Tales from the Tasking Manager
2019-09-22, 10:30–10:50, Hörsaal Ost

The Tasking Manager is OpenStreetMap’s most used software tool to organize mapathons, community mapping initiatives and professional mapping teams. Over the last year it has been developed further significantly. This talk will give an update on the newest developments and the emerging community around the application.


The Tasking Manager is OpenStreetMap’s most used software tool to organize mapathons, community mapping initiatives and professional mapping teams. Over the last year it has been further developed significantly. This talk will give an update on the newest developments and the emerging community around the application.

Based on tales of data storytelling representatives of the development team of the Tasking Manager are going to discover remarkable curiosities and insights out of a wider application and user analysis, of course backed by hard stats. From this starting point we explain the solutions we implemented in Tasking Manager in the last year to improve the user experience and increase the data quality by mappers using the tool. Three stories will be told, about group of users that are coming to the Tasking Manager frequently and how the changes affected their flow. New mappers, validators and project creators are the main actors of the exciting adventures of combating a low beginners retention rate, lifting data relicts, guiding a mapper through the labyrinth of OSM contribution and learning about the magic of people’s using technology to achieve what they want.

We will talk about the new ingredients of the Tasking Manager, from the redesign of the users interface and the interaction among them, to how it now fits into a wider spectrum with much more applications of the OpenStreetMap ecosystem in order to improve direct access to more efficient mapping and data validation.

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Felix Delattre is Technical Projects Manager for the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. He is an information technologist, software architect and development project manager with a passion for geographic information science. His focus is on innovation through participation, open data and free technologies.

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Started contributing to OpenStreetMap in 2010 and is a GIS developer since 2014. Has worked with most aspects of GIS, like satellite imagery, web map applications, databases, but is specialist on osm tools and designing REST APIs. Creator of OSMCha, a tool that helps the OSM community to review and validate the changesets, and member of the HOT Tech Team.

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