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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.’
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.