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 Paul Uithol on Dec, 30 2015
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/
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.
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.