[HOT] Missing Maps launch tomorrow, and LearnOSM

maning sambale emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com
Thu Nov 6 10:55:11 UTC 2014

If there is one section that needs immediate love, I propose we look
at the iD section (http://learnosm.org/en/editing/id-editor/).
Most newbies are introduced to this tool before diving into JOSM (my
preferred editor though).

PS.  We will host the first event tomorrow since we are the earliest
time zone among the scheduled events. :)

On Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 6:41 PM, Nick Allen <nick.allen.54 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> Missing Maps (http://www.missingmaps.org/)  has it's official launch
> tomorrow, 7th November. I've deliberatly not put a time in this message, as
> its a pretty worldwide launch & it's going to depend on your & their time
> zone.
> As well as the people who attend the mapathons, there will also be many
> joining in 'remotely'. Of course, some of the people will have already done
> some mapping with HOT in the past, but my experience of helping at mapathons
> tells me that less than 5% will know what they are doing, and the rest will
> be fairly new, but may have done some research & looked at help guides etc..
> At a conservative guess / estimate there will be 300 mappers, the vast
> majority of them new, helping with various projects tomorrow. I think this
> is a very conservative estimate, and would hope to see considerably more -
> perhaps double my first figure, and I wouldn't be surprised if there were
> even more!
> Most of these mappers will look for guidance to LearnOSM
> (http://learnosm.org/en/). Because of the way LearnOSM  is set up I don't
> think we can get stats. for hits on the site (I'm quite happy to be
> contradicted on this).
> If you've done any exploring on the LearnOSM site you'll have noticed that's
> it's not just for 'new mappers' and it has some very comprehensive guides on
> some complex subjects. It's good! But it needs constant attention - the
> editing tools and processes are constantly evolving, and what was a current
> guide last month, may now need a slight update.
> LearnOSM is also multilingual, or at least it should be. There are many
> sections that need more translations. There are guides on how to simply
> produce these translations
> (https://github.com/hotosm/learnosm/blob/gh-pages/CONTRIBUTING.md).
> Now (last week would have been better!) would be a good time to have a read
> through LearnOSM, and if you see something that needs sorting out, either
> sort it, or send a message asking for someone else to do it. If you've
> managed to master mapping, then getting something amended or updated on
> https://github.com/hotosm/learnosm is only a minor stumbling block, and
> could have a big impact on 700 people who will potentially read it over the
> next few days.
> New Mappers - we need to know what is missing, or needs rephrasing. Let us
> know, please.
> Regards
> --
> Nick
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