Round 10 of Outreachy has started and I will be working as an intern during the summer on the Tasking Manager of Openstreetmap with Blake Girardot as my mentor.
In a nutshell, Outreachy is a program that encourages women (cis and trans), trans men and genderqueer people to make their first steps in free and open source software. For three months an intern is paired with one or more mentors for a project. This internship not only provides space for people from underrepresented backgrounds, it introduces new and enthusiastic helping hands to community-driven projects.
[Openstreetmap](www.openstreetmap.org) is a worlwide community of mappers that collaborate on collecting data for a digital map. It is user-friendly software that respects the user's data. It has Open Database License and is community driven and in that way is setting an example of what self-initiative and collective collaboration can offer back to our communities.
Usability testing for the Humanitarian Openstreetmap Team's Tasking Manager
Humanitarian Openstreetmap Team's (HOT) Tasking Manager is a tool used for dividing mapping projects for humanitarian causes. In June 2014 (update: corrected release date as suggested from the comment) Tasking Manager 2 was released. There are currently attempts made to improve the Tasking Manager Usability Interface.
The Outreachy internship started yesterday, Monday 25th of May. This is the schedule for the first week of the project:
- Introduction to the community
- Understand workflows, participate in online meetings
- Review open Tasking Manager issues
- Have the local repo up and running
- Make a pull request
- Populate a list of tasks a user does in order to map
- Get more familiar with the Tasking Manager front page (priority status, project selection etc)