Welcome to the Tasking Manager Collective: how to join & contribute!

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is really excited to be working with Kathmandu Living Labs! Hopefully you have already seen the blog post in welcoming KLL to the collective. As quite a few of us are new to this collaboration we thought it would be useful to go through the process and ways in which you can get involved. Again, we are trialling this - any feedback and suggestions you have are more than welcome!

What is the Tasking Manager Collective

A few of you asked what the ‘collective’ means. A collective brings people with shared interests and shared purpose, coming together on shared ground to achieve a shared goal. A lot to be shared, right? The shared here is the Tasking Manager. If you are a mapper or a validator who has suggestions to improve the user experience of the Tasking Manager, or you are an open source developer who wants to contribute to the code on Github, then this is your place!

How to get involved in the Tasking Manager Collective
There are a few ways in which you can get involved:

  1. Contribute: If you are a developer or a tech-savvy user familiar with Github, read our updated contributor guidelines that show you the various ways in which you can support! If you are not familiar with Github: send a support request to tech_support or post in the #tasking-manager Slack channel.
  2. See what’s happening this month: Github Project Board will be used to keep track of progress of work. You can see what has been done in the previous month, the current progress of work and what is being planned for the next month on Github.
  3. Join the Tasking Manager Collective Meet Up: Wednesday 6 April 9:00 UTC or 16:00 UTC! This will be the first Meet Up - an opportunity to meet other Tasking Manager enthusiasts, share ideas on how best to collaborate in prioritizing, testing and proposing changes for the Tasking Manager. We want to hear your views and create an inclusive process and space for collaboration as part of the collective!

We look forward to collaborating with you! If you have any questions or feedback, please share below!


I hope you can join the Meet Up on 6 April 9:00UTC or 16:00 UTC. Here is a sign up form if you want to also receive a reminder before the meetings: Formularios de Google: inicio de sesión

Look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions, feel free to respond to this thread.!

Thanks. Is it possible to open the form to not require gmail login? :slight_smile:


Good spot- I had missed that in the settings! Changed now :slight_smile: Thank you!

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Here is also the suggested agenda document for the Meet Up! Hope to see you there!

Tasking Manager Collective Meet Up: Wednesday 6 April 9:00 UTC or 16:00 UTC

Tasking Manager Collective Meet Up | Jitsi Meet

Hi everyone!
First, huge thanks to those of you who joined the first Tasking Meet Up last week!It was so great to have you join - thank you for your participation and inputs in the sessions! :yellow_heart:

:loudspeaker:Next steps:

  • We will keep monthly Tasking Manager Meet Ups on the first Wednesday of the month 9:00UTC or 15:00UTC. Register interest here to receive an invite for the upcoming meet ups. The next one will be on Wednesday 4 May.
  • We will incorporate the feedback you shared on ways to contribute in planning for the next meet up session: we know there was interest on backlog review and triage for next month!
  • Tasking Manager latest release: we had some technical issues with the release last week and hopefully will be able to resolve this week. Thanks to KLL team and @dakotabenjamin for working on this!

If you have any questions, feel free to respond in this thread! We would love to hear from you!

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I think it might be helpful to people who might not be familiar with the OSM ecosystem and the companies and other organisations within it to clarify some of the things in this thread.

The “We” at the top of the first post I believe is https://www.hotosm.org/, which is one of those organisations that uses OSM data as part of its day to day business. “The tasking manager” is https://tasks.hotosm.org/, but that is actually just one of many instances of that sort of software - see the long list at https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tasking_Manager.

It absolutely makes sense to discuss this sort of thing on this site - but it is important that everyone who may not already be aware knows how it relates to the rest of OSM.


Hi @SomeoneElse thank you for the helpful suggestions. I am not able now to edit the original post, but agree with you that it is a good idea for future posts not to use “we” but specify the organisation or community we are representing and also to include wiki pages.


if you agree it should have been put into context, then you should not defer it to future posts. I share the concern that the post in question could be misleading, and believe it should be adjusted. If editing is not possible you could delete it and post the modified version again?

In my opinion, that seems too extreme, a mod can always edit a message if the original poster requests it (using the flag icon). Also we are talking about adding a clarification, not a post that contains an important issue and should be removed.


Thank you for offering help with editing the post. I did not mean to ask for removal, the suggestion was to repost it.

The announcement was posted in the space for the “different OSM country communities”, so making it clear that it has to do with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, which is a different not for profit organisation, totally unconnected to the OSMF, seems relevant, not least because HOT happens to also have “OpenStreetMap” in their name.

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Hi everyone,
The next Tasking Manager Collective Meet up is this Wednesday 4 May 9:00 or 15:00UTC!
Register here to receive a calendar invite or join directly via this link: Jitsi Meet
You will hear latest updates, meet other Tasking Manager users and collaborate on prioritising and reviewing issues for next month! Hope to see you there!

If you weren’t able to join the meet up, here are some useful links:

If you have any questions, feel free to respond to this thread!

Hi everyone Just wanted to send a brief follow-up from the meet ups! We are really enjoying the chance to virtually see and chat to youl, hope you are too! :slight_smile:

  • Presentation Slides and Rolling notes
  • HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who took part in the testing earlier this month. We did a poll and the preference was for any testing to happen in the #tasking-manager-testing Channel. If you haven’t joined and interested in testing next month, feel free to join.
  • Next meet up will be on Wednesday 6th of July. If you haven’t already, do register here!