Jonathan Webb jonathan at jwebbgis.co.uk
Wed Apr 29 12:40:03 UTC 2015

I am one of the newcomers. I am not a GIS scientist & learnt on the job 
and am relatively lightweight, however I know that I am perfectly 
capable of making a contribution but the (HOT)OSM process is not clear:

As is mentioned in several previous posts*, there is a lack of guidance 
and aims.

I have spent most of this morning not contributing because I have been 
trying to find out what to do & how to do it.  I am not stupid and if I 
have missed a link to instructions, then  how many other (willing to 
learn) people have?  As part of the strategy to maintain quality, surely 
the signposts to learning should be given great prominence & be unmissable?

Are the aims of disaster mapping different to those of other mapping ?  
In an non-emergency one can spend some time trying to work out what a 
feature's properties are.  Also, for example, how to interpret from poor 
imagery say a path or track is it suitable for vehicles etc, or whether 
to even include it.

Jonathan Webb

>/  As a lot of people get to know HOT/OSM for the first time during
/>/  disasters, it might be also helpful if we can draft an HOT FAQ (I actually
/>/  couldn't find one, please enlighten me if there's already one) CLKAO/

Jonathan Webb
Freelance GIS Specialist
07941 921905
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