[HOT] Customizable OSM editor

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 6 17:46:37 UTC 2015

You mean something like JOSM with the building_tool but restrict edits to
just the building_tool?

I like the idea.

Cheerio John

On 6 June 2015 at 10:15, Thomas Tolloschek <cadderly at lumpaczik.org> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I am following the Hot Mailinglist for a while as passive reader and
> since Nepal more active.
> These last weeks I was thinking a lot how to help new mappers while
> achieving more standardisation and compareable output.
> In my opinion HOT needs a highly customizable and automatic configurable
> editor.
> Think of some sort of Potlatch where the items are automtically
> restricted to the ones needed by a specific task. All the tags and
> comments are automatically filled in.
> For example: The user just needs to draw a polygon click on the house
> button and save. No more confusion if building=yes or building=house
> should bei used
> All the presets are done by the Taskmanager and the defined task
> attributes.
> If you look at the various statistics, you will see that a high
> percentage of the edits has been done in the first few days after the
> desaster by new OSM users.
> Many of them contribute only a few changesets or less. I was asking
> myself why this happened.
> Was there not enough help und information? I dont think so.
> I think that the informations have been too much and too spread for
> first time users. And l think that many of them where overwhelmed by all
> the things they have to think about.
> So why not moving the rule and format stuff into an editor?
> The avantages of such an editor would be:
> a) No bothering with tags, comments, etc.
> b) Reduction of the chance of duplicates. Because no elements outside
> the task elements are allowed.
> c) Standardisation, through predefined tags and elements
> d) Simple to use interface for users who want to help but dont want to
> know the in depth details. ( Those who want to know will switch to
> another editor anyway)
> e) optional integrated help
> f) automatic functionality like squared buildings
> I know this does not help for the Nepal crisis mapping but I think this
> idea is worth a thought for improving the quality of data in the future
> while motivating new users to map more and therefore speeding up the
> completion of HOT tasks.
> Kind regards
> Thomas
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