Once you have made an account, you will be presented with a variety of projects on the Explore Projects page.
Maps are presented as cards. Priorities ("urgent," "high," etc.) are noted in the top right corner. The agency involved in the mapping projects is noted in the top left. Clicking on a card will provide additional information and actions.
An example of Project Cards. Click on image to enlarge.
Users can filter by difficulty level, projects to map or validate, specific campaign, interest, and geographic region. Users can also search projects for keywords and location information. Choose the "Show map" toggle to see projects on a world map.
An example of the menu choices in HOT Tasking Manger. Click on image to enlarge.
Once you have found the project to which you want to contribute, click on the card to select it.
Once you have selected a project, a new page opens with a project description and a zoomed-out map. You will need to select a particular area in order to begin your mapping. Maps are divided into squares to aid in selection and distribution of work.
|White||Available for mapping|
|Blue||Ready for validation|
|Yellow||More mapping needed|
Once you have selected your task, you will enter the mapping page.
A project mapping page with bounding box, map layers, keyboard shortcuts, and menu elements. Click image to enlarge.
There are numerous keyboard shortcuts available for mapping. Review them at the HOTOSM Cheatsheet. Each navigation element also has information about the keyboard shortcut available.
The instructions tab provides useful information on how to map roads, buildings, and other areas.
Some projects will make use of artificial intelligence (AI) or plugins like Microsoft Maps or Facebook streets to aid in mapping. When these tools are used, you may need to provide permission for these plugins to be used while you are mapping.
When you enter your map, there may be nothing to edit. For example, the area may be rugged / mountainous and no structures exist. In this case, click "Select another task" to exit and choose a different task.
Users can map roads by choosing LINE at the top of the map. Lines are similar to areas but have only two clicks: where a road begins and where it ends. Similar to areas above, you must choose a feature and ensure your line is squared properly.
Users can also add points to their maps by using the POINT functionality at the top of the map.
It is important to save your changes to ensure that your map work is ready to go before you submit the task. You can save multiple times as you continue mapping the task.
Once you have mapped and squared-off your areas, you can submit the map to the HOT team for review.