[HOT] Activations : How to respond rapidly in context of incresing workload

Brad Neuhauser brad.neuhauser at gmail.com
Mon Feb 4 05:00:27 GMT 2013

I don't know how many HOT contributors have also been involved in SBTF
activations (I have been sporadically involved in both), but SBTF have done
some of the things Pierre mentions in the the 4th and 5th paragraphs
already.  It might be helpful for the WG to contact someone at SBTF to
discuss their experience.

Cheers, Brad

On Sun, Feb 3, 2013 at 9:34 PM, Pierre Béland <pierzenh at yahoo.fr> wrote:

> Below are some thoughts that could be discussed in the next Activation WG
> meeting.
> While we accept more humanitarian activations, we have to adapt to the
> increasing workload and keep the capacity to respond rapidly.
> Part of the solution would be to invite other groups to collaborate. My
> feeling is that there is not enough HOT contributors to support a rapid
> intervention for the current three Activations, not to count the others to
> come. At the same time, I think that we have to look at how we coordinate
> to be able to respond rapidly and efficiently to support less experienced
> mappers, to follow mapping progress. The coordinators cannot do all of that
> by themselves.
> I think that in the context of these Activations, experienced members
> should accept to take certain responsibilities, remove these from the
> coordinators shoulders. For example, there are various tasks to be done
> such as road network validation and classification, Populated places
> imports, Geolocation of various services. These tasks have to be done by
> experimented contributors. And I dont think that it is enough to list such
> tasks on the Wiki coordination page and wait for people to eventually do
> the job.
> As the remote mapping is concerned, other then training, we need to follow
> mapping progress, to assure the quality of data and support contributors. I
> like the concept of IRC chat, but I would like to have a system that has
> functionnality similar to what Skype offers (ie. history of discussion,
> sound notification). And we might need eventually a discussion list
> specific to the activations.
> Any ideas about this?
> Pierre
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