Mapping Financial Services in Uganda - starting January 2016!
As we near the end of the year, there’s many stories that stand out and define the past year. One that I’d like to highlight here is a positive one - the continuation of the sharp decline of absolute poverty over the past year.One of the factors that’s shown to contribute to raising people’s standards of living, especially for those living on next to nothing, is financial inclusion. And one of the success stories here is the rise of mobile money - at number 5 in the Gates Foundation list of Good News stories for 2015: “Mobile Banking Exceeds Our Optimistic Projections”.The mobile money sector in countries like Uganda is growing at an enormous pace, processing over 500 million transactions in 2015, with many more people using mobile money than a traditional bank account - and these services only came into existence six years ago!With the HOT project on “Mapping Financial Services” in Uganda (more background on the CGAP blog here), we’ll be updating, opening up and increasing access to data on financial services, and specifically mobile money services, for Uganda. With only a short time to go until we start our field survey on January 5th, the project team is working hard to finalize our training curriculum, logistics and mapping process.
HOT Indonesia Year 4: Leveraging InaSAFE and OSM to Enhance Disaster Preparedness
HOT Indonesia has been working with Australian Government since March 2011. Initially the pilot project focus on the use of OpenStreetMap (OSM) data as...
Access to Open Imagery: Innovation and OpenAerialMap
The Humanitarian Innovation Fund recently published HOT's latest OpenAerialMap blog post written by Cristiano Giovando: http://www.elrha.org/hif-blog/openaerialmap-final-blog/
Mapping Drainage in Dar es Salaam
Every year during the rainy season, the largest city in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, suffers from devastating floods that wipe out roads, destroy houses, and result in deaths, sickness, and millions of dollars worth of damages. By helping communities to map their wards, the Ramani Huria project is able to support disaster prevention and response to areas that were previously off the map, literally. One key element of these maps is drainage systems. We have dedicated mappers working to ensure these, as well as wetland zones and flood-prone areas, are included accurately in our maps.
Hewlett Foundation Grant Summary | Ebola Epidemic Response
Inspired by our response to the West Africa Ebola epidemic, a grant was generously made by the Hewlett Foundation to HOT in late 2014. This funding was aimed at improving the ability of HOT to fulfill its large scale and long running Ebola response, as well as have the capacity to respond to future events. It was determined by the community that the grant be divided and focus on three projects, addressing the development of the online tools Field Papers and the Export Tool, as well as building the numbers of Activation Coordinators.
Don't get left behind...
The buzz of Geography Awareness Week, has reached far corners of the world. This year’s theme “Explore! The Power of Maps” has inspired more than 60 groups to join HOT and the Missing Maps partners during November 15 – 21 in support of Geography Awareness Week.
HOT launches $50,000 crowdfunding campaign - donate today!
https://donate.hotosm.org You can make the difference in helping HOT meet it's fundraising target for 2015 and raise $50,000 in the next 50 days. Mapbox...
Old Export Tool Moving to HOT Servers as Read-Only Copy
As the new Export Tool has been successfully rolled out, the earlier version is to be switched off as it is held on the GeoFabrik...
Eastern Afghanistan Earthquake Day 2
Since the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) officially activated on the 27th October, the team has been working hard to evaluate the mapping needs in response to the Eastern Afghanistan earthquake. There are two Tasking Manager projects set up in an effort to map key affected areas.
Eastern Afghanistan Earthquake Day 1
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) calls upon our community to assist those affected by disaster for the second time in under one week
Updates and info on HOT's Hurricane Patricia mapping from the Activation Team
HOT, en coordinación con la comunidad mexicana de OSM, ha sido activada durante los dos últimos días, atendiendo al progreso del huracán y mapeando las áreas vulnerables en su camino. Tenemos dos tareas de mapeado abiertas en el OSM Tasking Manager (tasks.hotosm.org): una tarea que cubre las áreas costeras en el camino del huracán, y una tarea tierra adentro. No anticipamos abrir tareas adicionales, pero estamos monitorizando la situación en caso de que deslaves, inundaciones, u otros peligros posteriores al huracán generen situaciones humanitarias en las que podamos contribuir.
HOT Activation Hurricane Patricia
[en español a continuación] The Humanitarian OpenSteetMap Team (HOT) has activated to provide geographic base data in areas affected by Hurricane Patricia in Mexico....
Join #100mapathons for OSMGeoWeek 2015!
La semaine internationale de sensibilisation à la géographie (Geography Awareness Week) aura lieu du 15 au 21 Novembre. L’équipe HOT (Humanitarian Open Street Map Team), en partenariat avec le projet Missing Maps, ont l'intention d'y participer massivement cette année !
The new OSM Export Tool is Live
The newly developed Export Tool is now LIVE. Please register with your OSM username and explore some of the new functionality, such as the use of...
HOT Announces Tyler Radford as our Executive Director
We are excited to announce that Tyler Radford has accepted the position of Executive Director of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Since Tyler was named Interim...