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Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Oct, 1 2015
The HOT OSM participants of round 10 of the Outreachy program will be presenting their work through Google Hangout on Air today, followed by a Q&A session on IRC Chat.
Ward Executive Officer for Tandale Mr. Osiligi Lossai CREDIT: Ramani Huria
Posted by Sophie Lafayette on Sep, 23 2015
The ward of Tandale was one of the first wards in Dar es Salaam to benefit from community mapping and be comprehensively mapped on OpenStreetMap. Ramani Huria recently spoke to Ward Executive Officer for Tandale Mr. Osiligi Lossai about how they are using the data and maps provided to the ward following the completion of mapping.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Sep, 23 2015
The new Export Tool   was released for its Beta phase on Friday the 18th of September. We have had great input from the community during the Alpha release and would like your continued support with testing.    Brian has successfully integrated the ability to register and login with OSM usernames. However, users will be asked for an email address when they first sign up, as this will be used to send a link for newly created exports once they are completed and ready for download.   We are currently working on migrating the development version to the HOT servers this week with the assistance of Drazen our systems administrator.  The Live release date is still scheduled for Monday the 28th of September.   Please continue to contribute to its development and record any issues or queries you may have on the dedicated GitHub  
Posted by kristenegermeier on Sep, 21 2015
By Charlotte Wolter        As a geographer and doctoral student at Kansas State, Kabita Ghimire has been away from her Nepal homeland for several years. But, when the disastrous earthquake struck in April, through HOT, she was able to use her expertise to help her country, even though she was thousands of miles away and in the middle of writing her dissertation.        Kabita, who now spends most of her time now in Washington, D.C., where her husband works, went to the headquarters of the Red Cross shortly after the quake struck to ask how she could help. She was directed to a mapathon at the Red Cross, her first experience with HOT and online crisis mapping.        "Until this earthquake, though I am a geographer, I did not know what OpenStreetMap was like," says Ghimire. Now, she sees it as a way to make a difference back in Nepal. "You are an expert, and it is good to devote time to that. Many people have approached me and said, 'We want to contribute. People just need something to get started."
President Jakaya Kikwete opens the conference
Posted by Paul Uithol on Sep, 14 2015
The Ramani Huria team was proud to be part of the first Africa Open Data Conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The event drew speakers and attendees from all over the world, to discuss, debate and showcase ‘local and global examples of open data being produced, published, visualized, and captured in creative ways across Africa.’
Activation
Posted by Russell Deffner on Sep, 8 2015
The first workshop for the HOT Activation Curriculum was held during the pre-conference events of the first Africa Open Data Conference. The conference facilitated discussion around the benefit of Open Data on the African continent including lessons learned from around the globe. HOT is grateful to have been invited to participate in the conference and conduct our Activation workshop.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Aug, 31 2015
The Alpha release of the new Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team OSM Export Tool takes place today. Please help us iron out any bugs or oversights by logging issues on the dedicated GitHub repository. The Alpha phase runs from the 31st August till the 18th September, when the Beta release is scheduled for the final testing phase before the new site is migrated and goes live on the 28th September.
Posted by Steven Johnson on Aug, 31 2015
Web-based mapping is an activity of growing importance in many countries around the world, especially in places where base map data is often scarce and out of date. Governments are collecting more and more data, including geospatial data, and are beginning to understand the social and economic benefits of sharing the data. As part of the World Bank-DFID partnership to support Open Data in the Caribbean, Maggie Cawley and Steven Johnson conducted one-day open mapping workshops in Castries, St. Lucia, and Kingston, Jamaica during June 2015. Prior to the workshops, St Lucia and Jamaica completed the World Bank Open Data Readiness Assessment, which serves to assist the government in diagnosing what actions it could consider in order to establish an Open Data initiative.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Aug, 27 2015
Round 10 of the Outreachy program has come to an end! Running for three months, from the 25th May till the 25th of August, the interns were involved in a number of key HOT OSM projects including OpenAerialMap, the Tasking Manager, the Export Tool and LearnOSM. To find out more about their work, please see our Outreachy page, which provides links to their individual blogs. The interns will also be presenting their projects to the community on Wednesday the 16th September to those who are interested on hearing more about their great work. Please look out for an email and tweet about the exact time and ‘virtual’ location where it will be held. On behalf of HOT and the OSM community, we would like to thank all the interns for their invaluable work, and Outreachy for making it all happen.
Mchikichini ward community member Monday Anthony
Posted by Sophie Lafayette on Aug, 18 2015
Mr. Monday Anthony, a 66 year old community member of Mchikichini ward in Ilala District who participated in Community Mapping for Flood Resilience, talked to Mr. Steven Bukulu a Mapping Supervisor and Media Specialist of Ramani Huria about the main reasons for floods occurring in many areas in Dar es Salaam, in particular Mchikichini.
Posted by Cristiano Giovando on Aug, 12 2015
Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), also known as drones or UAVs, are revolutionizing the way we do remote sensing and aerial imaging.  With less than $1,000 needed to build or buy one, anyone can now put a camera in the sky and collect images that mosaiced together allow for detailed mapping and modelling of the earth's surface. These systems are becoming the preferred tool of GIS professionals to survey small sites rapidly and affordably. Digital humanitarians are seeing the same opportunity and are now flying sUAS after disasters to improve damage assessment or during preparedness projects to support local community mapping.
Posted by Sophie Lafayette on Aug, 9 2015
The Fourth Tanzanian Annual National Science, Technology and Innovation Conference took place recently in Dar es Salaam from 17th-19th of June. The conference presented the opportunity to showcase Ramani Huria and community mapping in Dar es Salaam to the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete.
Posted by kristenegermeier on Aug, 7 2015
The ‪#‎hotsummit‬ videos are live! Thanks to our volunteer partners at the British Red Cross for putting these together.If you were a speaker and would like to add your slides, please send your links to communications@hotosm.org.https://www.youtube.com/user/hotosm/videos
Posted by Cristiano Giovando on Jul, 24 2015
During the recent Nepal earthquakes, digital humanitarians were suddenly flooded with data, a lot of data, especially aerial imagery collected with satellites and small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS, also known as drones), and openly shared with anyone.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Jul, 23 2015
HOT has been developing an 'Activation' training curriculum over the last several months in order to build and improve the skills of it's 'Activators'. This was all made possible by a generous grant from the Hewlett Foundation who were inspired by the West Africa Ebola epidemic response and wanted to contribute to improving HOT's capacity to support future events. As part of the grant and the development of the curriculum, two workshops will be held in order to train and certify activators, as well as receive first hand feedback for further improvements. The pilot workshops will take place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Jakarta, Indonesia in September later this year. Designed as a three-day course, the participants will be guided through the on-line open curriculum, learning the necessary theory and skills it takes to support a HOT activation before engaging in a simulation where this newly gained knowledge can be put into practice. 
Posted by Paul Uithol on Jul, 17 2015
The "Dar Ramani Huria" Scale Up Workshop took place at Nkrumah Hall, University of Dar es Salaam, on Monday 6th of July. Over the next three months, the Ramani Huria project ‘Community Mapping for Flood Resilience’ will be building on previous work and expanding its mapping activtities to 10-14 additional wards across Dar es Salaam. "Dar Ramani Huria" (Dar Open Map) is the local name of the "Community Mapping for Flood Resilience" project run in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by HOT.
Posted by Tyler Radford on Jul, 14 2015
  Aerial imagery is key to the work that HOT undertakes each day of the year. During a crisis, the need becomes even more acute. Pre-disaster imagery helps HOT volunteers all over the world trace homes, buildings and the road network into OpenStreetMap; enabling first responders to carry out search, rescue, and relief activities. Post-disaster imagery facilitates identification of damage to roads and buildings and can serve as a first step in identifying camps and temporary shelters for internally-displaced persons. The response of the international community to the Nepal earthquake was unprecedented. More than 7000 volunteers helped trace satellite and aerial imagery to create base maps used on the ground, initially for relief and now for recovery. This simply would not have been possible without the generous support of the imagery community.
HOT
Posted by Russell Deffner on Jul, 8 2015
This year has presented many challenges to HOT. We have been incredibly active and successful in all of our programs: Disaster Mapping, Community Building and Technical Projects. However, as many of you know, 2015 has been a year of tremendous change in HOT leadership.
Posted by Russell Deffner on Jul, 3 2015
Recently we had a very pleasant surprise to be contacted by Nicholas Doiron, who Project Coordinator, Severin Menard, knew from previous work including in Haiti. Nick, now working with Asia Foundation alongside Michelle Chang, knew about the HOT Mapping Ulaanbaatar project and reached out for advice as the Asia Foundation planned an OpenStreetMap Mapathon competition.
Posted by Heather Leson on Jul, 2 2015
  Passionate about maps, humanitarian response and global community? Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) seeks an Executive Director to dream big building on our successes and lessons. HOT applies the principles of open source and open data sharing to improve the welfare of the communities where we work, especially those at risk of natural disaster or other crisis. Having freely available geographic data has many benefits, one of the greatest is increasing the ability for communities to respond to a disaster. HOT was established in 2010 originally as an informal community, then incorporating as a non-profit corporation in Washington D.C. in the United States. In 2013, HOT became a public charity (501(c)(3)).  

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