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 Tyler Radford on Jul, 14 2015
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. 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 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.
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.