[HOT] Level of user experience to focus on

Shelby Canterford shelby at watersprite.com.au
Fri May 29 08:05:41 UTC 2015

Hello all. I have just signed up and this conversation seemed a good 
time to jump in. I went through all the learning materials and had a go 
at a tile. Of course having a go led to more questions. One of my main 
concerns is just how I make the judgement of "this stream is too small 
to map", and how much I should try and guess about roads/paths surface 
etc. It would be really helpful for me if there was a field guide about 
what the features I am looking at might be considered roads or paths 
etc. I am trolling through the list archives to see if some of my 
questions are already answered, but that's tedious! I would actually 
like a test/mentoring system, then at least I would know if I'm rubbish 
or not! I work in EM, and do my own basic GIS stuff, I consider myself 
educated generally. But understanding classifications of unfamiliar 
infrastructure is beyond my ken.


On 29/05/2015 5:37 PM, Suzan Reed wrote:
> When I came on board, I wondered why there weren't learning materials I had to study, and then a test to be sure I was ready to map. (There are people who put that kind of material together, and I know someone who does just that.)
> I also wondered why I was able to contribute to any task instead to being routed to tasks meant especially for newcomers, with a mentoring team watching over my work, giving me suggestions for improvements.
> Required reading and a mapping test? Routing newbies to tasks where they are reviewed by mentors? I would have liked that.
> Suzan
> On May 28, 2015, at 10:07 PM, Shawn K. Quinn wrote:
> On Thu, 2015-05-28 at 12:57 +0000, Rekth K wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Thank you for all your welcoming messages!
>> I'd like to ask a question on what type(s) of user(s) to take into
>> consideration when testing for usability and suggesting improvements. In
>> other words, for what level of experience am I supposed to optimise the
>> Tasking Manager? Should it be for first time visitors, those who land on
>> the hotosm page and do not know what HOT is? Or should the usability
>> testing lean towards fully experienced users and their needs?
> At the risk of sounding slightly elitist, I really think we should
> mostly assume at least minimally experienced users who have at least
> done some armchair mapping in their country and/or local area mapping
> partially aided by aerials. I say this for two practical reasons:
> 1. A humanitarian mapping project is not the time and place to learn how
> to properly use iD or JOSM.
> 2. The quality of work tends to correlate positively with level of
> mapping experience.

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