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 Chapman 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 Chapman 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 Leson 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.
Posted by Kate Chapman on Apr, 16 2014
Back when HOT started in Indonesia none of us was sure how the growth of OpenStreetMap would happen. As it stands today we've trained hundreds of people and others have picked up OpenStreetMap on their own or been trained by someone else. One of our approaches has been to create a 'Training of Trainers' program. Individuals were invited to come to Jakarta last May based on their success in our previous training programs and completion of a homework assisgnment. Since that time we've worked with these trainers while providing contingency planning support as well as kept in touch online.
Posted by pierre.beland on Apr, 15 2014
Our mapping response in West Africa due to the Ebola epidemic there continues. The Bing high-res imagery is the main source for tracing the OpenStreetMap. But it was not available in some areas where the epidemy is concentrated. CartONG first bought three images from Airbus Defense & Space for Gueckedou, Kissdougou and Macenta. To complete the mapping of the region we also looked at obtaining some other imagery. Thanks to Mapbox / DigitalGlobe who donated the Imagery for Mamou town.
Posted by Kate Chapman on Apr, 11 2014
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 Chapman 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 Vyncke 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.