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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.
Posted by Cristiano Giovando on Apr, 28 2016
Today we are launching OSM Analytics, a platform for exploring and analyzing OpenStreetMap data. With the current database growing to almost 50 gigabytes, and thousands of features added every day, OSM is officially entering the big data league.
Posted by Mhairi O'Hara on Apr, 22 2016
by Mhairi O'Hara, Tyler Radford As of the 22nd of April there have been over a million and a half changes made to OpenStreetMap in response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador on the 16th of April. There have been 500+ aftershocks and the number of fatalities has also passed 500. Support is strong with more than 1,700 contributors volunteering their time to help map priority areas through the HOT Tasking Manager. HOT continues to remain activated at the “Moderate” event level as defined in the HOT Activation Protocol. The activation is being led by local and regional HOT volunteers with support from HOT’s global community and activators outside the region. There are 8 dedicated projects set up in the HOT Tasking Manager to coordinate those that wish to assist with mapping affected areas. To see the full list, please see the wiki page. There are also notes on how to contribute and get started with mapping.   Imagery
Posted by Russell Deffner on Apr, 22 2016
  Greetings HOT community, For a few years now we have been contemplating a new look, and more importantly - improved usability, of our website hotosm.org. In 2015 our Technical Working Group recruited HOT Voting Member, Felix Delattre, to generally manage and facilitate website development on a volunteer basis. Since then, we have been able to better coordinate and work on things here and there to make improvement; including the much needed project pages, member profiles, and more.
Posted by vasanthi on Apr, 18 2016
Ambon, located in Maluku islands which also located inside the Molucca Sea Collision Zone. This condition put Maluku as one of disaster prone province. Indonesia Disaster Risk Index 2013, published by Indonesia Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), clasify all 11 districts/city in Maluku as high risk. A national and international tabletop exercise (TTX) in Ambon to improve mitigation and preparedness in the area is planned to be done in 2016. Before the TTX can be done, there are several activities that needs to be completed. One of the first activities needed to be done is data collection.
Posted by Tyler Radford on Apr, 18 2016
Ecuador: An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 hit the coastal region of Ecuador on April 16th. This major event was followed by several aftershocks. HOT is currently at "Moderate Event (Local Leadership)" status and is continuing to monitor the situation and await more guidance from colleagues in Ecuador. Japan: On April 14th and 15th, several earthquakes hit Kumamoto Japan. Our colleagues at Crisis Mappers Japan (http://crisismappers.jp/) are taking the lead on mapping the affected areas in OpenStreetMap. Several members of Crisis Mappers Japan traveled to Kumamoto this weekend to assess data needs. HOT is monitoring the situation and will provide additional support as needed.
Posted by Paul Uithol on Apr, 14 2016
(Guest post by Mercedes Hoffay, Master of Public Administration Candidate - Columbia University). All policy students are obsessed with the effectiveness and feasibility of policies and programs that governments implement. So when we find a tool that allows significant efficiency gains in government planning, we are thrilled. That is how we felt when we embarked on our Graduate Capstone Project to evaluate the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s work in Tanzania and their role in Dar Ramani Huria.
Posted by Russell Deffner on Mar, 23 2016
Greetings HOT Community, Each year the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Voting Members assemble for HOT’s Annual General Meeting (AGM). During this important event, we announce the election results for the HOT Board of Directors and Membership Chairperson. Also, the AGM is where we typically consider items like adopting or amending policies such as the Membership Code of Conduct.
Posted by Cristiano Giovando on Mar, 10 2016
Last week in Washington DC, HOT kicked off work to develop a prototype tool for OSM data analysis. With generous support from the Knight Foundation, HOT began the design phase and discussed ideas on how to make it easy for anyone to gain insights into OSM data.  Understanding the quality and quantity of geospatial data in OpenStreetMap is not an easy task, especially for those less familiar with the OSM project or with mapping technology in general. Today an increasing number of humanitarian organizations rely on OSM basemap data for coordinating disaster response operations. Journalists and communities also use OSM derived maps to tell stories about humanitarian crisis or to discuss local issues. It is crucial for those and many other users of OSM maps to understand the characteristics of such data to be able to use it efficiently and confidently. This often includes an assessment of data coverage, map statistics, change monitoring, and the identification of gaps and inconsistencies. Interactive wireframes of the OSM data analysis tool Web interface
Posted by Cristiano Giovando on Mar, 9 2016
On Thursday, March 3rd 2016, a world-record humanitarian mapathon took place at Politecnico di Milano in northern Italy.  Two-hundred and twelve 10-year old children from nine classes at six elementary schools in Milan province had the unique opportunity of meeting with researchers from GEOlab (Geomatics and Earth Observation laboratory) and HOClab (Hypermedia Open Center laboratory) of Politecnico di Milano, who introduced them to humanitarian mapping.       
Posted by vasanthi on Mar, 6 2016
For the past 2 years, HOT in Indonesia is implementing a university program to build partnerships and collaborations with universities, disaster research centers, and local disaster management agencies.The purpose is for the universities to have the capacity to map exposure data in vulnerable areas and could support local disaster management agency in their area when needed. The big goal of this program is to have disaster prone areas in Indonesia to be well mapped.
Douglas instructing students at UCU Mbale
Posted by Paul Uithol on Mar, 2 2016
We have three Ugandan mapping supervisors on the HOT mapping team in Uganda: Douglas Ssebaggala, Geoffrey Kateregga and Ketty Adoch. They've all been involved with OpenStreetMap and HOT for some time, and would like to share their story and mapping history. Today, we're speaking to Douglas.
Dar Ramani Huria mapping coordinators Innocent Maholi and Evance Calist working with local mappers.
Posted by Blake Girardot on Feb, 19 2016
Mozambique is a country of 25 million people on the east coast of Africa, often beset by natural disasters ranging from severe drought to devastating floods as well as civil wars and strife. Dar Ramani Huria and HOT have recently started mapping in Mozambique, to support critical public health work.Struggling with one of the highest child mortality rates in Africa, the Mozambique Ministry of Health has worked to reduce the death rate for children, which in some provinces means that as many as 10% of the children do not live to see their 5th birthday.Health Alliance International (HAI), a Center of the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, has been working in solidarity with the government of Mozambique for over 25 years to improve access to and the effectiveness of the public-sector healthcare system.
Posted by Paul Uithol on Feb, 16 2016
Guest post by Kathryn Davis, Columbia University. January 14th, 10:30am. We arrive in Chang'ombe ward (an industrial area in Dar es Salaam) after weaving in and out of traffic in the project bajaj (rickshaw) through different neighborhoods. Johannes Peter, a seasoned mapper with the Dar Ramani Huria project, takes another look at his drone imagery printout of the area, and indicates that we’ve arrived at our starting point.Mappers like Johannes detail key drainage and water infrastructure that hasn't been digitized before, and that can be used for disaster risk reduction planning and flood resilience. Almost immediately, we see drainage on the right side of the wide dirt road, and mark it on the map...
Girl Scouts mapping on OSM.
Posted by Courtney Clark on Feb, 11 2016
A young woman anxiously practices a talk about youth in OSM that she is slated to give at the HOT Summit the following day. Impostor’s syndrome has convinced her that it be would better for her not to give the talk at all; she’s relatively new to HOT and has few technical skills. She’ll be easily exposed as a fraud, and the audience members surely have better uses of their time than listening to her (spoiler alert: that was me at the first HOT Summit).    

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