On Wednesday, April 12th, HOT welcomed three new members to the HOT Board. The newly elected Board Members are Ahasanul Hoque, Pete Masters, Melanie Eckle, joining Jorieke Vyncke and Dale Kunce currently on the board. Heather Leson and Katja Ulbert finished up their term at this time and we'd like to thank them all for their dedication to HOT and HOT's work. To learn more about our board, check out their bios here. For information on the nomination process and voting results, visit the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Board wiki page. We are earnestly looking forward to the guidance of all of our board members in guiding and supporting HOT.
Posted by Russell Deffner on Apr, 12 2017
Our first round of the YouthMappers ‘Mapping to end Malaria’ Challenge has concluded. Together, 141 students at 8 universities mapped over 50,000 buildings in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Thank you to all the chapters who participated!
Posted by Russell Deffner on Apr, 7 2017
Malaria is a disease that affects millions of people around the world, particularly children under 5 and women. Malaria is prevalent in some of the most unmapped places. Malaria is a preventable and curable disease, but currently organisations do not have detailed data on the number of vulnerable people in an area, which reduces their ability to respond. Malaria spreads through mosquito bites, and if you can prevent bites, you can reduce the spread of infection. This means that you need to know where those vulnerable to malaria live, so you can spray their homes with insecticide or distribute bednets. This way you can save more lives, more quickly.
Posted by Nate Smith on Apr, 3 2017
Since OpenAerialMap launched we’ve required imagery to be stored in a publicly accessible place prior to upload. This enable us to focus more on the design challenges for browsing data and lean on third-party tools for uploading -- Amazon S3 provides cheap storage with command-line and other client integrations; Dropbox makes it easy to sync large files over low-bandwidth; and, Google Drive provides low-cost storage for existing Google account holders. Over the past two years, users have uploaded thousands of images to OAM through AWS, Dropbox, and Google. This past weekend we rolled out the latest new feature: browser-based uploading to OAM. A view of the local file upload at upload.openaerialmap.org.
Posted by Geoffrey Kateregga on Mar, 22 2017
During our 2nd year at University for our Internship in 2016 we were privileged to work with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) in Uganda to map Financial Inclusion in the capital Kampala and the Eastern part of Uganda. Through the project, we got to learn about OpenStreetMap and mobile data collection techniques. We got the opportunity to lead teams of other university students to collect the data, clean it up and upload it to OpenStreetMap. At the end of the project, we needed to get more involved in OpenStreetMap and HOT activities. To be able to spread the knowledge to the rest of the students at our University who had not participated in the project, we formed a Youth Mappers chapter - Geo Youth Mappers which is now part of the global Youth Mappers network. There is now a total 5 Youth Mappers chapters, in 5 different Universities in Uganda alone.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Mar, 17 2017
The HOT Export Tool allows users to create custom OpenStreetMap (OSM) exports for various regions, by specifying an area of interest and a list of features. Within minutes, up-to-date OSM data is extracted for the area and filtered based on the selected features before it is converted from the native PBF file into other data formats. The Export Tool is currently undergoing renewed development to provide the OSM community with a tool to meet their data extraction needs. Numerous feature enhancements have been requested and an overall update to the software will improve its performance.
Posted by Nate Smith on Mar, 15 2017
High-resolution satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe is now open and available for the Cyclone Enawo response. One week ago, the powerful cyclone made landfall on the northern part of Madagascar. Flooding has had devastating effects and has displaced over 100,000 people. The HOT community is now using this imagery for response mapping.
Posted by Biondi Sima on Mar, 13 2017
Commemorating International Women’s Day, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Indonesia organized a mapping event, #WomenMap, using free and open-source mapping tools. The event was designed to introduce and teach women digital mapping and ICT skills. It was pioneered by HOT as it moves towards promoting inclusivity for vulnerable, disenfranchised groups, such as women, persons with disabilities, youth and marginalized communities by help narrowing the digital divide. The initiative is supported by the Australian Government, Disaster Management Innovation (DMI) and UN Women.
Posted by David Luswata on Mar, 12 2017
Liberia is the oldest Republic on the African continent and one of those that have gone through tough times across the continent including the recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, 2014-2016.
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Mar, 6 2017
Many of HOT’s projects and partners focus on improving outcomes for women and girls in the developing world. This work is done in support of Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. This International Women’s Day, you can show your support for women and girls worldwide by mapping. Featured projects: Support girls and communities affected by Female Genital Mutilation by mapping for the Tanzania Development Trust. You can read more about their valuable work helping young girls at risk of FGM to find safety here and here.
Posted by Blake Girardot on Mar, 6 2017
Development on the next major version of HOT's OSM Tasking Manager software is going strong. A lot has happened so let us catch up! Usage of HOT's OSM mapping coordination tool, our beloved Tasking Manager, has really skyrocketed over the past two and a half years. More volunteer mappers are working on more projects for more organizations in more places than ever before. New uses come up almost every week, and the load on the servers and software continues to climb. The impact the Tasking Manager has had on mapping around the world is hard to overstate and impossible to fully quantify. USAID's GeoCenter and AusAID's Disaster Management Innovation team, among others, understand that value and they are both making this next iteration of the software possible (DMInnovation made Tasking Manager 2 possible). The Tasking Manager 3 project is intended to build on the functionality of the existing Tasking Manager to better meet the needs of users, both mappers and mapping project managers.
Posted by Russell Deffner on Mar, 6 2017
HOT is managing a mapping project for malaria eradication across seven countries in Southern Africa, Southeast Asia and Central America. This project is part of the Missing Maps initiative and is backed by DigitalGlobe, the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Gates Foundation. Our mission is to generate building data in OpenStreetMap for a total of over 500,000 square kilometers by April 2017. We are starting a YouthMappers competition for the project. Prizes will be given to the chapters that contribute the most quality data to this project.
Posted by Mikel Maron on Mar, 1 2017
HOT Community, in a few hours, we will open nominations for Board and Chair elections! These are the key governance roles for HOT Voting Members, a very significant way to contribute to HOT. Nominations will be open until March 14 -- followed by a week of discussion til March 21, and then voting until April 4. Voting Members are eligible to run and nominate. Nominations are made on the OSM wiki. Board Primer has details on the commitment. Same for Chair.
Posted by Trudy Namitala on Feb, 28 2017
The 2017 International Women’s Day celebrations will be held under the theme "Be Bold for Change". It is against this background that every woman has the right to a healthy lifestyle, safe sex, a safe pregnancy, a safe birth and a safe interruption of pregnancy if they choose. Women all over Africa and other parts of the world often lack the information about facilities that are of help around them. Many travel miles to get services such as VCT, cancer screening, Gender Based violence, family planning, maternity services and those that can't travel miles lose their lives or their babies. Many of these services are actually near them but are not known to them because existing maps and information sources do not have the information. Access to online resources for searching and locating facilities is rare in many place, so printed maps with information important to women and girls on them are critical to their health and wellbeing.
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Feb, 21 2017
The 2017 Microgrants Programme is in full swing, with just under three weeks untill the application deadline! We've summarised the questions we've received over the past few weeks for all applicants to read. You can find them here. You can still ask your questions via Twitter, Facebook, or to email@example.com. Remember to get your applications in by 12th March. You can send them, along with any questions, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Biondi Sima on Feb, 20 2017
As the city-wide mapping project in Surabaya is nearing completion, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Indonesia reflects on some of its key achievements and lessons learned. HOT also evaluates on the bottlenecks and challenges in order to further improve its work as it moves forward to conduct another round of comprehensive city-wide mapping in Indonesia’s capital and most complex city, Jakarta. This mapping project is dedicated to enrich key lifeline infrastructures data, including buildings and road networks to provide exposure data for InAWARE: Disaster Management Early Warning and Decision Support Capacity Enhancement in Indonesia. This project is a USAID, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) funded program supported by the University of Hawaii: Pacific Disaster Centre (PDC) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): PetaBencana to support the Government of Indonesia: Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB).
Posted by Rachel VanNice on Feb, 17 2017
We've put together some of the 2016 highlights so you can see what we've been up to and the amazing impact of the HOT community!
Posted by Nate Smith on Feb, 13 2017
HOT is working to grow OpenAerialMap to be a long-lasting open imagery resource to OpenStreetMap and humanitarian communities. With new funding from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund and our recent announcement about coming out of beta, HOT and the OAM community is actively working to increase the availability of openly licensed imagery. Ensuring and guiding responsible imagery collection is a critical part of our work going forward. As a part of this work, last month HOT joined the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) for a discussion on drones in humanitarian action with regional humanitarian aid groups in Amman, Jordan. FSD has recently published the Drones in Humanitarian Action report that covers case studies and reviews the use of UAVs to collect imagery (as well as other uses) in humanitarian operations.
Posted by Paul Uithol on Feb, 6 2017
In January, we started work on a new mapping project in Uganda and Turkey. During this project, we will be mapping parts of Istanbul together with Syrian refugees (and other underserved groups) in Istanbul, and work in several districts in northern Uganda with South Sudanese refugees. Other parts of the project will involve improving data collection software, especially to support more distributed/crowdsourced methods of data collection, and to work on data use and dissemination by both NGOs (supporting them with common base data sets on basic infrastructure), and to refugees (about services being provided to them, such as legal aid, community centers and courses/education). In Uganda, we will be working with existing partners, such as the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the MapUganda NGO we helped establish as part of the Mapping Financial Inclusion project, and the YouthMappers chapters throughout the country, but also new partners that are working on the refugee crisis in the north of the country.
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Feb, 2 2017
We're excited to launch the HOT Microgrants Program! Many OSM communities around the world are achieving amazing results on zero or near-zero budgets. HOT wants to support the development of these communities, through providing funding for basics. For example, GPS devices, internet access, and training costs. We're looking to provide up to ten Microgrants between $2,000 - $5,000 USD. Our goal is to enable the development of local OSM communities, to increase skills, capacity and experience. We will award grants to projects which broadly contribute to HOT's mission. More details on the programme and the application form can be found here. HOT support will be provided before, during and after the grants period. Applications must be received by 12th March 2017.