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Eurosha in Kenya: making-up and perspectives for the second Hot support

In Kenya, 6 Eurosha volunteers have been deployed since Early October. Caroline, and Hannington from Kenya and Janja, Barbara Lenka, Marine from Europe are all are hosted in Molo by People in Peril Association, a Eurosha partner that works with a Kenyan NGO called NECOFA (Network for Ecofarming in Africa) they fund with the support of Slovak Aid. Necofa acts on various areas in Central Kenya, especially along the Molo River. Necofa’s office in Molo is where the Eurosha volunteers normally works where they do not travel for their outreaching or collecting activities, using then a “matatu", a local minibus, used the rest of time for safaris.

Séverin Ménard - 12 February, 2013

Global

Naissance d'une communauté OSM à Kinshasa

Durant les derniers mois, de nombreux contributeurs à travers le monde ont participé à la cartographie de la RDC suite à l'activation de HOT dans l'est du pays. Grâce à leur support et au Tasking Manager de HOT, des villes et infrastructures importantes dans des régions en crise ont pu être numérisées sur base de l'imagerie Bing malgré le nombre extrêmement réduit de contributeurs actifs à l'intérieur de la RDC.

Claire Halleux - 11 February, 2013

Global

Faces of HOT: Emir Hartato, one of HOT´s Indonesian team leaders

Emir Hartato,22, has been working on the HOT Indonesian team since June 2011. During his senior year at the University of Indonesia, Emir (along with Vasanthi) joined HOT as an intern. Kate Chapman, Jeff Haack, Vasanthi Harygono and Emir were the initial four to teach OSM under HOT. He has traveled extensively throughout Indonesia teaching OpenStreetMap to government workers, NGOs and other humanitarian organizations. [inline:emr.jpg]Emir lives in the rainy city of Bogor (outside Jakarta) and enjoys taking elaborate photos. Here is what he has to say about his work with HOT so far:How did you get involved with HOT/OSM?

Katrina E. - 10 February, 2013

Indonesia

Mapping for Preparedness in Nepal

Today I bring you a guest post about a great project in Nepal. It comes courtesy of Nama Budhathoki, who is working to help ensure there is better data for disaster planning using OSM in Nepal.Nepal is a beautiful country with eight out of ten highest mountains in the world including Mt Everest. Its capital city has eight UNESCO-listed heritage sites. Nepal is a popular destination for tourists. Recently, several reports have warned that this spectacular nation is at high risks from earthquakes. According to Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium Secretariat, a mega-earthquake—which could occur at any time—is estimated to kill more than 100,000 in the Kathmandu Valley alone, injuring another 300,000 and displacing up to 1 million.

Kate Chapman - 7 February, 2013

Global

Syria Activation Update: Our progress so far

After a week and a half of work on the current Syria activation, we have made pleasing progress and have seen some fantastic results. Volunteers have begun mapping highlighted areas from the available Bing aerial imagery, the first three of which have been completed:

A massive thanks to everyone who contributed to these. Also please be aware that we're grateful to anyone that traces areas of Syria not covered by a task. Having said that, I've just added the next three jobs to the Tasking Manager:
  • Hama
  • Joseph Reeves - 6 February, 2013

    Global

Activation pour le Mali

Cette activation fait suite aux discussions entre HOT et le Bureau des Nations Unies pour la coordination des affaires humanitaires pour le Mali (UNOCHA-Mali). Les efforts en cours au Mali sont très utiles pour les organisations humanitaires. Pour soutenir le système des clusters et la communauté humanitaire, on nous demande de poursuivre la cartographie de base en cours et de contribuer à la géolocalisation des données existantes pour les services de base.Le 16 janvier 2013, UNOCHA-Mali et ses partenaires humanitaires ont souligné la situation d'urgence complexe au Mali.

  • 228.920 de personnes sont déplacées à l'intérieur du Mali.
  • Pierre Béland - 1 February, 2013

    Global

Mali Activation

This Activation follows discussions between HOT and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for Mali (UNOCHA-Mali). The ungoing efforts to map Mali are very helpfull to humanitarian organizations. To support the Clusters coordination system and the humanitarian community, we are asked to continue the ungoing base mapping and to contribute to the geolocation of existing datasets for basic services. On Jan 16 2013, the UNOCHA-Mali and his humanitarian partners have highlighted the complex emergency situation in Mali.

  • An estimated 228,920 people are displaced inside Mali.
  • There are an estimated 144,446 Malian refugees in neighbouring countries.
  • Pierre Béland - 1 February, 2013

    Global

OpenIR meets with the Indonesian Team

On Monday, the HOT Indonesian team met with Juhee and Arlene from OpenIR. This group of MIT affiliates have started a pilot study in...

Katrina E. - 1 February, 2013

Indonesia

A return to Chad three months after the set up of the EUROSHA mapping team

I just landed in Ndjamena (Chad) for HOT. I am joining again the team of mappers of the EUROSHA Chad project that I helped setting up their activities in N’Djamena and Goré last fall (October/ November – see blog post) in close coordination with ACRA and France Volontaires, HOT’s partners on this project. This is an interesting time for the EUROSHA project

Nicolas Chavent - 1 February, 2013

Global

The Openstreetmap_Senegal (OSM_SN) community is expanding to the region of Casamance in Senegal

Suite aux derniers évènements articulants les communautés OSM naissantes à Dakar, Thies, Saint-Louis et Rufisque, la semaine passée fut l’occasion d’un évènement majeur pour...

31 January, 2013

Global

Syria Activation

Following a request from UN OCHA and SNAP, HOT is activating a remote mapping project in Syria to support humanitarian groups working within the current crisis. This post is intended to introduce the project and to appeal for help from volunteers. HOT has limited experience in working within the Arabic speaking world and we are hopeful that this activation will allow us to broaden our skills base in this area.

Joseph Reeves - 28 January, 2013

Global

Return on writing the manual on OpenStreetMap kreyol ayitien

Début décembre, j'annonçais le début d'un libérathon qui visait à traduit le manuel OpenStreetMap en kreyol haïtien. Cette traduction en créole devrait permettre à une plus grande partie de la population haitienne de s'approprier le logiciel de cartographie collaborative si utilisé depuis le tremblement de terre de janvier 2010, et de participer à la mise à jour de la carte la plus détaillée du pays.Voici donc un petit retour sur le déroulement du sprint.

Anne Goldenberg - 23 January, 2013

Global

Faces of HOT: Two New Board Members, Pierre Beland and Joseph Reeves

Pierre Béland and Joseph Reeves were voted onto the HOT board last week. Their nominations put the board to a total of seven for this year (with continuing five other members being Nicolas Chavent, Schuyler Erle, Mikel Maron, John Crowley and Harry Wood). They join the board after multiple years of active volunteering and coordinating of HOT projects.

[inline:pierre-beland.png]Pierre Beland comes from Monteal, Canada. An economist/programmer in his previous life, He has set up many remote projects, most currently in the DRC with Claire Halleux. You can read about that active project here.

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Katrina E. - 21 January, 2013

Global

OpenStreetMap Usage in Jakarta Flood Response

Days of rain in Jakarta and surrounding areas have caused massive flooding in the region. Today (Friday) the flooding has eased somewhat but thousands of people remain displaced and 11 people have died. A state of emergency has been called until January 27th for Indonesia's capital city.

Kate Chapman - 18 January, 2013

Indonesia

Completion of Intermediate Workshops

The six pilot workshops to the BNPB on intermediate OSM skills were completed earlier this week. Our team of eight HOT trainers finished their last workshop to members of the Kupang government with an interesting ending. The day we ended our workshop we flew home to a flooded Jakarta. The BNPB had sent us the maps, which used the OSM data we gathered last year as a base map, that showed the affected areas. (Though we knew what to expect when heading home, it still was a shock to see so many roads flooded and people surrendering their beds and belongings to higher ground. Read more about the Jakarta Floods here.)

Katrina E. - 18 January, 2013

Indonesia