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The State of OpenStreetMap in Africa

Geoffrey Kateregga

26 August, 2020


In the run-up to the 2020 State of the Map conference, OSM Africa surveyed OpenStreetMap community leaders across the continent. Geoffrey Kateregga looks at the results and offers a deep dive into the state and trajectory of OpenStreetMap communities in Africa.

Covid-19 Pandemic in Peru: Mapping Health Implications

As Peru struggles with the impacts of Covid-19, HOT and GAL Group are helping public health officials at all levels of government plan how to support communities by mapping rural and vulnerable populations in the Cusco region.

Rebecca Firth - 24 August, 2020


Reflections on our “Audacious” Journey

“Do you have an ambitious idea for tackling one of the world’s biggest problems?”

Rebecca Firth, Tyler Radford - 18 August, 2020


Voting Membership Annual Meeting Election Results

HOT's Voting Membership has hosted its 2020 Annual Meeting

Matthew Gibb - 12 August, 2020


HOT’s Community Support Programs - Going Beyond Microgrants

HOT’s vision is to map an area home to one billion people living in poverty and at high risk of disasters by engaging mappers around the world to massively grow the number of local edits to the map. To kickstart planning, HOT’s Community Team has hosted a series of workshops to understand community perspectives.

Rebecca Firth, Geoffrey Kateregga, Sophie Mower - 10 August, 2020


Philippines Continues to Hold OSM Training for Volunteers Online

Despite movement restrictions in the country, HOT Philippines is able to continue training volunteers by identifying their needs and shifting training efforts online.

Jikka Defiño - 30 July, 2020


HOT Microgrants 2019: The Highlights

In 2019, HOT provided Microgrants to eight local, regional, and national organizations around the world. Here are some highlights of their work.

Geoffrey Kateregga, Benjamin Dills - 13 July, 2020


HOT Supporting the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development Project to Protect Communities from Flooding

Flooding has plagued the Ghanaian capital of Accra for years, so HOT worked with Mobile Web Ghana and OpenStreetMap Ghana to develop data on local buildings, drainage, and infrastructure that communities and municipal authorities could use to make vulnerable neighborhoods more resilient.

David Luswata, Benjamin Dills - 9 July, 2020


Second Round of Rapid Response Micrograntees Announced!

Congratulations to the latest COVID-19 Rapid Response Micrograntees! Their work will make their communities more resilient and help people stay safe.

Rebecca Firth, Geoffrey Kateregga, Sophie Mower - 30 June, 2020

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Senegal

Applications Open for Facebook Community Impact Microgrants

HOT has opened the application period for Facebook Community Impact Microgrants, with a special focus on projects that engage women and girls in mapping. Apply today!

Rebecca Firth, Geoffrey Kateregga, Sophie Mower - 27 June, 2020


#map2020 Results Announced

After reviewing all of the inspiring submissions, the HOT and Mapillary teams have chosen SIGenBici as the #map2020 project of the year.

Rebecca Firth, Geoffrey Kateregga, Sophie Mower - 26 June, 2020


Cuatro regiones, cinco años, 94 países, mil millones de personas

En 2019, la comunidad de HOT elaboró un Plan Estratégico, en el que se planteaba un objetivo audaz: cartografiar en OpenStreetMap un área en la que vivan mil millones de personas. Esto nos llevó a una pregunta clave: ¿Dónde?

Rebecca Firth, Tyler Radford - 19 June, 2020


Four regions, five years, 94 countries, one billion people

In 2019, the HOT community developed a Strategic Plan, which stated an audacious goal: to map an area home to one billion people in OpenStreetMap. But one key question remained: where?

Tyler Radford, Rebecca Firth - 19 June, 2020


The Audacious Project

The HOT community received funding from The Audacious Project, a collaborative philanthropic initiative that serves as a springboard for social impact on a grand scale. Over the next five years, this funding will enable HOT to scale up its support to local mapping communities with the aim of mapping an area home to one billion people, adding places at high risk of natural disaster or experiencing poverty.

18 June, 2020


What if we could map an area home to one billion people currently missing from the world’s maps?

We are honored and excited to announce that the HOT community is one of eight recipients of funding from The Audacious Project, a collaborative philanthropic initiative that serves as a springboard for social impact on a grand scale.

Tyler Radford, Rebecca Firth, Gihan Hassanein - 17 June, 2020


HOT and iLab Liberia Exploring the Potential of Machine Learning to Augment Human Mappers in Monrovia

HOT worked with iLab Liberia in Monrovia to test the potential of machine learning algorithms to automate repetitive mapping tasks and highlight areas in need of updating to maximize the impact of human mappers.

Jess Beutler - 11 June, 2020