[HOT] slow time mapper productivity

Steve Bower sbower at gmavt.net
Sat May 9 00:11:59 UTC 2015

I agree. In my opinion JOSM is not much harder to learn than iD. I question
why it has its reputation. It has many more menus and tools but I don't
think that is a deterrent to learning the basics and getting started.

The installation instructions could be better, and for different operating
systems - that could be easily fixed.

For tracing buildings I would not require JOSM, but would more strongly
recommend it in task instructions.


On Fri, May 8, 2015 at 7:45 PM, john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com> wrote:

> This is definitely slow time and not something to distract HOT at the
> moment.
> Mapping buildings is not my favourite occupation.  I reward myself by
> breaking off and sending the odd email etc from time to time so the figures
> below are not head down hard mapping of buildings.
> However I noticed that in a one hour session in Nepal I mapped around six
> hundred buildings using JOSM building_tool including one or two odd shaped
> ones <shift>J thanks to Blake's video.
> If I look at the tiles I'm working on I see that half the mappers only map
> twenty buildings or less and there aren't that many mappers mapping over a
> hundred buildings in a tile.
> Does it matter?  If we were paying mappers for their time then yes it
> would, we aren't but even so think how much more quickly we could complete
> projects with the same resources and we won't even talk about data quality
> issues.
> I understand that JOSM has acquired a reputation for being hard to teach
> and use by some but perhaps with suitable guidelines we can get a bit more
> productivity out of our mappers?
> Cheerio John
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