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Collection of waterways and drainage of Dar es Salaam in progress IMAGE CREDIT: Ramani Huria
Posted by Sophie Lafayette on Nov, 19 2015
Every year during the rainy season, the largest city in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, suffers from devastating floods that wipe out roads, destroy houses, and result in deaths, sickness, and millions of dollars worth of damages. By helping communities to map their wards, the Ramani Huria project is able to support disaster prevention and response to areas that were previously off the map, literally. One key element of these maps is drainage systems. We have dedicated mappers working to ensure these, as well as wetland zones and flood-prone areas, are included accurately in our maps.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Nov, 19 2015
Inspired by our response to the West Africa Ebola epidemic, a grant was generously made by the Hewlett Foundation to HOT in late 2014. This funding was aimed at improving the ability of HOT to fulfill its large scale and long running Ebola response, as well as have the capacity to respond to future events. It was determined by the community that the grant be divided and focus on three projects, addressing the development of the online tools Field Papers and the Export Tool, as well as building the numbers of Activation Coordinators.
Zimbabwe Red Cross Collecting Data for OSM
Posted by Russell Deffner on Nov, 15 2015
The buzz of Geography Awareness Week, has reached far corners of the world. This year’s theme “Explore! The Power of Maps” has inspired more than 60 groups to join HOT and the Missing Maps partners during November 15 – 21 in support of Geography Awareness Week.
Posted by Tyler Radford on Nov, 6 2015
https://donate.hotosm.org You can make the difference in helping HOT meet it's fundraising target for 2015 and raise $50,000 in the next 50 days. Mapbox will match each donation 1:1 up to the first $10,000. Please donate today!
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Nov, 4 2015
  As the new Export Tool has been successfully rolled out, the earlier version is to be switched off as it is held on the GeoFabrik servers and we will no longer be enlisting their generous services. We will create a read-only version of the old Export Tool and host it on the HOT servers alongside the new Export Tool.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Oct, 28 2015
Since the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) officially activated on the 27th October, the team has been working hard to evaluate the mapping needs in response to the Eastern Afghanistan earthquake. There are two Tasking Manager projects set up in an effort to map key affected areas.
Afghanistan Earthquake Response Day 1 Stats
Posted by Russell Deffner on Oct, 28 2015
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) calls upon our community to assist those affected by disaster for the second time in under one week
Detail of a Copernicus EMS product for Hurricane Patricia
Posted by Blake Girardot on Oct, 25 2015
HOT, in coordination with the OSM MX community, has been active the past two days tracking the hurricane's progress and mapping vulnerable areas in its path. We have two mapping tasks open on the OSM Tasking Manager (tasks.hotosm.org): a task covering coastal areas in the storm's path and a task mapping more inland areas. We do not anticipate opening additional tasks but we are monitoring the situation in case landslides, floods or other post-hurricane hazards create additional humanitarian situations we can contribute to.
Posted by Dale Kunce on Oct, 23 2015
[en español a continuación] The Humanitarian OpenSteetMap Team (HOT) has activated to provide geographic base data in areas affected by Hurricane Patricia in Mexico. Patricia is the strongest hurricane in history is expected to make landfall later this afternoon near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Currently we are supporting the Mexican Government and OpenStreetMap MX community. 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 info@hotosm.org Get Involved
Posted by pedrito1414 on Oct, 9 2015
November 15th-21st is Geography Awareness Week, and HOT and our Missing Maps partners are planning to support it in a huge way this year! We’re aiming for (at least) 100 mapping parties, mapathons, mappy hours and mapternoons happening around the world in a single week, to join with the rest of the activities being planned by other groups and organizations.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Oct, 6 2015
The newly developed Export Tool is now LIVE. Please register with your OSM username and explore some of the new functionality, such as the use of 'Nominatim' to search for areas of interest and the interactive 'Tree Tag' tab to select specific OSM features for export. 
Tyler Radford with the Tanzania team
Posted by Heather Leson on Oct, 2 2015
We are excited to announce that Tyler Radford has accepted the position of Executive Director of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Since Tyler was named Interim Executive Director 5 months ago, HOT successfully initiated a new 13-month preparedness and response project in Indonesia, scaled up operations in Dar es Salaam, completed the first stage of the OpenAerialMap project, launched the disaster Activation Protocol / HOT Training Center, and delivered a refreshed HOT Export tool.   “Tyler’s first day with HOT as our interim Executive Director was at the HOT Community Summit. This was just days after the Nepal Earthquake. From the moment he joined HOT, Tyler engaged with the community, tackled projects, renewed fundraising plans and began building plans for HOT’s future - both for the organization and community. HOT has amazing opportunities to build and foster community mapping everywhere. I hope you will join me in helping Tyler and HOT get to the next level,“ said Heather Leson President of HOT’s Board of Directors.  
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Oct, 1 2015
The HOT OSM participants of round 10 of the Outreachy program will be presenting their work through Google Hangout on Air today, followed by a Q&A session on IRC Chat.
Ward Executive Officer for Tandale Mr. Osiligi Lossai CREDIT: Ramani Huria
Posted by Sophie Lafayette on Sep, 23 2015
The ward of Tandale was one of the first wards in Dar es Salaam to benefit from community mapping and be comprehensively mapped on OpenStreetMap. Ramani Huria recently spoke to Ward Executive Officer for Tandale Mr. Osiligi Lossai about how they are using the data and maps provided to the ward following the completion of mapping.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Sep, 23 2015
The new Export Tool   was released for its Beta phase on Friday the 18th of September. We have had great input from the community during the Alpha release and would like your continued support with testing.    Brian has successfully integrated the ability to register and login with OSM usernames. However, users will be asked for an email address when they first sign up, as this will be used to send a link for newly created exports once they are completed and ready for download.   We are currently working on migrating the development version to the HOT servers this week with the assistance of Drazen our systems administrator.  The Live release date is still scheduled for Monday the 28th of September.   Please continue to contribute to its development and record any issues or queries you may have on the dedicated GitHub  
Posted by kristenegermeier on Sep, 21 2015
By Charlotte Wolter        As a geographer and doctoral student at Kansas State, Kabita Ghimire has been away from her Nepal homeland for several years. But, when the disastrous earthquake struck in April, through HOT, she was able to use her expertise to help her country, even though she was thousands of miles away and in the middle of writing her dissertation.        Kabita, who now spends most of her time now in Washington, D.C., where her husband works, went to the headquarters of the Red Cross shortly after the quake struck to ask how she could help. She was directed to a mapathon at the Red Cross, her first experience with HOT and online crisis mapping.        "Until this earthquake, though I am a geographer, I did not know what OpenStreetMap was like," says Ghimire. Now, she sees it as a way to make a difference back in Nepal. "You are an expert, and it is good to devote time to that. Many people have approached me and said, 'We want to contribute. People just need something to get started."
President Jakaya Kikwete opens the conference
Posted by Paul Uithol on Sep, 14 2015
The Ramani Huria team was proud to be part of the first Africa Open Data Conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The event drew speakers and attendees from all over the world, to discuss, debate and showcase ‘local and global examples of open data being produced, published, visualized, and captured in creative ways across Africa.’
Activation
Posted by Russell Deffner on Sep, 8 2015
The first workshop for the HOT Activation Curriculum was held during the pre-conference events of the first Africa Open Data Conference. The conference facilitated discussion around the benefit of Open Data on the African continent including lessons learned from around the globe. HOT is grateful to have been invited to participate in the conference and conduct our Activation workshop.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Aug, 31 2015
The Alpha release of the new Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team OSM Export Tool takes place today. Please help us iron out any bugs or oversights by logging issues on the dedicated GitHub repository. The Alpha phase runs from the 31st August till the 18th September, when the Beta release is scheduled for the final testing phase before the new site is migrated and goes live on the 28th September.
Posted by Steven Johnson on Aug, 31 2015
Web-based mapping is an activity of growing importance in many countries around the world, especially in places where base map data is often scarce and out of date. Governments are collecting more and more data, including geospatial data, and are beginning to understand the social and economic benefits of sharing the data. As part of the World Bank-DFID partnership to support Open Data in the Caribbean, Maggie Cawley and Steven Johnson conducted one-day open mapping workshops in Castries, St. Lucia, and Kingston, Jamaica during June 2015. Prior to the workshops, St Lucia and Jamaica completed the World Bank Open Data Readiness Assessment, which serves to assist the government in diagnosing what actions it could consider in order to establish an Open Data initiative.

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