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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI--yT3RL5U . 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 Designs 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.
Posted by Cristiano Giovando on May, 28 2015
We are very excited to introduce the first release of OpenAerialMap! The current image catalog is still in beta but gives an insight of what OAM will provide to the community of HOT and OSM mappers in the very near future: a single place to find and share open imagery. The OAM project was started earlier this year with gracious support by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund and with the goal to meaningfully improve rapid access to aerial imagery for disaster mapping and humanitarian response. After an initial period of project planning and design, Development Seed was hired to implement the catalog and application programming interface (API). Additional components that will allow users to upload and share image data are being designed and will be released soon. This means that anyone from traditional satellite image providers to individual drone mappers will be able to easily share imagery for humanitarian mapping!
Posted by steven.johnson on May, 28 2015
The first ever White House Mapathon held on 21 May 2015, served to highlight the growing importance of crowdmapping and open geospatial data and how these square with the commitments in the Administration's Second Open Government National Action Plan. Opening remarks from Senior Advisor for Open Government Cori Zarek, US CTO Megan Smith, Chief Digital Officer Jason Goldman, and US State Dept Geographer Lee Schwartz each noted the significance of this first event and framed the evolving relationship between government, open data, crowdsourcing, and open source methods. It was a formal acknowledgement that open mapping data provides a great service to government agencies, here and abroad, and in many cases, helping them to improve delivery of services and be more responsive to citizen needs.
Posted by kristenegermeier on May, 28 2015
State of the Map from our Board President, Heather Leson
Posted by Heather Leson on May, 27 2015
On April 28, 2015, Prof. Furuhashi, of Aoyama Gakuin University's School of Global Studies and Collaboration held a seminar for some twenty beginning students studying Crisis Mapping. The seminar took place at the Global Learning Commons, a free space for students to gather at Aoyama Gakuin’s Sagamihara campus. This online project is part of the relief efforts of volunteers for Nepal’s catastrophic earthquake.
Posted by Tyler Radford on May, 27 2015
Dear all, A whole-hearted thank you for your contribution and support of the Nepal earthquake response with HOT. While the activation is ongoing, you are invited to make mapping better through a short 2-3 minute survey (longer if you'd like to provide detailed comments). https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HOTMay2015 If you organized a mapathon, help by sharing the link with your participants! Your thoughts and ideas are important and your feedback will help improve everyone's mapping experience. Your contributions to mapping with HOT make a difference to real people. We appreciate your help—one supportive word, one edit, or thousands of edits—and your input. Tyler Radford, Interim Executive Director on behalf of Heather Leson, President, HOT Board of Directors and the HOT Survey Team