HOT's 2015 Annual Report is now online! The report and projects described within have been possible because of the commitment and dedication of HOT's global community and partner organizations. A special thanks to the dozens of HOT board members, staff, and volunteers who contributed to producing HOT's first comprehensive annual report.
A principal ICRC objective is ensuring humanitarian protection and assisting victims of armed conflict and other violent situations through direct action. The organisation’s Water and Habitat Unit carries out building and engineering projects designed to ensure that people caught up in armed conflict have access to clean water and proper sanitation at all times and that they live in a healthy environment. Good quality spatial data and maps are essential to the preparation of this work. Since 2012, the ICRC’s Water and Habitat Unit has been using OpenStreetMap data during the planning of conflict zone water network rehabilitation. The ICRC use building, facility and road network data to identify residential areas, determine road access and estimate local populations, population densities and dynamics. The data created by Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team volunteers and validated and added to by field-based ICRC GIS Officers is helping the ICRC determine the needs of conflict-afflicted populations and plan appropriate and effective response. Further information can be found at:
HOT was recognized by Enrique Peña Nieto, the president of Mexico for the Disaster Mapping efforts initiated for Hurricane Patricia.
The OpenStreetMap community in Nicaragua, a group inhabitants of Managua by own initiative decided to take the the feat and created the first bus network map in whole Central America. All creators are regular users of public transportation, which they use to get around in Nicaragua’s capital, in order to reach their job, their school, university or visit friends and family. More than 150 citizens empowered themselves, learned and mapped together the public transportation network of Managua. The product of the effort is available online as Open Data and open formats. With the help of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, the local community organized an online crowd-funding initiative to collect the money needed to create and print a paper map, which was given to the bus users.