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Tasking Manager: Insights from the NET Promoter Score Survey

Tasking Manager stands as a key solution in the realm of collaborative mapping, empowering users to contribute to meaningful projects on OpenStreetMap. As part of our commitment to continuous improvement of the tool, we conducted a Net Promoter Score (NPS) survey at the end of December 2023 to delve into the sentiments and experiences of our Tasking Manager users. The invaluable feedback, received from 59 users globally, has opened a window into user satisfaction, areas of strength, and opportunities for enhancement.

Ramya Ragupathy - 13 February, 2024

Global

HOT CommunityWG x Tech&InnovationWG Communications Skillshare Series - what a blast to start the year!

THANK YOU FOR JOINING our Communications Skillshare Series!

Arnalie Vicario - 5 February, 2024

Global

fAIr - what to expect in 2024!

Learn about the most recent updates on HOT’s AI-assisted mapping service (fAIr) and what to expect in 2024!

Omran Najjar, Petya Kangalova - 21 December, 2023

Global

Data for sustainable development: The Data Festival 2023

The Data Festival recently held in Uruguay was the opportunity for the Open Mapping Hub to introduce to organizations and institutions open cartography applications and its humanitarian approach.

Juan Arellano Valdivia - 15 December, 2023

Global

HOT Tasking Manager - Welcome to NAXA

We are very excited to announce that we will be working with NAXA, who will provide software development support for the evolution of the HOT Tasking Manager.

Petya Kangalova, Ramya Ragupathy - 10 October, 2023

Global

HOT and CDEMA sign agreement to enhance disaster management in the Caribbean with collaborative mapping

HOT and CDEMA -the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency- have signed a collaboration agreement to strengthen CDEMA's geospatial technological capabilities. Learn the details.

Juan Arellano Valdivia - 7 July, 2023

Global

OSM Hackfest 2023 - Call for Partnerships

Over the past two years, Open Mapping Hub - Asia Pacific (OMH-AP) has been working on it’s vision to create a sustainable OpenStreetMap (OSM) ecosystem in the Asia-Pacific region. And for this reason, we are planning the OSM Hackfest as a regional level event in 2023. We need your support in order to do this and we are seeking partnerships for organizing the first ever Asia Pacific OSM regional Hackfest.

Nirab Pudasaini, Risham Habib - 17 November, 2022

Global

hot_tech_talk | Takeaways from our open AI challenge

Over the past few years, HOT has taken a leadership role in experimenting with, and facilitating for, the application of open-source and fair artificial intelligence in mapping. What is the status? Well, let me tell you: we are only a few months away now from launching our open AI-mapping service - fAIr. As we speak, around 50 AI engineers from the Omdena community are crunching code with us to narrow down which of the models will give the most optimal AI-assisted mapping for our communities.

Synne Olsen - 3 November, 2022

Global

hot_tech_talk | fAIr: AI-assisted mapping

Here is all you need to know about HOT’s open AI-assisted mapping service: fAIr.

Omran Najjar - 2 November, 2022

Global

Reflections from attending the OpenSourceSummit Europe, September 2022

Hello lovely community members and tech enthusiasts!! I want to share some of my reflections from attending the Open Source Summit in Dublin in mid-September for the very first time! I categorised them into four areas that I hope will be useful for our community! If you are an open source developer, a maintainer of an open source project, or somebody who is interested in getting more involved with open source projects, then this post is for you! Hope you enjoy it - please reach out to me if you have questions(petya.kangalova@hotosm.org)

Petya Kangalova - 5 October, 2022

Global

hot_tech attending SoTM& FOSS4G highlights

It will be hard to capture the connections, learning, excitement and the feeling of community during State of the Map and FOSS4G in a blog, but here are a few highlights and photos on what happened during the various days! Hope you enjoy it!

Petya Kangalova - 9 September, 2022

Global

hot_tech team in Florence, August 2022

We are excited to meet the community and share all that’s happening with the hot_tech team at State of the Map and FOSS4G starting next week!

Petya Kangalova - 11 August, 2022

Global

HOT Tasking Manager Collective: update on the journey so far- July 2022

Thank you to all the contributors and participants in the Tasking Manager Collective. Hope you enjoy reading some of the highlights since the start of our collaboration with the Kathmandu Living Labs team.

Petya Kangalova - 25 July, 2022

Global

Data Principles

At HOT, open mapping communities and program teams face unique challenges in how we work with data:

Paul Uithol, Jessica Pechmann, Shazmane Mandjee Rehamtula, Claudio de los Reyes, Leen D'hondt - 22 July, 2022

Global

OpenAerialMapv2 - Design Testing Phase Results

It's time to share the progress of the OpenAerialMap redesign project again. In previous reports, you could read about the Project Kick-Off and the Design Phase. In June, the Kontur team involved users in the testing phase of the updated design of OAM.

Cristiano Giovando, DK Benjamin, Aliaksandra Tsiatserkina, Misha Malikin - 19 July, 2022

Global

OpenAerialMapv2 - Design Phase Update

We wanted to provide you with an update of the next phase of the OpenAerialMap Project. Hopefully you have already read the Kick Off...

Cristiano Giovando - 2 June, 2022

Global

hot_tech_talk | Apr (ish) 22

This month I have been feeling like the world has been spinning faster than ever. Does anyone else feel that? The days just don’t seem as long as they used to be? Do the image offsets seem to be more often and further than they have been in the past?

Bo - 20 May, 2022

Global

OpenAerialMap v2 Design Kicks Off!

This year HOT joined with Kontur to take a fresh look at OAM and redesign the platform. We will evaluate how OAM could be improved to better support HOT’s vision that everyone has access to high quality map data and use that data responsibly to improve lives and communities. Read the initial findings in this blog and join the user workshops at the end of April.

DK Benjamin - 20 April, 2022

Global

hot_tech_talk | Mar 22

Back once again, and we have connected in real time, in real life, with real people. Read on >>

13 April, 2022

Global

Welcome to the Tasking Manager Collective: how to join & contribute!

We are really excited to be working with Kathmandu Living Labs! Hopefully you have already seen the blog post in welcoming KLL to the...

Petya Kangalova - 23 March, 2022

Global

hot_tech_talk | Mar ‘22

_Happy end of Feb all! (yes, I realise it's already mid March)_\ \ After 2 long grounded years, hot_tech is starting to take off again - both figuratively and literally. Our team is now turning our attention and efforts toward working alongside hubs, contributors, collectives and users to test and evolve existing and potential humanitarian OSM tools increase access, usage and contribution to OSM.

11 March, 2022

Global

New Year, New hot_tech members

Well, what a start to the year it’s been! Like mentioned previously, new directions, new collaborations and, I’m excited to announce, new team members! While you can read the official bios for each new member linked by their name, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce them unofficially to everyone. Please see their unofficial bios and a quick insight into why I’m really glad to have them joining our team.

1 March, 2022

Global

Welcome to the collective, KLL!

It is with great excitement and pleasure that I have the opportunity to officially announce the first member of this tech_collective: Kathmandu Living Labs, who will be taking on the maintenance of the HOT tasking manager for the next 6 months (and possibly beyond).

Bo Percival - 8 February, 2022

Global

hot_tech_talk | Jan 22

Tldr;

4 February, 2022

Global

Expressions of Interest - Tasking Manager Collective Guide (volunteer)

hot_tech is looking for someone to guide the direction of Tasking Manager (TM) and represent the voice of the TM Collective. Could it be you?

19 January, 2022

Global

Experiment: AI assisted open mapping

Hi all,

16 December, 2021

Global

Before-After Maps: Visualizing OSM Mapping Contribution Over Time

Adding map data on OpenStreetMap transforms a blank canvas into a visual representation of places and communities where people live. However, it is often...

Aishworya Shrestha - 16 September, 2021

Global

Tasking Manager 4 - a year of improvement!

April marks one year of the launch of Tasking Manager 4.

Wille Marcel - 12 April, 2021

Global

Design Sprintathon

hot_tech kicked off 2021 with what started out with a big idea to run some rapid assessment and design sprints (RaDs). We learned that sprint, drastically underestimates the epic time & efforts it takes to get a sprint across the line. We also learned so much about the collectives we serve and how we can serve them better...

Bo Percival - 2 April, 2021

Global

PDC PhilAWARE: Field Mapping Completion, the e-Learning Platform, and Map Presentation to Stakeholders

This month, the HOT Philippines team completed the required field work for the PhilAWARE project and is now presenting output maps to stakeholders. HOT is also working with PDC to prepare an e-Learning platform to remotely support stakeholder mapping initiatives.

Jikka Defiño - 30 March, 2021

Philippines

Exposure Data and Models Shared with Disaster Management Stakeholders in Tanzania

The METEOR project has been a three-year initiative supported by the UK Space Agency International Partnership Programme to generate disaster exposure data and models in two pilot countries — Tanzania and Nepal. The process has since been repeated in another 45 official development assistance countries.

Hawa Adinani - 25 March, 2021

Tanzania

hot_tech wants to help

So, over at HOT_tech we’ve we’ve been working hard, so you can work easy. Our number one priority is hearing from you, so we’ve...

12 March, 2021

Global

Mapping Makoko Using Drones and Canoes

A floating inner-city slum is in the process of being mapped to make a case for improved public services and land ownership.

Anton Marshall - 4 January, 2021

Nigeria

welcome to hot_tech...

As everyone is well aware, it's time to scale up at HOT, and hot_tech is no exception. We have been afforded an ‘Audacious’ opportunity to welcome some impressive new talent into the fold. I was once told never to assume you're the smartest in the room, and with the addition of these four new team members, I know for sure that I am not. Let me be the first to share with you a quick intro to each of the new team members, why they decided to join us, and why we wanted them to be a part of the team.

Bo Percival - 16 December, 2020

Global

Improved notifications and better performance on Tasking Manager

Every two weeks we push a new version of Tasking Manager with new features, bug fixes and enhancements. It has been a while since our last update, so let’s take a look on what is new on Tasking Manager.

Wille Marcel - 7 October, 2020

Global

GSoC 20 - Automatized support for Organised Editing Guidelines

Here is a summary from the GSoC' 20 project that adds automatized support for Organised Editing Guidelines in Tasking Manager.

João Vitor Ramos - 11 September, 2020

Global

Introducing the Slackbot Router: Bringing HOT tools right in our Slack channel

As part of the 2020 Outreachy summer program, we developed a Slackbot Router project that utilises slash commands to deliver information on different HOT tools to the user. This allows the community to more efficiently access and share data between members and increase productivity.

Andria Hibe - 4 September, 2020

Global

What is new in Tasking Manager 4.1

Tasking Manager is in constant improvement. Take a look at the new features available in the 4.1 version.

Wille Marcel - 10 August, 2020

Global

Latest Tasking Manager updates

HOT released Tasking Manager 4.0 in April 2020 and since then the Tech Team is constantly improving it with new features, performance improvements and bug fixes.

Wille Marcel - 9 July, 2020

Global

Launching the Tech HOT Spot!

Welcome to our first blog post! We will be using this space to share stories from HOT Tech Team’s world and talk about ways in which our team plays a strong role in HOT's mission.

Bo Percival, Ramya Ragupathy - 1 July, 2020

Global

How we measure the effects of AI-assisted mapping

Over the past two years, HOT has taken a leadership role in exploring and facilitating the application of the latest advances in artificial intelligence.

Bo Percival, Felix Delattre, Melanie Eckle - 1 June, 2020

Global

Tasking Manager | Behind the DevDesk with Wille Marcel

Wille is an experienced frontend engineer focused on rich web map applications and the creator the Tasking Manager frontend and the OSMCha application, a very important tool for quality control and monitoring of changes of OpenStreetMap.

Bo Percival - 28 May, 2020

Global

Team up in the new Tasking Manager

The future is here! A fresh frontend with an integrated ID editor and many new improvements await you.

Felix Delattre, Sam Colchester - 6 May, 2020

Global

Tasking Manager gets a makeover

The latest software version 4 of Tasking Manager has just been released with a number of enhancements that will improve users’ experience of collaborative mapping in OpenStreetMap.

Felix Delattre - 22 April, 2020

Global

Communicating Operational Status of HOT Tools

Sharing up to date information about the current status and operation of all our tools through a simple status dashboard.

Ramya Ragupathy, Dakota Benjamin - 13 September, 2019

Global

Using Open Source Tools to Solve Routing Issues for Solid Waste Collection in Dar Es Salaam

One of the biggest difficulties in establishing an effective and efficient waste management collection and transportation system in Dar es Salaam is how long it takes to travel to Pugu dumpsite, the only officially designated solid waste dump in the city, and the best route to use.

Aaron Eubank - 30 August, 2019

Tanzania

The Machine Learning Enabler

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is partnering with Development Seed, Facebook, and Microsoft to build AI-based mapping tools to empower mappers around the world. We...

Sajjad Anwar - 10 July, 2019

Global

Collecting building data sets for exposure data in Tanzania

Since 2018, HOT-Tanzania has been carrying out the METEOR project, a project that uses Earth Observation (EO) data to assess the level of exposure...

Emmanuel Kombe, Hawa Adinani - 27 June, 2019

Tanzania

How #Map2020 Mappers Use Street-Level Imagery to Tackle Humanitarian Challenges

From Ghana to Zambia to the Philippines, we take a look at some of the 33 mapping projects that are taking part in #map2020 to build better maps in undermapped regions. The mapping participants are collecting street-level imagery to improve things like waste management, natural disaster response, and damaged roads, addressing some of the most pressing issues in undermapped regions.

Rebecca Firth - 20 June, 2019

Global

An approach to field data collection in Kathmandu

Guest blog by Gaurav Thapa from Kathmandu Living Labs. Covering the collection process carried out by the team for surveying exposure data in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal as part of the METEOR project.

Mhairi O'Hara - 3 April, 2019

Nepal

Bringing machine learning and open data to the Tasking Manager

Addressing the unmapped gap with higher quality and greater efficiency. Photo above from the Tasking Manager meeting held last month in Washington, DC.

Nate Smith - 20 March, 2019

Global

Why is it important for youth to create data and manage information?

Guest blog by Abril Gomez, student at GAL School Cusco, Peru. Aged 15.

26 January, 2019

Peru

Tasking Manager Update: New Version Released!

As December has started we’ve also released another update to the Tasking Manager. Head to tasks.hotosm.org and start mapping to check them out.

Nate Smith - 3 December, 2018

Global

Using open source tools to eliminate Malaria in Guatemala

HOT is supporting the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Guatemala Ministry of Health to assist local technicians who are in the field fighting Malaria in the area of Escuintla. Guatemala has provided a unique opportunity for HOT to leverage open source tools for use during indoor residual spraying to monitor progress and activities as they occur.

Miriam Gonzalez - 14 November, 2018

Guatemala

Hacktoberfest: A Call for Contributing to Social Impact Projects

Join in the celebration of open source software by contributing to the Tasking Manager or other open source projects maintained by HOT.

Nate Smith - 4 October, 2018

Global

Getting to grips on tag quality with MapCampaigner

Last year at State of the Map in Boulder we announced a new tool called MapCampaigner. Today we're opening it up to anyone to create campaigns.

Nate Smith - 25 September, 2018

Global

Open Imagery for Humanitarian Mapping

Analysis of imagery source use within the Tasking Manager

Ramya Ragupathy, Nate Smith - 19 September, 2018

Global

Integrating Machine Learning into the Tasking Manager: Notes on a Direction

We're moving towards how we leverage machine learning tools to improve data quality and help mappers map. Above is a shot from our design workshop we held at the HOT Summit in Dar es Salaam on August 31. Read more below about our ideas and a direction we'd like to see within the Tasking Manager.

Nate Smith - 17 September, 2018

Global

HOT Summit at FOSS4G 2018- Combining Communities in Dar es Salaam

This year’s HOT Summit was unique for many reasons, it was the first held in Africa and the first to be integrated into and...

Sıla Alıcı - 17 September, 2018

Tanzania

Website Update: Interactive Maps

A round up of recent major pushes to the website through Outreachy.

Ramya Ragupathy - 14 September, 2018

Global

Launching Visualize Change!

Today we’re launching Visualize Change, a new tool to see the change of OpenStreetMap over time. Anyone can automate the creation of embedded and...

Nate Smith - 4 September, 2018

Global

Fast, Powerful, and Practical: New Technology for Aerial Imagery in Disaster Response

How rugged, portable AWS servers can be used for post-disaster imagery operations.

Seth Fitzsimmons - 2 July, 2018

Global

Website Update: Powering our maps with data

An update on how we are integrating data and visulisations across the site.

Ramya Ragupathy - 29 June, 2018

Global

HOT Summit at FOSS4G 2018 Updates

The time is quickly approaching! HOT Summit at FOSS4G 2018 is only 4 months away and we’re excited to see you and for you...

Rachel VanNice - 12 April, 2018

Global

HOT InAWARE Project Relocates to Mapping Lifeline Infrastructures in Semarang

By the end of 2017, HOT concluded the mapping of lifeline infrastructure in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta. Our data entry specialists swept through 44 subdistricts...

Biondi Sanda Sima - 12 March, 2018

Indonesia