[HOT] Quarterly Newsletter?

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 4 20:23:57 UTC 2015

I think a couple of suggestions would be since HOT is international have
articles written in people's first language with a translation underneath
to English, and secondly ask Katja  very nicely to come up with a basic
framework design using the some logo as the web site and I suggest the same
font as well.  The reason for the first language comment is a post in
French by one of the project managers recently, it really flows much better
than similar posts by them in English.

Once you have the basic framework or design sorted out then its a much
simpler matter to be an editor.  Having been a newsletter editor many years
ago I found it is difficult to maintain the number of articles once the
initial rush is over which is why I might shy away from once a month.  The
framework is important, I suggest an article by an NGO or other aid agency,
one on how to use some feature of iD, one on how to use some feature of
JOSM.  One on walking papers and even perhaps GPS tracks and the problems
near tall buildings.  A note from El Presidente would that be Heather?  A
bit of OSM history, how we have changed the way we map over time, I even
have a GARMIN something or other lying around on the shelf which shows how
long I've been mapping and a bit on how OSM works.  Another would be an
article on Nepal and the problems we had coping with large numbers of new
mappers and how we are thinking of changing the task manager as a result of

To me the main target is people who have mapped once or twice to keep in
touch so as to bring them back in for a crisis, it lessens the training
load for a start, and secondly to see if we can interest some of the less
active mappers into doing a little more mapping from time to time.

Cheerio John

On 4 July 2015 at 10:00, Blake Girardot <bgirardot at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> The general newsletter idea has been around in various forms for a while
> now.
> What it needs is someone to step up, take ownership and commit to doing it.
> It does not have to be complicated or extravagant, just collect some
> snippits of info from as many of the different groups doing humanitarian
> mapping in HOT/OSM as possible. I think the weeklyOSM model is good one to
> build off of as well.
> We have a lot of little facilities in place to generate one and I would
> like it to be monthly. Tyler and I started on the basics of this just this
> week, so if someone would like to run with it, please write and let us know.
> The NGO quarterly article idea is really good.
> Cheers,
> Blake
> On 7/4/2015 3:26 PM, john whelan wrote:
>> We know we have a lot of new mappers who we'd like to get map more
>> sessions.  We also know that mappers like feedback on how their work is
>> used.  Perhaps a short newsletter might help is keep in touch with all
>> our mappers.  There are topics which get discussed in the mailing list
>> that might be of interest to others.
>> I suggest no more than quarterly, and not yet more smiling faces
>> gathered in a room, but perhaps one article per newsletter written by
>> one of the NGOs, that answers the question how do you use the data.
>> Even if its mixed with other data and I suspect it is, its feedback and
>> helps keep people mapping.
>> I also suggest one pointer to one tutorial, how to map buildings in iD
>> would be nice.
>> Perhaps even a discussion on Validation, talking to one end user
>> validated data was important to them.
>> And no I'm not volunteering to be editor.
>> Cheerio John
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