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Posted by RebeccaFirth on Feb, 21 2017
  The 2017 Microgrants Programme is in full swing, with just under three weeks untill the application deadline! We've summarised the questions we've received over the past few weeks for all applicants to read. You can find them here. You can still ask your questions via Twitter, Facebook, or to microgrants@hotosm.org.   Remember to get your applications in by 12th March. You can send them, along with any questions, to microgrants@hotosm.org.
Posted by Biondi Sima on Feb, 20 2017
As the city-wide mapping project in Surabaya is nearing completion, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Indonesia reflects on some of its key achievements and lessons learned. HOT also evaluates on the bottlenecks and challenges in order to further improve its work as it moves forward to conduct another round of comprehensive city-wide mapping in Indonesia’s capital and most complex city, Jakarta. This mapping project is dedicated to enrich key lifeline infrastructures data, including buildings and road networks to provide exposure data for InAWARE: Disaster Management Early Warning and Decision Support Capacity Enhancement in Indonesia. This project is a USAID, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) funded program supported by the University of Hawaii: Pacific Disaster Centre (PDC) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): PetaBencana to support the Government of Indonesia: Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB).
Posted by Rachel VanNice on Feb, 17 2017
We've put together some of the 2016 highlights so you can see what we've been up to and the amazing impact of the HOT community!
Posted by Nate Smith on Feb, 13 2017
HOT is working to grow OpenAerialMap to be a long-lasting open imagery resource to OpenStreetMap and humanitarian communities. With new funding from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund and our recent announcement about coming out of beta, HOT and the OAM community is actively working to increase the availability of openly licensed imagery. Ensuring and guiding responsible imagery collection is a critical part of our work going forward. As a part of this work, last month HOT joined the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) for a discussion on drones in humanitarian action with regional humanitarian aid groups in Amman, Jordan. FSD has recently published the Drones in Humanitarian Action report that covers case studies and reviews the use of UAVs to collect imagery (as well as other uses) in humanitarian operations.
South Sudanese refugees arriving in Bidi Bidi
Posted by Paul Uithol on Feb, 6 2017
In January, we started work on a new mapping project in Uganda and Turkey. During this project, we will be mapping parts of Istanbul together with Syrian refugees (and other underserved groups) in Istanbul, and work in several districts in northern Uganda with South Sudanese refugees. Other parts of the project will involve improving data collection software, especially to support more distributed/crowdsourced methods of data collection, and to work on data use and dissemination by both NGOs (supporting them with common base data sets on basic infrastructure), and to refugees (about services being provided to them, such as legal aid, community centers and courses/education). In Uganda, we will be working with existing partners, such as the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the MapUganda NGO we helped establish as part of the Mapping Financial Inclusion project, and the YouthMappers chapters throughout the country, but also new partners that are working on the refugee crisis in the north of the country.
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Feb, 2 2017
We're excited to launch the HOT Microgrants Program! Many OSM communities around the world are achieving amazing results on zero or near-zero budgets. HOT wants to support the development of these communities, through providing funding for basics. For example, GPS devices, internet access, and training costs. We're looking to provide up to ten Microgrants between $2,000 - $5,000 USD. Our goal is to enable the development of local OSM communities, to increase skills, capacity and experience. We will award grants to projects which broadly contribute to HOT's mission.   More details on the programme and the application form can be found here. HOT support will be provided before, during and after the grants period. Applications must be received by 12th March 2017.   
Posted by Nate Smith on Jan, 31 2017
Open satellite and aerial imagery can be difficult to find, access and use. For HOT and our humanitarian partners, open imagery has been critical for disaster response and preparedness in places like Ecuador and Tanzania. For the past year and a half, OpenAerialMap has been providing access to openly licensed imagery for the OpenStreetMap and humanitarian community to try to make it easier. With user-friendly searching and map interactions, OAM has enabled anyone to download or contribute open imagery. Easy download access to imagery is the first step to make openly licensed imagery useable. But this only satisfies the need for advanced or experienced users. Enabling on-the-fly analysis or immediate use regardless of experience changes the way anyone can use open imagery. On Friday, we rolled out the first of new updates to OAM to enable immediate use:
Posted by RebeccaFirth on Jan, 27 2017
Last week I attended the UN World Data Forum to share the work the HOT community is doing with our partners towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The conference highlighted the challenges that lie ahead in measuring progress against the SDGs, and the need to harness open and crowd/citizen-generated data sources to support officials and National Statistical Offices. Our goal was to share how OpenStreetMap, the community, and the ecosystem of open mapping tools can support achieving the SDGs. OSM and the SDGs As a starting point for groups interested in OpenStreetMap (OSM) for development, we’ve created an Open Mapping for the SDGs Toolkit in partnership with Mapbox, the World Bank GFDRR, and Peace Corps, as part of our commitment to the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. The guide introduces the ways in which policy makers and organisations working in-country can use open mapping tools. 
With the HOT Indonesia team in Surabaya
Posted by Geoffrey Kateregga on Jan, 27 2017
From 8th to 29th January 2017, I am visiting HOT Indonesia in a Knowledge Exchange Program. Up to now, HOT has executed two projects in East Africa, the Ramani Huria - Community Mapping for Flood Resilience Project in Tanzania and the Mapping Financial Inclusion Project in Uganda.   Just like Jakarta in Indonesia, Dar es Salaam one of the fastest growing cities in Africa faces the problem of flooding. Every year during the rainy season, the city suffers from devastating floods that wipe out roads, take out houses, and results in many deaths and millions of dollars worth of damages. The Ramani Huria project in Tanzania which I worked on as a Mapping Supervisor is a community mapping project that engages university students and local community members to map their own localities into OSM, the project has helped bring disaster prevention and response to areas that were previously off the map, literally. More than 450 mappers have been trained trained on how to use OSM.
Posted by innocent on Jan, 26 2017
Over the first week of January 2017, a group of 60 secondary school students gathered at Marian University College, Bagamoyo for a ground-breaking training session - the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Youth Boot Camp organised by Projekt Inspire in collaboration with the Ramani Huria team. These students, hailing from different regions of Tanzania (Dar es Salaam, Moshi, Arusha, Mbeya, to name a few), were there to be introduced to GIS and web mapping. STEM Youth Boot Camps are a Projekt Inspire initiative. This initiative helps to improve the quality of secondary education by integrating classroom lessons into the development of interactive projects. By introducing such interactive projects at all levels of secondary school, students are able to apply the theories that they learn in practical, real world situations. Against this backdrop, the students are often “inspired” to pursue STEM related careers. The objectives of the Bagamoyo Boot Camp were:
HOTOSM Training Videos
Posted by Dale Kunce on Jan, 25 2017
At HOT, we want to make sure people can contribute to OpenStreetMap in a number of ways: through mapping, hosting mapathons and validating. And we’d like your help!   We have a series of 12 brief, embeddable tutorial videos on our Youtube page on topics such as what is OSM and what is HOT, how to sign up for OSM, how to draw a building or road in iD, how to use the Tasking Manager, how to host a mapathon and a lot more. Most of them are 3 minutes or less, so they’re a quick way to learn and get started — put them in your website, embed in a HOT Task or use them for a training!   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb9506_-6FMHZ3nwn9heri3xjQKrSq1hN   And there are subtitles for the videos in English, Spanish and French and now Turkish for some of the videos! To see the subtitles on the videos, click the CC button, then the gear to choose the language.    
Posted by Douglas on Dec, 20 2016
How can individuals, businesses and government adapt the process, and reliability of crowdsourced financial services data collection, for planning, decision making and financial inclusion. “Where are financial services located?” Such concerns (and questions) above were a key focus On December 5 & 6, when HOT and FSD Uganda organised a dissemination workshop in Kampala to close off the Mapping financial inclusion project that took place between January 2016 - April 2016 in 22 districts across eastern Uganda and Kampala. 
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Dec, 16 2016
The OpenStreetMap (OSM) community in the Pacific Islands is small but growing. This year, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) held an OSM workshop as a part of the 2016 Pacific GIS and Remote Sensing User Conference. Coordinated by the Pacific Community (SPC), the conference, which ran for 5 days, consisting of 4 days of presentations and discussions, and day of workshops, was hosted at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji. The HOT led workshop agenda introduced participants to the fundamentals of OSM and associated tools with a quick data collection activity on the university grounds using OpenMapKit.    
Posted by Biondi Sima on Dec, 13 2016
At 5.00 am Wednesday (7/12/16), a magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook Pidie Jaya District, Aceh Province. The epicentre is located at 5.25 N and 96.24 E on the ground, 106 km Southeast of Banda Aceh at a depth of 15 km. This earthquake was caused by the active faults Samalanga-Sipopok spreading from Southwest to Northeast. According to BNPB, the Indonesian national disaster management agency, a staggering number of 11,668 units of infrastructure were damaged, including 161 houses, 94 traditional houses, 61 mosques, 16 schools and 10 government offices. Financial lost inventory is still under further investigation and accounting. The latest update on Monday (12/12/16) reported that 101 people were killed, of which 94 people had been identified. 134 people were heavily injured adding to a total of 666 people injured. A total of 83.838 people are in shelter, spreading across 124 places. Most affected population groups are from Pidie Jaya (82.122 people in 120 spots), followed by Bireuen District (1,716 people in 4 spots).
Posted by Tyler Radford on Dec, 6 2016
OpenStreetMap (OSM) community leaders are achieving amazing results on zero or near-zero budgets. Many have a desire or opportunity to map their local communities, cities, and countries, but lack the basics to be able to do so, such as reliable equipment and funding to pay for transport and internet. HOT's Microgrants program, launching in early 2017, aims to support and strengthen local OpenStreetMap communities through providing these basics in the form of small grants to key leaders who are transforming their countries through more maps. Grants will be awarded based on what leaders tell us they need in order to carry out projects that broadly contribute to HOT's mission. HOT community support is provided before, during and after the grants period. Our goal is to provide opportunities for local leaders to build and strenghten their OSM communities through successful, locally led projects that increase skills, capacity and experience.
Posted by Blake Girardot on Dec, 1 2016
Dear Friends,Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)  is leading a community focused software development project to design, specify, develop and release the next generation of its OSM Tasking Manager 2.0 (TM2) software. With the generous support of the USAID GeoCenter, experts in the use of geospatial tools and analysis in a humanitarian context, and the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, experts in finding new ways to solve problems through their Disaster Management Innovation (DMInnovation) Indonesia program, HOT will be able to lead a community driven project, in collaboration with some of the best open source geospatial designers and developers in the world to produce a user friendly Tasking Manager 3.0 that is focused on engaging users to better connect them to the OSM community.
A detail of the Tasking Manager 2.0 Task square grid
Posted by Blake Girardot on Dec, 1 2016
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is seeking proposals for the design and implementation of the next generation of its OSM Tasking Manager2 (TM2) software.
Posted by Tyler Radford on Nov, 28 2016
Help HOT provide 10 communities with equipment and funding to map! Many of the world's most vulnerable places do not exist on any map. Meet 12 leaders who are working to change that by putting their communities on the global map for the first time. You can show your support by making a donation today.
Posted by Biondi Sima on Nov, 24 2016
November 13th–19th is celebrated annually as Geography Awareness Week. Also known as OSMGeoWeek, it aims to foster awareness in geography, spatial data and its usage especially in humanitarian response, disaster preparedness, innovation and economic development. OSMGeoWeek calls on community groups, teachers, students, governments, private sector, map lovers, and motivated individuals around the world to learn further about crowdsourced mapping and oftentime designate one area, usually an area currently in crisis or prone to disaster,  for a mapathon. Mapathon, or mapping party, is an activity where a group of people sit together and map buildings, road networks and waterways by digitizing—tracing, interpreting and marking digitally—from aerial imagery.    
Posted by Cristiano Giovando on Nov, 23 2016
Pre- and post-disaster satellite imagery is a critical resource for HOT and many humanitarian response organizations. Coordination of imagery acquisition, processing and sharing in the midst of a disaster is tough. HOT is now working to make this process easier. As more remote sensing methods are being developed - including the increasing use of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) - more imagery is also becoming available for mapping areas affected by natural disasters. HOT developed OpenAerialMap to support the growing needs of organizing, sharing and accessing all sources of openly licensed imagery.

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