HOT project in Senegal started with a field mission funded through the World Bank’s ICT (Internet and Communications Technology) Branch and the Fondation de France, thanks to a partnership with OpenStreetMap France (OSM-FR). Three HOTties teams conducted training and networking activities over three weeks (20 May - 9 June) aiming to fostering the growth of the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project in Senegal. Thus, ongoing GIS projects, local Tech communities, Senegalese geomatics scene actors (Senegalese SDI), and Academics have been reached out to through this first mission and now local OSM groups have been formed and trained.
In regards to the humanitarian component, OSM and HOT work has been presented to an audience comprised of the UN IM/GIS from OCHA-ROWCA, World Food Program, UNICEF and ICRC, as well as representatives from the local tech communities (JokkoLabs) to put the focus on the cooperation between Humanitarian actors and the Voluntary Technical Communities (VTCs).
Eventually those actions will lead to the building of a local OSM community and the creation of an OSM environment in Senegal and in Western Africa for crisis preparation, recovery, and development contexts.
Some other deployments are planned in 2012 and after to support these dynamics.
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