HOT's work 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 HOT participants conducted training and networking activities over three weeks (20 May - 9 June, 2012) aiming to fostering the growth of the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project in Senegal. In this first mission, HOT reached out to ongoing GIS projects, local Tech communities, Senegalese geomatics scene actors (Senegalese SDI), and Academics leading to the cultivation and training of a local OSM Community in Senegal.

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.

An additional deployment of a HOT coordinator in Senegal was made in the fall of 2012 to continue fostering the growing OSM_SN community. Learn more about the flourishing OSM_SN Community at its OSM wiki page, its twitter , and the blog posts listed below.

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La communauté Dakaroise est rejoint par de nouveaux mappers

Posted by Augustin Doury on Mar, 7 2013
English version Voilà déjà un mois que j’avais quitté Dakar. Sur place, le projet OSM_SN initié par HOT en mai 2012 avait déjà touché de nombreuses personnes, fin 2012/début 2013, mais beaucoup d’entre eux n’étaient pas résidents de la capitale Sénégalaise, il était donc important de former à nouveau des mappers locaux bien établis.

OSM_Senegal local community from Dakar is reinforced by many mappers!

Posted by Augustin Doury on Mar, 6 2013
Version française It has been already one month since I left Dakar. In the capital, the OSM_SN project initiated by HOT in May 2012 had reached a lot of new mappers in December 2012/January 2013, but lot of them were not from Dakar and its neighbourhoods so training new Dakar mappers had been a priority.

Senegal : mapping in Saint-Louis is going well and OSM_SN project getting stronger

Posted by Augustin Doury on Feb, 22 2013
Version française After a one week training in Université de Ziguinchor, last blogpost subject, let's go back to Saint-Louis with Bassirou Thiam (aka Bass).

Senegal : le mapping de Saint-Louis avance et le projet OSM_SN s'établit.

Posted by Augustin Doury on Feb, 22 2013
English version Après la semaine de formation réalisée au sein de l’Université de Ziguinchor, sujet du dernier blogpost, retour le 28 janvier à Saint-Louis avec Bassirou Thiam (aka Bass).

Faces of HOT: Augustin Doury, Senegal OSM Community Maker

Posted by Katrina E. on Feb, 17 2013
Augustin Doury, a native Parisian, joined HOT at the end of last year. He has been working to head up the OSM community in Senegal. Gus studied his last two years in Nantes at Ecole Centrale de Nantes, which is a generalist engineer school. Before HOT he was working Marseille for six months at a start-up company that focused on solar energy technologies. Gus has been teaching workshops, hosting events and expanding the OSM mappers and maps in Senegal. [inline:fb profil.jpg] How did you get involved with HOT/OSM?