[HOT] HOT Summit panel / talk proposal

James Conkling james.lane.conkling at gmail.com
Mon Mar 23 16:48:04 UTC 2015

Hi Pete,

Yes, this exactly something I've been thinking about--specifically along
the lines of remote mapathons where in-person training is not an option and
previous exposure to OSM is limited.  The project's not launched yet
(hopefully we'll be announcing it later this week--will announce here on
the listserv when we do.  The project is mapping logging roads across the
Congo Basin),  I'm counting on having some project observations/feedback by
the end of April to share at the Summit.

I've already submitted a talk for our project, but would of course be
willing to share thoughts before or at the conference.

On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 10:13 AM, Pete Masters <pedrito1414 at googlemail.com>

> Hi all,
> I'd like to propose a talk or panel for the HOT Summit on the subject of
> large scale, virtual mapathons.
> The way the HOT community responds in waves following a crisis, or a
> request from an NGO, is incredible. Truly impressive.
> The Missing Maps project obviously benefits from this capacity and
> commitment and many of you have contributed to Missing Maps tasks.
> Missing Maps has had considerable success in bringing new people into HOT
> via the tasking manager at mapathons. We think that, at the London Missing
> Mapathons alone, we have had over 500 people attending and contributing and
> the vast majority of these are new to HOT. At a physical event, we are able
> to train and support these new mappers in order to try and maintain high
> quality data.
> This is great, but we are faced with the problem of scaling this model of
> participation. In London, we can't find venues big enough to cope with
> demand (last month, 80 places were booked in less than three hours) and we
> do not have the capacity within MSF, the British Red Cross and the local
> HOT community to significantly increase the number of mapathons we host.
> There are more and more Missing Maps events happening independently of
> (although supported by) the organisations involved, which is hugely
> welcome.
> But, the fact remains that there is appetite for involvement from many
> more places than there are mapathons. One of the potential ways to feed
> this appetite (and by extension, expand the capacity of HOT) is to organise
> regular, large scale remote mapathons, with training, context, tasking and
> support built in.
> I would love to explore this possibility with you guys and thought the
> summit might be a good place to start the conversation. Is anyone up for
> joining me in presenting this idea for discussion?
> I am not sure yet whether a panel, a talk or a workshop is the most
> appropriate and I don't claim to be an expert (although I would love to
> share our London experiences with you), so it would be great to collaborate
> on this.
> If anyone is interested, please drop me a line.
> Cheers,
> Pete
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