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News — 09 July, 2014

Join HOT in Berlin at OKFestival!

(Blog post by Katie Filbert, Heather Leson)

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is super excited to host a workshop at the Open Knowledge Festival (OKFestival) on July 16, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. We would like to invite you to observe and learn all about HOT.  Our community and friends will be there to teach you the basics of OSM while sharing stories about HOT’s mission, activations and how you can get involved. You don’t have to be an expert mapper to join. We’ll show you the path. If you are an experienced mapper, we’d love your help in the session.  

Key things you need to know:

OKFestival is July 15 - 17, 2014 in Berlin Germany
Date:   Wednesday, July 16, 2014 16:30 - 17:30 CET   
Location: Space S4(Kulturbrauerei)
Hotties in attendance: Katie Filbert, Cristian Consonni, Heather Leson and You?
OpenStreetMap project is an open source, editable mapping project. It is about more than mapping streets. OpenStreetMap has also been used by humanitarian organisations in disaster response, such as after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
We will start the session with an overview of the types of mapping and tools for editing OpenStreetMap and coordinating humanitarian mapping. The main part of the session will be hands-on mapping. For example, currently (end of March 2014) there is a need for mapping of Guinea, to support MSF response to an Ebola outbreak there. We will use the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) tasking manager, which divides a mapping task into smaller pieces that mappers can work on simultaneously. Mappers will digitize roads and other features from satellite imagery.
In the end, attendees will have better knowledge of how OpenStreetMap works generally, how it can be used for humanitarian responses, and what the workflow is, and how to contribute.


Open Mapping Happy Hour

HOT is joining Development Seed, Mapbox, ZeitOnline and Cartodb for Open Mapping Happy Hour tonight. Join us to talk maps and meet fellow mappers.This is an OkFestival Fringe event but anyone can attend.  Sign up.