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Posted by innocent on Dec, 13 2017
On the 8th to 10th December Crowd2Map collaborated with Ramani Huria to host the first state of the map conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. We initially expected 150 participants but the number of attendees exceeded our estimates and reached 170 attendees from across 10 countries: Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Germany, America, Canada, Italy and Tanzania itself. It was an event where people from diverse background came together to train, network and interact.   Participants;
Posted by Amelia Hunt on Dec, 11 2017
*Guest blog: Samaila Alio, OSM Niger* OSM Niger OpenStreetMap Niger is a community of youth aiming to promote OpenStreetMap (OSM) mapping and open data in Niger. OSM Niger established following a mini-project called “Mapping for Niger” which took place in June 2013. Since inception, we have carried out several awareness raising activities and training in open mapping and geomatics. This has led to the improvement of the OSM database in Niger, including the effective mapping of Commune V of Niamey, the city of Dosso, Madaoua, Dogondoutchi. In June 2017, OSM Niger hosted a capacity building mission supported by the Direction de la Francophonie Économique et Numérique (DFEN/OIF) in coordination with local experts, the Association les Libres Géographes (LLG), of the Association Projet Espace OSM francophone (ProjetEOF) and West African OSM communities. OSM Niger has carried out a number of projects in collaboration with public and private organizations, for example the Map4DEV Project with UNICEF Niger, CartoInnov with Club des Hommes et Femmes Acteurs du Libre en Afrique (CHALA) and Les Géographes Libres (LLG), etc.  
Posted by Amelia Hunt on Dec, 6 2017
*Guest Blog – Paromita Basak, AUW Youth Mappers Bangladesh*  
Posted by Amelia Hunt on Dec, 5 2017
*Guest Blog – Nathalie Sidibe, OSM Mali* In 2017 HOT received a grant from Nethope to provide devices (smartphones, laptops) to reduce barriers to community mapping around the world. 2017-18 HOT will provide devices to twelve OpenStreetMap communities worldwide, and associated support for connectivity and training, to equip communities with the  technology and resources they need to increase their mapping capacity. OSM Mali is grateful to receive devices to strengthen the community and enable more mapping projects.   On the 13th to 20th November, nineteen geology students in Bamako participated in six days of OpenStreetMap (OSM) and QGIS training at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology. The training was conducted by OSM Mali members, thanks to devices received from HOT. Armed with the right devices, local people are empowered to collect data and map out their own communities to raise awareness of and contribute to development initiatives.  
Posted by Rachel VanNice on Nov, 28 2017
You’ve supported us to put the world’s most vulnerable places on the map- through hundreds of millions of edits, thousands of hours, and a lot of pizza along the way. Over the years, you’ve helped us train more than 6,000 people, build mapping apps relied upon by the world’s largest humanitarian aid organizations, and enabled 9 OpenStreetMap communities to map the places and issues that matter most in the places they call home This year, we faced an unprecedented challenge as HOT responded to seven simultaneous disasters, including hurricanes in the Caribbean, earthquakes in Mexico, and flooding in South Asia. You responded as a dedicated global community, check out the video below to see some highlights!
Posted by Nate Smith on Nov, 22 2017
This year has been a busy year for technology within the HOT community. We launched new versions of nearly all the core HOT tools - Tasking Manager, Export Tool, OpenAerialMap. We also started developing new tools for field data collection and starting discussing new ideas, for example using machine learning for a new tasking workflow. Going into 2018, we want to take the wins and lessons learned from 2017 and go further. Over the past few weeks, we've been working on planning for the next year. I want to share about what we have thought about, what we plan to work on, and how you can start to get involved.
Caribbean Hurricanes Nov 9
Posted by Russell Deffner on Nov, 10 2017
HOT begins to transition mapping of critical data in response to the Mexico Earthquakes, South Asia Floods, Caribbean Hurricanes and West Pacific Volcano threats back to local communities. It’s during this crucial time that we ask for mappers to become validators, and make an important second look to ensure the mapping was done as instructed.
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Nov, 9 2017
*Guest Blog – Trudy Namitala, OSM Zambia*   Since 2016, OSM Zambia has embarked on a journey to transform communities in Zambia by introducing them to OSM and tools used in mapping and data collection. Our goal is for Zambians to be able to map peri-urban areas (rural-urban transition zones) where they live. Peri-urban areas usually face challenges like flooding, cholera and poor delivery of services, including Water and Sanitation. Currently, the data available on these places is not complete.   OSM Zambia received a microgrant from HOT to make mapping of peri-urban areas possible, recognising the urgency of this data. With this funding, OSM Zambia joyfully supports the training of youths and communities at large in OSM to ensure these peri-urban areas are put on the map.  
Posted by innocent on Nov, 5 2017
Ramani Huria's goal is resilience: to reduce the human impact of flooding. The most obvious way to do this is to reduce the likelihood of floods! Drainage is one of the ways to do so.  
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Nov, 2 2017
*Guest blog: Remigio Chilaule, Mafalala, Mozambique*   Mozambique is a developing African country with many riches, and a lot of untapped potential in natural and human resources. Mafalala is an area of only 1 square kilometre, but with 25,000 inhabitants. It is a low-income neighbourhood sitting right on the edge of Maputo's centre. Maputo is the capital of Mozambique, and like many others is a city of contrasts. The well infrastructured and bustling city centre is under increasing stress from the ever sprawling periphery.
Posted by Biondi Sima on Oct, 31 2017
On October 23, three waterspouts were seen next to each other, sweeping across parts of the Thousand Islands, the northernmost territory of Jakarta. Although no casualties and damages resulted from this phenomenon, Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) warned local residents to remain vigilant in the face of climate-induced disasters.   Last year in 2016, waterspouts blew past Tidung Island, one of the most densely populated islands in the area. Over 177 houses were damaged, with 708 people affected from the strong blast of wind. Similar occurrences were also documented in 2009, 2011, and 2012, according to the village officials when visited by HOT Indonesia as part of the InAWARE mapping project.  
Posted by Dale Kunce on Oct, 30 2017
HOT is a growing community and a growing NGO. As we’ve grown we no longer know everyone else that is a contributor by first name. We increasingly haven’t ever seen each other in real life, haven’t been to a mapathon together, and work on disparate projects. As we’ve grown we’ve also had our growing pains with disagreements, hurt feelings, and sometimes worse. Last year, at the direction of the board, the Governance Working Group (GWG) starting working together on a number of issues to provide structure and guidance to the HOT community. The GWG worked diligently on the Code of Conduct now being announced.
Red Cross volunteers in San Juan, PR hold up a map of Puerto Rico.
Posted by Russell Deffner on Oct, 27 2017
As Hurricane Maria‘s winds and rain battered our home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, among the many thoughts that bounced in my head in those long hours was wondering about the people living in the mountainous regions of the island. The winding roads, heavy foliage, cliffs, bridges and terrain susceptible to landslides could make it the worst place to be in during such a powerful storm. Many small communities on those mountains would become isolated for weeks.
Posted by Paul Uithol on Oct, 26 2017
As part of HOT’s mission in Istanbul to grow the OSM community and to provide training to urban refugees to map their communities and help them be aware of, and gain access to services, team members carried out a multi week training at the Small Projects Istanbul (SPI) community center. A group of 19 young students (ages 14-19 years) participated in the course, gaining computer and map literacy skills and getting exposure to OpenStreetMap technologies and tools in the process. In Turkey, HOT is supporting the local OpenStreetMap community “Yer Çizenler Herkes İçin Haritacılık Derneği” (Turkish for “Mapping for Everyone Association”) to work on these activities.
Posted by Rachel VanNice on Oct, 25 2017
During the second week in November, individuals around the world will celebrate the fourth annual Geography Awareness Week (OSM GeoWeek) and you can be a part of it! This week calls on teachers, students, community groups, governments, private sector, map lovers, and motivated individuals around the world to come together to celebrate geography and make maps with OpenStreetMap, the free and openly editable map of the world.  
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Oct, 25 2017
This blog is the final in a series of ‘Learn Export Tool’ posts following the launch of the revamped tool on the 18th September 2017 and will share some examples of how OSM data can be used through the Export Tool. The first blog of the series was on ‘Selecting Area of Interest’, the second focused on ‘Data File Formats’ and the third looked at ‘Customising Map Features’.
Posted by Biondi Sima on Oct, 24 2017
Grab Indonesia, a ride-hailing startup, started an unprecedented initiative in the humanitarian world. Partnering up with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), GrabBike drivers were trained to use an Android-base app that can identify evacuation routes and IDP camps, in addition to reporting urgent needs from these camps.   [Pic 1. BNPB-HOT-Grab Discussed Strategies to Collect Fata from IDP Camps. HOT Indonesia/Biondi Sima]  
Tasking Manager 3 Mapping interface
Posted by Blake Girardot on Oct, 18 2017
After several months of development work and 20,000+ lines of new code, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is pleased to announce the next generation of our venerable OSM Tasking Manager software is about to be launched. The new version of the Tasking Manager software will be rolled out to the main HOT servers in the next several days, but you can get an introduction and preview of it now.
Posted by Pete Masters on Oct, 17 2017
What does HOT have in common with the hip hop clothing company, FUBU? Well, not a lot actually. But, what FUBU stands for is ‘For Us, By Us’ and it was with this slogan in my head that I started my journey home from the HOT Summit and board meeting in Ottawa in September.   What did I learn in Ottawa? That HOT is pretty amazing right now. 45,000 volunteers (since 2010) and 61 staff make 20 distinct projects happen in 7 different countries (and that’s without counting our support for local OSM communities or disaster activations). If you have been involved in any of them, you should feel proud. I do.   But, HOT is also at a stage in its evolution where we have to think seriously about how it changes. The two-day HOT board meeting in Ottawa felt like an important start to that conversation. I’d like to share my highlights with you here and invite you to join the discussion.  
Mexico Earthquakes
Posted by Russell Deffner on Oct, 10 2017
HOT continues response to multiple disasters...

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