Tropical Storm Isaac getting to Haiti
Came accross this serious hurricane warning today from NOAA, informing that the tropical storm Isaac may hit Haiti severely from the next 24-36 hours. We think it is worthy to take Isaac seriously and so we are starting a local preparation coordinated by Jaakko Helleranta and Brian Wolford who have been living in Haiti for almost two years and have carried out many OSM activities and participated to HOT programs there.
Preventative Mapping in Uganda with the Red Cross
HOT has teamed up with the American and Ugandan Red Cross to virtually map the cities of Gulu and Lira. These two cities have expanded rapidly in the last twenty years and currently do not have up-to-date maps. This becomes an issue for the Red Cross because maps are necessary for better community disaster response. In Northern Uganda, mapping resources are unreliable for finding locations when emergency response, such as for a house fire or traffic accident, is required. Updating these city maps is important for many reasons, especially so that response vehicles can identify the quickest routes for fires or accidents.
Setting up the OSM ecosystem in Senegal 6: Building the humanitarian component
It’s finally time to mention the mapping party HOT and OCHA-ROWCA co-organized at the OCHA Office in Dakar the 30-May where we brought together UN IM/GIS from OCHA, World Food Program, UNICEF and ICRC, Karim Sy and Herman Koassy from JokkoLabs and HOT.
Setting up the OSM ecosystem in Senegal 5: Building a local OSM groups in Louga
To continue giving a more complete picture of our activity on the Senegalese ground and our interaction with all types of actors, it’s worth...
Setting up the OSM ecosystem in Senegal 4: Reaching out to the Academics
Friday 8-June had been an OSM Academic day where two OSM mapping parties were held in the Universities of Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) and...
Setting up the OSM ecosystem in Senegal 3: Reaching out the Senegalese geomatics scene (Senegalese SDI)
With the support of the ICT Directorate and the Agence Informatique de l’Etat (ADIE), HOT and the Canadian Support Project of the Plan National Géomatique (PNG) held a one day workshop around OSM at the ADIE office on June 7th.
Setting up the OSM ecosystem in Senegal 2: Reaching out to the Senegalese Tech communities
On May 26th, we were at JokkoLabs, a co-working space in Dakar . With the digital campus of AUF, they are the anchors of...
Setting up the OSM ecosystem in Senegal 1: Reaching out to GIS projects
We left Senegal a few weeks ago and finally digest the key elements from these 3 weeks that we are sharing below. We have...
Indonesian Project Report: Get it while it's HOT
Kate Chapman, with assistance from Emir Hartato, her Indonesian teammate, and editing assistance from members of HOT and AusAID, officially finished the project report for their work earlier in the year (March 2011 to March 2012). The Report: Community Mapping for Exposure in Indonesia details details the initial workshops, key accomplishments, university competitions, and new software, support and resources developed.
Understanding Risk Forum, Mapping Global Risk, July 2-6 2012
The World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Risk and Recovery (GFDRR) organizes the Understanding Risk (UR) Forum every two years. The theme of this...
Out and about in Yogyakarta, Indonesia: An OSM workshop sponsored by the World Bank
My name is Katrina and I am a new addition to the HOT team in Indonesia. My first day of work started out with a morning plane from Jakarta to Yogyakarta, the historic and cultural kingdom of Indonesia. The reason why I call it a kingdom is because it is the only precinct in Indonesia that still contains a king. Unfortunately, Kate, Emir, Vau and I were too busy with the two day workshop to see the king's residences. Hopefully, we can sneak away next time we visit for an intermediate and advanced OSM workshop we will have more time... I would love to map those quarters. The Participants
Return to the training in Saint-Marc, Haiti: mixing generic and specific teaching aid to build strong OSM mapping capacities
Our previous posts about the Saint-Marc, Haiti project did not focus really about the training made there, what was one the main activities as the objectives were both improving the baseline data and buildings strong local mapping capacities. We wish we would have posted this post earlier, but as it deals with a specific documentation whose main version was in French, we had to clean the English original version so that it fits with all the changes we made in the French one throughout the three months of the program.
HOT's first days in Senegal
The first days in Sénégal flew by for the three of us engaged in this intense exploratory mission of HOT in Senegal led by Nicholas Chavent along with Stephane Goldstein and Will Skora.
Finishing off the refugee camp mapping
Last month we asked people to help map refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia.It was an excercise in coordination using the HOT Tasking Manager, but this was initially also an experiment testing out various workflows and organisational interactions as part of a "Camp Roberts" excercise for the acquisition and setting up of imagery. We were working with the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development using special aerial imagery from NextView. They wanted to see how, given this imagery to trace from, our community could map the refugee camps in a short space of time.
OpenStreetMap at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Disaster Simulation
Last year I spent a bitterly cold day in a forest in Massachusetts, witnessing how people who have never experienced a disaster somehow prepare for taking part in a response. Instructive, frightening, and sometimes funny. Jennifer Chan has been bringing information tools into the process, with an Ushahidi instance last year. This year, there was the opportunity to bring OSM into the mix, and Christian Spanring, Kate Chapman, and myself helped to bring some maps together for the sim.