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Posted by Cristiano Giovando on Jul, 24 2015
During the recent Nepal earthquakes, digital humanitarians were suddenly flooded with data, a lot of data, especially aerial imagery collected with satellites and small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS, also known as drones), and openly shared with anyone.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Jul, 23 2015
HOT has been developing an 'Activation' training curriculum over the last several months in order to build and improve the skills of it's 'Activators'. This was all made possible by a generous grant from the Hewlett Foundation who were inspired by the West Africa Ebola epidemic response and wanted to contribute to improving HOT's capacity to support future events. As part of the grant and the development of the curriculum, two workshops will be held in order to train and certify activators, as well as receive first hand feedback for further improvements. The pilot workshops will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Jakarta, Indonesia in September later this year. Designed as a three-day course, the participants will be guided through the on-line open curriculum, learning the necessary theory and skills it takes to support a HOT activation before engaging in a simulation where this newly gained knowledge can be put into practice. 
Posted by Paul Uithol on Jul, 17 2015
The "Dar Ramani Huria" Scale Up Workshop took place at Nkrumah Hall, University of Dar es Salaam, on Monday 6th of July. Over the next three months, the Ramani Huria project ‘Community Mapping for Flood Resilience’ will be building on previous work and expanding its mapping activtities to 10-14 additional wards across Dar es Salaam. "Dar Ramani Huria" (Dar Open Map) is the local name of the "Community Mapping for Flood Resilience" project run in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by HOT.
Posted by Tyler Radford on Jul, 14 2015
  Aerial imagery is key to the work that HOT undertakes each day of the year. During a crisis, the need becomes even more acute. Pre-disaster imagery helps HOT volunteers all over the world trace homes, buildings and the road network into OpenStreetMap; enabling first responders to carry out search, rescue, and relief activities. Post-disaster imagery facilitates identification of damage to roads and buildings and can serve as a first step in identifying camps and temporary shelters for internally-displaced persons. The response of the international community to the Nepal earthquake was unprecedented. More than 7000 volunteers helped trace satellite and aerial imagery to create base maps used on the ground, initially for relief and now for recovery. This simply would not have been possible without the generous support of the imagery community.
Posted by Russell Deffner on Jul, 8 2015
This year has presented many challenges to HOT. We have been incredibly active and successful in all of our programs: Disaster Mapping, Community Building and Technical Projects. However, as many of you know, 2015 has been a year of tremendous change in HOT leadership.
Posted by Russell Deffner on Jul, 3 2015
Recently we had a very pleasant surprise to be contacted by Nicholas Doiron, who Project Coordinator, Severin Menard, knew from previous work including in Haiti. Nick, now working with Asia Foundation alongside Michelle Chang, knew about the HOT Mapping Ulaanbaatar project and reached out for advice as the Asia Foundation planned an OpenStreetMap Mapathon competition.
Posted by Heather Leson on Jul, 2 2015
  Passionate about maps, humanitarian response and global community? Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) seeks an Executive Director to dream big building on our successes and lessons. HOT applies the principles of open source and open data sharing to improve the welfare of the communities where we work, especially those at risk of natural disaster or other crisis. Having freely available geographic data has many benefits, one of the greatest is increasing the ability for communities to respond to a disaster. HOT was established in 2010 originally as an informal community, then incorporating as a non-profit corporation in Washington D.C. in the United States. In 2013, HOT became a public charity (501(c)(3)).  
Posted by pierre.mirlesse on Jun, 26 2015
HOT has recently been supporting TomTom in a company wide Mapathlon focused on helping map buildings, residential areas, roads, paths and tracks from a Nepal area between Katari, Manthali and Kamalamai. This exciting engagement involved TomTom HOT volunteer mappers from 15 countries. Task #1090 from our Tasking manager has been especially designed for the occasion by HOT expert Blake Girardot. The new mappers were also provided with a special HOT tutorial for the occasion. . On Tuesday June 23rd, Blake Girardot and Pierre Mirlesse held a Skype call with the new mappers to respond to their questions and help them in their progress. This is what Lies Coddens from TomTom had to say about her experience with HOT: “As a map loving company, we are happy to have been able to contribute in delivering up-to-date maps for the humanitarian aid in the Nepal region.”
Posted by xamanu on Jun, 23 2015
Implementation of a collaborative, crowd-sourced Geographic Information System for humanitarian aid and economic development. Recently I became an official member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), a registered non-profit organization in the United States. Since over two years I'm an active contributer and participant in different OpenStreetMap (OSM) activities all over the world but with a special focus on Nicaragua, the country I'm living in. OpenStreetMap consists in an Open Data hub for geographic information and can be described as the “Wikipedia for geo information”.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Jun, 4 2015
The new Field Papers site has been live for over a week now, as it was successfully launched on the 28th of May. Thanks to the team at Stamen Design in conjunction with co-funding from the Hewlett Foundation through the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, the tool has been re-vamped to become stable and more international. Field Papers has been optimised for multiple languages, which include but are not limited to Deutsch, Español, Français, Bahasa Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, کوردی, Nederlands, Português, and Kiswahili. Please contribute towards the internationalisation and translation of Field Papers by visiting the Transifex project and joining the team of your desired language.