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Posted by Biondi Sima on May, 22 2017
After a successful round of mapping Surabaya’s infrastructures in three months, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Indonesia relocates to the country’s capital, Jakarta. Continuing the mission to provide lifeline infrastructure data for disaster decision-making support, HOT will map an area of about 661.5 km2, which is home to more than 10 million people. Jakarta is notorious for its annual flooding during rainy seasons, and having key lifeline infrastructure properly mapped and documented will allow for a more accurate urban contingency plan.   Pic 1. Jakarta 2013 Flood. Picture credit: The Jakarta Globe  
Team Good Mappers, Busitema University
Posted by Geoffrey Kateregga on May, 19 2017
    Malaria is a preventable and treatable infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes that kills more than one million people each year, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa, where malaria is the leading cause of death for children under five.   According to the World Malaria Report 2016, in just 2015, there were 212 million new cases of malaria and 429,000 deaths. One child dies from malaria every two minutes. Because malaria is a global emergency that affects mostly poor women and children, malaria perpetuates a vicious cycle of poverty in the developing world. Malaria related-illnesses and mortality cost Africa’s economy alone USD 12 billion per year.   Malaria key facts: Half a million people die each year and 400 million fall ill 70% of them are children under 5
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on May, 19 2017
The Export Tool is now pushing customised OpenStreetMap (OSM) data through to the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) platform. Administrative boundaries, buildings, points of interest, roads and waterways datasets for the countries of Senegal, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali are now available as SHP, GPKG, IMG and KML files. The integration tool, nicknamed OSM2HDX has the ability to automate data updates at set intervals and allows the administrators to select any country for export.
Posted by Rachel VanNice on May, 8 2017
HOT's new board met for the first time to establish roles and set the agenda for the year. Please congratulate: Dale Kunce- Board President Ahasanul Hoque- Vice President Pete Masters- Treasurer Melanie Eckle- Secretary  At this time, Jorieke Vyncke is stepping down from HOT's Board. Details for filling the vacancy soon to follow. HOT's Board minutes are available on HOT Board's wiki page.
UCC YouthMappers
Posted by Russell Deffner on May, 8 2017
Over 200 students at 13 universities participated in the second round of the YouthMappers ‘Mapping to end Malaria’ Challenge. Together, they mapped almost 400,000 buildings in Zimbabwe. Thank you to all the chapters who participated!
Mapathon at Gulu University
Posted by Douglas on May, 4 2017
  As Uganda deals with an influx of refugees from South Sudan and neighbouring countries, many responders including UNHCR implementing partners, the Ugandan Government, Department of Refugees, NGOs, and individuals are in much need of data for reporting, monitoring, service delivery, and generally getting an insight into the largest refugee crisis in Africa.   There has been tremendous effort by organisations that carry out humanitarian response both on and off the ground, to set up the refugee settlements and provide the refugees arriving from South Sudan with basic services; at the very least, food, water, shelter, and sanitation. To support their operations, notable efforts in the mapping arena have been taken by Medicines Sans Frontier and the British Red Cross, both of whom are working on the ground and carried out a number of mapping tasks on refugee settlements in northern Uganda with the help of the Tasking Manager.  
Posted by Cristiano Giovando on May, 3 2017
Last week I posted an update from Robert Soden about a research project that HOT is conducting on assessing levels of damage after a disaster. Today, as part of a complementary initiative, we’re launching an experimental campaign on crowdsource-mapping of the actual extent of impacted areas. Join us!
Maroantsetra Buildings - Post event imagery
Posted by giblet on Apr, 28 2017
    The global Red Cross network and the Malagasy Red Cross responded to Cyclone Enawo, which made landfall in northeastern Madagascar on March 7th. With wind speeds equivalent to that of a category 4 hurricane, Enawo was the strongest cyclone to impact the country in the last 13 years. Much of the nation’s roads are dirt, and due to rains and flooding, reaching the most heavily impacted areas was made extremely difficult. 
Posted by Biondi Sima on Apr, 27 2017
As we wrote earlier, Indonesia’s disaster management agency is taking on a quantum leap this year, setting up on the creation of contingency planning for all the 136 priority cities/districts in Indonesia. Managing risks and safeguarding all economic and development hubs in the country is not an easy task, but a necessary one.
Posted by Cristiano Giovando on Apr, 26 2017
HOT is partnering with the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative (SURI), the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), Heidelberg University, and the University of Colorado, Boulder to find better methods to provide information on the impacts of natural disasters. During nearly every large activation, HOT’s partners ask us if our community can help identify collapsed buildings, damage to roads and bridges, or the condition of other important assets. This information is vital to guiding both immediate response and longer-term recovery work, but due to limitations of post-disaster imagery and the difficulties in accurately assessing damage from above, it’s been very difficult to meet these demands.
Posted by Biondi Sima on Apr, 25 2017
Supriyadi, 60, lost his ability to walk 11 years ago when a magnitude of 5.9 earthquake shook Yogyakarta, one of Indonesia’s provincial capital. It took almost one year for his upper body to physically recover from the incident and he may never fully recover from the fact that the earthquake took his second child; among the over 5,700 death toll in that day. Supriyadi has to travel by a wheelchair from that moment on.      Pic 1. Supriyadi assisted by a caregiver to climb an ascending road during a field survey training on disaster contingency planning and data collection using OpenStreetMap.   There are numerous reasons how someone may turn into a person living with disability (PWDs). Natural disaster is one of them. In addition, when a disaster hit, PWDs are among those who are disproportionately affected. PWDs’ physical barriers may prevent them from easily evacuating themselves without assistance. 
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Apr, 21 2017
Tuesday 25th April is World Malaria Day, and we’re hosting a Global 24 hour mapathon to support eradication of Malaria worldwide. You can join as an individual, a small group of family and friends, or host a bigger mapathon event!   Ways to get involved: Map Malaria elimination tasks available here Download the Mapswipe app and swipe through Cambodia and Laos. Share your stories and pictures on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #mappingagainstmalaria and make sure to tag us @hotosm
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Apr, 20 2017
    We had a fantastic response to our first ever Microgrants Programme, with over 70 applications from nearly 50 countries worldwide. After much deliberation, we’re pleased to announce we are supporting the following projects with Microgrants for 2017 (in no particular order):   OpenStreetMap Democratic Republic of Congo: with help from the Microgrant, OSM DRC will achieve legal status to enable them to scale their mapping activities, gain equipment to run mapping parties, run training sessions to scale their community, and support a local risk reduction project in Kinshasa.   OpenStreetMap Zambia: OSM Zambia will use their Microgrant to run workshops to grow their local community even further, and enable them to continue their work mapping local areas in Zambia.  
Posted by Rachel VanNice on Apr, 14 2017
On Wednesday, April 12th, HOT welcomed three new members to the HOT Board. The newly elected Board Members are Ahasanul Hoque, Pete Masters, Melanie Eckle, joining Jorieke Vyncke and Dale Kunce currently on the board. Heather Leson and Katja Ulbert finished up their term at this time and we'd like to thank them all for their dedication  to HOT and HOT's work. To learn more about our board, check out their bios here.  For information on the nomination process and voting results, visit the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Board wiki page.  We are earnestly looking forward to the guidance of all of our board members in guiding and supporting HOT. 
GEOMATICA UdeA hosting a mapathon
Posted by Russell Deffner on Apr, 12 2017
Our first round of the YouthMappers ‘Mapping to end Malaria’ Challenge has concluded. Together, 141 students at 8 universities mapped over 50,000 buildings in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Thank you to all the chapters who participated!
During an IRS campaign, workers visit households and spray insecticide to prevent mosquitos.
Posted by Russell Deffner on Apr, 7 2017
Malaria is a disease that affects millions of people around the world, particularly children under 5 and women. Malaria is prevalent in some of the most unmapped places. Malaria is a preventable and curable disease, but currently organisations do not have detailed data on the number of vulnerable people in an area, which reduces their ability to respond. Malaria spreads through mosquito bites, and if you can prevent bites, you can reduce the spread of infection. This means that you need to know where those vulnerable to malaria live, so you can spray their homes with insecticide or distribute bednets. This way you can save more lives, more quickly.
Posted by Nate Smith on Apr, 3 2017
Since OpenAerialMap launched we’ve required imagery to be stored in a publicly accessible place prior to upload. This enable us to focus more on the design challenges for browsing data and lean on third-party tools for uploading -- Amazon S3 provides cheap storage with command-line and other client integrations; Dropbox makes it easy to sync large files over low-bandwidth; and, Google Drive provides low-cost storage for existing Google account holders. Over the past two years, users have uploaded thousands of images to OAM through AWS, Dropbox, and Google. This past weekend we rolled out the latest new feature: browser-based uploading to OAM. A view of the local file upload at upload.openaerialmap.org.
Geo Youth Mappers Makerere University Chapter
Posted by Geoffrey Kateregga on Mar, 22 2017
During our 2nd year at University for our Internship in 2016 we were privileged to work with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) in Uganda to map Financial Inclusion in the capital Kampala and the Eastern part of Uganda. Through the project, we got to learn about OpenStreetMap and mobile data collection techniques. We got the opportunity to lead teams of other university students to collect the data, clean it up and upload it to OpenStreetMap. At the end of the project, we needed to get more involved in OpenStreetMap and HOT activities. To be able to spread the knowledge to the rest of the students at our University who had not participated in the project, we formed a Youth Mappers chapter - Geo Youth Mappers which is now part of the global Youth Mappers network. There is now a total 5 Youth Mappers chapters, in 5 different Universities in Uganda alone.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Mar, 17 2017
The HOT Export Tool allows users to create custom OpenStreetMap (OSM) exports for various regions, by specifying an area of interest and a list of features. Within minutes, up-to-date OSM data is extracted for the area and filtered based on the selected features before it is converted from the native PBF file into other data formats. The Export Tool is currently undergoing renewed development to provide the OSM community with a tool to meet their data extraction needs. Numerous feature enhancements have been requested and an overall update to the software will improve its performance.
Posted by Nate Smith on Mar, 15 2017
High-resolution satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe is now open and available for the Cyclone Enawo response. One week ago, the powerful cyclone made landfall on the northern part of Madagascar. Flooding has had devastating effects and has displaced over 100,000 people. The HOT community is now using this imagery for response mapping.

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