HOT has been active almost 20 hours since the devastating earthquake in Nepal. Our thoughts are with the affected communities and our fellow Mappers in the region. Every emergency is hard but for a few hours our community waited to hear if our OSM colleagues, fellow Board Member Nama Budhathoki and their families were safe. They are and we are so thankful. The previous work of the local OSM community meant that the maps of Katmandu were fairly robust.
Posted by Russell Deffner on Apr, 25 2015
We are sad to report that there has been a major earthquake in Nepal. The best place to get information about HOT's response is via the HOT 2015 Nepal Earthquake wiki coordination page: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/2015_Nepal_earthquake HOT and OpenStreetMap have a strong presence in Nepal and we have already heard from members on the ground there.
Posted by Geoffrey Kateregga on Apr, 22 2015
For the past three weeks, the HOT team in Tanzania comprising of Steven Bukulu, Geoffrey Kateregga, Paul Uithol and Jeff Haack has been involved in Community Mapping in Ndugumbi a Ward in Kinondoni district of Dar es Salaam. This is the first ward mapped after which several wards will follow. The result has been a well detailed map of the ward.
Posted by kristen on Apr, 9 2015
Kate Chapman. Leader, friend, mentor, creator, grant writer, smart girl, cool-chick, adventurer, founder, volunteer. These are many of the wonderful traits that make up Kate, but at her core, she’s a giver. She believes in what she does and works harder, and more kindly, than pretty much anyone I’ve ever known.
Posted by Steven Bukulu on Mar, 25 2015
Preparations, Preparations and Lots of Preparations is how best i can describe the third of the OSM Training in Tanzania. We reported at Buni Hub at about 9:18am Steve, Geoffrey, Jeff and later on Paul came through. Today we had nothing to do with the drones but the team (Sensefly) still headed out to shoot some more aerial imagery. With no waste of time we went straight away to making final preparations for the "COMMUNITY MAPPING FOR FLOOD RESILIENCE LAUNCH" which will run under Open Street Map.
Posted by Heather Leson on Mar, 17 2015
HOT has grown from a community of contributors with an idea to a global community and organization with many successes. HOT has some exciting projects:
Posted by Heather Leson on Mar, 16 2015
The Cyclone has come and gone from Vanuatu Islands. The devastation is massive with the BBC reporting that Development has been wiped out. In the past few days, the HOT community rose to support by mapping using pre-disaster imagery. The Vanatau Archipel (800 km long) was severely hit by the Pam Cyclone. While HOT has not been formally activated, the community prepared and mapped anyway.
Posted by Blake Girardot on Mar, 6 2015
In celebration of Open Data Day, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team member Humberto Yances, together with TECHO.org and the University of San Buenaventura (Cartagena branch) organized a mapping party event focused on mapping Isla de León, a slum area in Cartagena, Colombia.
Posted by Severin on Feb, 26 2015
The southern parts of Malawi along the Lower Shire River (that connects Lake Malawi and the Zambezi River) are frequently flooded, and that flooding affects the villages of farmers near the river. Since mid January 2015, they have been hit critically. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) was involved in a community mapping and training project in Malawi last year and has been requested to provide baseline data of the affected areas.