledge of the
> area) was to take a few authoritative decisions and to describe them in a
> wiki page or in the instructions on the task manager? Mappers (even less
> experienced ones) could then start very quickly to work, using those
> guidelines.
> The chat room can of course be used in addition to that, during the mapping,
> to exchange tips and ideas and for less experienced mappers to get support
> and help. If some relevant issues are raised during chats, they can of
> course be added to the wiki / task manager instruction page.
> Would that make sense?
> Stéphane
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> On Wed, May 30, 2012 at 10:55 PM, Pierre Béland <infosbelas-gps at yahoo.fr>
> wrote:
>> Kate,
>> This bring us back to the idea of having something like a chat room to
>> exchange. For every task, we are confronted to particularities that emerge
>> while mapping.  When we start a project, if we invite mappers to chat,
>> people will be able to exchange experience, exprress difficulties and
>> propose suggestions such as particular tags, little tricks, plugins,
>> Presets. These discussions should also bring some content to edit the task
>> instructions.
>> Pierre
>> ________________________________
>> De : Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com>
>> À : Pierre Béland <infosbelas-gps at yahoo.fr>
>> Cc : hot <hot at openstreetmap.org>
>> Envoyé le : Mercredi 30 mai 2012 16h17
>> Objet : Re: [HOT] Re : Blog post about last weeks Camp Roberts/RELIEF
>> Mapping
>> At the moment any admin can edit any task. Maybe we need a better way
>> to allow more people to edit the task instructions? It would be ideal
>> to allow more people to add tips or upload presets.
>> Interesting how you use custom presets, what I do is is copy and paste
>> tags. Which is okay as long as you are only mapping 1 or 2 types of
>> features I suppose.
>> -Kate
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