Humanitarian OSM Team/Working groups/Community/TOR

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The following Terms of Reference have been developed by the HOT Community Working Group as a description of the groups activities and scope:

Community Working Group Terms Of Reference

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Community Working Group aims to engage and to foster the growth of the global HOT community. Recognising that this is a large and open-ended task, the group will decide upon targeted actions, and deliver improvements in small, incremental steps. An improved community is one which works together better, and which fosters and supports the growth of local groups around the world. Where necessary it may develop policies to be adopted by HOT in pursuit of these goals.

There will be some overlap and necessary collaboration with other working groups. The community working group will coordinate with other WG to ensure community building aspects are included.

There are five types of community members: connectors/trainers, mappers, partners/mission supporters, techies and the business of mappers. For these members, there are a number of priority actions and potential engagement items.

The HOT Community WG has the following priority engagement focus:

  • Sustain/support existing community and membership
  • Support outreach/growth for the HOT community. This includes growing communities in particular localities, and growing the diversity of our community (in terms of gender/age/location)
  • Encourage and support a healthy, positive peaceful collaboration, guided by the membership code of conduct.
  • Help the community get to know each other better. e.g. encourage better regular communication, bringing "quieter" people into the conversation
  • Guide people into getting more involved. e.g. build a mapping partner/mentorship programme for experienced and new mappers.
  • Organise, or encourage organisation of events, digital / in person, among HOT members, HOT community, or beyond (e.g. bridging to other FOSS communities)
  • Help the community to know each other's capabilities better. e.g. Encourage filling out profile pages, develop/maintain skills matrix/roster documents.
  • Improve "job satisfaction" and a feeling of appreciation for HOT volunteers e.g giving public thanks / devise reward schemes.
  • Improve channels for participation in design of HOT tools, and for providing translations/localization of tools and documentation. Work to make such processes more inclusive, international and non-technical