[HOT] Training or Coaching Task / Project within TM?

Nick Allen nick.allen.54 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 9 13:58:29 UTC 2014


I think there is a gap between the training available from the various 
sources such as LearnOSM & someone reaching the stage of feeling 
confident to map for HOT. Although we tend to think of new mappers with 
no experience at all, it also extends to mappers who are used to mapping 
their 'own back yard' but are concerned they may not interpret the 
aerial imagery correctly when mapping for HOT.

I have seen several messages appear on the HOT mailing list where a 'new 
to HOT' mapper has asked where to start. I've also been contacted by a 
number of mappers asking me to check / validate their first squares in 
HOT. Having been involved in training new mappers at mapathons I have 
noticed they are unlikely to finish the current size of squares within 2 
hours & they are also interested in receiving feedback on their 
progress. Recent discussion on this mailing list indicates many mappers 
are interested in feedback, especially in the early stages.

As a test to see how successful it would be, I'm interested in having a 
project / Task which is marked up as suitable for new mappers. The 
squares should be much smaller in size, such that we anticipate the new 
mapper can complete a square within 15 to 20 minutes. In the perfect 
world that square would then be looked at fairly soon by a validator who 
makes suggestions if they are needed. After completing a few of these 
squares the new mapper should have the confidence to move onto any of 
the other general tasks. As an aside, this need not be a 'new task' - it 
could just as easily be a 'high' which has dropped down the list, but it 
would need adapting with additional instructions, and exisitng squares 
awaiting validation being validated & the outstanding squares being 
split far smaller than normal. It would need to be advertised so that 
new mappers find it - highlighted link from the home page of the Tasking 

I'm willing to validate & offer feedback on such a project / task, but 
ideally several other validators need to be involved. There are also 
times when I am not available.

These views are my own - it would be good to get the opinions of;

a/. New to HOT mappers (we all were once, so everyone's view 
appreciated) - would it have helped with the transition, and
b/. potential validators for such a project / task. - if there were a 
few squares waiting validation (potentially a new mapper waiting for a 
progress report before continuing), would you be willing to help with 
the validation. Because the squares are smaller there will be problems 
with working out highway grades, and an overview approach viewing 
several squares on occasion would be needed.

I'm intending to present this topic at a Training working group, but 
would like the views of other mappers.


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