Starting with a Tasking Manager - iD editor

Updated 2019-06-26

This guide is written for the HOT Tasking Manager, but the principles are the same for all versions.

The Essentials

TM Start

  1. Go to a Tasking Manager (TM) site, for example http://tasks.hotosm.org/. Using your http://www.openstreetmap.org login, authorise the Tasking Manager to access your OpenStreetMap account.
  2. Start on a project designed for new mappers - these are often ‘buildings only’ projects.
  3. Read the Description and Instructions and make sure you understand what is needed before you start.
  4. The mapping is checked by ‘validators’ who often send messages giving valuable feedback on your contributions.
  5. Start mapping - you may need to read more of the sections in this HOT Tips chapter to get you going. HOT Tips sections on round buildings or Buildings with square corners may help.
  6. Save regularly - see HOT tips - saving
  7. Be patient - sometimes there is a shortage of validators and lots of new mappers all wanting feedback! Carry on mapping, but when you realise you have made a mistake (we all do!) see if you can fix it, or ask for help.

See also

The Tasking Manager 3 Guide on LearnOSM

OSM-TM-video
Subtitles available in some languages

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Official HOT OSM learning materials