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.
Posted by kate 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.