[HOT] OSM humanitarian mapping and its learning curve

Arun Ganesh arun.planemad at gmail.com
Thu Oct 13 09:31:24 UTC 2016

The future of HOT will be in more local mappers joining tasks, and we will
definitely have to remain open to having greater number of first time OSM
contributors with no prior experience and not fluent in English.

The core of the problem is that contributors have access to powerful
editing tools that they may not know how to correctly use [1]. Lets always
create great documentation, but more importantly we need some mechanism to
ensure that a contributor has read and understood it before contributing.

[1] https://github.com/openstreetmap/iD/issues/3142

On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 1:33 AM, Romain Bousson <romainbousson at gmail.com>

> Hi all,
> As a pretty newcomer in the osm and hot communities, I personnaly had the
> feeling that the 3 first tabs "Description / instructions / Contribute"
> could be very easily enhanced, by just improving the text and its
> organisation. Today, as I see the new #2228 - Hurricane Matthew: Jereme
> Post Event Imagery <http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/2228>, instructions,
> I see that there had been some improvements :)
> I do not complain, and I applaud all the work done by HOT, but I think my
> following comments and ideas could be helpful :
>    - Description tab : often the same text for all the different Haïti
>    projects. The general context is well explained, but we may miss some
>    important context elements on the practical things (hearthquake in 2010,
>    the date of the Bing imagery, the date of the new imagery).
>    - Instructions tab: it was not explained how to use the new Digital
>    Globe imagery in iD. IMHO, only the link is not enough: some people may say
>    that it's only a strange line in the instructions and ignore it. The
>    hierarchy of the informations provided on this tab is not adequate and
>    almost inverted imho. What to do when 2 imageries coexist really missed me.
>    The only information was the type of "use imageries in that order : DG,
>    Bing, Mapbox", but we can identify simple and common cases that could be
>    explained in a Frequently Asquesd Questions or something : what to do when
>    a house is already mapped, appears on ancient imagery, and is not here
>    anymore with the new imagery etc.
>    - Contribute tab: maybe a reminder to read the instructions, and/or a
>    phrase saying that "If you know what you are doing, you can validate, if
>    not, you may let more experienced user take this role". The accessibility
>    of the tiles given to only  users who have a certain level, as previously
>    said, is a good and interesting idea, but is pretty drastic and limits
>    freedom, wich is one of the powers of crowdsourcing. Ensuring a good
>    instruction, and ensuring  a good peer-review by experienced users and not
>    newcomers is what I think the most important.
> This said, I agree that all the main instructions are already here, on the
> welcome page and the tabs, but we still see people not reading them, so it
> will be a choice to make by HOT community wether we keep users who do not
> read them to be free to map badly or not.
> Here are an other famous crowdsourced project that has fine tutorials in
> my opinion. I put 2 links for people who do not know them, it could inspire
> us for the HOT improvements (pay attention to the explanations given in the
> tutorials) :
> https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/povich/milky-way-project
> https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/dwright04/supernova-hunters/classify
> @Dale : thank you for your answer! No problemo I understand that you were
> busy. I hope I did not spam you too much, sory about that :D
> Thanks for everything,
> Romain
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