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Posted by Biondi Sima on Sep, 30 2016
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Indonesia continued in taking up its role for the InAWARE (All-hazard Warnings, Analysis, and Risk Evaluation) program. InAWARE is a platform that integrates information, modeling, and mapping technologies to provide situational awareness and decision support in a user-friendly and highly visualized web application.
Posted by Douglas on Sep, 15 2016
 (Original composition by Taylor Zevanove, AidData Summer Fellow 2016 with the HOT team in Kampala, Uganda)   On July 25th Uganda’s Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team and Youth Mappers, completed a week-long pre-assessment trip in Karamoja. The effort will mobilize local youth to gather much needed data on the under-mapped region of Karamoja.  Despite a high concentration of aid flowing to the area and a relatively high number of nonprofits located on the ground, partners and government officials work with very little geospatial data and struggle to measure and evaluate programming.
Posted by Tyler Radford on Aug, 23 2016
In July, HOT was voted in as a participating organization of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). Forums like GEO that emphasize sharing of free and open Earth observation data are critical to evolve the methods and standards to make data and information more accessible. GEO is building the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to connect the world's environmental and socio-economic data sources. Membership in the global data-sharing body brings opportunities for HOT to contribute to use of Earth observation data and information for better decision-making.
Posted by Cristiano Giovando on Aug, 15 2016
Earlier this month Nate and I went to Suva to lead the kickoff meeting of the Pacific Drone Imagery Dashboard (PacDID) project funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. During the visit, we met and brainstormed with local geospatial experts and stakeholders around the issues of disaster management and aerial imagery. By the end of the week, we had a clear understanding of the challenges that Pacific Island Countries (PICs) face during natural disasters.
Posted by innocent on Aug, 9 2016
Often when you think of maps, many people imagine only a view from above. Street view imagery allows maps to have an additional dimension, with a view from the ground, as if you were standing on the street! Sometimes also known as Mobile Mapping Imaging Systems, street view imagery can allow you a 360 horizontal (and sometimes also vertical) panoramic view from the ground. Street view imagery can be used in numerous ways, including to take virtual walks & explore landmarks, map key points of interest, and survey solutions. In remote mapping, combined with aerial imagery, it can allow mappers to create rich and detailed maps when they are unable to map in the field.
Posted by Douglas on Aug, 4 2016
(Written by Cleo Stern, AidData Summer Fellow 2016 with the HOT team in Kampala, Uganda)   We hadn’t been in Kampala, let alone Uganda, for more than 12 hours when we found ourselves on a bus to Kabale.  We were told to be ready at seven in the morning to travel eight hours to Lake Bunyonyi where the HOT team would be providing OSM training to tour guides from Edirisa and Uganda Wildlife Authority. We traveled with our colleague Geoffrey Kateregga, looking at Uganda roll by the first time. Given our preconceptions of what work and life would be like in Kampala, Taylor and I couldn’t have imagined all the amazing things we were about to experience. While the pre-training skills provided at the AidData Summer Fellows bootcamp kicked into overdrive, our first weekend at Lake Bunyonyi also created a sort of mythos that set the tone our work and framed our time here.   
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Jul, 29 2016
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s (HOT) participation in the InAWARE program kicked-off last week with stakeholder workshops in Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia. The Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) graciously hosted the event at their headquarters, which was lead by the Pacific Disaster Centre (PDC) and attended by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Disaster Management Innovation (DMI), HOT and various other stakeholders.
Posted by Nate Smith on Jul, 28 2016
OpenAerialMap is focused on creating a simple and easy experience for finding and publishing aerial imagery. This past week, we released three new features that are live on OpenAerialMap.org. As HOT kicks off the Pacific Drone Imagery Dashboard (PacDID) project, we’ve begun to add new features to improve access to latest imagery, documentation, and unify features of the system. The OAM team presented these new features at State of the Map US on July 25th 2016 in a joint workshop with OpenDroneMap.  New landing page An important focus we set out to achieve was to build a more unified experience that provides the information and workflow for finding and publishing imagery. We’ve redesigned the primary view for accessing OpenAerialMap to focus on providing more information, improving navigation, and highlighting the community.   
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”.

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