[Talk-GB] HOT in the UK

Jo Walsh metazool at fastmail.net
Fri May 15 09:54:18 UTC 2015

We've also been holding regular Missing Maps mapathons in Edinburgh and Glasgow, thanks to Margaux Mesle and Duncan Bain.

- Jo

On May 15, 2015 10:45:55 AM GMT+01:00, SK53 <sk53.osm at gmail.com> wrote:
>Hi Paul,
>The closest to a formal organisation is the Missing Maps
><http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Missing_Maps_Project> project which
>regular evening sessions in London. Several regular OSM contributors
>formal members
><http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team/Members> of
>(Harry Wood, Nick Allen (tallguy) and Tim Waters (chippy) come to
>and others often help out at Missing Maps sessions. I would suggest
>getting directly in contact with Nick
><http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:Tallguy>as he has put
>efforts into training and co-ordination.
>In practice there is much which can be done from any computer. The way
>organises tasks these days uses the HOT Tasking Manager
><http://tasks.hotosm.org/>. I noticed with the current activity in
>that activity on the usual OSM IRC channels was tiny compared with
>disasters of this scale. This suggests that the typical activities have
>become more-or-less regularised. My own experience looking at Nepal
>is that the large volume of data created will require a considerable
>to clean it up to what I would regard as reasonable OSM standards.
>it is presumably "good enough" for the tasks immediately at hand. There
>an existing community of mappers in Nepal, including regular visitors
>Europe, but the disaster struck at a point where tagging standards were
>A more challenging approach which might be more than you are prepared
>commit would be to possibly persuade your employer to host something
>like a
>Missing Maps event.
>One last thing there are now fairly regular Maptime
>in Southampton <https://twitter.com/MaptimeSOTON> which might be a good
>to make some local contacts as well.
>Jerry Clough
>On 15 May 2015 at 10:02, Wittle, Paul <P.Wittle at dorsetcc.gov.uk> wrote:
>>  Hello,
>> I've subscribed to this message list because I'm looking around to
>see if
>> there is any organised UK group which deals with HOT projects. I
>> this is a US based NGO setup to coordinate the use of OSM for
>> relief efforts after major events such as the recent earthquakes in
>> Whilst I'd love to be doing OSM edits in my spare time I've been
>> struggling to find time to get involved with job changes and children
>> the past 5 years or so. I would very much like to get involved with
>> for disaster recovery and my current employer permits us to take time
>> work for voluntary causes. I suspect they would approve of my doing a
>> to help the disaster recovery processes and it seems that HOT is the
>> international group which organises that effort on OSM. In order to
>do this
>> I need be able to explain to my employer what I would be doing and
>who I
>> would be doing it for.
>> I wondered if there is a formal group for HOT in the UK and if anyone
>> UK based training following the http://learnosm.org material setup by
>> Best Regards,
>> Paul Wittle
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