Humanitarian OSM Team/OPM Project Ideas

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About

This year the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is recruiting an intern for the FOSS Outreach Program in partnership and with generous support from Mapzen. This is part of HOT's larger goal to foster further diversity in its community and organization.

From the Outreach Program for Women website: "FOSS Outreach Program helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved. We provide a supportive community for beginning to contribute any time throughout the year and offer focused internship opportunities twice a year with a number of free software organizations. This program is an expansion of the Outreach Program for Women (OPW), which has been engaging women (cis and trans) and genderqueer. As a pilot for the expansion, in addition to women and genderqueer, this round is open to all participants of the Ascend Project regardless of gender."

Important Dates

  • Deadline for Applying is October 22nd

Contact Info to Get Started

The main places that HOT discusses things is on IRC and our mailing list.

Our mailing list is hot@openstreetmap.org and you can [subscribe here].

IRC is irc.oftc.net #hot or you can use this [web page] to connect and select #hot.

Format of Project Ideas

Each project idea should copy and edit the following template:

You type
{{OPM idea
|title=Example - JOSM Plugin to do xxxx
|suggestor=OSM User name or email of person making suggestion (so we can contact them if necessary)
|summary=Summary of Project Idea (a few sentences)
|skills=Skills Required to succeed with the project
|mentors=OSM User names or emails of Possible Mentors
|notes=Additional explanatory notes
|comments=brief comments
}}
You get Template:OPM idea

Project Ideas

Create Detailed HOT Activation Documentation
Suggested By
Kate Chapman kate.chapman@hotosm.org
Summary
Currently it is difficult for new OpenStreetMap contributors to get involved in HOT activations. Often guides are requested.
Skills Required
Attention to detail, Good written English, Markdown (though we can teach Markdown)
Possible Mentors
Notes
Currently there is some documentation, though having it in one place and easy to use would be a vast improvement. HOT has much documentation available on LearnOSM, but there isn't a quick start guide for someone that wants to help join a HOT activation in response to a crisis or disaster. Typically a new person would come in through our Tasking Manager. Much of the pieces of the documentation: signing up, using the tasking manager and mapping exist in LearnOSM, but a quick start guide would help make things easier for beginners specifically wanting to participate in remote response.
Comments
Improve the HOT Exports service
Suggested By
Summary
HOT Exports is crucial for humanitarian organizations to access the OSM data in GIS formats but its user interface and the processing steps are not always easy to handle. The issues and features requests have been documented on github and discussed in the TWG (eg here)
Skills Required
js coding, ?
Possible Mentors
Dražen Odobašić drazen.odobasic@hotosm.org
Notes
There has been a personal initiative for improving the UI (ony one of the things to improve though). See here. Would require contact with the authors.
Comments
Improve the HOT Tasking Manager homepage
Suggested By
Summary
The current homepage for the HOT Tasking Manager makes other jobs that the last/most urgent ones (that often are the same) hide all the rest. Discussion about suggestions started in this thread
Skills Required
Python using the Pyramid framework
Possible Mentors
Pierre Giraud pgiraud on #hot irc.oftc.net
Notes
See the HOT TM v2 Github page here
Comments