Humanitarian OSM Team/Meetings/TrainingWG/2018-06-11

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

Meeting commenced at 18:00 UTC Monday 11th June 2018 using the Mumble server, but IRC monitored.


Blake Girardot, Michael Heißmeier & Ralph Aytoun


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JOSM Webinar

We exchanged our views concerning the recently held Webinar 'JOSM for Beginners'. It was generally considered a success considering the large number of attendees and the questions raised. We therefore suggest to turn this into a regular event with a webinar every few months. We agreed that we need to keep the presentation more concise in order to leave enough room for the attendees to try themselves and come up with questions.

Furthermore we see the need for a follow-up webinar with advanced topics. We will use our agenda document to develop an agenda for an advanced webinar and to decide which topics should be moved there from the introductory webinar. While the introductory one must focus on getting attendees to be able to map the most frequently requested objects in HOT projects the advanced webinar can offer topics such as dealing with imagery offset or various ways to create buildings.

learnOSM Twitter Account

We want to revive our previously formulated idea to tweet regularly. Topics under consideration are general mapping tips or snapshots from aerial imagery with an explanation what we see here and how to tag this. Ideas can e.g. be obtained from Blake's User:Bgirardot/West_African_HOT_Mapping_Tips. We feel that we should gather a stockpile of some 20 or more texts to be tweeted before turning to actually doing so. We can use the respective Trello card in order to collect ideas.


Blake raised the issue that we need to provide formal guidelines for project managers on TM3. Michael outlined that we should keep the present users' and administrators' guides and create a third guide in the form of a checklist which should be considered mandatory when setting up new projects. Currently we observe a vast spectrum in the quality of project setups due to the fact that project manager privileges were granted without requiring people to study the guides. Michael will suggest a first version of such a document

Minutes of previous meeting


Date of Next Meeting

25th June 2018, 18:00 UTC