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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.  
All in a Day’s Work: Volunteers show solidarity with refugees during Istanbul’s First Missing Maps Mapathon
Posted by Geoffrey Kateregga on Jul, 3 2017
What connects Kampala and Istanbul? You might be thinking that Kampala and Istanbul are worlds apart, but volunteers in both cities rallied around a common cause for World Refugee Day - working together to map priority areas in Uganda that require urgent humanitarian assistance.
Posted by Cristiano Giovando on Jun, 28 2017
Through a research collaboration with Stanford University and other partners, HOT is launching three formal research experiments on crowdsourced damage assessment and is seeking participation from the community. Background In the aftermath of a disaster, knowing the condition of buildings, infrastructure, and utilities is critical to both immediate response and long-term recovery efforts. HOT is often asked to help identify damage to buildings and other assets in the affected region. In the past, limitations in post-disaster imagery and difficulties in identifying building damage from aerial views have hindered these efforts. In this research project, our particular focus is on improving how building damage information is gathered through crowdsourcing. We intend for the methods and tools we are developing to better facilitate the contributions of online volunteers, and to maximize the impact of those contributions to the disaster response and recovery process. 
Posted by Biondi Sima on Jun, 15 2017
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Indonesia hosts a mapathon with students from the University of Indonesia’s (UI) Department of Geography. UI, one of Indonesia’s leading universities, has been among HOT Indonesia’s academic partners in carrying out projects involving youths and academia.   A mapathon, or a mapping party, is one of the most time-efficient methods of creating geospatial map data, through the digitization of building footprints from satellite imagery. Participants sit together for a given time and map assigned areas using the Tasking Manager, a tool that can be used to coordinate for a collaborative, remote mapping project. In several cases, as in the UI mapathon, the event was designed as a mapping competition among students, where top mappers are awarded with a prize and recognition. The UI mapathon event ran for three days, from 5 to 7 June 2017.  
Mappers for Life
Posted by Russell Deffner on Jun, 11 2017
YouthMappers ‘Mapping to End Malaria’ Challenge: Round 3 Results The third and final round of the YouthMappers challenge has concluded. In round three, we had 13 Universities participate, bringing the total for all three round to 26 Universities. Also in round three we had 88 student mappers contribute just under 200,000 buildings bringing the grand total of buildings digitized in the challenge to over 600,000. Thank you to all the chapters and students who participated! We’re pleased to announce, the winners of this round are: Team Good Mappers from Busitema University, Uganda: with nearly 100,000 buildings traced and averaging over 5000 buildings per mapper, Busitema made an impressive showing in this final round.
Posted by Nate Smith on Jun, 9 2017
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has recently signed a cooperation agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN's Migration Agency. This new collaboration will strengthen the way the HOT community supports organizations committed to respecting the rights and well-being of migrants. Through the collaboration, both organizations will support each other in times of need with readily accessible up-to-date data on urban and rural infrastructure and services available. Building partnerships with a focus on data and expertise sharing like this with IOM enables the wider humanitarian community to see a wider impact of OpenStreetMap.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Jun, 7 2017
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team has partnered with the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) and ImageCat on a Challenge Fund focused on developing a global exposure database for multi-hazard risk analysis. The Challenge Fund, formed by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is aimed at building local and global resilience through innovation in order to better identify risk and enable more effective decision-making.
Posted by David Luswata on Jun, 5 2017
Zwedru was the first of three cities that we are working to map in Liberia with DAI for the Liberia Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (LEGIT) project. When the HOT team first visited Zwedru in February, the official city map used by the City Corporation was hand-drawn, tattered, and outdated. Representatives from the City Corporation, community-based organizations (CBOs), civil service organizations (CSOs), and the Grand Gedeh County Community College volunteered three weeks of their time to create a new map that would accurately represent their city and would be available to everyone. Not only did participants gain skills in GIS and mobile data collection, some participants used smartphones and computer programs for the first time. After three days of training, our volunteers were eager and ready to begin mapping buildings, amenities, services and other features of their city. Volunteers were excited to use smartphones for the first time (above) and quickly learned how to use them in the field.
Posted by David Luswata on May, 25 2017
In collaboration with DAI, HOT is currently working in Liberia to help put communities on the map. As part of the Liberia Local Empowerment for Government Inclusion and Transparency (LEGIT) project funded by USAID, we are working with stakeholders in the cities of Zwedru, Ganta, and Gbarnga, to map infrastructure and services, such as water points and health facilities. This mapping process will assist the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Governance Commission in their efforts to decentralize the government of Liberia.  
Posted by Nate Smith on May, 24 2017
One month ago we held a community chat about developing a new application to support OpenStreetMap field mapping. Our chat focused on getting input on priorities and the problems we want to solve. Developing this work came out of the need to strengthen our tools for the new Crowdsourcing Non-Camp Refugee Data Project. Below is a quick recap of the community chat along with some other input from key stakeholders as we've kicked off the project.
Posted by Biondi Sima on May, 22 2017
After a successful round of mapping Surabaya’s infrastructures in three months, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Indonesia relocates to the country’s capital, Jakarta. Continuing the mission to provide lifeline infrastructure data for disaster decision-making support, HOT will map an area of about 661.5 km2, which is home to more than 10 million people. Jakarta is notorious for its annual flooding during rainy seasons, and having key lifeline infrastructure properly mapped and documented will allow for a more accurate urban contingency plan.   Pic 1. Jakarta 2013 Flood. Picture credit: The Jakarta Globe  
Team Good Mappers, Busitema University
Posted by Geoffrey Kateregga on May, 19 2017
    Malaria is a preventable and treatable infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes that kills more than one million people each year, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa, where malaria is the leading cause of death for children under five.   According to the World Malaria Report 2016, in just 2015, there were 212 million new cases of malaria and 429,000 deaths. One child dies from malaria every two minutes. Because malaria is a global emergency that affects mostly poor women and children, malaria perpetuates a vicious cycle of poverty in the developing world. Malaria related-illnesses and mortality cost Africa’s economy alone USD 12 billion per year.   Malaria key facts: Half a million people die each year and 400 million fall ill 70% of them are children under 5
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on May, 19 2017
The Export Tool is now pushing customised OpenStreetMap (OSM) data through to the Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) platform. Buildings, points of interest, roads and waterways datasets for the countries of Senegal, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali are now available as SHP, GPKG, IMG and KML files. The integration tool, nicknamed OSM2HDX has the ability to automate data updates at set intervals and allows the administrators to select any country for export.

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