We all know that more training is needed. We also know that feedback is part of the training process - Validation of projects within the Tasking Manager (TM) is about training as well as data quality.

The HOT Training Working Group has a Trello board at https://trello.com/b/ZYzEoama/hot-training-wg which is 'public'. The board contains projects we are working on, and those we would like to work on. It is a place to share ideas, and perhaps work on a coordinated approach to moving forwards.

There is a Training Working Group email list at https://groups.google.com/a/hotosm.org/forum/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=footer#!forum/training <https://groups.google.com/a/hotosm.org/forum/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=footer#%21forum/training> - all are welcome to join.

For those who like meetings (necessary evil unfortunately), there are meetings every 2 weeks, with the next meeting at 1900hrs UTC (Universal Time Coordinated) Monday 24th October on IRC (Internet Relay Chat), although we may try Mumble as well. All are free to attend the meetings, or to send a report in for inclusion.

Our wiki entry at https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team/Working_groups/Training contains links to many things, including the minutes of past meetings.

We currently have a small but active team and we have several members who 'drop in' occasionally. All of us have been involved in mapping and realize that training is an important element of 'HOT'. We would welcome new members, and we would welcome the creation of new training materials - but it would be very useful if this was in a coordinated way so that we don't have unnecessary duplication.

You are reading this message in English, but many of the volunteers who map with HOT do not speak English - please consider this when thinking about training materials. Yesterday, the 2nd most popular language referred to in http://learnosm.org/en/ was Japanese, but parts were also read in 13 other languages .

If you are creating training materials, you need to make sure they are well advertised, and kept up to date - should they be linked to from LearnOSM or from wiki entries?

While you are mapping or validating for Hurricane Matthew, Missing Maps, or any other of the HOT activities, please think about how the training could be improved. Yes, please let the existing Training WG know your thoughts, but also think about contributing. Our current small team will need more active members if we are to actually create some of the resources discussed.

With every activation there are discussions about training, validation, and data quality. The time to prepare and construct the training materials is before you need them. Please consider helping to construct these materials - if you want to work on these alone, please add links to the documents I have mentioned so that your work does not go unnoticed. If you have a team working on a project - even if you are a big multi national company, please add links.

The title of this email group is Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team - please work together like a team so we can give the most for the people that need it.

These views are my own.

Nick (Tallguy)

Current Chair of HOT Training Working Group

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