News

Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Jan, 11 2016
The Mapping Financial Inclusion in Uganda project is truly underway as we enter our second week of training in Mbale, Uganda. HOT is currently at the Uganda Christian University (UCU) introducing 30 local students to various open source tools with the assistance of students from Makerere University. There will be two days of training before we head out into the field on Wednesday to start mapping the district of Mbale.
Posted by Felix Delattre on Jan, 7 2016
There is no map for the 42 bus lines in Metropolitan Managua, capital of Nicaragua, where 80% of the 2 million inhabitants that are dependent on buses to commute to work or school. But engaged citizens used Free Technology and the power of collaboration to create the first digital public transportation map. Now they seek support (http://support.mapanica.net) to print it.
Posted by Tyler Radford on Dec, 31 2015
To all in the global HOT community: As we begin 2016 I am incredibly proud of what we accomplished together as a global community this year. There were many new highs: the largest and most complex disaster response activation to date (Nepal earthquake), the most number of mappers (8000+), and the launch of new and exciting tech tools such as OpenAerialMap and the OSM Export Tool v2. With these successes come many opportunities for 2016—and also some challenges. As HOT moves into 2016, a prime focus area will be continuing to improve the services we provide to partners, OSM communities and humanitarian mapping groups worldwide. More to come on that in January. For now, here are a few highlights from 2015. While numbers don't tell the whole story, they're a good indicator of the massive scale of our collective efforts for the year. Enjoy! Tyler p.s. What did your OSM community accomplish in 2015? To write a guest blog post, email communications@hotosm.org   HOT People at a glance
Posted by Paul Uithol on Dec, 30 2015
As we near the end of the year, there’s many stories that stand out and define the past year. One that I’d like to highlight here is a positive one - the continuation of the sharp decline of absolute poverty over the past year. One of the factors that’s shown to contribute to raising people’s standards of living, especially for those living on next to nothing, is financial inclusion. And one of the success stories here is the rise of mobile money - at number 5 in the Gates Foundation list of Good News stories for 2015: “Mobile Banking Exceeds Our Optimistic Projections”. The mobile money sector in countries like Uganda is growing at an enormous pace, processing over 500 million transactions in 2015, with many more people using mobile money than a traditional bank account - and these services only came into existence six years ago! With the HOT project on “Mapping Financial Services” in Uganda (more background on the CGAP blog here), we’ll be updating, opening up and increasing access to data on financial services, and specifically mobile money services, for Uganda. With only a short time to go until we start our field survey on January 5th, the project team is working hard to finalize our training curriculum, logistics and mapping process.
Posted by Yantisa Akhadi on Dec, 28 2015
HOT Indonesia has been working with Australian Government since March 2011. Initially the pilot project focus on the use of OpenStreetMap (OSM) data as source of exposure data, particularly for buildings and roads, for InaSAFE tools. Since OSM data in Indonesia still minimum, a team of trainers is formed to train people on how to collect data using OSM as well as how to use the data using QGIS and InaSAFE. The conclusion of the pilot project explained how OSM proven to be a worthy tool for mapping in Indonesia. More detailed explanations about pilot project activities and accomplishment can be accessed in the report.    Image 1. How InaSAFE works and the role of OSM to provide exposure data
Posted by Tyler Radford on Dec, 8 2015
The Humanitarian Innovation Fund recently published HOT's latest OpenAerialMap blog post written by Cristiano Giovando: http://www.elrha.org/hif-blog/openaerialmap-final-blog/  
Collection of waterways and drainage of Dar es Salaam in progress IMAGE CREDIT: Ramani Huria
Posted by Sophie Lafayette on Nov, 19 2015
Every year during the rainy season, the largest city in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, suffers from devastating floods that wipe out roads, destroy houses, and result in deaths, sickness, and millions of dollars worth of damages. By helping communities to map their wards, the Ramani Huria project is able to support disaster prevention and response to areas that were previously off the map, literally. One key element of these maps is drainage systems. We have dedicated mappers working to ensure these, as well as wetland zones and flood-prone areas, are included accurately in our maps.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Nov, 19 2015
Inspired by our response to the West Africa Ebola epidemic, a grant was generously made by the Hewlett Foundation to HOT in late 2014. This funding was aimed at improving the ability of HOT to fulfill its large scale and long running Ebola response, as well as have the capacity to respond to future events. It was determined by the community that the grant be divided and focus on three projects, addressing the development of the online tools Field Papers and the Export Tool, as well as building the numbers of Activation Coordinators.
Zimbabwe Red Cross Collecting Data for OSM
Posted by Russell Deffner on Nov, 15 2015
The buzz of Geography Awareness Week, has reached far corners of the world. This year’s theme “Explore! The Power of Maps” has inspired more than 60 groups to join HOT and the Missing Maps partners during November 15 – 21 in support of Geography Awareness Week.
Posted by Tyler Radford on Nov, 6 2015
https://donate.hotosm.org You can make the difference in helping HOT meet it's fundraising target for 2015 and raise $50,000 in the next 50 days. Mapbox will match each donation 1:1 up to the first $10,000. Please donate today!
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Nov, 4 2015
  As the new Export Tool has been successfully rolled out, the earlier version is to be switched off as it is held on the GeoFabrik servers and we will no longer be enlisting their generous services. We will create a read-only version of the old Export Tool and host it on the HOT servers alongside the new Export Tool.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Oct, 28 2015
Since the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) officially activated on the 27th October, the team has been working hard to evaluate the mapping needs in response to the Eastern Afghanistan earthquake. There are two Tasking Manager projects set up in an effort to map key affected areas.
Afghanistan Earthquake Response Day 1 Stats
Posted by Russell Deffner on Oct, 28 2015
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) calls upon our community to assist those affected by disaster for the second time in under one week
Detail of a Copernicus EMS product for Hurricane Patricia
Posted by Blake Girardot on Oct, 25 2015
HOT, in coordination with the OSM MX community, has been active the past two days tracking the hurricane's progress and mapping vulnerable areas in its path. We have two mapping tasks open on the OSM Tasking Manager (tasks.hotosm.org): a task covering coastal areas in the storm's path and a task mapping more inland areas. We do not anticipate opening additional tasks but we are monitoring the situation in case landslides, floods or other post-hurricane hazards create additional humanitarian situations we can contribute to.
Posted by Dale Kunce on Oct, 23 2015
[en español a continuación] The Humanitarian OpenSteetMap Team (HOT) has activated to provide geographic base data in areas affected by Hurricane Patricia in Mexico. Patricia is the strongest hurricane in history is expected to make landfall later this afternoon near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Currently we are supporting the Mexican Government and OpenStreetMap MX community. To start we are mapping coastal communities in the expected storm path. Resources HOT Export Tool is available to create custom downloads. If any resources are missing you think should be includes please email info@hotosm.org Get Involved
Posted by pedrito1414 on Oct, 9 2015
November 15th-21st is Geography Awareness Week, and HOT and our Missing Maps partners are planning to support it in a huge way this year! We’re aiming for (at least) 100 mapping parties, mapathons, mappy hours and mapternoons happening around the world in a single week, to join with the rest of the activities being planned by other groups and organizations.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Oct, 6 2015
The newly developed Export Tool is now LIVE. Please register with your OSM username and explore some of the new functionality, such as the use of 'Nominatim' to search for areas of interest and the interactive 'Tree Tag' tab to select specific OSM features for export. 
Tyler Radford with the Tanzania team
Posted by Heather Leson on Oct, 2 2015
We are excited to announce that Tyler Radford has accepted the position of Executive Director of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Since Tyler was named Interim Executive Director 5 months ago, HOT successfully initiated a new 13-month preparedness and response project in Indonesia, scaled up operations in Dar es Salaam, completed the first stage of the OpenAerialMap project, launched the disaster Activation Protocol / HOT Training Center, and delivered a refreshed HOT Export tool.   “Tyler’s first day with HOT as our interim Executive Director was at the HOT Community Summit. This was just days after the Nepal Earthquake. From the moment he joined HOT, Tyler engaged with the community, tackled projects, renewed fundraising plans and began building plans for HOT’s future - both for the organization and community. HOT has amazing opportunities to build and foster community mapping everywhere. I hope you will join me in helping Tyler and HOT get to the next level,“ said Heather Leson President of HOT’s Board of Directors.  
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.

Pages