[HOT] Launching MapSwipe

Rudolf Maurer ruma at lyse.net
Mon Jul 18 20:19:04 UTC 2016

Hi fellow-swipers,

I might be wrong, but is it possible that I get same tiles more than once?


On 18.07.2016 18:43, Benjamin Herfort wrote:
> Hey Joost,
> tiles will be checked by several volunteers. And yes of course it is
> really interesting to see, how volunteers agree on different tasks.
> We did some pre-studies using a browser version using pybossa on this
> that showed that once 4 volunteers agree on 'yes' you can be sure to 98%
> that this actually is a house. But there is definitely a greater
> variation for "harder" tasks. Nevertheless also some buildings were missed.
> Kind regards,
> Benni
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> Am 18.07.2016 um 18:27 schrieb joost schouppe:
>> Hi,
>> Just wanted to take the time to congratulate the team on this. Our tweet
>> about it got over 20 retweets and 2500 views [1] (which is a lot for an
>> account with little over 500 followers), and I even saw my boss swiping
>> away at work (because of my own retweet).
>> I hope it gets the exposure it deserves, as it's not just fun and useful,
>> but also improves the sat pic reading skills of our future new mappers.
>> I would love to get my hands on the generated data. Do some tiles get
>> checked twice (and what is the correlation between swipers)? Is there a
>> higher incidence of "unsure" tiles in some tasks, indicating harder to read
>> pictures?
>> [1] https://twitter.com/osm_be/status/753959061796843520
>> 2016-07-13 15:57 GMT+02:00 Pete Masters <pedrito1414 at googlemail.com>:
>>> Hi all, how are you?
>>> You might have heard mention of a new tool we are planning to launch on
>>> Friday called MapSwipe. It's a Missing Maps initiative, developed by MSF,
>>> designed to support OSM / HOT mapping. The idea is that people swipe
>>> through imagery on their phones and identify areas with specified features
>>> (roads, buildings, etc). The resulting data can then be plugged into the
>>> tasking manager, meaning mappers have less empty bush, jungle, desert to
>>> scan through, meaning we can all get on with mapping a bit quicker.
>>> This is a first instance funded by MSF, so we will start off with Missing
>>> Maps tasks in there, but we hope to soon open it up to others. The code is
>>> also all on github.
>>> The app will be available on Friday, but there is a landing page already
>>> ready [1 <http://mapswipe.org/>] and I also did an interview on the BBC
>>> world service show, Click, last night [2
>>> <http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p040g4qr>] in case you want to have a
>>> listen.
>>> When it comes to the launch on Friday, we would love your support in
>>> getting the word out. The possibilities of using this kind of tool at scale
>>> are fascinating and your help amplifying the message would be superb.
>>> If you have any questions, just give me a shout!
>>> Cheers,
>>> Pete
>>> [1] http://mapswipe.org/
>>> [2] http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p040g4qr
>>> *Pete Masters*
>>> Missing Maps Project Coordinator
>>> +44 7921 781 518

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