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Eight New Communities Selected for 2019 HOT Microgrants

Rebecca Firth

12 April, 2019


Female drone pilots mapping Africa’s largest slum, a youth group changing waste management behaviours in mega-cities, and mappers making Manila more accessible for persons with disabilities. These are a few examples of the eight incredible new community projects that are the recipients of the 2019 HOT Microgrants!

HOT’s Journey through Salary Transparency

In September 2018, HOT held an in-person meeting of staff alongside our annual Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. After gathering ideas from staff, we ran a survey. The results: highest priorities for improvement were salary, benefits (specifically health care) and learning. This is the first post about what action we're taking based on what we heard, focusing on what we believe is a major leap forward for HOT: salary transparency.

Tyler Radford - 3 April, 2019

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An approach to field data collection in Kathmandu

Guest blog by Gaurav Thapa from Kathmandu Living Labs. Covering the collection process carried out by the team for surveying exposure data in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal as part of the METEOR project.

Mhairi O'Hara - 3 April, 2019


Cyclone Idai: how can you help by mapping?

Volunteers, we need your help! Over the past few weeks, Cyclone Idai has caused widespread destruction across Mozambique and Zimbabwe, destroying homes and infrastructure. The situation on the ground is constantly changing and the humanitarian teams responding need up-to-date information at their fingertips. We need your help to update maps of the areas affected by the Cyclone. This is a critical time in the lives of millions of people and you can help humanitarian responders provide lifesaving aid.

Rebecca Firth - 1 April, 2019


Bringing machine learning and open data to the Tasking Manager

Addressing the unmapped gap with higher quality and greater efficiency. Photo above from the Tasking Manager meeting held last month in Washington, DC.

Nate Smith - 20 March, 2019


International Women's Day 2019: #balanceforbetter

HOT celebrates work to improve gender inclusion across OpenStreetMap. While no country in the world has achieved gender parity, inequality is particularly extreme in many of the places HOT works. Scroll on to see how you can get involved, and see our highlights from the past year.

Rebecca Firth - 8 March, 2019


Mapping Sexist Publicity

Guest blog by Ana Paula Figueroa, 15 years old. Student at GAL School, Cusco, Peru.

7 March, 2019


Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week Roundup

Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week is a week when more than 25 networks and partnerships hold annual meetings in Geneva. This year, the event was held from February 4-8 and co-chaired by OCHA and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). HOT is a member of two of the networks: the Humanitarian to Humanitarian (known as the “H2H Network”) and the Global Alliance for Urban Crises.

Tyler Radford - 22 February, 2019


HOT Summit 2019 Logo Contest

The Summit Working Group is pleased to announce the call for logo designs. This is your opportunity to take part in the build up to the conference. You can submit your design as an individual or as a group.

21 February, 2019


A community of collaborators for the Tasking Manager

Workshop with the Open Source community around the Tasking Manager

Felix Delattre - 18 February, 2019


Data generated by students: win-win for all

Guest blog by Peter Ward, GAL School, Cusco, Peru.

1 February, 2019


Piloting Tanzania's First Patient Origin Tracking System

Putting hyperlocal data to use at the Amana Regional Referral Hospital in Dar es Salaam. Pictured above is Dr. Omari Mahiza who is helping lead the charge.

Belinda Japhet, Sara Amadi - 31 January, 2019


Why is it important for youth to create data and manage information?

Guest blog by Abril Gomez, student at GAL School Cusco, Peru. Aged 15.

26 January, 2019


2019 HOT Microgrants Program: empowering local OpenStreetMap communities

HOT invites communities to submit their applications for the 2019 Microgrants program.

Rebecca Firth, Jessica Bergmann - 25 January, 2019


1 Year & 1 Hundred-Thousand Kilometers with HOT & Facebook

Partnering with Facebook, the HOT Indonesia team has added about 125,000 kilometers (80,000 miles) of road to Indonesia so far.

Russell Deffner - 20 December, 2018


Tackling Coastal Flooding in Monrovia Slums: Understanding through partnerships, one community at a time

In the informal settlements of Liberia’s largest city, Open Cities Africa is introducing a dynamic open data workflow to support urban planning and protect...

David Luswata - 18 December, 2018