Finishing Up in Indonesia...for the Moment
Tomorrow marks the end of HOT's pilot to evaluate the use of OpenStreetMap for collection of information for exposure models in Indonesia. As I sit waiting for my flight back to the United States there is a lot of reflect on and to be proud. Of course there are always things to do better or explore further, but overall I feel that the past year has been a success. There is much to continue and further expand.
The World Bank and Open Maps for Development, I'm Excited
Yesterday the World Bank further committed to open-data on their blog by stating "the World Bank only supports citizen-mapping efforts that give users free...
Creating Sustainable Community Mapping Projects Workshop
Last week I attended a meeting to discuss expanding the community mapping projects using OSM eastern Indonesia, as well as ensuring they are sustainable....
Night Of The Living Maps in Saint-Marc, 02/07/2012
The week I arrived in Saint-Marc occurred the Night Of the Living Maps (NOTLM), a worldwide event within the OSM community, “where all mappers...
4th Largest Country, 4th Largest City, Best Community Mapped for Preparedness
Rapid growth and low elevation makes flooding in Jakarta problematic. Innovative approaches are needed for contingency planning and impact modeling. DKI Jakarta's Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) is developing a detailed scenario to estimate impacts of future flooding. This scenario will estimate the impact on people, schools, hospitals, and other important buildings. Such a scenario will become a powerful tool for local government and other stakeholders to take action to be better prepared for future floods. This first step in this type of analysis is having available data, without data it is impossible to make an accurate estimation. Throughout March mapping events will be held in DKI Jakarta to work with local leaders to collect such data, by utilizing OpenStreetMap.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada department, Ottawa
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada department (DFAIT) Open Policy Day Session, Feb. 9 in Ottawa, was attended by 200 staff members. Personal in embassies could follow the morning session by teleconference.
The objective was to expose the DFAIT staff to new ways of working for policy making and information exchanges inside the department (ie. Web 2.0, Social network, Open Data, Open Innovation, NGO's and how to adapt with collaborative efforts, etc). There were formal presentations in the morning from USA Secretary of State staff and DFAIT staff, Google, Wikimedia Foundation and World Bank representatives.
Hand over in Saint-Marc, Haiti
After the three weeks set up made by Nico and Brian, it is my turn to come on and support the project on the...
Mapping in Afghanistan with Jalalagood
Below is a video about OpenStreetMap in Afghanistan, HOT member Hameed has been mapping and teaching others to map there over the past two years. [VIDEO::http://www.youtube.com/v/0Vl-3tAC0Kk?version=3&hl=en_US]As you can see the Jalalabad City map is quite detailed. Pretty impressive for a place where a reliable fast Internet connection would cost $1000 a month.
Mapping in Saint Marc. Get on board or get out of the way.
Hey there, Hi there, Ho there,Checking in from beautiful coastal Saint Marc. Everything has been proceeding along here at a terrific pace. Now that the team of young people to be trained is organized and ready to go the COSMHA team has been busy training and coordinating all these people. Most days start at 7:30 with a COSMHA team meeting. At 8 the youth come and there is a morning lecture. During this time the team finishes up the preparation of any materials for the days activities and maybe participates in a training them selves.
Wrapping up the Libyan Health Facility Activation
On January 14, we formally closed HOT's activation to help map health facilities in Libya.
This was definitely a new kind of activity for HOT. To start, we were directly by WHO to take part, and staff at the Tunis WMC office was incredibly active in the entire process.
Back, back, back to Sumbawa
This week Vasanthi, Emir and I returned to Bima and Dompu. It is always interesting when you leave someone with technology alone and then come back and see what they have done. Questions often have often built up, but usually some solutions as well. People don’t wait for your to return to move forward, they usually either abandon what they have been taught or adapt to their own situations and uses. Bima and Dompu were no different.
Setting Up in Saint Marc, Haiti
Having had a brief moment to get out footing in Saint Marc, we were supplied with our next missions to accomplish. The supplies for the team to conduct their work and training in Saint Marc arrived and with it came the need to set up, inventory, and configure all of the equipment for the next weeks work.
A week in between Pap and Saint Marc
17-Jan, Tuesday morning, hitting the road to Saint Marc after a couple of days preparing at the HC Resource Center (haiti.communitere.org). It feels good...
HOT Mapping for flash flood affected areas in Northern Mindanao, Philippines
Northern Mindanao(specifically Cagayan de Oro and Iligan) was ravaged by flash floods last December 2011. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) initially reported 900 people have been killed, over 1,500 have been injured and almost 285,000 are served inside and outside 62 evacuation centers
HOT at Haiti Communitere
Since returning to Haiti in preparation of launching the Saint Marc mapping program with COSMHA, HOT has been staying at the Haiti Communitere (HC) Resourse Center. HC offers an open space, where organizations of many type are able to come to launch project within Haiti. They are very valuable to organizations such as HOT because they allow us to arrive and use this incredibly flexible support environment to get things started or in country.