[HOT] Ebola Mapping Project

Blake Girardot bgirardot at gmail.com
Mon Sep 29 22:04:40 UTC 2014

Hi and welcome to the community!

I know it is a little confusing, but when you select (click on) the area 
you have drawn over a building, you then click on "Building" in the list 
to the left.

Then some different building types appear in a list and at the bottom is 
"Building" again, click on it again. You drew a Building type building 
:) also known as a generic building or as it is often described 

You do not have to fill in any of the info that comes up next (name, 
levels, address, etc.)

Then as Kate says, you will only have to click on the "Building" option 
once next time, you might notice it's icon is colored in (red), that 
means it remembers your building/building choice from the first time.

None of that is very intuitive.

But, if you still get the notice about "Untagged area" you can click on 
those words in the warning list and it will move the screen to that item 
and highlight it automatically and then give you the list of things to 
choose from again. Hopefully Building is at the top of the list and you 
only have to click it once.

I'll follow up with the next question in another email, just wanted to 
get started on your answer right away.

Talk to you soon,

On 9/29/2014 5:33 PM, thatwoodb at hushmail.com wrote:
> Hi,
> Kate Chapman kindly answered a couple of questions I had about mapping
> which I sent off to info at hotosm.org, but she added that I should use the
> mailing list for further questions. (I should add that I'm completely
> new to this, or anything like it for that matter, and am using the i
> Edit editor.)
> Although I've read more than one tutorial at the site, as well as
> following along with i-Edit's walk-through, I didn't come across any
> instructions on exactly how to tag items I've marked on the map. Tagging
> codes, yes. But /*how to tag*/, no. Here's part of the exchange we had,
> which has left me still confused:
> My Qs--
>         * It seems I'm supposed to pick a tiny square to work on that's
>           labeled "invalidated" and appears mauve (or light grey or
>           light plum-- along those lines. I'm not good with colors).
>           Whichever one I've picked seems already to have had a lot of
>           work done on it. Many objects have been designated as
>           buildings. OK, I get how to mark buildings. But the ones
>           already marked are further described as "residential" or
>           "building under construction", etc. How did others know what
>           kind of building it is? There's no "unknown type" choice as
>           far as I can see, and I'm unable to continue without a more
>           refined label. So I'm wondering, how I'm supposed to label
>           buildings whose details I can't see on the map?
> Her answer:
>     You just need to select "building" so after you select building the
>     first time then select it again. This translates to building=yes in
>     the OSM tagging and is a generic building tag.
> I went back and did that, but when I saved my changes I was given a
> warning about "untagged areas." I poked around to see how to fix that,
> but to no avail. What do I do about this?
> ***
> And I have another couple of questions now: Part of the instructions for
> this task (#660) state,
>     /Compare Mapbox and Bing Imagery for the square you map and decide
>     which one is clearer for this zone./
> ... but I can't find a button in the editor for switching maps. How do I
> do that?
> The instructions further say,
>     /Indicate appropriate source on your changeset. The Mapbox imagery
>     is opened automatically with this Task and it is possible to zoom at
>     lower zooms./
>     /
>     /
> First, what's a changeset? Does that just mean there's a tag entry box
> into which I type the map source? If so, I can't find it. Also, Bing
> imagery, not Mapbox, was opened automatically with i-Edit, so do these
> instructions assume the use of one of the other editors? (I'd really
> like to stick with i-Edit, if I can, as one of them-- JOSM?-- requires
> installing Java, which I'd like to avoid doing, and Potlatch looked far
> more complex than i-Edit.)
> Thanks in advance for your help.
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