[HOT] OSM humanitarian mapping and its learning curve

Tyler Radford tyler.radford at hotosm.org
Thu Oct 13 20:58:43 UTC 2016

Phil, Robert, John, Mike, others have come up with some really great ideas
pertaining to Tasking Manager improvements.

Please log them or add to already existing requests here so we don't lose
them! https://github.com/hotosm/osm-tasking-manager2/issues

One of the big visions for the future Tasking Manager is to better guides
mappers having the right skills to the right job.

Thanks for all the thoughtful and creative ideas.

*Tyler Radford*
Executive Director
tyler.radford at hotosm.org

*Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team*
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On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 1:32 PM, Autre Planete <autreplanete at gmail.com>

> Thanks , Listened to you,Mike Thompson!
> On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 9:13 PM, Mike Thompson <miketho16 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Two situations that a new mapper may face:
>> 1) Task area with nothing, or very little, mapped.
>> This *should* be pretty easy. For example, in the case of buildings: draw
>> building, square it, tag it as a building, don't draw two buildings over
>> lapping each other.  However, despite verbal instruction, demonstrations,
>> and written instructions, many get it wrong. My conclusion is human
>> learning is more complex than many of us assume (hence the need for
>> professional educators in our society). We may need to adjust our training
>> (both online and in person) to be more effective. Just providing the
>> information is not enough.
>> 2) Task area has already been partially mapped, either outside of the
>> tasking manager, as part of a previous project, or as part of the current
>> project where another mapper didn't finish.
>> Essentially we are asking the mapper in question to be a validator,
>> because we expect that when he or she marks the task as done, they are
>> saying that all of the mapping is done according to the instructions, not
>> just the mapping he or she did. This can be very difficult for a new
>> mapper, especially without the tools in JOSM. For example, if the
>> instructions call for buildings to be square, they have to pan the entire
>> task looking for buildings where is in JOSM, I put all buildings into the
>> to do list and step through them (I could also search for ways tagged as
>> buildings with less than a certain number of nodes and square them all at
>> once).
>> Ideas:
>> * Have the tasking manager require a mapper to open (no way of knowing if
>> they actually read them)  their messages before they can do checkout
>> another tasks.
>> * Have tasking manager forward messages to mapper's email account.
>> * Require that a mapper at least visits the "instructions" tab before
>> checking out a task.
>> * Enhance project instructions to cover "edge cases". For example, should
>> buildings under construction be mapped? Should existing features be
>> spatially adjusted to the preferred imagery source, or should the imagery
>> be adjusted to them?
>> * Enhance project instructions to have links to examples (some of the
>> Africa projects already do this).  "Not sure what a building under
>> construction looks like? Click here for some examples." "Not sure how to
>> adjust imagery offset in iD? Click here for instructions."
>> * Mapathons should not be held without experienced mappers present who
>> are willing to spend the entire event going from person to person to check
>> on their work and answer any questions. We need many different people to
>> make this work, and if someone just wants to be an organizer that is great,
>> but they should ensure experienced mappers are in attendance.
>> * Some sort of online way to quickly give feedback as soon as a save is
>> made such that it is not necessary to wait until a task is marked as done.
>> Mike
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