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Good afternoon I registered with O S M today having read an article in Saga magazine. Having received and completed the on-line tuition I had to go off - line as I had a visitor for lunch.

Upon logging - in to O S M all I seem to find is a map of where I live with no explanation, as far as I can see, of what you want me to do with it. It seems perfectly correct and needs no attention.

I did not expect to be given a map of an undeveloped part of the world to work upon straight away - but I would like to know what you want me to do next?

asked 27 Oct '15, 15:55

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edited 28 Oct '15, 05:54

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Was the article concerned principally with humanitarian uses of OSM, and is that what you're interested in working on?

(27 Oct '15, 18:58) Richard ♦
(27 Oct '15, 20:10) SK53 ♦

@Archergb: meta: I have highlighted your overall question and added a title, I hope I got this right.

(28 Oct '15, 05:54) aseerel4c26 ♦

Most people arrive on OSM with a specific contribution idea in mind. Maybe you want to fix a mistaken street name or oneway you encountered during driving, or want to add your favorite restaurant and walking trail, or want to help with a particular humanitarian crisis, etc. In any case, almost every contributor is a volunteer so we never tell people what they should work on, we can just offer suggestions.

If you came to OSM after reading the article SK53 pointed out, You probably want to help with some humanitarian crisis. I won't attempt to point to the "best" task you should contribute to, but have a look at the hotosm and/or missingmaps beginners introductions. Pick a task that resonates with you (sadly there's plenty of choice), dive into it, and come back here if you've got questions.

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