[HOT] Activation Working Group

Mark Cupitt markcupitt at gmail.com
Fri May 2 01:44:39 UTC 2014

Hi Severin

Is it worth creating a Hackpad for the agenda and points to be raised?




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On Fri, May 2, 2014 at 8:51 AM, Severin Menard <severin.menard at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi all,
> Among the reactivated Working Groups, here is the Activation Working
> Group. Activations are more and more numerous and successful with a
> increasing number of contributors. The results are really impressive, but
> we can certainly do even better.
> As for the Communication Working group (for those interested, please fill
> ASAP its Doodle <http://doodle.com/3545epmy63x72gvk>) we could start with
> a kick-off meeting on Mumble <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Mumble>,
> and here is a Doodle to set it:
> http://doodle.com/hpwkwqiregdi7b6i  <http://doodle.com/hpwkwqiregdi7b6i>
> This meeting and the ones that will follow aim at being a time to exchange
> on this thrilling topic, review the experiences, documents, procedures and
> set goals to be achieved for the next meeting. Because yes, a Working Group
> is a group that works, that means between the meetings. And actually, it is
> already happening: eg there are (more and more) people working on data
> validation, both through setting procedures and monitoring the freshly
> created data.
> I see 4 main topics around the Activation (but would be pleased to get
> other suggestions):
> 1. All the *activities* and *documents* involved in an Activation. In the
> past the Activation Working Groups mostly focused on how Activations are
> triggered and start, what we could review based on the last experiences.
> Crisis monitoring is certainly something we could add, in order not to
> forget crisis of smaller range or simply not highly covered by the medias.
> Also technical aspects like: define and prioritize AOIs (Areas of
> Interests) and mapping goals, track and monitor the mapping progresses, and
> set thin, flexible and efficient processes, tools, and wiki templates, etc.
> But also share and document how to maintain and even grow the contribution
> of the OSM contributors and communities, by communicating with them (like
> this Working Group will do), proposing more different kinds of tasks to do
> or setting joint events.
> 2. The *beneficiaries*, that means the humanitarian stakeholders. We need
> both to make them aware of the data we produce and to make the data useful
> and easy to use for them, taking more into account their needs, constraints
> and tools. I got recent feedback from the GIS officers in the UN that I
> will share.
> 3. The *data*. What needs to be mapped is quite known, but how to do it
> to make it as clean and efficient as possible. That links to the mapping
> instructions and the validation<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_Tasking_Manager/Validating_data>but also to how the data can be reused by the humanitarian stakeholders.
> There a lot of potential improvements to propose not only raw data but eg
> thematic dataset, what the HOT Exports can already potentially provide (in
> link with the Technical Working Group).
> 4. Last, but really not least is to *make more OSM contributors know* about
> the procedures and tools used to map, monitor, communicate and activate an
> OSM community, and expand the number of contributors in the Activations,
> according to everyone's interest(s). This implies connecting with local OSM
> communities when possible, talk with them and provide them documentation
> and online training. Eg in Lubumbashi after Jorieke's stay, the contact
> with the local OSM community has been maintained and voluntary online
> training has been and will be provided through Mumble. So now, they are
> continuing the mapping (see https://twitter.com/OSM_L) and will take an
> active part on the Mapping in London on Saturday. And if ever a crisis
> unfortunately hits Lubumbashi in the future, they will be able to trigger
> the worldwide OSM community
> Exciting, isn't it? And actually a lot of topics and sub-topics. And some
> are certainly missing. This is why this Activation Working Group will not
> need one leader but several facilitators, who, by their experience, skills
> and will, will make things go ahead on the topic(s) they care.
> Let us make things move on and activate the AWG!
> Sincerely,
> Severin
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