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.
Posted by heather on Jun, 14 2014
A few weeks ago HOT was a guest of the 2014 IEEE Canada International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IHTC). In the session, Samual Paul Alce, Pierre Beland and I each presented about to share all about the community, activations and how to use OpenStreetmap. It was an honour to participate and share the HOT story with such an important organization.
Posted by harry on May, 8 2014
What happens when you bring together people from Médecins Sans Frontières, with some people who are experienced OpenStreetMappers, and a bunch of people who just want to help humanitarian aid? Well we thought we would give this a try last weekend at an event in London.
Posted by kate on Apr, 29 2014
HOT and our community are increasingly considered global response leaders. Our perspective and expertise provides a unique bridge between the OSM community and traditional actors. This includes the connective tissue within our mandate of humanitarianism and economic development as well as beyond into other sectors.
Posted by Severin on Apr, 24 2014
It has been now more than one year the Activation for Central African Republic has started. It has also been three months already since I posted on the blog to inform the OSM community about it, and it is really worth to make an update, considering the impressive response of the OSM community. Here is what looks like the uMap on Mapping Progress:
Posted by kate on Apr, 22 2014
Back in October 2013 I headed to Haiphong for three weeks in conjunction with the World Bank to map transit infrastructure in the city. Over the course of the three weeks I gave a series of workshops with the Vietnam Maritime University there and we also did a lot of mapping. Or rather the students and faculty did a lot of mapping! I've never seen a city be mapped so quickly. Recently we got an update from the university team in Haiphong and it is exciting to hear that mapping and OSM use there has continued.
Posted by heather on Apr, 18 2014
All spring we’ve been thinking about how to grow and support the HOT community. We know that we need to improve support to keep up the momentum of the last year while balancing quality great work around the world. At the State of the Map US event, we held a HOT BoF (Birds of Feather) session with over 45 participants. It is a small section of the wider global community, but it gave us a chance to see old friends, meet with partners and potentially engage new mappers.