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Posted by Heather Leson on Apr, 26 2015
HOT has been active almost 20 hours since the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Our thoughts are with the affected communities and our fellow Mappers in the region. Every emergency is hard but for a few hours our community waited to hear if our OSM colleagues, fellow Board Member Nama Budhathoki and their families were safe. They are and we are so thankful. The previous work of the local OSM community meant that the maps of Katmandu were fairly robust. Until we heard back from our local OSM colleagues and potential responders, the HOT team began searching for key parts of the map in the affected region that needed work. They updated roads and worked through the night across timezones. Today Nama reports that Kathmandu Living Labs team have assembled in a situation room. They are beginning to establish contact with response agencies. And, they are already in touch with the Nepal Redcross.   Here are the high priority areas for your help with mapping:
Posted by Russell Deffner on Apr, 25 2015
We are sad to report that there has been a major earthquake in Nepal. The best place to get information about HOT's response is via the HOT 2015 Nepal Earthquake wiki coordination page: HOT and OpenStreetMap have a strong presence in Nepal and we have already heard from members on the ground there. HOT Executive Board member Dr. Nama Budhathoki is the director of Kathmandu Living Labs and writes from on the ground in Nepal with  this brief update:"The damage seems to be massive. Reports are coming every minute. The quake has damaged different parts of the country, not just Kathmandu. I just got access to the internet; lots of congestion in communication. People from Kathmandu Living Labs including myself  are safe. We are preparing to spend the night in open space. We will get back to you tomorrow."
Posted by Geoffrey Kateregga on Apr, 22 2015
For the past three weeks, the HOT team in Tanzania comprising of Steven Bukulu, Geoffrey Kateregga, Paul Uithol and Jeff  Haack has been involved in Community Mapping  in Ndugumbi a Ward in Kinondoni district of Dar es Salaam. This is the first ward  mapped after which several wards will follow. The result has been a well detailed map of the ward. A group of 15 students from Urban Planning students from Ardhi University has been trained in data collection, integration, and validation. In turn they also trained a group of 10 community members from Ndugumbi ward which helped them master the skills gained. At a later stage InaSAFE will be used to perform Flood Impact Scenarios for better planning, preparedness and response activities. Therefore the HOT team has developed a data model for the mapping in Dar es Salaam to allow the data collected be used in InaSAFE.
Posted by kristenegermeier on Apr, 9 2015
Kate Chapman.  Leader, friend, mentor, creator, grant writer, smart girl, cool-chick, adventurer, founder, volunteer.  These are many of the wonderful traits that make up Kate, but at her core, she’s a giver.  She believes in what she does and works harder, and more kindly, than pretty much anyone I’ve ever known.     Kate has served generously as the founder and Executive Director since the inception of HOT in 2010.  She has taught, mapped, and lead for HOT all over Indonesia, Haiti, The United States, and many more places across the globe.   Kate has guided HOT from a fledgling idea, into a registered non profit, and then into a solidly funded organization supported and joined by incredible international partners.  Without her, HOT wouldn’t be where it is today.    
Posted by Steven Bukulu on Mar, 25 2015
Preparations, Preparations and Lots of Preparations is how best i can describe the third of the OSM Training in Tanzania.   We reported at Buni Hub at about 9:18am Steve, Geoffrey, Jeff and later on Paul came through. Today we had nothing to do with the drones but the team (Sensefly) still headed out to shoot some more aerial imagery. With no waste of time we went straight away to making final preparations for the "COMMUNITY MAPPING FOR FLOOD RESILIENCE LAUNCH" which will run under Open Street Map.      
Posted by Steven Bukulu on Mar, 24 2015
  On many occasions i used to wonder how birds feel when they fly above us, maybe or maybe not it could be one of the reasons why i love mapping especially Open Source Mapping. To get over this, mapping gave me pretty much what i was missing in the birds world, and that is "A view above my Head". I find it interesting to view places i dream to be one day even before i get there.  
Posted by Heather Leson on Mar, 17 2015
HOT has grown from a community of contributors with an idea to a global community and organization with many successes. HOT has some exciting projects:
Posted by Heather Leson on Mar, 16 2015
The Cyclone has come and gone from Vanuatu Islands. The devastation is massive with the BBC reporting that Development has been wiped out. In the past few days, the HOT community rose to support by mapping using pre-disaster imagery. The Vanatau Archipel (800 km long) was severely hit by the Pam Cyclone. While HOT has not been formally activated, the community prepared and mapped anyway. In the space of less than 24 hours, the HOT community more than doubled the amount of map data in OpenStreetMap. This was done by first covering all the priority islands to map with both Tasking Manager projects about 99% completed. The community used existing imagery and added this to our Task Manager tool to divide up the tiles (blocks on a map). The Active Tasks for this project are:
A group picture of the MAP Cartagena event attendees
Posted by Blake Girardot on Mar, 6 2015
In celebration of Open Data Day, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team member Humberto Yances, together with and the University of San Buenaventura (Cartagena branch) organized a mapping party event focused on mapping Isla de León, a slum area in Cartagena, Colombia.
Posted by Severin on Feb, 26 2015
The southern parts of Malawi along the Lower Shire River (that connects Lake Malawi and the Zambezi River) are frequently flooded, and that flooding affects the villages of farmers near the river. Since mid January 2015, they have been hit critically. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) was involved in a community mapping and training project in Malawi last year and has been requested to provide baseline data of the affected areas.