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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...
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Oct, 9 2017
This blog is the third in a series of ‘Learn Export Tool’ posts and focuses on how to customise the OSM map features for export. Following the launch of the revamped tool on the 18th September 2017, the first Learn blog focused on ‘Selecting Area of Interest’, the second focused on ‘Data File Formats’ and the last will look at examples of ‘Applying Exported Data’.
Posted by Russell Deffner on Oct, 4 2017
HOT has teamed up with many partners working to eliminate the disease malaria. Malaria is preventable and curable and without transmission will cease to exist. In order to effectively carry out intervention campaigns, HOT has been asked to help identify and map populated places in some of the most susceptible places.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Oct, 3 2017
This blog is the second in a series of ‘Learn Export Tool’ posts and focuses on the file formats available for OSM data to be converted to. Following the launch of the revamped tool on the 18th September 2017, the first Learn blog focused on ‘Selecting Area of Interest’. The other two posts to follow in the series will cover how to ‘Customise Map Features’ and examples of ‘Applying Exported Data’.
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Oct, 2 2017
*Guest blog: Juan F. Blanco-Libreros, Ph.D., Natalia DaSilveira Arruda, M.Sc., and Nixon A. Aristizabal, GIS Spec. Universidad de Antioquia*   Rural and urban communities in Turbo, a municipality located in the Caribbean coast of Colombia, live in lowlands prone to heavy-rainfall-triggered floods. These communities, mostly consisting of fishermen and their families, are frequently inundated by coastal surges induced by storms. These hazards are being magnified by global warming and sea-level rise. The municipality is also part of the Urabá Gulf, located in the Southern-most part of the Caribbean Region in the vicinity with Panama, one of the wettest in the humid tropics. Some areas of the Urabá Gulf are also being severely deforested by illegal loggers, contributing to a reduction in fishing landings, and to an increase in the negative effects of flooding (see additional information).  
Posted by Rachel VanNice on Sep, 26 2017
On a couple of bright, sunny days at the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards, 105 members of the HOT Community from all across the globe and different sectors came together to share lessons learned, learn new things and discuss the future of mapping. We were able to get quick updates on impact from our Lightening Talks, had time to chat in discussions about pressing issues like ethics in humanitarian mapping, and hear from colleagues and fellow volunteers about mapping from Uganda to Bangladesh to Colombia and many places in between. Don't worry if you missed it, we've already started posting videos of sessions on our YouTube channel and we'll continue to post videos throughout the week, so keep an eye out to rewatch your favorite talk or catch the ones you missed. 
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Sep, 26 2017
The HOT Community is currently mapping for an unprecedented five disasters in Mexico, the Caribbean, and South Asia. Over 4,800 volunteers have joined the mapping and validation efforts over the past few weeks. Details on the projects, and how you can get involved are below. Mexico Two strong earthquakes, 12 days apart, have shaken Mexico this month, killing hundreds of people who were unable to escape. Just before midnight on Sept. 7, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake (the most powerful to hit Mexico in a century) struck the Pacific Coast, and on Sept 19th, a magnitude 7.1 quake struck Puebla and Mexico City. The earthquakes led to severe and sustained shaking, causing many buildings to crumple.  
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Sep, 25 2017
This blog focuses on how to 'Select Area of Interest', and is the first in a series of ‘Learn Export Tool’ posts following the launch of the revamped tool on the 18th September 2017. Three more blogs in the series will cover the different available ‘Data File Formats’, how to ‘Customise Map Features’ and examples of ‘Applying Exported Data’.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Sep, 18 2017
Version 3 of the Export Tool officially LAUNCHED on 18th September 2017. The new version is now hosted at export.hotosm.org, with Version 2 available at old-export.hotosm.org till mid November 2017, when it will be shut down.
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Sep, 8 2017
This week has seen disasters and destruction on an unprecedented scale, and the HOT Community has activated to respond. Details on the projects, and how you can get involved are below. This is a critical time in the lives of millions of people worldwide, and we thank the mappers volunteering to support them.
Posted by Rachel VanNice on Sep, 8 2017
*Originally from Missing Maps Blog* First YouthMappers Video Challenge! We are excited to announce our first ever YouthMappers Video Challenge!  Missing Maps recently surpassed 32,000 volunteers for the program worldwide, and as we continue to grow, we’d love for some of our experienced mapathon hosts to share their advice with some of our newer participants. With over 70 chapters worldwide, the YouthMappers network has quickly grown to include over 4,000 student mappers.  Share your success story with the community by submitting a video! Guidelines: Please record your video in English, with subtitles in a second (or third!) language if you prefer.  Please keep your video to 5 minutes or less.  Remember that your audience is anyone who is thinking of hosting a mapathon, possibly for the first time, and looking for some encouragement, not just university students!
Posted by Biondi Sima on Sep, 7 2017
The InAWARE mapping project in Jakarta, Indonesia, is in its fifth month, nearing 80% of completion. The project aims to comprehensively map and collect attributes of key lifeline infrastructures for disaster management planning and response, to be incorporated into InAWARE.  
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team with MapUganda and UNHCR working in Rhino Refugee Settlement
Posted by Geoffrey Kateregga on Sep, 6 2017
Uganda is the center of the world's fastest growing refugee crisis: every day around 2,000 people stream across Uganda's borders fleeing famine, drought and violence in neighboring countries. The South Sudan-Uganda refugee crisis is becoming a test for donor governments to show that the extraordinarily progressive and open-door policy to refugees of Uganda is a viable, humanitarian and sustainable alternative to how refugees are hosted in several countries in the Middle East and Europe. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have joined forces to support the Uganda policy for the most vulnerable of the Persons of Concern, by empowering Refugees and Hosting Communities with the tools to ensure that their voice is represented in the important decisions around the creation and daily management of refugee settlements.
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Aug, 23 2017
*Guest Blog: Colleen Curran GeoInformatics Center, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)* Throughout 2016 the GeoInformatics Center, a research center at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has organized OSM remote and field mapping activities in four countries as part of a larger Asian Development Bank funded project to increase disaster resilience through the use of ICT and space-based  technology, with a focus on mobile phone applications for local government officials and community members. A lot was learned through the process, the following are highlights of the Project.  Remote Mapping Armenia (Pilot area - Dilijan) Armenia’s OSM community is only in its nascent stages. Building coverage in the pilot area was good, but the imagery was slightly out of date. As a result drone imagery was acquired, tiled and added as a custom layer on OSM for mapping. The imagery was captured for a vulnerable area in Dilijan where there is a public school. Using the OSM data an evacuation plan and map was made for the school.
Posted by Nate Smith on Aug, 18 2017
We've just finalized our first major milestone in the development of a new tool to improve how the HOT community organizes field mapping. Field mapping requires tools to engage local communities and organize how local knowledge is collected and we've been working with Kartoza to build a tool for better field mapping. Our first version of a field mapping organizer is now ready and being tested. On Saturday at State of the Map 2017, Paul will share an update the progress and how the tool is being used in the HOT community, as well as the potential use for the wider OSM community. Below is a quick update on the key features we've focused on for this release. 
Posted by Rachel VanNice on Aug, 17 2017
The HOT SUMMIT 2017 is less than one month away! There's still time to register to be sure you don't miss the exciting talks, opportunities for discussions and chance to connect with all your fellow mappers, project managers, creators and more! Register today!
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Aug, 9 2017
We’re pleased to announce we’ve recently formalised our partnership with the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) at GIScience Heidelberg University. HOT and HeiGIT share a common vision supporting humanitarian activities by developing up-to-date disaster maps and providing innovative GI services for humanitarian response, mitigating risk and economic development.   To date HOT and HeiGIT have worked together across a range of open mapping innovations, including: Disaster OpenRouteService MapSwipe MapSwipe AnalyticsOSM History Analytics   Our formal collaboration will strengthen the way we work together across a range of technology and research projects going forward.  
Posted by Nate Smith on Aug, 9 2017
Updates on our design strategy progress Over the past few months, we’ve started a process to analyze and review HOT’s look and feel across our sites. This covers everything from content to our design assets like stylesheets and style guidelines. The process is just finishing its first phase and we wanted to provide an update on progress and share some initial directions. 

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