2012 Was HOT...Can't Wait for 2013
Closing out 2012 HOT has been officially in existence for over two and a half years. We continue to be able to do more to work to ensure geodata is freely available in times of crisis and natural disasters. I'm proud of the progress we've made and I'm excited to continue it into 2013. We have continued to respond remotely with the network for OpenStreetMap volunteers to respond to crisis and with donor partners to work on disaster preparedness project in seven countries. Additionally we have begun to be able to do strategic organizational work that will allow the continued growth of the organization.
Faces of HOT: Mikel Maron, HOT President and Co-Founder
As one of the co-founders of HOT, Mikel has years of experience working on mapping projects all around the world. After studying computer science at the University of California: Santa Cruz, he got his start with Yahoo and wrote some of the first code for OSM in 2005. His programming and geography skills have enabled him to contribute to the general OpenStreetMap project and various aspects of the Humanitarian OpenstreetMap Team.
HOT goes Cartographic with TileMill
What good are maps if they are not beautiful? Last week, Jeff Haack and I taught the eight Indonesian trainers how to use Mapbox...
HOT Activation, Sud et Nord Kivu, République démocratique du Congo
Situation inquiétante dans les Kivus 2012-12-16 Compte-tenu que la situation devient plus grave, HOT modifie le statut de Pré-Activation à Activation. À la fin...
HOT Activation, South and North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo
Worrying situation in the Kivus 2012-12-16 Given the more severe situation in the Kivus, HOT changes the status from Pre-Activation to Activation. In a...
Intermediate Trainings Begin
Last week, we started intermediate training for the six disaster prone provinces that we are piloting. Our intermediate material covers some gaps that we did not have time to cover in the beginning workshops, like how to offset imagery that is incorrectly georeferenced and/or conflict resolution.We covered general topics that focused on better OSM editing and validating: 01. Editing in Detail 1.5. Conflict Resolution02. Quality Assurance (and the Tasking Manager)03. Editing the Wiki 04. Creating XML and JOSM presets05. Private Data Store
OSM FlossManuals in Kreyòl
This week in Port-au-Prince is happening a booksprint to write a kreyol manual of OpenStreetMap.
On Saturday December 8, the Haitian community will have a manual in its own language.
Floss Manuals ?Floss Manuals is a platform that promote and organise the realisation of manuals about free libre open source softwares and free culture.We mostly use the booksprint methodology in order to produce the manual in a week. Yes: within 5 days, 5-8 participants from different though complementary horizons, decides of the table of content, write the content, take care of the correction process and have the book published (online and possibly on paper format).
Faces of HOT: Volunteer Joseph Reeves
We have been fortunate to get a few volunteers for this Indonesian project. One of them is the brazen Joseph Reeves (see the pictures below to get an idea of his fame). Joseph works as the IT coordinator at the Oxford Archaeology, but twice he has devoted his vacation time to the Indonesian project. He has helped lead workshops on the basics of OpenstreetMap. [inline:jose.jpg]
Faces of HOT: Meet Dewi, Indonesian OSM Trainer
Since August 2012, the HOT team has included eight Indonesian trainers who teach beginning and, soon, intermediate and advanced OSM workshops all over Indonesia. Six of these OSM instructors were hired in August, while two (Emir and Va) have been working with Kate since June 2011. This week, we will meet Dewi Sulistioningrum (say that ten times fast...).
Digital Humanitarian Network Simulation at ICCM Washington DC
Thanks to OCHA, I had the opportunity to participate in the whole ICCM (International Conference for Crisis Mappers) in Washington, DC, October 11-14. Organized...
Two weeks of field work within the EUROSHA Chad Project
Last night of hard work in the meeting room of the UNHCR in Gore (Southern Chad) debriefing the two weeks of field work. Tomorrow we head North to Ndjamena. I feel that this is the right time to share with you impressions and facts from those last intense and beautiful days. I'd like to start first with the vitality, the energy the EUROSHA project created. Especially that of the Team who had been engaged in the 4 days October training in Plaisians (France) at the premises of the Group URD. There is something simple, strong and beautiful in the way those 26 young individuals decided to volunteer 6 months of their lives. Their energy was communicative and worked as a fuel keeping us up to speed. It has an even a stronger effect when experienced during a deployment.
Beginning Workshop Debrief
Last week we finished our Beginning OSM workshops for BPBD staff, local non-government organizations, and university in six provinces that are high risk for disasters. AIFDR and BPBD are mapping in these six provinces (East Java, West Java, South Sulawesi, West Papua, South Sumatra and NTT) to see if OpenStreetMap can become the platform for gathering valuable information in Indonesia. Here is what our team had to say about the beginning workshops
HOT and Wikimedia Indonesia join forces
We met at the National Library of Indonesia-- partly for its space and partly for its reference materials. Unlike the English wikipedia, Wedimedia Indonesia requires two or more sources per page. Full articles require sources every sentence. The community of wiki users in Indonesia is small and so they do not have the manpower to be constantly editing and administrating all the articles. Our team met up with some administrators of Wikimedia to help them create and edit pages on the major roads in Jakarta. Who: John Vandenberg, the President at Wikimedia Australia, Wikimedia Indonesia teams and HOT: Indo. What: Learning how to edit wiki road pages, upload pictures on wiki commons and link these pages to OSM, and other maps.
Update from the Red Cross on Gulu and Lira
An update and thank you from Robert Banick at the American Red Cross on Gulu and Lira mapping
The first stage of the Red Cross's on-the-ground mapping exercises are wrapping up and I wanted to provide an update to all the incredible volunteers who got us this far.
[inline:2012-09-06 12.57.56 HDR.jpg]Your contributions to OSM were huge to us in Gulu, where we led a training on GIS basics for 12 Uganda Red Cross Society members. OSM in Gulu was used throughout to ground the course in real data: our GPS exercises were about collecting data for OSM and our mapping sessions made heavy use of the Gulu data. Uganda Red Cross staff were pretty delighted to see their contributions go right into the map. [inline:Gulu Fire Risk.png]