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Ecuador Earthquake: Assessing the Extent of Damaged Buildings

Mhairi O'Hara

3 June, 2016


Efforts are still going strong 7 weeks after the initial earthquake struck Ecuador on the 16th April close to the towns of Muisne and Pedernales, with HOT transitioning from the 1st stage of mapping focused on pre-event data to the 2nd stage, a pilot project aimed at mapping building damage and temporary shelters.

HOTOSM recognized by the President of Mexico during Internet Day 2016

(Welcome and thank you Miriam Gonzalez for this guest post, sharing recognition by the President of Mexico of HOT during Hurricane Patricia! -Mikel) On "Internet Day",...

Mikel Maron - 31 May, 2016


New project: “Real Time Financial Location Planning and Research”

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) announces it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. HOT will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Real Time Financial Location Planning and Research”.

Paul Uithol - 27 May, 2016


New Documentation and Design System for OpenAerialMap

We've just rolled out the start of a new documentation and design system for OpenAerialMap. Four main components make up the OAM ecosystem: an...

Nate Smith - 25 May, 2016


HOT at the World Humanitarian Summit

From May 22-25, six HOT board members, staff, and volunteers will participate in the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. The World Humanitarian...

Tyler Radford - 20 May, 2016


Mini-Mapathon for Sri Lanka Floods at Understanding Risk

It is morning in Venice, Italy. We are having a mini-mapathon in support of the Sri Lanka Flood actiation live from the Understanding Risk...

Heather Leson - 20 May, 2016

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Floods Activation: Sitrep Day 1

Hi all, ~24 hours ago HOT activated in support of the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka. We were requested to generate building information...

Blake Girardot - 20 May, 2016

Sri Lanka

HOT SUMMIT 2016 - Registration Open

Brussels - Registration is now open for the Second Annual HOT Summit 2016 to be held in Brussels, Thursday, September 22nd at the BTC Conference...

Cheryl Shaw - 17 May, 2016


Mapping the Tien Shan mountains

Capacity building around OpenStreetMap. Supporting teachers and high school children in rural villages in Kyrgyzstan to build their maps for Citizen Science.

Felix Delattre - 10 May, 2016


HOT Annual Meeting and Election Results

HOT Voting Members held their Annual General Meeting today, where we heard annual reports from HOT’s Executive Director, Board President, and Members Chair, and...

Mikel Maron - 5 May, 2016


Ecuador Earthquake: Day 16 Update

We want to highlight the amazing work done to date by the wonderful volunteers mappers of OpenStreetMap, with 2,300 individuals making close to 3 million map changes with the associated #MappingEcuador changeset comment.

Mhairi O'Hara - 4 May, 2016


Explore How the World is Mapped with OSM Analytics

Today we are launching OSM Analytics, a platform for exploring and analyzing OpenStreetMap data. With the current database growing to almost 50 gigabytes, and thousands of features added every day, OSM is officially entering the big data league.

Cristiano Giovando - 28 April, 2016


Ecuador Earthquake: Day 7 Update

by Mhairi O'Hara, Tyler Radford As of the 22nd of April there have been over a million and a half changes made to OpenStreetMap...

Mhairi O'Hara - 22 April, 2016


Same Website, New Look!

  Greetings HOT community, For a few years now we have been contemplating a new look, and more importantly - improved usability, of our...

Russell Deffner - 22 April, 2016


Ambon Mapathon

Ambon, located in Maluku islands which also located inside the Molucca Sea Collision Zone. This condition put Maluku as one of disaster prone province. Indonesia Disaster Risk Index 2013, published by Indonesia Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), clasify all 11 districts/city in Maluku as high risk. A national and international tabletop exercise (TTX) in Ambon to improve mitigation and preparedness in the area is planned to be done in 2016. Before the TTX can be done, there are several activities that needs to be completed. One of the first activities needed to be done is data collection.

Vasanthi Hargyono - 18 April, 2016


Latest Update: Earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador

Ecuador: An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 hit the coastal region of Ecuador on April 16th. This major event was followed by several aftershocks. HOT is currently at "Moderate Event (Local Leadership)" status and is continuing to monitor the situation and await more guidance from colleagues in Ecuador.Japan: On April 14th and 15th, several earthquakes hit Kumamoto Japan. Our colleagues at Crisis Mappers Japan ( are taking the lead on mapping the affected areas in OpenStreetMap. Several members of Crisis Mappers Japan traveled to Kumamoto this weekend to assess data needs. HOT is monitoring the situation and will provide additional support as needed.

Tyler Radford - 18 April, 2016

Japan, Ecuador