For the past 5 days it has been raining non-stop in Dar es Salaam, causing damaging floods across the city. Schools and hospitals have been closed, roads washed out, and business forced to a standstill, making the city loose billions of shillings. In Jangwani neighborhood, a bridge that connects the city to its outskirts was totally submerged in water, causing the police to close the road for more than 24 hours. In the last week, 3 people were reported dead as a result of their houses being submerged underwater.
Posted by Geoffrey Kateregga on May, 12 2015
Posted by Russell Deffner on May, 7 2015
It is our pleasure to welcome a group of student interns from the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST) to the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) as stewards for the Mapping Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia project we began in 2013. The project is a collaboration between HOT, the World Bank, nonprofit research group ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) and the city of Ulaanbaatar to create and maintain a map of the city within OpenStreetMap (OSM).
Posted by Andrew Wiseman on May, 1 2015
Kathmandu Living Labs is a great local non-profit working to help in the Nepal earthquake response. Learn more about what they're doing with mapping, data, training and coordination, and help them yourself!
Posted by harry on Apr, 30 2015
Since the earthquake struck in Nepal five days ago, 3679 mappers have made 62587 edits to the map (latest stats) It's an amazing groundswell of map editing effort from our global community. We're adding lots of detail to the map, which was already pretty impressive due to the work of the local OpenStreetMap community. But what happens next? How can aid agencies use the maps we are creating? Well there are many ways, some very simple, some more technical. The OpenStreetMap community has 10 years of experience with access to free and open map data. We've developed all sorts of tools and processes in that time. This is a brain dump of various links you may find useful. Probably for aid agencies the most interesting ideas will be around printing the maps, or loading the maps onto devices to use offline.
Posted by Andrew Wiseman on Apr, 30 2015
Volunteers from around the world have been helping map Nepal -- here is roundup of some of the great events we have heard about. And tell us your own!
Posted by Heather Leson on Apr, 30 2015
Welcome Tyler, HOT’s new Interim Executive Director. He starts in true HOT spirit - the week of a major deployment in response to the Nepal Earthquake and today - 1st day of the 1st ever HOT Summit. Tyler Radford, M.I.A. joins HOT as Interim ED after leading diverse, people-focused, technology-enabled projects across the public, private, nonprofit, and international humanitarian sectors.
Posted by Heather Leson on Apr, 30 2015
[Guest post from Pete Masters, Missing Maps Project Coordinator] The Nepal earthquake has inspired a whole new wave of people to join HOT and help support NGOs and local people in Nepal respond to last week's earthquake. A big thank you to everyone who has decided to contribute...
Posted by Cristiano Giovando on Apr, 28 2015
We are heads down on processing imagery from DigitalGlobe, Airbus and other major satellite providers to aid the Nepal earthquake response. So far, we have processed and made available over 3,000 square kilometers of updated imagery!
Posted by Heather Leson on Apr, 28 2015
[Ed. Note: Guest post from By Sajjad Anwar] The OpenStreetMap community all over India is rallying to aid its neighbor Nepal after the most powerful earthquake since 1934 struck the Kathmandu area. Teams in Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pondicherry and many mappers from home have ramped up progress on the tasking manager. The coordination happens in on the OpenStreetMap wiki and on a hackpad with documentation. In Bangalore, the doors of the Mapbox office are going to be open throughout the remainder of the week for volunteers to drop in and improve the map. This is an open invitation to experienced mappers and new comers. If you haven't used OpenStreetMap yet, we're here to help you get started with mapping.
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: