[HOT] Projects on the HOT OSM Tasking Manager - lots of them

Martin Noblecourt m_noblecourt at cartong.org
Sun Dec 6 12:34:36 UTC 2015

Dear all,

This is an interesting topic, I think what is important is to focus on 
how the data will be useful for responders & communities on the ground.
On some requests (particularly for humanitarian operations), what we 
really need is to obtain a first overview of an area (villages & roads) 
fast. I've sometimes tried to put the focus on it using the instructions 
(e.g. the projects 1343 <http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/1343> or 1262 
<http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/1262>), however on both tasks I saw new 
mappers spending a lot of time tracing buildings whereas it wasn't 
necessary (yet), and (sometimes very) experienced mappers unvalidating 
tiles because a track was missing on a corner of a task. Although the 
latter were right to do so in absolute, in both case it wasn't really 
helping the task being completed faster (since lots of new mapper then 
spend time working again and again on the same task to get it perfect).

My question is: how can we better highlight when a project is a "first 
pass" for which it is admissible to miss a few details in order for the 
project to be completed faster? And an additional one: on some projects 
part of the area to cover doesn't have imagery good enough to trace, 
could it be useful to add a button to specify that (different than 
marking it done & leaving it unmarked) to avoid several people looking 
at it again and again?

Thanks & best regards.

Martin Noblecourt

*m_noblecourt at cartong.org | Bureau/Office: +33 (0)4 79 26 28 82 | Skype: 
CartONG - Mapping and information management for humanitarian 
organizations | Cartographie et gestion de l'information pour les 
organisations humanitaires

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> Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2015 20:28:50 +0100
> From: Blake Girardot <bgirardot at gmail.com>
> To: "hot at openstreetmap.org" <hot at openstreetmap.org>
> Subject: [HOT] Projects on the HOT OSM Tasking Manager - lots of them
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> Hi everyone,
> Dale, among others have been working to update and review all the
> current projects on HOT's main OSM Tasking Manager:
> http://tasks.hotosm.org/
> After much work on their part, a lot of projects have shifted up in the
> list.
> If you have not had a chance to visit the tasking manager lately, it
> would be a great time to do so as there are a lot of new mapping
> projects and existing projects that need mapping.
> We really need more regular mappers as we get more and more requests for
> HOT mapping. HOT and OSM's value is being recognized by more and more
> humanitarian organizations and we are very challenged to keep up with
> the requests we get. Any amount of time you can donate to mapping is
> very helpful.
> Tweeting and Facebooking out the MapGive "Why Map?" video would also
> make a huge impact. They have easy to click twitter and facebook links
> on their why map page:
> http://mapgive.state.gov/why-map/
> And there are links to the learn to map videos they make as well.
> And of course, while you are tweeting and sharing about HOT, please help
> spread the word about our first ever direct fundraising effort:
> https://donate.hotosm.org/
> Cheers,
> Blake

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