Ongoing projects

Disaster Mapping

Community Development

  • Access to digital financial services is fundamental to enabling poor people to become more economically stable, prosperous, and resilient. HOT, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will initiate a six-month pilot program in Uganda starting in December 2015.

  • Dar es Salaam is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa, with an annual population growth of over 5%.  In 2002 there were approximately 2.5 million inhabitants, increasi

  • From late July to late September, HOT will carry out a project in Malawi whose main aim is to achieve a Community Mapping Exercise for the Lower Shire, the large valley in the South

  • Base data serves many needs in humanitarian response. Often responding organizations are scrambling to gather data because it is not readily available. The focus of HOT’s work in Indonesia has been data preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which has been pursued by a combination of primary data creation and training new mappers and mapping trainers across Indonesia. The program is now in its fifth year.

Technical Projects

  • Through a small prototype grant by the Knight Foundation, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and key partners created OSM Analytics, an online platform for real time analysis and visualization of

  • The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) coordinates the creation, production and distribution of free mapping resources around the world, which is generously contributed by volunteers

  • HOT has developed a protocol and training program to empower those volunteer Activators who coordinate our Disaster Mapping.

  • Imagery from satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other aircraft is becoming increasingly available after a disaster.

  • In the middle of 2012, HOT ID train communities and government to collect exposure data, such as buildings, roads and population.

  • LearnOSM provides easy to understand, step-by-step guides for you to get started with contributing to OpenStreetMap and using OpenStreetMap and using OpenStreetMap data.

  • The OSM Tasking Manager v2 is a mapping coordination tool designed and built for the Humanitarian OSM Team collaborative mapping efforts.


  • The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and the OpenStreetMap (OSM) is participating in round 11 of the Outreachy program.

  • Field Papers is a web based tool developed by Stamen Designs which creates printable map atlases for anywhere in the world that can be taken out into the field. Notes and sketches can be applied directly to the print out, which can then be photographed or scanned and uploaded back to the website.

  • Missing Maps is an open collaboration of organisations and individuals. Whether you have five minutes or five days free, your time is hugely appreciated!

  • OpenMapKit is the result of a partnership between HOT, ARC and USAID to build a mobile application for field surveying.

  • HOT supported the launch of MapGive in March 2014.