OSM Tasking Manager
This approach facilitates the distribution of tasks to the various mappers in a context of emergency. It also permits to control the progress and the homogeinity of the work done (ie. Elements to cover, specific tags to use, etc.).
Please see Tasking Manager at LearnOSM
Setting up your editor
To use the Tasking Manager efficiently you will need to setup your editor when you start a new job. See:
For using the JOSM offset database see OSM Tasking Manager/Offset_db
Adding the grid square to Potlatch
- Open the task in potlatch2 as normal.
- Go back and find the "Link to .osm file" link on the Tasking Manager job page. Right click to copy the URL of the link
- In Potlatch2, click the Background button and Vector File
- In the text box next to File and the button "open" paste in the URL into the box. (1)
- Click the fetch button (2) on the right of this text box. A new "export.osm" entry should appear in the list, and the square should appear on the map
- Uncheck "select" from the column on the left for this export.osm (3)
Feedback from the validator
To see only the projects you have already worked on, tick the 'Your projects' box.
Locating just the squares (Tasks) you have completed
Click on the heading for one of the projects you have completed a square(s) for , then click on the Stats tab, and scroll down until you can see the users that have worked on this project, locate your user name in the list, and hover the mouse pointer (don't click, just put the cursor over) over your username. All of the squares that have been completed will fade, leaving only your squares visible. Move the mouse over the the square you completed, then click on the square & you can see all the comments relating to that square. If the square is green, it has been validated & the validators comments / feedback are visible to you. There may be links for you to follow if any feedback is being given.
Validating a task
Please see OSM_Tasking_Manager/Validating_data
If you need further help on mapping an area see:
Beginners Guides to mapping with H.O.T
LearnOSM is the principle guide recommended by HOT. As well as overviews of the process there are specific sections on;
- Getting Started with JOSM,
- The JOSM editing process,
- iD Editor (There is also a demonstration of using iD at MapGive If you use this, please note that highways & paths should physically join together / share a common node - the demonstration in the website does not make this clear)
- Surveying with a GPS,
- Field Papers,
- Editing with JOSM using the Field Papers imagery,
- HOT Tasking Manager.
- several 'more advanced' subjects relating to editing & using the data, and
- resources for teachers, lecturers and those organizing a workshop.
In development & mainly dealing with JOSM, but also includes information which will be useful when using the iD editor, guide in development. Use with caution - this is still in the 'construction phase', but it may help you if you are just starting to learn to map for H.O.T. Work in progress can be found at User:Tallguy/Thoughts_&_ideas/Beginners_guide
The tasking manager was designed and built for the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and is still under active development.
The main developer is User:Pgiraud
Source code (Python) is on github: https://github.com/hotosm/osm-tasking-manager
Issues & bugs area also managed on github: https://github.com/hotosm/osm-tasking-manager/issues
A dev/testing instance of the task manager is running here: http://tasks-dev.hotosm.org Sometimes this is with a later version of the code (Note. Don't use the jobs/tasks on here to track actual mapping. It's a separate test database)