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Come work on #MissingMaps with me!

Posted by bdiscoe on 10 December 2014 in English (English).

The recent #MissingMaps project added to the Tasking Manager is a great way to work together on specific places!

However, some of the maps are sadly neglected. The “high priority” HOT places (like for ebola and cyclones) get a lot of contributors. But, other #MissingMaps have little work.

For example, #793 - Missing Maps: Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo was added 5 days ago and nobody contributed at all. I have begun, but it’s kinda lonely. Come join me! The imagery is good, the infrastructure is easy to see, and the DRC has tons of unmapped detail. Come join the fun and MAP THE PLANET!

Comment from Warin61 on 11 December 2014 at 02:48

Yes .. there is lots of the world yet to do. Adding water quality to water sources just doesn’t rate compered to mapping a long road, a village/town or a river. I’m doing bits of India .. considering a holiday there so I’m adding and improving bits that could be part of my holiday, I’d have thought DRC would have considerable tree coverage thus blocking good satellite view of the roads? Or are you doing cities, not long interconnecting roads?

Comment from bdiscoe on 11 December 2014 at 06:06

Hi Warin, yes it seems that in many developing countries, even with a lot of tree cover, where the people live is very bare (possibly because of grazing animals, or firewood collection, or both). So, the roads (and paths, buildings etc.) are all very visible. You can see on that link (#793) that the target is a large town / small city, so it is not just roads.

Comment from SDavies on 12 December 2014 at 08:06

I wonder if a few too many projects are being added. Maybe it’s better to limit the number of ‘non urgent’ projects sitting in the background so that the OSM contributors aren’t quite so dispersed as they are now– it makes for lots of projects not being completed as opposed to a few being 100% done. Currently it is pretty much me alone trying to finish off Project 727! http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/727#

Comment from bdiscoe on 12 December 2014 at 10:58

Hi SDavies, you’re probably right. E.g. I contributed to http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/797 and rapidly found myself the only person doing that one, too.

BTW, I took a stab at Project 727 just now and filled in the last few tiles to get to 100%. Yay!


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