This weekend is State of the Map US (SOTMUS) which is being held in Washington DC this year. I'm excited to attend this SOTMUS, at the very first I was one of the main organizers. Since that time I've not been involved and the conferences has grown from a very humble one of 60 or so people to 500 tickets being sold this year and being completely sold out. It is amazing to see how the US community has grown in this time.
Posted by kate on Apr, 9 2014
I reason I say "back" in quotes because since the last time I was at HOT's office in Washington D.C. 7 months ago it was in a completely different building. HOT is part of the OpenGov Hub which is a coworking place and center for open government related organizations in the Washington, DC area. We are part of the "mapping area" in conjunction with Ushahidi and the GroundTruth Initiative. The new OpenGov Hub space just opened on April 1st of this year. This is one of HOT's two permanent spaces the other we share with Wikimedia Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Posted by jorieke on Apr, 1 2014
Monday afternoon the 17th of March 2014: I stepped on a plane with destination Lubumbashi in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The goal for my one-week-trip: map together with Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières UK (MSF UK) and students of the University of Lubumbashi the whole or at least as much as possible of the city of Lubumbashi.
Posted by pierre.beland on Mar, 31 2014
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team was asked to coordinate for the OpenStreetMap contributors to support the humanitarians by mapping in detail various towns where they operate. CartONG does the GIS support for MSF-CH for this operation. They have bought Pleiades imagery for 3 towns that we mapped at the beginning.
Posted by pierre.beland on Mar, 30 2014
L'équipe OpenStreetMap humanitaire agit à titre de contact entre la communauté d'OpenStreetMap et les humanitaires pour cartographier en détail les différentes villes où les équipes médicales opèrent. CartONG fait le support de SIG pour MSF-CH pour cette opération. Ils ont acheté des images Pléiades pour 3 villes cartographiées au début de cette opération. Nous avons également anticipé les besoins des travailleurs humanitaires et commencé la cartographie pour trois autres villes où l'imagerie Bing est disponible.
Posted by joseph on Mar, 26 2014
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Switzerland rapidly needs maps of three towns in order to support their relief efforts of an ebola-like outbreak in Guinea. Through their partner CartONG, MSF-CH is requesting assistance from HOT as this area is currently unmapped. New high resolution Pleiades 1-A satellite imagery has been acquired and is hosted by OSM-Fr. It covers the three largest towns in the affected area.
Posted by Nama on Mar, 10 2014
I reported the HOT Community on OpenStreetMap work in Nepal in the beginning of 2013 (click here to see my post). Almost a year has passed since then. In this post, I provide you an update from the field on our accomplishments during this period.
Posted by jeff on Feb, 18 2014
Recently we've made some improvements to LearnOSM, HOT's resource for learning to use OpenStreetMap from the ground up. It's not always easy keeping up with a resource like this. OSM is constantly changing and so are the tools which we aim to teach. With seven translations (and counting), updates to LearnOSM must be coordinated among a diverse group of content creators and translators. Fortunately, the support for this process is immense.
Posted by mikel on Feb, 10 2014
The Peace Corps and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team have been collaborating for over a year. To me its a natural connection. Peace Corps Volunteers (known as PCVs) spend at least two years in country, working closely with communities and local organizations. One of the first things a PCV does is make a map in their community, along the lines of a traditional, paper based participatory mapping exercise. A PCV today is connected, a higher percentage have access to mobile networks than running water; and that's changed their connection to their fellow volunteers, home, and communities.
Posted by kate on Jan, 26 2014
An unprecedented number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) -- drones -- have been used to collect imagery after typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. But little coordination between projects appears to have occurred. Many types of response and recovery organizations can benefit from these "bird's eye" views of the typhoon affected areas.