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Kate Chapman is the Director of Engineering Enablement at the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that supports Wikipedia. She is one of HOT’s co-founders and was the first Executive Director of HOT. Previously, Ms. Chapman was involved in development of multiple web-GIS applications including GeoCommon, iMapData, and Cadasta.


Cristiano Giovando Joins HOT to Lead OpenAerialMap Efforts

I’m delighted to announce that Cristiano Giovando has joined the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) to lead HOT’s efforts to restart OpenAerialMap (OAM). Cristiano conceptualized...

13 January, 2015

Announcing the Missing Maps Project

I'm delighted to announce that this week HOT, in conjunction with American Red Cross, British Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders UK are...

5 November, 2014

The Roles of Experts and the Public - Report Back from Commons Lab Event

HOT and our community are increasingly considered global response leaders. Our perspective and expertise provides a unique bridge between the OSM community and traditional...

29 April, 2014

Mapping on in Haiphong

Back in October 2013 I headed to Haiphong for three weeks in conjunction with the World Bank to map transit infrastructure in the city....

22 April, 2014

Community Growth in Indonesia - Creating Trainers

Back when HOT started in Indonesia none of us was sure how the growth of OpenStreetMap would happen. As it stands today we've trained...

16 April, 2014

State of the Map US in DC!

This weekend is State of the Map US (SOTMUS) which is being held in Washington DC this year. I'm excited to attend this SOTMUS, at...

11 April, 2014

"Back" at the OpenGov Hub

I reason I say "back" in quotes because since the last time I was at HOT's office in Washington D.C. 7 months ago it was in a completely different building. HOT is part of the OpenGov Hub which is a coworking place and center for open government related organizations in the Washington, DC area. We are part of the "mapping area" in conjunction with Ushahidi and the GroundTruth Initiative. The new OpenGov Hub space just opened on April 1st of this year. This is one of HOT's two permanent spaces the other we share with Wikimedia Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia.

9 April, 2014

Support Haiyan/Yolanda Reconstruction: Contribute Public Use UaV (Drone) Imagery

An unprecedented number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) -- drones -- have been used to collect imagery after typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. But little coordination between projects appears to have occurred. Many types of response and recovery organizations can benefit from these "bird's eye" views of the typhoon affected areas.

27 January, 2014

Imagery for Haiyan

OpenStreetMap began with people walking, biking, and driving around their neighborhoods, surveying data using GPS to map. Starting in 2007, satellite imagery became available...

17 December, 2013

OpenStreetMap and Yolanda: A Report from Manila

I spent four days this week in Manila with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery unit of the World Bank. The impetus...

5 December, 2013

Remote HOT Activation in the Philippines for Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan

The Humanitarian OpenSteetMap Team (HOT) has activated to provide geographic base data in areas affected by typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Philippines. Currently we are...

11 November, 2013

LearnOSM Origin and Relaunch

Today we are excited to announce the relaunch of LearnOSM in conjunction with the MapBox team.LearnOSM was originally envisioned by Jeff Haack, it came out of necessity from HOT's work in Indonesia. There are many training materials for OpenStreetMap, but few that have been designed in a clear way for beginners. Often instructions are buried in a wiki or assume someone already has some indepth technical knowledge.

20 March, 2013

Tax-Exempt in the United States at Last!


HOT has been incorporated as a non-profit in Washington D.C. since August, 2010. The paperwork was originally done with a simple need in mind, that we wanted to continue to assist with the collection of data and use of OpenStreetMap in Haiti. Since this initial incorporation we have expanded our field work to include 8 countries in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. We have also responded remotely to many kinds of disasters around the world. This week we reached another administrative milestone as a young non-profit incorporated in the United States.

4 March, 2013

Mapping for Preparedness in Nepal

Today I bring you a guest post about a great project in Nepal. It comes courtesy of Nama Budhathoki, who is working to help ensure there is better data for disaster planning using OSM in Nepal.Nepal is a beautiful country with eight out of ten highest mountains in the world including Mt Everest. Its capital city has eight UNESCO-listed heritage sites. Nepal is a popular destination for tourists. Recently, several reports have warned that this spectacular nation is at high risks from earthquakes. According to Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium Secretariat, a mega-earthquake—which could occur at any time—is estimated to kill more than 100,000 in the Kathmandu Valley alone, injuring another 300,000 and displacing up to 1 million.

7 February, 2013

OpenStreetMap Usage in Jakarta Flood Response

Days of rain in Jakarta and surrounding areas have caused massive flooding in the region. Today (Friday) the flooding has eased somewhat but thousands of people remain displaced and 11 people have died. A state of emergency has been called until January 27th for Indonesia's capital city.

18 January, 2013

Mapping Selayar Island with Help from MapBox and GeoEye

We first meet the ACCESS partners from Selayar Island at a workshop in Bali in December 2011. After this workshop ACCESS organized their own...

4 January, 2013

Public/Private Partnership to Map West Nusa Tenggara

In December an exciting partnership agreement was signed in Indonesia which will continue the creation of freely available OpenStreetMap data in the West Nusa...

3 January, 2013

2012 Was HOT...Can't Wait for 2013

Closing out 2012 HOT has been officially in existence for over two and a half years. We continue to be able to do more to work to ensure geodata is freely available in times of crisis and natural disasters. I'm proud of the progress we've made and I'm excited to continue it into 2013. We have continued to respond remotely with the network for OpenStreetMap volunteers to respond to crisis and with donor partners to work on disaster preparedness project in seven countries. Additionally we have begun to be able to do strategic organizational work that will allow the continued growth of the organization.

2 January, 2013

Update from HOT's Strategic Planning Meeting

Two weeks ago through a micro-grant from the Wilson Center; the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team board of directors, the Meridian Institute and staff from the Wilson Center met in Washington D.C. The goal of these two days of meetings was to develop a strategic plan for HOT to continue to grow in the next 3-5 years.

14 May, 2012

Back the First Haitian Creole OpenStreetMap Book!

When the January 2010 Earthquake happened in Haiti the OpenStreetMap community began mapping. We mapped and mapped until OpenStreetMap was the most detailed base map for Port-au-Prince available. In March of that year the handover of the map began. Two years later the handover is not complete, HOT and Community OpenStreetMap Haiti continue to work together coming closer to that day. One very important missing step is having adequate training materials available in Haitian Creole.

10 May, 2012

Washington DC is Nothing... but HOT next week!

Next week the Board of Directors of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is descending upon Washington D.C. for a strategic planning meeting. You may have previously seen an announcement on some of the digital volunteer oriented mailing list.  The micro-grant provided by the Wilson Center is providing facilitation and support with help from the Meridian Institute to further refine our mission and goals. Along with this high-level meeting we've used the opportunity to speak at other events in the area. We hope to see you at some of them.

May 2nd 7:00pm-? GeoDC - Crisis Mapping Focused May Meet-up

26 April, 2012

Finishing Up in Indonesia...for the Moment

Tomorrow marks the end of HOT's pilot to evaluate the use of OpenStreetMap for collection of information for exposure models in Indonesia. As I sit waiting for my flight back to the United States there is a lot of reflect on and to be proud.  Of course there are always things to do better or explore further, but overall I feel that the past year has been a success. There is much to continue and further expand.


30 March, 2012

The World Bank and Open Maps for Development, I'm Excited

Yesterday the World Bank further committed to open-data on their blog by stating "the World Bank only supports citizen-mapping efforts that give users free...

20 March, 2012

Creating Sustainable Community Mapping Projects Workshop

Last week I attended a meeting to discuss expanding the community mapping projects using OSM eastern Indonesia, as well as ensuring they are sustainable....

12 March, 2012

4th Largest Country, 4th Largest City, Best Community Mapped for Preparedness

Rapid growth and low elevation makes flooding in Jakarta problematic. Innovative approaches are needed for contingency planning and impact modeling.  DKI Jakarta's Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) is developing a detailed scenario to estimate impacts of future flooding. This scenario will estimate the impact on people, schools, hospitals, and other important buildings. Such a scenario will become a powerful tool for local government and other stakeholders to take action to be better prepared for future floods. This first step in this type of analysis is having available data, without data it is impossible to make an accurate estimation. Throughout March mapping events will be held in DKI Jakarta to work with local leaders to collect such data, by utilizing OpenStreetMap.

29 February, 2012

Back, back, back to Sumbawa

This week Vasanthi, Emir and I returned to Bima and Dompu. It is always interesting when you leave someone with technology alone and then come back and see what they have done. Questions often have often built up, but usually some solutions as well. People don’t wait for your to return to move forward, they usually either abandon what they have been taught or adapt to their own situations and uses. Bima and Dompu were no different.

31 January, 2012

HOT Collaboration with GIS Corps!

GIS Corps is joining together with HOT again for a joint project.  The first collaboration between HOT and GIS Corps occurred during the Samoa...

10 January, 2012

Cooperation between HOT and DigitalGlobe in Turkey

  We almost forgot to report on our earthquake response in Turkey from this October.  Fortunately Suha Ulgen recently did an interview that reminded...

18 December, 2011

Poverty Mapping with an OpenStreetMap Base in Sumbawa

During HOT's time working in Indonesia we've met with many different groups doing different types of mapping. One of the more common types is...

2 December, 2011

Meetings, Conferences and Coordination in Geneva

2 weeks ago Nicolas Chavent and I spent the week in Geneva. The initial impetus for the trip was the 3rd annual International Conference...

27 November, 2011

HOT Tasks! Get Your HOT Tasks!

A couple weeks ago Patrick Meier wrote about HOT's new tool for tasking, the OpenStreetMap Tasking Manager. Now it has finally moved to its permanent

20 September, 2011

End of an Era or at Least Internship

Friday marked the end of Va and Emir's internship with HOT this summer.  We were fortunate to have rockstar interns for this project.  You...

31 July, 2011

HOT in Indonesia

Soon after HOT got started there was discussion around the idea of pre-mapping before a disaster. Previously there have been meetings and discussions, but...

3 July, 2011

Continuing HOT Activation for the Ivory Coast

HOT activated in December of 2010 for the Ivory Coast following the Presidential Election crisis. During that time the OpenStreetMap information collected has been...

17 May, 2011

HOT's Proposal for the Knight News Challenge

Since March HOT has been holding trainings in Haiti on how to contribute to OpenStreetMap. We've travel to many of the earthquake effected areas...

24 November, 2010

HOT Mission 4 to Haiti

Information Kiosk (image courtesy Leonard Doyle) Nicolas and I are back down in Haiti until the end of August. There was just as much...

22 August, 2010

Haiti mission 3 - Training and Mapping Party in Gonaïves

The first actual mapping party of this mission was scheduled for 25-27 June in this town of Northern Haiti. In OpenStreetMap a mapping party...

27 June, 2010

Haiti mission 3 - Week 1 in Port-au-Prince

As Week 1, Mission 3 wraps up in Port-au-Prince the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team performed a review class on Sunday for anyone previously trained in...

21 June, 2010

Haiti mission 3 - Training Day with the IOM Community Mobilizers

Today was the first day of training with the community mobilizers from IOM (International Office for Migration). These 25 young Haitians mostly engaged in...

20 June, 2010

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