Posted by Tyler Radford on Oct, 25 2016
November 13th–19th is Geography Awareness Week. Join HOT as we prepare to make the third annual OSM Geography Awareness Week (“OSM GeoWeek”) the best ever. OSM GeoWeek 2016 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 innocent on Oct, 19 2016
WaSH is a collective term for water, sanitation and hygiene. While each is a separate field of work, they are interdependent in nature. After flooding, communities are very vulnerable to outbreaks of disease such as cholera. Building off a foundation of ongoing response efforts for this in Dar es Salaam, Ramani Huria has started a rapid sanitation mapping campaign within the city’s wards, mainly focusing on public toilets. With the well-trained Ramani Huria team available, this is approached by dividing the team into two groups with two different methods of data collection but the same final output. This offers an opportunity to test which methods can best support the WaSH mapping. The methods used for data collection include: GPS units, fieldpapers and note taking OpenMapKit and OpenDataKit Apps  
Posted by Biondi Sima on Oct, 18 2016
Early this year, major parts of Surabaya were inundated by floods. Occasional event such as this may paralyze economic activities and put its citizens’ well-being in danger, especially in a densely populated urban city, such as Surabaya. In order to minimize the impact, concerted efforts are undertaken. This includes collectively updating the city’s base map data, which is crucial to support the creation of an accurate contingency plan in the unfortunate case of disaster.   A tool to improve the overall risk assessment, early-warning and disaster-management decision making, InAWARE, developed by the Pacific Disaster Centre (PDC), alongside with National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), is being enhanced by data from Peta Bencana--Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT).  
Posted by Tyler Radford on Oct, 18 2016
HOT welcomes qualified applicants to apply to work with us! There are currently three open positions closing this week and next: Deadline Oct 21: Community Partnerships Manager - Missing Maps Deadline Oct 21: Product Manager - HOT Tasking Manager Re-Design Deadline Oct 31: System Administrator/DevOps Engineer (Part-time)
Posted by Dale Kunce on Oct, 8 2016
Hurricane Matthew as predicted caused catastrophic damage to Haiti that is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake. The main damage is located in western Haiti in Grand Anse, Sud, and Nippes Departments. Current estimates are that over 800 people have died, thousands are in shelters, and 80% of all structures are damaged.
Posted by Tyler Radford on Oct, 7 2016
HOT's 2015 Annual Report is now online! The report and projects described within have been possible because of the commitment and dedication of HOT's global community and partner organizations. A special thanks to the dozens of HOT board members, staff, and volunteers who contributed to producing HOT's first comprehensive annual report.
Posted by Dale Kunce on Oct, 4 2016
The Humanitarian OpenSteetMap Team (HOT) has activated to provide geographic base data in areas affected by Hurricane Matthew. Category 4 Hurricane Matthew continues to strengthen and is advancing on Haiti and the Bahamas. Hurricane Matthew is expected to cause 'catastrophic' damage including extreme flooding and landslides potentially affecting millions in Haiti, Jamaica, and Bahamas.   To start we are mapping coastal communities in the expected storm path.   Resources HOT Export Tool is available to create custom downloads. If any resources are missing you think should be includes please email  
Posted by Biondi Sima on Sep, 30 2016
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Indonesia continued in taking up its role for the InAWARE (All-hazard Warnings, Analysis, and Risk Evaluation) program. InAWARE is a platform that integrates information, modeling, and mapping technologies to provide situational awareness and decision support in a user-friendly and highly visualized web application.
Posted by Douglas on Sep, 15 2016
 (Original composition by Taylor Zevanove, AidData Summer Fellow 2016 with the HOT team in Kampala, Uganda)   On July 25th Uganda’s Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team and Youth Mappers, completed a week-long pre-assessment trip in Karamoja. The effort will mobilize local youth to gather much needed data on the under-mapped region of Karamoja.  Despite a high concentration of aid flowing to the area and a relatively high number of nonprofits located on the ground, partners and government officials work with very little geospatial data and struggle to measure and evaluate programming.
Posted by Tyler Radford on Aug, 23 2016
In July, HOT was voted in as a participating organization of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). Forums like GEO that emphasize sharing of free and open Earth observation data are critical to evolve the methods and standards to make data and information more accessible. GEO is building the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to connect the world's environmental and socio-economic data sources. Membership in the global data-sharing body brings opportunities for HOT to contribute to use of Earth observation data and information for better decision-making.
Posted by Cristiano Giovando on Aug, 15 2016
Earlier this month Nate and I went to Suva to lead the kickoff meeting of the Pacific Drone Imagery Dashboard (PacDID) project funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. During the visit, we met and brainstormed with local geospatial experts and stakeholders around the issues of disaster management and aerial imagery. By the end of the week, we had a clear understanding of the challenges that Pacific Island Countries (PICs) face during natural disasters.
Posted by innocent on Aug, 9 2016
Often when you think of maps, many people imagine only a view from above. Street view imagery allows maps to have an additional dimension, with a view from the ground, as if you were standing on the street! Sometimes also known as Mobile Mapping Imaging Systems, street view imagery can allow you a 360 horizontal (and sometimes also vertical) panoramic view from the ground. Street view imagery can be used in numerous ways, including to take virtual walks & explore landmarks, map key points of interest, and survey solutions. In remote mapping, combined with aerial imagery, it can allow mappers to create rich and detailed maps when they are unable to map in the field.
Posted by Douglas on Aug, 4 2016
(Written by Cleo Stern, AidData Summer Fellow 2016 with the HOT team in Kampala, Uganda)   We hadn’t been in Kampala, let alone Uganda, for more than 12 hours when we found ourselves on a bus to Kabale.  We were told to be ready at seven in the morning to travel eight hours to Lake Bunyonyi where the HOT team would be providing OSM training to tour guides from Edirisa and Uganda Wildlife Authority. We traveled with our colleague Geoffrey Kateregga, looking at Uganda roll by the first time. Given our preconceptions of what work and life would be like in Kampala, Taylor and I couldn’t have imagined all the amazing things we were about to experience. While the pre-training skills provided at the AidData Summer Fellows bootcamp kicked into overdrive, our first weekend at Lake Bunyonyi also created a sort of mythos that set the tone our work and framed our time here.   
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Jul, 29 2016
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s (HOT) participation in the InAWARE program kicked-off last week with stakeholder workshops in Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia. The Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) graciously hosted the event at their headquarters, which was lead by the Pacific Disaster Centre (PDC) and attended by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Disaster Management Innovation (DMI), HOT and various other stakeholders.
Posted by Nate Smith on Jul, 28 2016
OpenAerialMap is focused on creating a simple and easy experience for finding and publishing aerial imagery. This past week, we released three new features that are live on As HOT kicks off the Pacific Drone Imagery Dashboard (PacDID) project, we’ve begun to add new features to improve access to latest imagery, documentation, and unify features of the system. The OAM team presented these new features at State of the Map US on July 25th 2016 in a joint workshop with OpenDroneMap.  New landing page An important focus we set out to achieve was to build a more unified experience that provides the information and workflow for finding and publishing imagery. We’ve redesigned the primary view for accessing OpenAerialMap to focus on providing more information, improving navigation, and highlighting the community.   
Posted by Tyler Radford on Jul, 27 2016
Guest post by Sandra Uddbäck, team member at Mapillary. Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) does amazing work in building and supporting local mapping communities around the world for people to create their own maps for socio-economic development and disaster preparedness. This is also one of the founding blocks of what we're creating with Mapillary.
Posted by Cristiano Giovando on Jul, 20 2016
Earlier this month HOT launched the new Pacific Drone Imagery Dashboard (PacDID) project to support aerial imagery use in Pacific island communities. In places like Fiji and Vanuatu, which have experienced significant typhoon damage in recent years, the "view from above" provided by satellites, aircraft and more recently by drones, is a crucial resource needed in any phase of disaster risk management, from preparedness, to response, to recovery. The PacDID project was formed out of the need to further enable imagery as a resource within Pacific island communities through the Pacific Humanitarian Challenge (PHC), and built on the work we’ve done with OpenAerialMap (OAM).  
MapKibera maps for HOT Task 1988.
Posted by Courtney Clark on Jul, 5 2016
On Thursday, July 7, HOT will join the White House Mapathon to celebrate the role of open mapping in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Participants will actively map for malaria prevention in Mozambique via HOT Task 1988, hosted by the President’s Malaria Initiative, USAID, and the Peace Corps.    photo courtesy Map Kibera HOT communities around the world are hosting mapathons in conjunction with the White House, too! Map Kibera hosted a successful mapathon on July 5. HOT, Maptime, MapGive and Youth Mappers groups in Nepal, Germany and across the United States will hold additional mapathons on July 7.  
The Winning GIS Poster for the competition
Posted by Douglas on Jul, 4 2016
Geospatial data lies at the basis of large portions of web and mobile applications, but sometimes tends to be undervalued and is often not well understood. The Geographical Information System Application Challenge, organised by HOT, Geogecko (a company in Kampala specializing in mapping, data services, and geo-intelligence products in Uganda) and Hive Colab (one of Kampala's startup incubators) in Kampala, focused on innovation, raising awareness and encouraging use of geospatial data in (mobile) applications, to solve real world financial access problems faced in Uganda.
Posted by Tyler Radford on Jun, 29 2016
When I speak with HOT staff and volunteers in our community, I often ask what they've heard about the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs for short. Sometimes, people have heard of the term, or know that the term is somehow related to the United Nations. I often chat about the types of mapping projects they're working on. In the past month, the answers have been incredibly varied: HOT staff are mapping safe bicycle routes and access to sanitation (public toilets) in Tanzania; banks, ATMs, and mobile money agent locations in Uganda, and are about to start mapping critical disaster "lifeline" infrastructure in two of the biggest cities in Indonesia. In addition, HOT volunteer leaders are working on dozens more projects throughout the world across sectors: education, environment, health, transportation, water and sanitation. These projects are all taking place in challenging contexts: megacities in developing countries, refugee camps, and unplanned urban and rural housing settlements. So what does this have to do with the SDGs?