Humanitarian OSM Team/Meetings/TrainingWG/2017-09-11

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Minutes of meeting of the Training Working Group of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

Meeting commenced at 19:00 UTC Monday 11th September 2017 using the Mumble server, but IRC monitored.


Melanie Eckle, Michael Heißmeier, Nick Allen & Ralph Aytoun


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Chair of the Working Group

As Nick decided to resign from this position a successor had to be elected. The members who were present at the meeting unanimously voted for Michael who accepted the vote.

Finding more active contributors for our Working Group

Nick said that he used to occasionally write a mail to the HOT community explaining what we do and that we need helping hands, obviously with little success. Melanie mentioned that other working groups face a similar problem and that using social media did not result in a substantial increase of active contributors either. Nick reported from his experience in various organizations that people are likely to state that they want help but only few really start to work in a working group. As Melanie pointed out HOT intends to use its website as a platform to present the working groups.

Ralph suggested that we put together a number of smaller tasks which could be managed by new contributors. Michael added that we could integrate such a list in the list of the goals of the TrWG. He will come up with a proposal hopefully for the next meeting and would welcome to receive suggestions for such tasks.

Ralph also asked whether the current time slot for our meeting is the right one considering our globally distributed community. As Michael explained that a meeting he is supposed to attend would have to take place in a European evening, Ralph suggested that we might split the meeting in two - an additional one at a more suitable time e.g. for people in Asia. This would incur some overhead for synchronization and Michael added that it would really be helpful in this case if a WG member could be present in both meetings. Would be easier to clarify any issues or explain any topics further. No specific decision has been made here.

Nick came up with the suggestion that the contribute page on learnOSM might include a pointer to the TrWG. He said that he would implement a proposal.

Other Business

Nick mentioned that he will continue to take care of tranferring documents from Transifex to the staging site but he can not promise a fixed schedule for this.

Michael added that the envisaged launch of TM3 had been postponed to an as yet undecided date in view of the ongoing activations for the Caribbean and South Asia. He also mentioned that the German localization of TM3 needs some rework and he will contact Blake and Cristiano for organizational support.

Minutes of previous meeting

Date of Next Meeting

25th September 2017, 19:00 UTC