[HOT] New Ebola Task Manager Job for Experience Mappers

Andrew Buck andrew.r.buck at gmail.com
Wed Oct 15 17:00:26 UTC 2014

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Hello everyone.  We have gotten sort of an interesting request
regarding the ebola activation and I have created a new task manager
job for it.  We got the rough locations of 7 ebola treatment centers
(ETC's) from one of our contacts.  The true positions of the centers
are not known exactly so we have been asked to map a 5 km radius
around each approximate location.  This will allow field workers to
have good maps of their surrounding environment, as well as allow them
to work out exact locations of things even without GPS by simply using
the other objects in the area as landmarks.

Because these are obviously areas of key importance I am asking that
we trace _everything_ we possibly can around these sites.  That means
roads, buildings, landuses, waterways, and anything else we can
recognize in the imagery.  Because the instructions are to trace
everything, I have marked the job as "For Experienced Mappers Only".
You don't need to be an expert mapper to work on the job, but you
should know how to identify the common things in the imagery and know
how to tag them.  If you feel like you can handle this, please join in
on the mapping.  If you are unsure that you have mapped everything
that needs to be, you can always just leave the tile marked
'incomplete' so that someone who is confident it is all done will look
over it one final time before completing it.

This is a different kind of job than we have gotten in the past, so it
will be interesting to see how it works.  This is a new way of
responding to aid requests and I hope it can serve as a good example
of how flexible the OSM volunteer mapping community can be.  I am
confident we have the skills needed to handle this request and produce
a quality, and timely product and I look forward to seeing the results.

- -AndrewBuck
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