Posted by Dale Kunce on Oct, 30 2017
HOT is a growing community and a growing NGO. As we’ve grown we no longer know everyone else that is a contributor by first name. We increasingly haven’t ever seen each other in real life, haven’t been to a mapathon together, and work on disparate projects. As we’ve grown we’ve also had our growing pains with disagreements, hurt feelings, and sometimes worse. Last year, at the direction of the board, the Governance Working Group (GWG) starting working together on a number of issues to provide structure and guidance to the HOT community. The GWG worked diligently on the Code of Conduct now being announced.
Red Cross volunteers in San Juan, PR hold up a map of Puerto Rico.
Posted by russell deffner on Oct, 27 2017
As Hurricane Maria‘s winds and rain battered our home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, among the many thoughts that bounced in my head in those long hours was wondering about the people living in the mountainous regions of the island. The winding roads, heavy foliage, cliffs, bridges and terrain susceptible to landslides could make it the worst place to be in during such a powerful storm. Many small communities on those mountains would become isolated for weeks.
Posted by Paul Uithol on Oct, 26 2017
As part of HOT’s mission in Istanbul to grow the OSM community and to provide training to urban refugees to map their communities and help them be aware of, and gain access to services, team members carried out a multi week training at the Small Projects Istanbul (SPI) community center. A group of 19 young students (ages 14-19 years) participated in the course, gaining computer and map literacy skills and getting exposure to OpenStreetMap technologies and tools in the process. In Turkey, HOT is supporting the local OpenStreetMap community “Yer Çizenler Herkes İçin Haritacılık Derneği” (Turkish for “Mapping for Everyone Association”) to work on these activities.
Posted by Rachel VanNice on Oct, 25 2017
During the second week in November, individuals around the world will celebrate the fourth annual Geography Awareness Week (OSM GeoWeek) and you can be a part of it! This week calls on teachers, students, community groups, governments, private sector, map lovers, and motivated individuals around the world to come together to celebrate geography and make maps with OpenStreetMap, the free and openly editable map of the world.  
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Oct, 25 2017
This blog is the final in a series of ‘Learn Export Tool’ posts following the launch of the revamped tool on the 18th September 2017 and will share some examples of how OSM data can be used through the Export Tool. The first blog of the series was on ‘Selecting Area of Interest’, the second focused on ‘Data File Formats’ and the third looked at ‘Customising Map Features’.
Posted by Biondi Sima on Oct, 24 2017
Grab Indonesia, a ride-hailing startup, started an unprecedented initiative in the humanitarian world. Partnering up with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), GrabBike drivers were trained to use an Android-base app that can identify evacuation routes and IDP camps, in addition to reporting urgent needs from these camps.   [Pic 1. BNPB-HOT-Grab Discussed Strategies to Collect Fata from IDP Camps. HOT Indonesia/Biondi Sima]  
Tasking Manager 3 Mapping interface
Posted by Blake Girardot on Oct, 18 2017
After several months of development work and 20,000+ lines of new code, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is pleased to announce the next generation of our venerable OSM Tasking Manager software is about to be launched. The new version of the Tasking Manager software will be rolled out to the main HOT servers in the next several days, but you can get an introduction and preview of it now.
Posted by Pete Masters on Oct, 17 2017
What does HOT have in common with the hip hop clothing company, FUBU? Well, not a lot actually. But, what FUBU stands for is ‘For Us, By Us’ and it was with this slogan in my head that I started my journey home from the HOT Summit and board meeting in Ottawa in September.   What did I learn in Ottawa? That HOT is pretty amazing right now. 45,000 volunteers (since 2010) and 61 staff make 20 distinct projects happen in 7 different countries (and that’s without counting our support for local OSM communities or disaster activations). If you have been involved in any of them, you should feel proud. I do.   But, HOT is also at a stage in its evolution where we have to think seriously about how it changes. The two-day HOT board meeting in Ottawa felt like an important start to that conversation. I’d like to share my highlights with you here and invite you to join the discussion.  
Mexico Earthquakes
Posted by russell deffner on Oct, 10 2017
HOT continues response to multiple disasters...
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Oct, 9 2017
This blog is the third in a series of ‘Learn Export Tool’ posts and focuses on how to customise the OSM map features for export. Following the launch of the revamped tool on the 18th September 2017, the first Learn blog focused on ‘Selecting Area of Interest’, the second focused on ‘Data File Formats’ and the last will look at examples of ‘Applying Exported Data’.
Posted by russell deffner on Oct, 4 2017
HOT has teamed up with many partners working to eliminate the disease malaria. Malaria is preventable and curable and without transmission will cease to exist. In order to effectively carry out intervention campaigns, HOT has been asked to help identify and map populated places in some of the most susceptible places.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Oct, 3 2017
This blog is the second in a series of ‘Learn Export Tool’ posts and focuses on the file formats available for OSM data to be converted to. Following the launch of the revamped tool on the 18th September 2017, the first Learn blog focused on ‘Selecting Area of Interest’. The other two posts to follow in the series will cover how to ‘Customise Map Features’ and examples of ‘Applying Exported Data’.
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Oct, 2 2017
*Guest blog: Juan F. Blanco-Libreros, Ph.D., Natalia DaSilveira Arruda, M.Sc., and Nixon A. Aristizabal, GIS Spec. Universidad de Antioquia*   Rural and urban communities in Turbo, a municipality located in the Caribbean coast of Colombia, live in lowlands prone to heavy-rainfall-triggered floods. These communities, mostly consisting of fishermen and their families, are frequently inundated by coastal surges induced by storms. These hazards are being magnified by global warming and sea-level rise. The municipality is also part of the Urabá Gulf, located in the Southern-most part of the Caribbean Region in the vicinity with Panama, one of the wettest in the humid tropics. Some areas of the Urabá Gulf are also being severely deforested by illegal loggers, contributing to a reduction in fishing landings, and to an increase in the negative effects of flooding (see additional information).  
Posted by Rachel VanNice on Sep, 26 2017
On a couple of bright, sunny days at the Innovation Centre at Bayview Yards, 105 members of the HOT Community from all across the globe and different sectors came together to share lessons learned, learn new things and discuss the future of mapping. We were able to get quick updates on impact from our Lightening Talks, had time to chat in discussions about pressing issues like ethics in humanitarian mapping, and hear from colleagues and fellow volunteers about mapping from Uganda to Bangladesh to Colombia and many places in between. Don't worry if you missed it, we've already started posting videos of sessions on our YouTube channel and we'll continue to post videos throughout the week, so keep an eye out to rewatch your favorite talk or catch the ones you missed. 
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Sep, 26 2017
The HOT Community is currently mapping for an unprecedented five disasters in Mexico, the Caribbean, and South Asia. Over 4,800 volunteers have joined the mapping and validation efforts over the past few weeks. Details on the projects, and how you can get involved are below. Mexico Two strong earthquakes, 12 days apart, have shaken Mexico this month, killing hundreds of people who were unable to escape. Just before midnight on Sept. 7, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake (the most powerful to hit Mexico in a century) struck the Pacific Coast, and on Sept 19th, a magnitude 7.1 quake struck Puebla and Mexico City. The earthquakes led to severe and sustained shaking, causing many buildings to crumple.  
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Sep, 25 2017
This blog focuses on how to 'Select Area of Interest', and is the first in a series of ‘Learn Export Tool’ posts following the launch of the revamped tool on the 18th September 2017. Three more blogs in the series will cover the different available ‘Data File Formats’, how to ‘Customise Map Features’ and examples of ‘Applying Exported Data’.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Sep, 18 2017
Version 3 of the Export Tool officially LAUNCHED on 18th September 2017. The new version is now hosted at, with Version 2 available at till mid November 2017, when it will be shut down.
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Sep, 8 2017
This week has seen disasters and destruction on an unprecedented scale, and the HOT Community has activated to respond. Details on the projects, and how you can get involved are below. This is a critical time in the lives of millions of people worldwide, and we thank the mappers volunteering to support them.
Posted by Rachel VanNice on Sep, 8 2017
*Originally from Missing Maps Blog* First YouthMappers Video Challenge! We are excited to announce our first ever YouthMappers Video Challenge!  Missing Maps recently surpassed 32,000 volunteers for the program worldwide, and as we continue to grow, we’d love for some of our experienced mapathon hosts to share their advice with some of our newer participants. With over 70 chapters worldwide, the YouthMappers network has quickly grown to include over 4,000 student mappers.  Share your success story with the community by submitting a video! Guidelines: Please record your video in English, with subtitles in a second (or third!) language if you prefer.  Please keep your video to 5 minutes or less.  Remember that your audience is anyone who is thinking of hosting a mapathon, possibly for the first time, and looking for some encouragement, not just university students!
Posted by Biondi Sima on Sep, 7 2017
The InAWARE mapping project in Jakarta, Indonesia, is in its fifth month, nearing 80% of completion. The project aims to comprehensively map and collect attributes of key lifeline infrastructures for disaster management planning and response, to be incorporated into InAWARE.