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First week of mapping in Mbale, Uganda

Paul Uithol

18 January, 2016

Uganda

Welcome new HOT Voting Members!

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is pleased to welcome eighteen new voting members!

Russell Deffner - 15 January, 2016

Indonesia

Jakarta Attacks: HOT Indonesia Team Safe

Today, on the morning of 14 January, there were a number of explosions due to suicide bombers and shooting across the street from the...

Tyler Radford - 14 January, 2016

Indonesia

Commence - Mapping Financial Services Training

The Mapping Financial Inclusion in Uganda project is truly underway as we enter our second week of training in Mbale, Uganda. HOT is currently at the Uganda Christian University (UCU) introducing 30 local students to various open source tools with the assistance of students from Makerere University. There will be two days of training before we head out into the field on Wednesday to start mapping the district of Mbale.

Mhairi O'Hara - 11 January, 2016

Uganda

A crowd-sourced public transportation map for Managua

There is no map for the 42 bus lines in Metropolitan Managua, capital of Nicaragua, where 80% of the 2 million inhabitants that are dependent on buses to commute to work or school. But engaged citizens used Free Technology and the power of collaboration to create the first digital public transportation map. Now they seek support (http://support.mapanica.net) to print it.

Felix Delattre - 7 January, 2016

Nicaragua

2015 HOT in numbers

To all in the global HOT community: As we begin 2016 I am incredibly proud of what we accomplished together as a global community this...

Tyler Radford - 31 December, 2015

Global

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.

Paul Uithol - 30 December, 2015

Global

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...

Yantisa Akhadi - 28 December, 2015

Indonesia

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/  

Tyler Radford - 9 December, 2015

Global

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.

Sophie Lafayette - 19 November, 2015

Tanzania

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.

Mhairi O'Hara - 19 November, 2015

Global

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.

Russell Deffner - 15 November, 2015

Global

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...

Tyler Radford - 6 November, 2015

Global

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...

Mhairi O'Hara - 4 November, 2015

Global

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.

Mhairi O'Hara - 29 October, 2015

Afghanistan

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

Russell Deffner - 28 October, 2015

Afghanistan