[HOT] Level of user experience to focus on

Katja Ulbert mail at katja-ulbert.de
Fri May 29 08:54:51 UTC 2015

Hi Shelby,

there is a photo collection that helps identifying objects on the ground 
and getting familiar to the Nepalese terrain, part of it is also 
geotagged https://www.flickr.com/photos/katja-ulbert/collections

I know it doesn´t answer all your questions, but maybe it can give you 
some hints.


Am 29/05/15 um 10:05 schrieb Shelby Canterford:

Am 29/05/15 um 10:05 schrieb Shelby Canterford:
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Shelby
> 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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