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Posted by alyssawright on May, 25 2018
Malaria prevention experts are moving towards OpenStreetMap (OSM) data to plan spraying campaigns, distribute supplies, and prioritize tasks. In order to improve this crucial data infrastructure, we're working on OpenStreetMap Analytics for Health. This analytics tool is a general purpose OSM evaluation tool applied to Malaria prevention specifically. It is designed assess the quality and accuracy of local OpenStreetMap using population data and machine learning.   The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Development Seed, and Azavea have rolled out a first version of HOT Analytics for Health for districts in Botswana. We invite you try it out and give us feedback!   
Posted by Biondi Sima on May, 18 2018
In April 16-18, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Indonesia collaborated with the State University of Semarang (UNNES) to host a mapathon for the capital of Central Java. HOT currently deploys a team of 24 to map key lifeline infrastructures in Semarang over a period of four months for the InAWARE-PDC project.  
Posted by Paul Uithol on May, 16 2018
Our team is now in Botswana to start work with the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the National Malaria Program (NMP) to enhance and expand the available data in Botswana for use in malaria interventions, such as the type/use of buildings, building and roofing materials, and road conditions. This will be done by field surveying in six malaria endemic areas in Botswana: Chobe, Bobirwa, Boteti, Tutume, Okavango, and Ngami. This fits into three related projects that HOT has been working on around malaria elimination.
Posted by Amelia Hunt on May, 11 2018
*Guest blog; Nathalie Sidibe, OSM Mali*    From April 23rd to 27th 2018 training sessions on OpenStreetMap were held in the office of the Information and Communication Technologies Agency, Agetic Mali. The workshops were attended by students, graduates and students, and  Agetic Mali staff. The sessions across these 5 training days focused on tools such as  OSMAnd, OSMTracker, JOSM, remote mapping coordination tools, TaskingManager, data extraction and Umap webmapping tools ‘OSM Overpass and Bbbike HotExport and Umap’.     During these 5 days, the trainers introduced the OpenStreetMap project and supported trainees to use the various tools and to master them in order to achieve the objectives of the training.
Posted by Nate Smith on May, 4 2018
Welcome to the new Google Summer of Code and Outreachy students! The HOT Community is getting a significant amount of support this summer on our open source tools. Through the generous efforts of the Google Summer of Code and Outreachy programs and sponsorship by the DIAL Open Source Center, we have four new students and interns working with HOT and our partner organizations. OpenAerialMap, Tasking Manager, MapCampaigner, and the upcoming new HOT website will be the focus this summer.  Who’s working with us this summer? From May to August, we will have four projects happening. Kartoza and many mentors from within the HOT community are helping to support these projects. Ankita Khurana, Google Summer of Code, working on OAM API
Hot-wiring a BodaBoda for Survey Work - Mvepi Camp
Posted by Rupert Allan on Apr, 29 2018
  The Legendary BodaBoda - Local Transport of Choice   Uganda's capital city, Kampala, has Uber taxis. It is crazy. They are highly unreliable, not surprisingly given the traffic behaviour here - which could only be described as 'creative'. The service is worth having though, but Boda Bodas (Mad Motorcycle Taxis) seem a better option around the city. One particular morning, spinning along in the cool morning air in the beautiful city of Kampala, I realised that these BodaBoda riders have what in London is called ‘The Knowledge’. This is the term which refers to the mental retention of every street and its whereabouts in central London.  
Posted by Biondi Sima on Apr, 26 2018
  Youth is a critical partner in carrying out HOT’s mission. We worked together with university students and young people since the very inception of HOT in Indonesia. Youth is a tech native and is very agile in absorbing lessons, processing data, and making use of the innovative tools we developed. HOT has collaborated with 25 universities and academic institutions as proxies to engage with youth. Scaling up HOT’s endeavours to provide exposure data in Indonesia, especially in the 136 disaster prone cities and villages, HOT proactively explores new opportunities to deepen its engagement with youth. HOT does this in two ways. First, HOT pioneered a programme where multiple universities can be engaged in parallel but also in a shorter amount of time. Second, HOT aims to assist the initiation of university-base communities to self-organize and pass around our training materials to their peers and incoming students. The first endeavour was executed through a nation-wide remote mapping competition, called Uni Battle Mapping, whilst the latter was manifested through collaboration with YouthMappers.  
Posted by Amelia Hunt on Apr, 23 2018
*Guest blog; Nathalie Sidibe, OSM Mali* Today marks the kickoff of 5 days of GIS training for OSM Mali! The OSM Mali team are supporting training in collaboration with Agetic, a Public Administration Office that works in the digital sector and advocates ICT in Mali. Agetic has been collaborating with the OpenStreetMap Mali Community since August 2016, promotingOpenStreetMap, OpenData and GIS in Mali through trainings, mapathons and field data collection. This collaboration began with the advocacy of a mapping project for Digital Innovation organizations in French-Speaking Africa, called CarteInnov. This project was initiated and funded by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie in 14 countries including Mali, and is managed by local consultants who are supported by Les Libres Géographes.
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Apr, 20 2018
We are pleased to announce the launch of this year’s Microgrant programme, which will support communities across South America, the Caribbean, West Africa and Southeast Asia. Thanks to the huge success of this year’s #mapthedifference campaign and the generous contributions of donors, eight communities will receive Microgrants to help them expand their activities to improve the use of OpenStreetMap to minimise the impact of disasters in their local areas. This is the second year we have run this programme. After much deliberation over the 50 applications received, we’re pleased to announce the Micrograntees for 2018:
Posted by Amelia Hunt on Apr, 19 2018
Since January 2018, the Nethope grant communities have expanded to 16 communities, with plans to extend to a further 6 in the next 3 months. Grant money has already been advanced to communities Bangladesh, Botswana, Guinea, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Peru, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda and Zambia, with our sixteenth community, the Gambia, beginning next week.   Bangladesh 
Massive queueing at a dried-out borehole near BidiBidi Settlement.
Posted by Rupert Allan on Apr, 14 2018
 Image: Waiting for Water - Long queues of Jerrycans at the dried-out borehole near BidiBidi Refugee Settlement   Since December 2017, HOT Uganda Community Surveyors have mapped more than eleven thousand geopoints in and around some of the biggest refugee settlements in the world. These are located in Northern Uganda south sudanese refugee response areas. This is not one refugee camp, but several. Refugee settlements are dispersed, and well-laid out as a whole, with the idea that life in the settlement can be sustainable. Tents are dotted amongst the trees in some areas, and vegetable plots are normal, and a model of self-reliance is encouraged.  
Posted by Amelia Hunt on Apr, 14 2018
HOT are pleased to introduce our sixteenth Nethope Device Challenge grant to the YMCA in the Gambia. Initially, under the Nethope Device Grant, HOT planned to support twelve OpenStreetMap communities with mobile phones, laptops, connectivity and technical training. We have now expanded our reach to communities in Bangladesh, Botswana, the Gambia, Guinea, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Peru, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda and Zambia.   The Gambia is a small coastal West African country, with around 2,000,000 inhabitants. After 22 years of dictatorship, which imposed internet restrictions, the community in Gambia are embracing the global open data and mapping movement and contributing to OpenStreetMap.
Posted by Rachel VanNice on Apr, 12 2018
  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 to see our field programs in action in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. HOT Summit 2018 will be in conjunction with the Widening Access and Humanitarian Mapping track at the FOSS4G Conference.  Before we get there, there are lots of ways to get involved without even having to join the Summit Working Group! This year, we want your input to guide the Presentations. What do you want to know more about? What's happening right now in OSM and what's next? Have your say on the Program and be a part of the Community Review.
Posted by Amelia Hunt on Apr, 12 2018
As part of HOT’s mission to expand local mapping communities and ensure that HOT’s partners contribute to the sustainability of OpenStreetMap, our partner, Salesforce, recently took part in a remote and field mapping project to map Thika. Thika is an industrial town North-East of Nairobi in Kenya which is largely comprised of informal urban settlements. The purpose of the project was to put Thika on the map, identify key community assets and collect household data in order to improve youth development and education initiatives in the area.  
Posted by Tyler Radford on Apr, 10 2018
Given the short-term nature of humanitarian funding and project-centered work, HOT has historically operated under relatively short-term, often one or two year planning cycles. The most recent strategic plan concluded in 2015. In 2016 and 2017, we produced annual staff workplans that were approved by HOT’s Board of Directors. As HOT continues to grow (community, funding, and impact), the HOT 2017-18 Board of Directors suggested HOT undergo a strategic planning process with a longer-term outlook. This would take the form of a structured process, facilitated by the ED and Board but where contents of the plan would be determined collectively with the HOT voting membership and key representatives of the broader community. The goal: produce a working, flexible plan that we can all refer to for guidance, but that would not dictate the global community’s activities through 2020 and beyond.
Posted by Alyssa Wright on Apr, 9 2018
Last year, The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team kicked off work to analyze OpenStreetMap (OSM) for the fight against malaria. Our goal is to provide organizations and communities the best tools to conduct analysis of OSM data in order to build a complete picture of baseline health infrastructure. With our partners Development Seed and Azavea – we have started building an OpenStreetMap Analytics tool Health Module that will move us towards that complete baseline view. Malaria transmission occurs around the world with nearly 3.2 billion people at risk of infection. Global efforts to combat malaria have focused on targeted programming within areas that still see high transmission and getting the right resources in the right place. Knowing when and where to deliver services are a key part of effective vector control. 
HOT and Missing Maps Team at the Data for Development Festival
Posted by Geoffrey Kateregga on Apr, 8 2018
From the 21st to 23rd March 2018 I was fortunate to attend and speak at the Data for Development Festival, the inaugural in-person gathering of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data’s partner network which took place in Bristol, UK. The conference aimed  to drive action and foster strong links within the global data community ahead of the 73rd UN General Assembly in September, the World Data Forum in October, and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) milestone. HOT and Missing Maps Team at the Data for Development Festival
Posted by Amelia Hunt on Apr, 7 2018
In 1854 one map made medical history and changed the way we represent health data forever. The map, produced by John Snow, marked cholera cases across London and helped visualise the source of the problem. What once would have been represented as a simple list of patient deaths against place of residence, was now represented geographically to highlight the problem - contaminated water pumps, now easily identified by the cluster of data points surrounding them representing cholera cases. From 1854 until now, maps have been helping medical professionals around the world to better track the spread of diseases, improve access to healthcare facilities and respond to medical emergencies. Today, on World Health Day, we are celebrating those maps that have added to the medical field. If ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’, than a map must speak a million.  
Screenshot of Facebook Training Video
Posted by russell deffner on Apr, 3 2018
HOT has been mapping Indonesia for disaster preparedness and resiliency since 2011. However, there is still a lot of road network missing outside the major cities. Learn how the local community is working with Facebook to fill in the gaps using artificial intelligence tools.
Posted by Amelia Hunt on Mar, 28 2018
*Guest blog from LetGirlsMap, UniqueMappersTeam, Nigeria - Alooma Jennifer, Dike Chinecherem, Ebere Emmanuella*  This Year’s International Women’s Day was actively celebrated by the LetGirlsMap wing of UniqueMappersTeam in Nigeria.  Through detailed planning and generous donations, the team pulled together to produce banners and flyers to promote the event. Among the planning committee were: Mrs.Ijeoma Stephanie Oladele, Surv.Mrs.Ezebube, Mrs.Slyvia Egbom, Mrs.Amarachi Uzo-Totty, Miss Salome, Baripdapsi Nyiaghan, Blessing Oshoma and others. Planning took place via meetings and chats on Whatsapp to eventually decide the theme of the event – ‘Geospatial technology: The solution for women’s transformation’.    Victor N.Sunday(Team Coordinator/Mentor) and LetGirlsMap Team Leaders:UniqueMappersTeam 

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