After a long flight from Jakarta - Kuala Lumpur - Bangkok - Addis Ababa, finally, I arrived in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi and met Severin and Maning. We have a full team now and we were moving on Sunday to Blantyre for OpenStreetMap (OSM) workshop. Before we had a workshop, a series of meeting held in Polytechnic campus and Chanchellor College on Monday (August 11) . Basically we were presenting about OSM and the project to the students and lecturers.
Posted by emir on Aug, 19 2014
Posted by maning on Aug, 9 2014
This week we started the series of OSM training/workshops to various government stakeholders and international agencies based in Lilongwe. Severin started this coordination through his meetings with various offices last week. The goal of these sessions is to engage with various government offices specifically the Surveys Department and the Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) on how to contribute and use OpenStreetMap.
Posted by pierre.beland on Aug, 8 2014
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team escalates his response at the request of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Posted by pierre.beland on Aug, 5 2014
An update on the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team response to the Ebola outbreak, the maps and services offered, the community response, and some statistics.
Posted by Severin on Aug, 2 2014
It is a real pleasure for me to get back to Malawi after a one week visit last year, as part of a UNSPIDER Technical Advisory Mission of volunteers to promote the use of space-based data for Disaster Management and advise the local government on how to make better use of it. Lilongwe is 1000m above sea level so it is not as hot as other places at the same latitudes can be (actually the nights are even a bit chilly), and the people are nice.
Posted by heather on Jul, 27 2014
The HOT Board would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Gunner (Allen Gunn) of Aspiration Tech for his facilitation and organizational development help in the 2014 face-to-face meeting of the Board.
Posted by mikel on Jul, 21 2014
Last week we launched a new Version 2 update to the "Tasking Manager". This popular tool created by H.O.T. allows people to view a set of "projects" describing recent humanitarian mapping work, and join in with the mapping by taking a task. It's a coordination tool for the community, and an easy way to for new people to figure out "where should I start?" when it comes to contributing. The new version of this tool is up and running now at the usual home:
Posted by heather on Jul, 9 2014
(Blog post by Katie Filbert, Heather Leson)
Posted by pierre.beland on Jul, 6 2014
Following the second wave of the Ebola outbreak marked by a jump in the number of deaths, teams from Red Cross and MSF are currently deployed in Sierra Leone and have asked for a re-activation of HOT. GIS specialist CartONG has been deployed on the ground again and is liaising with MSF.
Posted by emir on Jun, 18 2014
OpenStreetMap (OSM) trainers or facilitators are one of the essential thing to help make OSM communities and programs sustainable. People or communities would like to find trainer around their area that is capable to teach OSM for their needs. Basically everyone can teach OSM, but, it will be better if trainer has mastered all the basics including additional knowledge about OSM. Non-technical skills like adult learning and communication also necessary since most of OSM training participants are adults, and the way adults learn is quite different compared to children.