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 pierre.beland on Aug, 5 2014
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 Leson 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 Maron 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 Leson 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 Leson 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 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.