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thinkWhere developing Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Tasking Manager V3

thinkWhere has recently been working with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) to develop the HOT Tasking Manager version 3.0. The Tasking Manager facilitates the coordination of OpenStreetMap geographic data: crowd-sourced mapping, created and maintained by multiple community users, across multiple sites, and multiple locations across the globe.  

Following a significant increase in the capture of OSM data, and subsequent loads on existing servers and software, the latest version of the Tasking Manager aims to better meet the needs of mappers, validators and project managers.  This will be achieved by taking advantage of the very latest advances and innovations in web development frameworks and methodologies.

Blake Girardot, TM3 Project Manager said We are very excited to be working with thinkWhere to develop the next generation of HOT's Tasking Manager application. The team at thinkWhere brings a wealth of geospatial development experience, talent and insight to the project. Used by thousands of people around the world, our Tasking Manager software is the key technology component that enables our humanitarian mapping work and having thinkWhere as partners ensures the development project will be a success and deliver a great result for our community”.

In early February 2017, thinkWhere travelled to HOT’s office in Washington DC for the project initiation meeting with various project stakeholders to discuss initial requirements and wireframe designs. This engagement with some of the largest users of the Tasking Manager to discuss functionality and solicit feedback on how features might be implemented was a great way to start the project.  A long, but very productive day, the discussion involved representatives from Missing Maps, YouthMappers, TeachOSM, GeoCenter, the US State Department's Humanitarian Information Unit, Mapbox, HOT Project Managers, American Red Cross and Ethan Nelson, the lead community development volunteer.

Alan Moore, thinkWhere’s Chief Executive said “We’re really delighted and privileged to be working with the team at HOT. Redevelopment of the Tasking Manager will be key to the future growth and sustainability of the humanitarian mapping effort across the world. The development work flows naturally from the innovative work we’ve been doing recently on theMapCloud, our new spatial data platform, and we’re keen to bring those advantages to the benefit of HOT and the global mapping community”.

Development progress of the HOT Tasking Manager 3.0 is now in full swing and development progress can be followed in the tasking manager GitHub repository here:

https://github.com/hotosm/tasking-manager

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