[OSM-talk] [HOT] Help HOT give 10 communities the resources to map!

Greg Morgan dr.kludge.gm at gmail.com
Fri Dec 2 04:56:24 UTC 2016

On Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 6:47 PM, john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com> wrote:

Context please?  I have no idea what you are talking about.

One of the problems with giving aid is only about a tenth of the money
> given is used in the way one would hope.
> Probably the most pressing problem in Africa at the moment is corruption
> and in many ways aid doesn't help this particular problem.
> Mapping in OSM is way to assist without fear that the funds will be
> diverted.
> Money given by government agencies stands a little more chance that the
> aid will get through although there is always the temptation to say it must
> be shipped on ships from the donor country or must be spent on goods from
> the donor country.
> Given that HOT Inc exists in the US and given the USA culture, who else
> could elect Donald, I think we can expect them to present themselves in
> this manner.
> Whilst I would hope that requirements and benefits can be presented I'm
> not sure that this is in the US tradition.  Given the attention span of the
> target audience again is it worth the effort to HOT Inc?  Should the
> message have been restricted to those with a US address?
> If I'm cynical then the task manager has been very effective.  The
> training group has identified problem areas and come up with solutions.
> However HOT is not just HOT Inc there are many people involved in creating
> maps and the tools used.  Germany is home to many of them.   The OSM wiki
> contains much wisdom, the page I'm thinking of was put together by a
> Canadian, well a Québécois which is practically the same.
> I'd like to see two slots on the most urgent slots in tasks reserved for
> projects that are run by OSM groups in affected areas to give some sort of
> recognition to the work they are doing.  If nothing else they're learning
> project management skills that they can apply elsewhere.
> In sum HOT Inc probably deserves some support but on transparency I think
> it could do better.
> ​Note to Severin I trimmed the posted message down to fit under the 40k
> character limit for osmf and talk osm then reposted.  The original was
> posted on the HOT mailing list.
> Cheerio John
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