[HOT] Disaster Mapping Program Overall - nearly complete

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 21 20:25:46 UTC 2015

Comment we are dealing with volunteers "This course is required training
for" is a little heavy handed.  Perhaps before taking this role on we
request that you complete the following course or something a little softer.

You're after their cooperation after all.

Expectations, well

An overall status of the mapping progress
needs to be maintained. This can be
achieved with a table on the wikipage. As
news fades from the headlines, it may be
necessary to make clear and direct asks of
the community or for assistance mapping
within specific Tasking Manager projects

yes but what is our success rate in completing and archiving projects say
within twelve months?  I don't honestly think we have the resources to do

Cheerio John

On 21 August 2015 at 15:09, Russell Deffner <russell.deffner at hotosm.org>

> Hello HOT,
> Forgive the many typos and errors you may soon witness. Almost exactly 11
> months ago we were awarded a grant from the Hewlett Foundation in order to
> improve our ability to respond (i.e. enhance the HOT Disaster Mapping
> Program). Those funds were used to improve the HOT Export Tool, Field
> Papers and create an Activation Curriculum. For me it has been a project of
> many sprints since I was selected as the Curriculum Specialist just about
> four months ago. Within a week of starting the contract to develop both a
> ‘procedure and curriculum’ for our Activators I was in DC with a small team
> of core HOTties for a 3 day sprint to just dump as much knowledge onto me
> as possible.
> From there it felt like a 3 month marathon to capture everything that was
> happening with the Nepal Activation and merging that into the ‘procedures’,
> the result I am so happy to present to you is the Activation Protocol which
> can now be seen in ‘print’ form here:
> http://hotosm.org/sites/default/files/HOTActivationProtocol.pdf
> This is the first time HOT has really tried to define any of our
> organizational programs, and it really took a community to make it come
> together.  Rather than a traditional ‘top-down’ approach to this
> policy/guidance hybrid document, it really started from that original
> brainstorming, built out through community input and then I just got the
> pleasure to mold it and work with some great people on flow, design, etc.
> You will notice it is ‘pre-dated’ for September 2015, and that is because
> we recently came to the conclusion that ‘why not launch the protocol and
> training at the same time’ – so sorry for those who have been waiting a
> long time to see the final results.
> Regarding the training, although I’ve chipped away the entire time, the
> last month has been a bit of an ‘iron man’ challenge. However, I am super
> excited to start getting volunteers trained; I think this is going to
> greatly enhance that high-level coordination aspect that seems to be our
> greatest challenge right now – there’s truly a ton of moving parts
> behind-the-scenes of an Activation and we need more trained people to make
> it operate more smooth and consistently. It is my pleasure to invite
> everyone to the HOT Training Center – beta launch! Before I give you the
> link, this is where the disclaimer comes into play – there are many
> unfinished components to what will hopefully be a very thorough,
> educational and maybe even entertaining site for all of our volunteers who
> want to be on the roster for Activation Teams.
> This is the beta launch, so really the core component that I am delivering
> is the content; my goal is to have all 11 courses built-out content-wise
> before the end of today. Graphics, exams and assignments (which will be
> completed as a trainee during an activation or simulation exercise) and
> certificate/badges are just around the corner. We will be conducting a
> couple of workshops where we will perfect/tweak/add/remove/etc. so that,
> back to the general “September 2015” date – by the end of the month we will
> have a much more robust Disaster Mapping Program at HOT. Right now the only
> course you can enroll in is Activation Essentials, but all the others will
> be available starting Saturday morning; prepare for many typos,
> inconsistent labeling, missing pieces, etc. each course has a forum (for
> now) for reporting errors or making suggestions, feel free to make notes
> there.
> Here’s the link: http://courses.hotosm.org/ - warning this is also
> ‘futuristic’ as in it will currently give you a server error but redirect
> you to where the current courses live (on the dev server, but we’re
> switching over as I type, at least by next week it will be all switched
> over – warning: we might lose track of course completion, etc. so if you
> don’t want to risk having to take courses over, you might want to wait a
> bit).
> Thank you so much to everyone who pitched in to make this happen!
> =Russ
> Russell Deffner
> Activation Curriculum Specialist
> Email: Russell.Deffner at hotosm.org
> OSM/Skype: russdeffner
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