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Solving global challenges at the community level requires understanding our physical environment through daily realities. Open mapping helps develop this understanding, enabling informed, locally-appropriate actions by humanitarian, development, and community organizations. HOT’s work in this area, in partnership with local actors and governments connect open map data through OpenStreetMap (OSM) and other platforms with real-world applications, focusing on supporting decision-making for water, sanitation, transportation, energy, pollution mapping, urban planning, education and addressing service gaps. Accessible maps and spatial data enhance information availability for communities and officials, ensuring effective public services.

Highlighted Projects

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UnAula: Mapping of Populations, Mobilizations, and Territories

Community-Led

Colombia

COMPLETED

Water Access in Rural Niger (Ruwa)

HOT Program

Niger

COMPLETED

Tracking Flooding in Rural Liberia

HOT Program

Liberia

COMPLETED

Sustainable Cities: Mai Tou Togo

HOT Program

Togo

COMPLETED

Mapping for Climate Ready Cities - Liberia and Sierra Leone

HOT Program

Liberia Sierra Leone

ACTIVE

Women Centered Disaster Resilience in Small Island Developing States - Montserrat

HOT Program

Montserrat

COMPLETED

Women-Centered Disaster Resilience in Small Island Developing States - Timor-Leste

HOT Program

Timor-Leste

COMPLETED

Mapping for Climate Ready Cities - Jumla

HOT Program

Nepal

ACTIVE

Mapping for Climate Ready Cities - Dhaka

HOT Program

Bangladesh

ACTIVE

Mapping for Climate Ready Cities - East and Southern Africa

HOT Program

Kenya and 2 other countries

ACTIVE

Mapping for Climate Ready Cities - Nigeria and Ivory Coast

HOT Program

Nigeria and 3 other countries

ACTIVE

Mapping for Climate Ready Cities - Latin America

HOT Program

Global

ACTIVE

Open Mapping for All

Community-Led

Argentina and 2 other countries

ACTIVE

Strengthening Collaboration Between Organizations and Local Communities in West Africa through the OSMer in Residence Program

HOT Program

Global

ACTIVE

Peer-to-Peer Learning for Open Mapping Communities

HOT Program

Democratic Republic of the Congo and 3 other countries

ACTIVE

The Project Factory

HOT Program

Peru

ACTIVE

Open Mapping Hub - LAC's Publications

HOT Program

Global

ACTIVE

Publicações do Centro de Mapeamento Aberto da LAC

HOT Program

Global

ACTIVE

Publicaciones del Hub de Mapeo Abierto para LAC

HOT Program

Global

ACTIVE

Participatory transport mapping in Zitácuaro, Michoacán

HOT Program

Mexico

COMPLETED

OpenStreetMap in Schools of the West Nile and Western Uganda regions

HOT Program

Uganda

COMPLETED

Open Cities Guatemala: San José Poaquil, Chimaltenango

HOT Program

Guatemala

ACTIVE

OpenCities Guatemala: San José Poaquil, Chimaltenango

HOT Program

Guatemala

ACTIVE

Mapping Volcanoes in Ecuador

HOT Program

Ecuador

COMPLETED

Mapping the Chepang Community

HOT Program

Nepal

ACTIVE

Mapping Ruboni Village Tourist Attractions on OpenStreetMap to Enhance Regional Tourism

HOT Program

Uganda

ACTIVE

Mapeo participativo de transporte en Zitácuaro, Michoacán

HOT Program

Mexico

COMPLETED

Mapeo de Volcanes en Ecuador

HOT Program

Ecuador

COMPLETED

Mapeamento de vulcões no Equador

HOT Program

Ecuador

COMPLETED

La fábrica de proyectos

HOT Program

Peru

ACTIVE

Crowd-Source Mapping for Disaster Management (Timor Leste)

HOT Program

Timor-Leste

COMPLETED

Building Capacity for Inclusive Data Collection for the OSM Community in Namibia

HOT Program

Namibia

ACTIVE

Beyond the Map Fund Program

HOT Program

Global

ACTIVE

ESA Open Mapping Grants 2022

HOT Program

Kenya and 4 other countries

ACTIVE

A fábrica de projetos

HOT Program

Peru

ACTIVE

Cities Spatial Award: By Open Mapping Hub ESA

HOT Program

Global

ACTIVE

Canoa de Tolda

Community-Led

Brazil

COMPLETED

Satellite Imagery for Social Good in Kenya and Nigeria

HOT Program

KenyaNigeria

COMPLETED

Engaging Local Youth for Solid Waste Mapping in Mogadishu

HOT Program

Somalia

COMPLETED

Open Data for Resilience and Risk Management Initiative: Open Cities Latin America and Caribbean

HOT Program

Dominica and 4 other countries

COMPLETED

H2H Haiti

HOT Program

Haiti

COMPLETED

USAID Local Impact Governance in Zambia

HOT Program

Zambia

ACTIVE

Shack Dwellers Federation Namibia: Guardians of the Map: Growing a community of OSM Mappers

Community-Led

Namibia

COMPLETED

MapUganda: Photomapping Uganda’s New Cities Using Mapillary

Community-Led

Uganda

COMPLETED

Kathmandu University Geomatics Engineering Society: Chepang Basti Mapping

Community-Led

Nepal

ACTIVE

OSM Zambia: Training to map waste infrastructure and services

Community-Led

Zambia

COMPLETED

Resilience Mappers: Mapping informal settlements in Kampala, Uganda

Community-Led

Uganda

COMPLETED

Community Mapping Urban Risk Exposure in Dar es Salaam: Ramani Huria Extension

HOT Program

Tanzania

COMPLETED

Mwanza Urban Risks Mapping: Ramani Mwanza

HOT Program

Tanzania

COMPLETED

Scaling Machine-Learning Workflows for Participatory Mapping: Monrovia ML Challenge

HOT Program

Liberia

COMPLETED

Regional Road Network Improvement in Turkey and Greece

HOT Program

Turkey Greece

COMPLETED

Energy Saving Solutions and Retailers in Bidibidi Refugee Settlement

HOT Program

Uganda

COMPLETED

Open Cities: Community Mapping for a Resilient Bamako

HOT Program

Global

COMPLETED

Productivity and Pollution Impacts: Monrovia Market Mapping

HOT Program

Liberia

COMPLETED

HOT and Facebook: Collaboration for open maps and free technology

HOT Program

Indonesia and 3 other countries

COMPLETED

4 County Digitization Liberia

HOT Program

Liberia

COMPLETED

Code for Africa: Using Drones to Map Makoko, One of Africa's Largest Slums

Community-Led

Nigeria

ACTIVE

Open Cities Africa - Accra City Project - Ghana

Community-Led

Ghana

COMPLETED

YouthMappers Dhaka College - Improving Waste Removal

Community-Led

Bangladesh

ACTIVE

Open Cities Africa - Monrovia City Project - Liberia

HOT Program

Liberia

COMPLETED

OSM Cameroon - Building an OSM Data Recovery System

Community-Led

Cameroon

ACTIVE

LECLARA: Sustainable Tourism Through Local Mapping in Ghana

Community-Led

Ghana

ACTIVE

Jokkolabs Banjul (formerly YMCA Gambia) - Mapping Local Ecotourism

Community-Led

Gambia

ACTIVE

MapaNica - Mapping Public Transportation in Nicaragua

Community-Led

Nicaragua

COMPLETED

Informing rural electrification: Mini Grids

HOT Program

Tanzania

COMPLETED

Dam Safety And Public Protection: InaSAFE

HOT Program

Indonesia

COMPLETED

OSM Bangladesh: Clean Dhaka, Smart Dhaka

Community-Led

Bangladesh

ACTIVE

OSM Niger: Developing the Community

Community-Led

Niger

COMPLETED

OSM Mali: Developing the Community

Community-Led

Mali

COMPLETED

OSM Bangladesh: Map Your City

Community-Led

Bangladesh

COMPLETED

Mapeando Meu Bairro: Mapping Mafalala

Community-Led

Mozambique

ACTIVE

Map Kibera: Engaging Local People in the Development Process

Community-Led

Kenya

ACTIVE

Global exposure database for all: GED4ALL

HOT Program

Global

COMPLETED

Supporting decentralization in Liberian cities: LEGIT

HOT Program

Liberia

COMPLETED

Training and Capacity Building: Caribbean Open Data Program

HOT Program

Jamaica Saint Lucia

COMPLETED

Urban flood resilience: Ramani Huria

HOT Program

Tanzania

ACTIVE

Smart cities: Mapping Ulaanbaatar

HOT Program

Mongolia

COMPLETED

Disaster Management Through Geospatial Data: DMI

HOT Program

Indonesia

COMPLETED