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

Nick Allen nick.allen.54 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 9 22:39:07 UTC 2014


Thanks for the offer of help - you're likely to see a request for help 
approaching the 30th September when we have another Missing Maps Project 
Mapathon in London.

I'm really hoping that Blake can make progress on a guide to satellite 
imagery - it's been on my todo list for some time, but I'm conscious 
I've started many things and it would be good if I actually finished a 
few of them. Although I agree that starting new mappers with crisp 
images would be good, I think it would be good to include a few fuzzy 
ones in the guide to show what you have to deal with sometimes - 
educated guessing?

At the moment I'm not intending to contact mappers who have not marked 
as complete the squares they have opened. There can be genuine reasons - 
it's happened to me several times. It can also be a question of 
confidence & I don't want to frighten anyone away. If we can get a trial 
area, and the trial works, then this may largely solve the problem. I 
think also that the general discussion will have raised awareness & that 
can make a difference as well.

Thanks again


On 09/09/14 17:53, AYTOUN RALPH wrote:
> Hi Nick,
> I have been mapping the Africa HOT projects and am familiar with the 
> 'on the ground' knowledge of some parts of Africa.
> I like your idea for assisting the new mappers and agree that some of 
> the image material is pretty difficult to map due to various 
> reasons...cloud cover, fuzzy images or overcrowded towns and slum 
> areas to mention some.
> Choosing easier areas with sharp images would help the new mappers to 
> get the feel of the work and build up confidence, and having feedback 
> for their work early on would help them to know if they are doing the 
> right thing or not.
> To this end I am willing to give you a hand in helping new mappers to 
> read the imagery, create more complex building shapes and the use of 
> basic tags. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
> I have come across the increasing problem of mappers not happy about 
> marking squares as done, I have gone to numerous squares and apart 
> from a few tweaks there is nothing left to do, but a number of mappers 
> have opened that square, looked around and then unlocked it again. I 
> feel guilty marking those squares as done when I have hardly done any 
> work on them. Should we contact the person that has done the most work 
> and tell them they have done well and could they please go back in and 
> mark it as done so they get the credit for closing it?
> Regards
> Ralph



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