[HOT] Activation Working Group

Severin Menard severin.menard at gmail.com
Fri May 2 12:37:56 UTC 2014

Hi Mark,

I think yes: a Hackpad to have something flexible during the meetings, and
once stabilized we can put that in the OSM Wiki. Thoughts?



On Fri, May 2, 2014 at 3:44 AM, Mark Cupitt <markcupitt at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Severin
> Is it worth creating a Hackpad for the agenda and points to be raised?
> Cheers
> Mark
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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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