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
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on May, 18 2015
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and the OpenStreetMap (OSM) community would like to welcome the new round of Outreachy interns! The program, originally known as the Outreach Program for Women (OPW) is aimed at helping individuals from under represented groups get involved in free and open source software. Starting the 25th of May, four enthusiastic and highly driven students will embark on their projects within the community, assisted by their mentors to tackle a number of key issues related to HOT and OSM.
Posted by Geoffrey Kateregga on May, 12 2015
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 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.