2017 was a busy year in Liberia, being crowned up with the first peaceful and democratic transition of power in 47 years, and football legend George M. Weah emerging as president. The Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency Project (LEGIT) conducted several activities in Bong, Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties. Specifically, HOT led the mapping component of the project in cities of Zwedru, Ganta, and Gbarnga, mapping social service delivery points, administrative boundaries, structures, and other infrastructures.
Posted by Amelia Hunt on Feb, 14 2018
*Guest Blog – TOUPANE Tino Raphaël, OSM Guinea* To help map unmapped communities, students at Lansana Conte University in Sonfonia, Conakry, have created a YouthMappers chapter. Since its creation, the chapter has benefited from a series of training offered by OSM Guinea. In December 2017, OSM Guinea received from HOT a funding under the Nethope Device Challenge Grant. This grant has allowed OSM Guinea to acquire 7 laptops, 17 android phones and a GPS logger which are being used to build the capacity of OSM contributors in Guinea. Thanks to this new technology, ten students from the Lansana Conte University of Conakry benefited from training on GPS data collection using OsmAnd on the 27th January 2018. The overall goal of the training was to teach students how to conduct field mapping using a mobile phone. Specifically, the training aimed to: • Teach students to install and configure OsmAnd • Teach students to take GPS coordinates in the field
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Feb, 6 2018
HOT 2018 Microgrants Programme Launches! Many OSM communities around the world are achieving amazing results on zero or near-zero budgets. HOT wants to support the development of these communities, through providing funding for basic resources. For example, GPS devices, internet access, and training costs. We're looking to provide up to ten Microgrants between $2,000 - $5,000 USD. Our goal is to enable the development of local OSM communities who are contributing to OSM to reduce vulnerability to disasters and crises in their communities, to increase skills, capacity and experience. We will award grants to projects which broadly contribute to this mission.
Posted by Rachel VanNice on Jan, 31 2018
We wanted to take the time to thank each and every one of our individual donors who are helping to #mapthedifference in 2018. Your donations, over our goal of $30,000, will ensure that HOT is ready to respond to disasters. Additionally, it will support Microgrants for up to 5 local OSM communities to grow their mapping community and strengthen their responses, whenever disaster may occur or to aid efforts in rebuilding. Learn more about applying for Microgrants here. A special Thank You to all our Fundraisers and recurring donors for their commitment to HOT's mission.
Posted by Rupert Allan on Jan, 24 2018
Despite the constant coverage of the refugee crisis in the mediterranean, in which 150,000 refugees per year have arguably tipped the scales on Brexit, the largest refugee crisis in the World goes virtually un-covered in mainstream media. Yet thousands of regugees are arriving from South Sudan into Northern Uganda from terrifying violence in defined more by habits than assets. Bidi bidi, part of the largest refugee settlement in the world, and a working home to tribal farmers, cowherds, and other rural dwellers from South Sudan, most of them women and children, the men and boys often forces-conscripted as they try to leave. There is a nautical flow of migrants across lake Albert, and refugees forced to flee are sometimes also being forced to pay an ‘Exit’ fee. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.First impressions are that the spaced-out tarpaulin shelters just never stop, and as you keep driving, it can take an hour to cross even one of the divisions within the settlements.
Posted by Amelia Hunt on Jan, 18 2018
In 2017, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team received a grant from Nethope as part of the Device Challenge, which aims to reduce barriers to technology to people worldwide through providing devices, training, and internet connectivity. Under the grant, HOT will be supporting twelve communities to purchase mobile phones and laptops, improve training, and gain better connectivity, to help them fulfil their missions to improve the map in their countries. So far, five communities, in Mali, Tanzania, Bangladesh,Turkey, and Guinea, have received funding and have been using their new devices to train community members and contribute to humanitarian initiatives through mapping. In 2018, seven more communities will be supported under the Nethope Device Challenge grant, with projects kicking off in Liberia, Zambia, and Uganda currently.
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Jan, 17 2018
2018 Microgrants Program Part of HOT’s mission is to enable anyone, anywhere to map their community. OpenStreetMap (OSM) community leaders worldwide are achieving amazing results on zero or near-zero budgets, mapping their local communities, cities, and countries. Many lack the basics to be able to scale their work, such as buying reliable equipment and funding to pay for mapathon costs. In 2017, HOT provided Microgrants to 9 OSM communities, and Device Grants to a further 7 communities. These grants enabled OSM communities to grow, providing the basics they needed to scale their work and transform their countries through creating maps. Read more about the 2017 Microgrants here.
Posted by russell deffner on Jan, 16 2018
2018 has taken no time off from disasters and HOT is supporting three local OpenStreetMap communities with their response to events in their countries, read more to find out how you can help...
Posted by Amelia Hunt on Jan, 10 2018
In 2017 HOT received a device grant from Nethope to minimise barriers to community mapping projects by providing additional access to technology and connectivity. To date, HOT has supported five community projects with smartphones and laptops to increase their mapping capacity. In December, HOT Turkey was able to use this new technology to train local community members and refugees to map their city of Istanbul. One of the mapping participants, Leila, is a Syrian refugee who moved to Turkey three years ago. This is her story: Leila and her mother at training
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 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.
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.