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❓ Frequently Asked Questions ❓

For Users

Q: What is FMTM?

A: FMTM stands for Field Monitoring Task Manager. It is a web-based application that facilitates remote monitoring of field activities for humanitarian organizations.


Q: Do I need to create an account to use the FMTM Web App?

A: Mappers have no requirement to sign up, easing the process of mapping for those that are impatient to get started! However, to use the FMTM project management site it is recommended to sign in with OSM. This is so data uploaded to OSM can be attributed to a user. Notifications are also sent via OpenStreetMap messages/emails.


Q: How do I browse and select mapping projects on the FMTM Web App?

A: You can browse and select mapping projects on the FMTM Web App by clicking on the "Projects" tab and selecting a project of interest. You can view project details, tasks, and mapping data on the project page.


Q: How do I contribute to a mapping project on the FMTM Web App?

A: To contribute to a mapping project on the FMTM Web App, you can create an account, select a project of interest, and choose a task to work on. You can then use the mapping tools provided to complete the task.


Q: Can I work on multiple mapping tasks at the same time on the FMTM Web App?

A: Yes, you can work on multiple mapping tasks at the same time on the FMTM Web App, as long as you can commit the necessary time and effort to each task.


Q: How do I know if my mapping work on the FMTM Web App is accurate?

A: The FMTM Web App has a validation process where other contributors review and validate the mapping work. This helps to ensure the accuracy of the mapping data.


Q: Can I provide feedback on a mapping project on the FMTM Web App?

A: Yes, you can provide feedback on a mapping project on the FMTM Web App by leaving a comment on the project page or contacting the project manager.


Q: How do I download mapping data from a project on the FMTM Web App?

A: To download mapping data from a project on the FMTM Web App, you can select the project of interest and click on the "Export" button on the project page.


Q: Can I use the mapping data from the FMTM Web App for my own research or projects?

A: The mapping data on the FMTM Web App is generally open and available for use, but it is important to check the specific project requirements and licenses before using the data for your own research or projects.


For Contributors

Q: What is the Field Mapping Tasking Manager (FMTM)?

A: The Field Mapping Tasking Manager (FMTM) is an online platform that allows contributors to participate in mapping projects related to humanitarian and development work.


Q: How can I become a contributor to the FMTM?

A: To become a contributor to the FMTM, you can create an account on the platform and join a mapping project.


Q: Who can contribute to FMTM?

A: Anyone can contribute to FMTM. It is an open-source project, and contributions from developers, designers, and other contributors are always welcome.


Q: What kind of contributions can I make to FMTM?

A: There are several ways you can contribute to FMTM, including:

Development: If you have experience in web development, you can contribute by fixing bugs, adding new features, or improving the existing codebase.

Design: If you are a designer, you can contribute by improving the user interface, creating new design assets, or providing feedback on the existing design.

Documentation: If you have experience in technical writing, you can contribute by writing documentation, tutorials, or other educational materials.

Testing: If you have experience in software testing, you can contribute by testing the application and reporting bugs or suggesting improvements.

Translation: If you are fluent in a language other than English, you can contribute by translating the application or its documentation into your language.


Q: What technologies are used in FMTM?

A: FMTM is built using several technologies, including FastAPI, Postgres, React, and web components. The codebase is written in Python, HTML, CSS, and TypeScript.


Q: How do I set up FMTM locally?

A: To set up FMTM locally, the simplest approach is likely using Docker. If you are an advanced user, it is possible to run each service individually too. Please follow the instructions in the setup guide on this site.


Q: How can I report a bug or suggest a new feature for FMTM?

A: You can report bugs or suggest new features by opening an issue on the FMTM repository on GitHub. Be sure to provide as much detail as possible, including steps to reproduce the bug, screenshots, or mockups for new features.


Q: How can I contribute to FMTM if I'm new to open source or web development?

A: FMTM welcomes contributions from developers of all levels of experience, including those who are new to open source or web development. You can start by exploring the project's codebase and documentation, asking questions in the community, and contributing to issues labeled as "good first issue." Additionally, you can join the FMTM community on Slack to connect with other contributors and get help with your contributions.


Q: What are the benefits of contributing to the FMTM?

A: Contributing to the FMTM allows you to help with important humanitarian and development work, while also developing your mapping skills and knowledge.


Q: Do I need to have prior mapping experience to contribute to the FMTM?

A: No, prior mapping experience is not required to contribute to the FMTM. The platform provides training and resources to help new contributors get started.


Q: How do I know which mapping project to join?

A: The FMTM provides information about each project, including the location, the organization sponsoring the project, and the mapping goals. Review the project information and choose a project that interests you.


Q: Can I work on multiple mapping projects at the same time?

A: Yes, you can work on multiple mapping projects at the same time. However, it is important to ensure that you can commit the necessary time and effort to each project.


Q: How do I get feedback on my mapping work?

A: The FMTM provides a validation process where other contributors review and provide feedback on mapping work. You can also contact project managers or experienced contributors for additional feedback.


Q: How can I improve my mapping skills?

A: The FMTM provides training and resources to help you improve your mapping skills. You can also join mapping communities and forums to connect with other contributors and learn from their experiences.


Last update: July 21, 2024