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We can #mapthedifference together in 2018!

Rachel VanNice

28 November, 2017


HOT Tech in 2018

This year has been a busy year for technology within the HOT community. We launched new versions of nearly all the core HOT tools...

Nate Smith - 22 November, 2017


Calling All Validators (and Mappers)!

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.

Russell Deffner - 10 November, 2017


Building OpenStreetMap Zambia with the help of a HOT Microgrant

*Guest Blog – Trudy Namitala, OSM Zambia*   Since 2016, OSM Zambia has embarked on a journey to transform communities in Zambia by introducing...

Rebecca Firth - 9 November, 2017


Ramani Huria: Building Open Tools to Map Drains

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...

Innocent Maholi - 5 November, 2017


HOT Microgrant: Mafalala, Mozambique - Mapping history with a focus on the future

*Guest blog: Remigio Chilaule, Mafalala, Mozambique*   Mozambique is a developing African country with many riches, and a lot of untapped potential in natural...

Rebecca Firth - 2 November, 2017


Mapping the Thousand Islands in the Face of Climate-Induced Disasters

On October 23, three waterspouts were seen next to each other, sweeping across parts of the Thousand Islands, the northernmost territory of Jakarta. Although...

Biondi Sanda Sima - 31 October, 2017


Code of Conduct

HOT is a growing community and a growing NGO. As we’ve grown we no longer know everyone else that is a contributor by first...

Dale Kunce - 30 October, 2017


OSM Puerto Rico Emerges Stronger and Ready to Help Rebuild!

As Hurricane Maria‘s winds and rain battered our home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, among the many thoughts that bounced in my head in those long hours was wondering about the people living in the mountainous regions of the island. The winding roads, heavy foliage, cliffs, bridges and terrain susceptible to landslides could make it the worst place to be in during such a powerful storm. Many small communities on those mountains would become isolated for weeks.

Russell Deffner - 27 October, 2017


Team in Istanbul conducts training for Small Projects Istanbul

As part of HOT’s mission in Istanbul to grow the OSM community and to provide training to urban refugees to map their communities and...

Paul Uithol - 26 October, 2017


Get excited for OSM GeoWeek 2017- Help us break a mapathon record!

During the second week in November, individuals around the world will celebrate the fourth annual Geography Awareness Week (OSM GeoWeek) and you can be...

Rachel VanNice - 25 October, 2017


Export Tool | 04 Applying Exported Data

This blog is the final in a series of ‘Learn Export Tool’ posts following the launch of the revamped tool on the 18th September 2017 and will share some examples of how OSM data can be used through the Export Tool. The first blog of the series was on ‘Selecting Area of Interest’, the second focused on ‘Data File Formats’ and the third looked at ‘Customising Map Features’.

Mhairi O'Hara - 25 October, 2017


GrabBike Drivers Support Disaster Managers Identify IDP Camps in Bali

Grab Indonesia, a ride-hailing startup, started an unprecedented initiative in the humanitarian world. Partnering up with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), GrabBike drivers were trained...

Biondi Sanda Sima - 24 October, 2017


New Tasking Manager 3 Coming Today!

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.

Blake Girardot - 18 October, 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...

Pete Masters - 17 October, 2017


Fall 2017 Disaster Response: Calling All Mappers!

HOT continues response to multiple disasters...

Russell Deffner - 10 October, 2017