[HOT] Questions regarding metrics from taskprojects, tasks and volunteers.

Pete Masters pedrito1414 at googlemail.com
Sun Jun 7 19:45:47 UTC 2015

Hi John, I'd say this is kind of what Missing Maps is...

The only slight difference is that a lot of the places we are mapping are
very much mid crisis - it's just that they're not in the news...

I come across a lot of confusion around HOT and Missing Maps and the
relationship between the two. For me, the fundamental thing about the
relationship is that the NGOs that benefit from HOT's work use their
volunteer bases, communications power and field experience to help scale
the HOT community so that there is enough high quality capacity to respond
to major media emergencies and forgotten, ongoing crises.

The people that come to the mapathons we put on rarely come from a mappy
background. They mostly start off as complete beginners. I think they are
the NGO supporters you're talking about...


On 6 Jun 2015 02:14, "john whelan" <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com> wrote:

> What you'd really like is a group of motivated people who could be trained
> in slow time to do the basics and would be available when we needed to grow
> rapidly.  Could the NGOs help?  They have mapping they would like done
> pre-crisis perhaps we could tap into people who make donations to them etc.
> and teach them to map.
> Cheerio John
> On 5 June 2015 at 18:59, Pierre Béland <pierzenh at yahoo.fr> wrote:
>> Suzan,
>> Good marketing stuff would bring in more people. As the Nepal response
>> showed, it is important first to be ready to receive a massive contribution
>> from people that dont know yet OpenStreetMap.
>> We also need to look at better monitoring the various mapathons
>> organized, to assure that the trainees receive sufficient support. The
>> mapathon organizers should also be careful to not add a burden to the
>> Coordination team by having hundred of new contributors in one mapathon.
>> Pierre
>>   ------------------------------
>>  *De :* Suzan Reed <suzan at suzanreed.com>
>> *À :* Andrew Buck <andrew.r.buck at gmail.com>
>> *Cc :* hot at openstreetmap.org
>> *Envoyé le :* Vendredi 5 juin 2015 18h30
>> *Objet :* Re: [HOT] Questions regarding metrics from taskprojects, tasks
>> and volunteers.
>> Your excellent response noted a number of things I've noticed as a new
>> comer.
>> It is not always clear that mapping helps. Stating "your contribution
>> helps real people in this crisis" or "your contribution helps save lives"
>> is focused and to the point. I don't see that on any of the landing pages
>> (home pages) of any of the learning or OSM materials. When someone knows
>> what they do has a direct impact on people on the ground, it is much more
>> engaging and urgent. Having someone adept at writing PR, marketing, and
>> communications materials would be so helpful to the organization. It's a
>> skill not many have.
>> Suzan
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