Aerial imagery today is available from a variety of sources including traditional satellites, nano satellites, manned and unmanned aircrafts, mapping drones, balloons and kites. It is often difficult to share and access the acquired data efficiently. OpenAerialMap (OAM), a project funded by the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), is creating a system to easily host and share aerial imagery. People will be able to go to OAM and search to see what free imagery is available in their area of interest. OAM is also being designed as a software to be installed on a computer to share imagery locally or with the global OAM network. Many humanitarian organization will benefit from OAM by being able to host and provide access to imagery for mapping, disaster response and damage assessment projects.
Posted by Russell Deffner on Feb, 20 2015
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is pleased to announce the election of twenty-five (25) new voting members to our organization. They are an amazing group of coders, mappers, teachers, community organizers, project and activation coordinators, liaisons to mission partners, leaders among their respective local OpenStreetMap groups (representing at least a dozen countries) and so much more that we have yet to learn about them. We could not be more honored to welcome: Mark Cupitt, Vivien Deparday, Blake Girardot, Taichi Furuhashi, Yantisa Akhadi, Dražen Odobašić, Nama Budhathoki, Satoshi IIDA, Daniel Joseph, Nick Allen, Pete Masters, Nuala Cowan, Vitor George, Vasanthi, Zacharia Muindi, Orsolya Jenei, Ben Abelshausen, Shoaib Burq, Bitalé Boukpessi, Ismaila Seye, Fofana Bazo, Delphine Bedu, Jean Marie Mancabou, Robillard Louino, Felix Delattre to our now eighty-seven (87) strong voting member family.
Posted by Jorieke Vyncke on Jan, 24 2015
Already for a big week now, Pete Masters and I have been in Bangladesh for the first official field mapping of the Missing Maps project. Bangladesh is a country in South Asia surrounded by India and touching Myanmar’s border in the east. It has the longest coast line in the world, as people tell us very proudly here! We are working in the capital, Dhaka, where more than 15 million people are living. And coming from a country like Belgium, with only 11 million people in the whole country, it leaves you pondering… Despite so many people living in Dhaka, you find a lot of blank spots on the map, especially in the more informal, crowded and, therefore, difficult to survey areas.
Posted by Blake Girardot on Jan, 21 2015
As a small non-profit taking on a very big job, HOT relies on a lot of people to help us accomplish our mission of bringing the principles of open data and world wide collaboration to humanitarian response and community empowerment. Day in and day out HOT only succeeds through the efforts of volunteers around the world and the support of our donors who literally keep the lights on, the servers running and enable us to work on the ground teaching and learning from local community members in the world's most vulnerable places. But days turn in to years and there is no more valuable supporter than one who stands with you for the long run. HOT is very lucky to count Lokku Ltd. among our long term donors.As supporters of HOT since our founding the folks at Lokku have been donating on behalf of their clients during the holiday season every year since 2011. They set a high bar for us back then when they wrote: "...we believe [HOT] has the potential to improve the lives of millions," and HOT volunteers work every day of the year to live up to their expectations, but we wouldn't have a chance without donors like Lokku.
Posted by Kate Chapman on Jan, 13 2015
I’m delighted to announce that Cristiano Giovando has joined the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) to lead HOT’s efforts to restart OpenAerialMap (OAM). Cristiano conceptualized and began work on OAM years ago back in 2007 when he began experimenting with UAVs at San Diego State University. Much data was collected, but there was nowhere to put it, a problem felt even more so today as UAV use continues to grow. Today in 2014 OAM is still in the “start-up” phase, advocates such as Cristiano have really never had the chance to focus on it. The need for a distributed, searchable imagery system is even greater however. By joining HOT I believe that Cristiano will take OAM to the next level and create that distributed system to democratize aerial imagery that was envisioned so many years ago. In coming weeks and months Cristiano will be reaching out to the broader HOT community for feedback on design, prototypes and initial versions of OAM. It is important the development of OAM is a community effort and Cristiano understands and is passionate about this open source and collaborative methodology. Welcome to the team!
Posted by Anonymous on Dec, 30 2014
This time of year we are reminded that HOT could not fulfill its mission without the support of the OpenStreetMap community at large. We benefit in so many ways from everyone involved with OpenStreetMap, open data and open software that it is impossible to tally the value they bring to our efforts.
Posted by Heather Leson on Dec, 19 2014
HOT is a growing global community. Over the past year we have had many successes in our mission to apply 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.
Posted by Heather Leson on Dec, 5 2014
Typhoon Hagupit / Ruby is currently expected to make landfall in South East Samar early Sunday Morning (December 7, 2014). In support of OpenStreetMap Philliphines, The Philippine Government, Red Cross/Red Crescent, DHN and other Agencies, we have created our first task for this Activation. We have requested new satellite imagery for Samar and other potentially impacted areas. This is being processed for our use.
Posted by jeff on Nov, 10 2014
The World Bank recently released its extensive guide to planning an Open Cities mapping project, which was proudly co-authored by HOT. Check out the announcement here. The Open Cities Project began two years ago under the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), with initial locations in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. The aim is to promote open data ecosystems that support disaster risk management in high risk locations.
Posted by Kate Chapman on Nov, 4 2014
I'm delighted to announce that this week HOT, in conjunction with American Red Cross, British Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders UK are launching the Missing Maps Project. The main goal of the project is to map the most vulnerable places in the world, in order that international and local NGOs and individuals can use the maps and data to better respond to crises affecting the areas. This collaboration is huge moment for the HOT community for a couple reasons. First it will allow us to better continue to map areas vulenrable to crisis and natural disaster as we have already been since the creation of HOT. Secondarily it continues to show the growth of broad support of the use of OpenStreetMap for humanitarian purposes in partnership with traditional response organizations. Responders using our maps is key for OpenStreetMap to assist humanitarian action.