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Improved task manager and integrated ID editor improves humanitarian mapping

Press Release 6 May 2020 - 14:07 SAST

Improved task manager and integrated ID editor improves humanitarian mapping

Press Release 6 May 2020 - 14:07 SAST

By Felix Delattre and Sam Colchester, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

The Tasking Manager, built by Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), is a tool designed to coordinate volunteers and organising groups mapping in OpenStreetMap. It enables anyone, anywhere to contribute to humanitarian responses and development programs that improve people’s lives.

The new “teams” enhancement in Tasking Manager 4 enables mappers and validators alike to team up and collaborate on projects. Like before, mapping projects are connected to one organisation or community. But now, organisations can manage their own space, administrators and teams to coordinate and collaborate on projects.

Groups of users (teams) can be assigned projects. Each of them can be given certain permissions like mapping, validation or editing, including that of project metadata. Organisations can now also have several Mappers, Validators and Managers.

Often, several people manage a project together, such as during a mapathon. A team can be used to give permission to a select group of people to edit and manage projects together. These new features will allow organisations to create and manage permissions with more distinction than before. Project managers can determine and manage permissions independently, such as deciding on a group of validators, without their decisions affecting other teams and users on the platform.