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.  
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team with MapUganda and UNHCR working in Rhino Refugee Settlement
Posted by Geoffrey Kateregga on Sep, 6 2017
Uganda is the center of the world's fastest growing refugee crisis: every day around 2,000 people stream across Uganda's borders fleeing famine, drought and violence in neighboring countries. The South Sudan-Uganda refugee crisis is becoming a test for donor governments to show that the extraordinarily progressive and open-door policy to refugees of Uganda is a viable, humanitarian and sustainable alternative to how refugees are hosted in several countries in the Middle East and Europe. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have joined forces to support the Uganda policy for the most vulnerable of the Persons of Concern, by empowering Refugees and Hosting Communities with the tools to ensure that their voice is represented in the important decisions around the creation and daily management of refugee settlements.
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Aug, 23 2017
*Guest Blog: Colleen Curran GeoInformatics Center, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)* Throughout 2016 the GeoInformatics Center, a research center at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has organized OSM remote and field mapping activities in four countries as part of a larger Asian Development Bank funded project to increase disaster resilience through the use of ICT and space-based  technology, with a focus on mobile phone applications for local government officials and community members. A lot was learned through the process, the following are highlights of the Project.  Remote Mapping Armenia (Pilot area - Dilijan) Armenia’s OSM community is only in its nascent stages. Building coverage in the pilot area was good, but the imagery was slightly out of date. As a result drone imagery was acquired, tiled and added as a custom layer on OSM for mapping. The imagery was captured for a vulnerable area in Dilijan where there is a public school. Using the OSM data an evacuation plan and map was made for the school.
Posted by Nate Smith on Aug, 18 2017
We've just finalized our first major milestone in the development of a new tool to improve how the HOT community organizes field mapping. Field mapping requires tools to engage local communities and organize how local knowledge is collected and we've been working with Kartoza to build a tool for better field mapping. Our first version of a field mapping organizer is now ready and being tested. On Saturday at State of the Map 2017, Paul will share an update the progress and how the tool is being used in the HOT community, as well as the potential use for the wider OSM community. Below is a quick update on the key features we've focused on for this release. 
Posted by Rachel VanNice on Aug, 17 2017
The HOT SUMMIT 2017 is less than one month away! There's still time to register to be sure you don't miss the exciting talks, opportunities for discussions and chance to connect with all your fellow mappers, project managers, creators and more! Register today!
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Aug, 9 2017
We’re pleased to announce we’ve recently formalised our partnership with the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) at GIScience Heidelberg University. HOT and HeiGIT share a common vision supporting humanitarian activities by developing up-to-date disaster maps and providing innovative GI services for humanitarian response, mitigating risk and economic development.   To date HOT and HeiGIT have worked together across a range of open mapping innovations, including: Disaster OpenRouteService MapSwipe MapSwipe AnalyticsOSM History Analytics   Our formal collaboration will strengthen the way we work together across a range of technology and research projects going forward.  
Posted by Nate Smith on Aug, 9 2017
Updates on our design strategy progress Over the past few months, we’ve started a process to analyze and review HOT’s look and feel across our sites. This covers everything from content to our design assets like stylesheets and style guidelines. The process is just finishing its first phase and we wanted to provide an update on progress and share some initial directions. 
Posted by David Luswata on Aug, 7 2017
As part of the Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (or LEGIT) project, funded by USAID, HOT and DAI teamed up to map the official urban and rural areas (eight-miles radius from city centre) of Zwedru, Ganta, and Gbarnga cities. The mapping will help facilitate the decentralization process in Liberia. HOT has collaborated with representatives from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and City Corporations to map amenities, buildings, and services, such as water points and health facilities. With the completion of Ganta and Gbarnga in July, the field mapping phase of the LEGIT project has concluded.
Posted by Biondi Sima on Aug, 7 2017
In August 1-4, HOT Indonesia, represented by its Communications Specialist, had the opportunity to attend Regional Expert Meeting for rural development and poverty eradication in Udon Thani, Thailand, sponsored by the Royal Thai Government, Thammasat University, UNESCO, and several other regional organizations. He uses the opportunity to promote the work of HOT being targeted, either directly or indirectly, to revitalize rural development.   Image 1. HOT Indonesia was involved in the regional expert meeting for Asia's rural development in Udon Thani, Thailand.  
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Aug, 2 2017
*Guest blog - Janet Chapman, Crowd2Map*   Crowd2Map Tanzania is a crowdsourced mapping project aiming to put rural Tanzania on the map. Since 2015, we have been adding schools, hospitals, roads, buildings and villages to OpenStreetMap with the help of over 1600 volunteers worldwide and on the ground in Tanzania. We are concentrating first on the areas where girls are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) to support a Safe House built in Mugumu by Tanzania Development Trust.  With zero budget we added over a million buildings and mapped over 70,000 sq kilometres.  Having better maps helped prevent 2257 girls from being cut during last  year’s FGM “cutting season” and the numbers dying was reduced from 12 to 4.  
Posted by Douglas on Jul, 20 2017
On the 12th of July, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) in Uganda, under the Crowdsourcing Non-Camp Refugee Data program, funded by United States Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, conducted a Mapathon with MSF, NGO partners and refugees from Bidibidi refugee settlement at the MSF Office in North Uganda. Having refugees attending the Mapathon, and then working in the field with HOT and MSF teams, was a unique opportunity to have the direct beneficiaries of humanitarian programs work along with aid workers to set priorities and share their knowledge on unmet needs in refugee settlements. On the other side, refugees learned advanced mapping techniques used by humanitarian organizations to plan settlements and ensure aid services. Representatives of the overall refugee community and local leaders of Bidibidi refugee settlement Zone 5 attended the meeting.
Posted by innocent on Jul, 18 2017
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and Ramani Huria, supported by the World Bank and partners are launching a brand-new adventure withArdhi University today!   Three hundred Urban Planning and Geomatics students from Ardhi University in Dar es Salaam are participating in a community mapping project in July and August. We will be mapping in 35 wards of the city, with an emphasis on the data needed to improve flood resilience. With the increasing impact of climate change and urbanization, urban flooding increasingly disrupts and threatens the lives of people in Dar es Salaam. To support people in the city, we are mapping drainage, health care services (important to reduce illness and mortality when flooding does happen, particularly for children), toilets, water sources, and building infrastructure.  
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Jul, 17 2017
  *Guest blog - Janet Chapman, Crowd2Map*   It was a great privilege to present Crowd2Map at the first State of the Map Africa held in Kampala last weekend.  Over 150 people came from 21 countries and I've never been to part of a conference that had such a strong sense of community. There can't be many places where people from such diverse backgrounds as Apple, the World Bank and Mapbox get to collaborate, dance and even play football with activists from Mali, Niger and Kenya, and community mappers from around the world.   The Map Uganda team did a great job of organising the conference, even down to the amazing t-shirts, although they were no match for the 'Rest of the World' football team that closed the conference.  
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Jul, 10 2017
  Guest blog: Enkhtungalag of Ger Community Mapping Center, Mongolia, who are the beneficiaries of a 2017 HOT Microgrant.   Mongolia is considered one of the most democratic countries in the region, sandwiched between its only neighbors Russia and China. However, to up-to-date, reliable, easy to access information, is one of the fundamental pillars of democracy, and still remains a challenge. Without information, the public has no power to participate meaningfully in its country’s governance.    This is why Ger Community Mapping Center, a local NGO, has focused on promoting community mapping as a tool for participatory decision-making for community-driven, sustainable and inclusive urban development by creating open-access public data.       
HOT officers and volunteers supervising refugees using OSM tools for WASH facilities
Posted by Douglas on Jul, 6 2017
Following the preliminary results of both mapathons in Gulu, Northern Uganda, Istanbul and Kampala (World Refugee Day), HOT, and other community volunteers deployed information tools in refugee settlements and hosting communities, testing the feasibility of training refugees to directly collect and provide real-time up to date information (in addition to the data provided remotely through the above mapathons) to the NGOs and humanitarian agencies operating in the area. Specifically, WASH facilities were targeted and refugees trained to assess them by using OSM tools, in order to report the physical location, operating conditions, access and usage, as well as information translation on the map, to NGOs and agencies.