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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....

Kate Chapman - 12 March, 2012


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...

Séverin Ménard - 10 March, 2012


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.

Kate Chapman - 29 February, 2012


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.

Pierre Béland - 22 February, 2012


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...

Séverin Ménard - 20 February, 2012


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::]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.

Kate Chapman - 6 February, 2012


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.

Brian Wolford - 2 February, 2012


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.

Mikel Maron - 31 January, 2012


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.

Kate Chapman - 31 January, 2012


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.

Brian Wolford - 28 January, 2012


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 ( It feels good...

Brian Wolford - 27 January, 2012


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.

Nicolas Chavent - 25 January, 2012


A return to Haiti two years on

It is January 12th, 2012, 2 years after the quake, that I started my eighth trip to Haiti where HOT will partner with the...

Nicolas Chavent - 12 January, 2012


HOT Collaboration with GIS Corps!

GIS Corps is joining together with HOT again for a joint project.  The first collaboration between HOT and GIS Corps occurred during the Samoa...

Kate Chapman - 10 January, 2012