Posted by Tyler Radford on Jul, 27 2016
Guest post by Sandra Uddbäck, team member at Mapillary. Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) does amazing work in building and supporting local mapping communities around the world for people to create their own maps for socio-economic development and disaster preparedness. This is also one of the founding blocks of what we're creating with Mapillary.
Posted by Cristiano Giovando on Jul, 20 2016
Earlier this month HOT launched the new Pacific Drone Imagery Dashboard (PacDID) project to support aerial imagery use in Pacific island communities. In places like Fiji and Vanuatu, which have experienced significant typhoon damage in recent years, the "view from above" provided by satellites, aircraft and more recently by drones, is a crucial resource needed in any phase of disaster risk management, from preparedness, to response, to recovery. The PacDID project was formed out of the need to further enable imagery as a resource within Pacific island communities through the Pacific Humanitarian Challenge (PHC), and built on the work we’ve done with OpenAerialMap (OAM).  
MapKibera maps for HOT Task 1988.
Posted by Courtney Clark on Jul, 5 2016
On Thursday, July 7, HOT will join the White House Mapathon to celebrate the role of open mapping in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Participants will actively map for malaria prevention in Mozambique via HOT Task 1988, hosted by the President’s Malaria Initiative, USAID, and the Peace Corps.    photo courtesy Map Kibera HOT communities around the world are hosting mapathons in conjunction with the White House, too! Map Kibera hosted a successful mapathon on July 5. HOT, Maptime, MapGive and Youth Mappers groups in Nepal, Germany and across the United States will hold additional mapathons on July 7.  
The Winning GIS Poster for the competition
Posted by Douglas on Jul, 4 2016
Geospatial data lies at the basis of large portions of web and mobile applications, but sometimes tends to be undervalued and is often not well understood. The Geographical Information System Application Challenge, organised by HOT, Geogecko (a company in Kampala specializing in mapping, data services, and geo-intelligence products in Uganda) and Hive Colab (one of Kampala's startup incubators) in Kampala, focused on innovation, raising awareness and encouraging use of geospatial data in (mobile) applications, to solve real world financial access problems faced in Uganda.
Posted by Tyler Radford on Jun, 29 2016
When I speak with HOT staff and volunteers in our community, I often ask what they've heard about the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs for short. Sometimes, people have heard of the term, or know that the term is somehow related to the United Nations. I often chat about the types of mapping projects they're working on. In the past month, the answers have been incredibly varied: HOT staff are mapping safe bicycle routes and access to sanitation (public toilets) in Tanzania; banks, ATMs, and mobile money agent locations in Uganda, and are about to start mapping critical disaster "lifeline" infrastructure in two of the biggest cities in Indonesia. In addition, HOT volunteer leaders are working on dozens more projects throughout the world across sectors: education, environment, health, transportation, water and sanitation. These projects are all taking place in challenging contexts: megacities in developing countries, refugee camps, and unplanned urban and rural housing settlements. So what does this have to do with the SDGs?
End of a wonderful OSM session at Gulu University
Posted by Douglas on Jun, 21 2016
The last time that HOT carried out mapping in Northern Uganda was on August 20 2012, teaming up with the American and Ugandan Red Cross to map the cities of Gulu and Lira, during preventive mapping for better community disaster response. On 28 - 30 April  2016, HOT carried out one day mapping workshops as part of the extended “Mapping Financial Inclusion” project in Uganda, to map financial services with Gulu University in Gulu, and Uganda Pentecostal University in Fort Portal, using the already tested, and successful OpenMapKit data collection tool, which had been used to map financial services in 22 Districts across Uganda.
Posted by innocent on Jun, 14 2016
Each year, 5th June marks World Environment Day, a day for raising global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. This year’s Sunday 5th June saw UWABA (Umma wa Wapanda Baiskeli; or “Public Cycling Community”), a cycling community in Dar es Salaam in cooperation with European Union, organizing the cycle caravan. This is to support low carbon transport, to promote environmental alternatives to high carbon transport as well as putting emphasis on the presence (or absence) of bicycle roads/routes in the city.   With the motivation to do the mapping for the city, Ramani Huria fully participated to support the initiatives by UWABA community and map the possible bicycle routes around the city. This was done through tracking the caravan’s route with the use GPS units tied on the bicycle.  
Posted by cshaw on Jun, 13 2016
We invite you to submit a proposal to present a topic of interest at The Second Annual HOT Summit 2016 to be held in Brussels, Thursday, September 22nd at the BTC Conference Center - Espace Jacqmotte the day before State of the Map-International. This year's theme is OpenStreetMap, the Global HOT Community, and Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Posted by cshaw on Jun, 13 2016
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and YouthMappers share a common vision around engaging young people interested in the use of spatial data for humanitarian response and development. YouthMappers and HOT have already collaborated in many ways, including through use of HOT’s Tasking Manager, which is the platform used for collaborating in groups around mapping projects.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Jun, 3 2016
Efforts are still going strong 7 weeks after the initial earthquake struck Ecuador on the 16th April close to the towns of Muisne and Pedernales, with HOT transitioning from the 1st stage of mapping focused on pre-event data to the 2nd stage, a pilot project aimed at mapping building damage and temporary shelters.
Posted by Mikel Maron on May, 31 2016
(Welcome and thank you Miriam Gonzalez for this guest post, sharing recognition by the President of Mexico of HOT during Hurricane Patricia! -Mikel) On "Internet Day", May 17 2016, the President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto invited fifty Digital Leaders (#LideresDigitales) to have a dialogue on the future of technology and Internet in Mexico. I had the opportunity of being among these group of citizens. The President talked about various related topics but especially appreciated the efforts of humanitarian mapping conducted by Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team during Hurricane Patricia.  
Posted by Paul Uithol on May, 27 2016
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) announces it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. HOT will pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Real Time Financial Location Planning and Research”.
Posted by Nate Smith on May, 25 2016
We've just rolled out the start of a new documentation and design system for OpenAerialMap. Four main components make up the OAM ecosystem: an imagery browser, the catalog API, an uploader, and the tiler. The new docs, available at, aim to centralize all the different pieces of documentation in an easy to access place.
Posted by Tyler Radford on May, 20 2016
From May 22-25, six HOT board members, staff, and volunteers will participate in the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. The World Humanitarian Summit is a global call to action by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. It will bring together governments, humanitarian organizations, people affected by humanitarian crises and new partners including the private sector to propose solutions to our most pressing challenges and set an agenda to keep humanitarian action fit for the future.  If you'll be at the Summit, please connect with our team at one of the below opportunities or follow events on Twitter using #ShareHumanity ! HOT-related activities will include: 1. A commitment in support of the Global Alliance for Urban Crises during the formal launch of the Alliance in a Special Session of the WHS. 2. HOT Supervisor Geoffrey Kateregga and I will co-host a Side Event on May 24th entitled "Urban Fragility, Vulnerability and Resilience: Tools for assessment from Macro to Micro" scale alongside the Global Food Security Cluster, World Food Programme, and UN University.
Posted by Heather Leson on May, 20 2016
It is morning in Venice, Italy. We are having a mini-mapathon in support of the Sri Lanka Flood actiation live from the Understanding Risk Conference.  At the event, a number of HOT members are here to participate in a panel: Bridging the divide: Digital humanitarians and the Nepal earthquake.  We wanted to do something to help so today we joined mini-mapathons that are happening in Asia - Nepal, India and Bangladesh. And, of course, in true HOT form, we are joining the global mappers by taking tiles via Task Manager. Hope you can join us!        
Posted by Blake Girardot on May, 20 2016
Hi all, ~24 hours ago HOT activated in support of the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka. We were requested to generate building information for the Kelani River Basin so household level damages could be accurately assessed.  The area of interest provided was huge so we broke it into three tasks. In the past 24 hours we've completed 50% of one task. This is actually a major accomplishment, as this task focuses on the Colombo urban area and includes many dense, difficult to map areas. In addition to our "normal" amazing contributors from all over the world we had an exceptional response from South Asian OSM communities today. OSM Bangladesh, OSM Nepal and OSM India all organized and contributed to mapping the flood affected area in a really touching show of solidarity. Mapbox India also dedicated staff to digitizing and identifying the most useful imagery for the affected area. Thanks everyone!
Posted by cshaw on May, 17 2016
Brussels - Registration is now open for the Second Annual HOT Summit 2016 to be held in Brussels, Thursday, September 22nd at the BTC Conference Center - Espace Jacqmotte right before State of the Map-International.  This year's theme is  OpenStreetMap, The Global HOT Community, and Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Posted by Felix Delattre on May, 10 2016
(Guest post by Aline Rosset, University of Central Asia) OpenStreetMap workshops with teachers and high school children of 10 rural villages in Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz Mountains Environmental Education and Citizen Science project aims at developing simple tools and activities for teachers to learn and conduct scientific investigations on the water resources around their village, and make the collected data publicly available.
Posted by Mikel Maron on May, 5 2016
HOT Voting Members held their Annual General Meeting today, where we heard annual reports from HOT’s Executive Director, Board President, and Members Chair, and ratified the results of the election for Board and Members Chair. The 2016 Board is Dale Kunce, Blake Girardot, Katja Ulbert, Jorieke Vyncke, and Heather Leson. The 2016 Members Chair is Mikel Maron. Congratulations all :) Full results are posted here. Thank you for everyone who participated in the election and AGM, and thank you to the outgoing Board and Chair for their service!
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on May, 3 2016
We want to highlight the amazing work done to date by the wonderful volunteers mappers of OpenStreetMap, with 2,300 individuals making close to 3 million map changes with the associated #MappingEcuador changeset comment.