Humanitarian OSM Team
From the beginning of OpenStreetMap the benefit of open data for humanitarian aid and economic development was anticipated. The idea proved its worth during the Haiti earthquake in 2010. HOT was incorporated in the immediate aftermath, August 2010 as a US Non-profit, and became a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization in 2013. Anyone is welcome to contribute to the HOT mission via our Tasking Manager all you need is an OpenStreetMap Username, the only thing we ask is that you try to uphold the same Code of Conduct as our Members, see our HOT Membership Code.
- 1 HOT Mission and Objectives
- 2 Governance
- 3 How to Get Involved
- 4 Getting Started
- 5 Community Activities
- 6 For the Media and the Nice Things They Have Said
- 7 Related Initiatives and Partnerships
- 8 See also
- 9 External resources
HOT Mission and Objectives
- The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) applies the principles of open source and open data sharing towards humanitarian response and economic development.
- connecting point between humanitarian actors and open mapping communities
- remote data creation during crises
- collection and organization of existing data sources
- deployments to the field
- distribution point for free data
- developing open knowledge and tools
Advocacy, Training and Outreach
- mapping parties
- Communicating and meeting with humanitarian actors and United Nations technical communities
Thinking and Design
- promotion of crowd-sourcing and simple web standards for data sharing
- technical improvements to OSM and OSGeo in response to field requirements (offline support, verification, format adaptors, multi-master sync..)
Global Volunteer Community
There are many ways to contribute to the mission of HOT, see the HOT Guide for the basics. All we ask is that you govern yourself as best you can using our Code of Conduct, found in our HOT Membership Code
Voting Member Community
Dedicated volunteers who have been elected and make up the voting community are listed here: Main article: Humanitarian OSM Team/Members
Board of Directors and Officers
Our current Board of Directors, elected from the Membership as well as our leadership team and its history can be found at Main article: Humanitarian OSM Team/Board Elections
- Humanitarian_OSM_Team/U.S. Bylaws
- Humanitarian_OSM_Team/U.S. Articles of Incorporation
- In March 2013, HOT was officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
- Many issues and plans emerged from the Haiti response, leading to a medium term plan for HOT, access the Humanitarian OSM Team/Haiti Strategy And Proposal
How to Get Involved
HOT has many diverse community roles. In a Community Sprint, we designed the following types:
- Training and mentorship programme to cross-train new leaders with the goal to have more leaders and less burnout
- This role includes storytellers and communicators.
- Outreach to share about learnosm and how to get involve into HOT
- Clean up general communications on wiki and websites to provide a clear path to Get Involved
- Research Communities to outreach to (see below)
- Collaborators: Create a list of common friends of OSM who might help with surge support in various areas eg. Mozilla, hubs, etc (something that can also link with connectors/teachers regarding leaders)
- OSM Contributors: Begin a wider OSM outreach plan (coordinated with respect) to get active mappers involved in HOT more.
- New Communities to reach out
- Need policy and guidance on how to mutual communication with partners, a W3 ( who does what when)
there are some items in membership code of conduct.
- This group includes researchers.
- Setting process for how to get devs involved in the tech working group (more outreach, clear tasks)
promote the tools we have developed
Business of Mapping
- Talking points for the membership on how to talk with partners and potential funders
- outreach strategy to get these folks involved and/or supporting HOT
Notice: A more formal definition of projects (humanitarian mapping projects and activations) is being developed, see HOT activation
Learning to Map
Humanitarian Mapping Projects (HMP) are the immediate responses to natural disasters, political crises, and other humanitarian crises where current geographic data is needed and the OSM data is currently being or will be used by local communities and/or responders. Generally, these HMP are launched by active HOT participants who remotely coordinate mapping with Humanitarian actors and other first responders, and the local OSM community. If the situation becomes complex the individual(s) or local community are encouraged to reach out to HOT; our team will decide to Activate officially, to indicate that this is a high priority for the organisation, and invite other NGO's to collaborate. These decisions take into account other HMP and/or Activations we are currently supporting or monitoring, the potential impact on the project beneficiaries, and our current capacity and capability to provide assistance.
Volunteers can directly contribute to current activities by mapping on the HOT Tasking Manager.
Participate in or Lead Working Groups
Our Working Groups are those which perform the more 'business' like work of HOT, see Working Groups SubPage for a list, description, and contact information.
- Most HOT meetings, sprints, etc. are open to all, join us!
- Visit Meetings for details. (Includes Board meeting minutes)
Current Remote Mapping Activities
- HOT Activations:
- Humanitarian Mapping Projects:
- National Communities Mapping Projects:
Help plant grass roots OSM Communities
HOT is involved with locally working in areas vulnerable to natural disaster, recovering after a disaster, or in economic transition to develop a local OSM community, create partnerships with local governments, academics, and geographers to utilize and contribute to OSM. These Initiatives on the ground include:
- Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia October 2013 - Present
- Western Africa (Togo, Senegal) June - July 2013
- Haiti, Northern Haiti - March-June 2013, a USAID project titled: "Engaging Youth to Map the Northern Corridor"
- Eurosha in Central and Eastern Africa, Oct 2012 - Feb 2013
- Senegal May-June 2012
- Haiti, St. Marc Spring 2012
The Missing Maps Project
The Missing Maps Project is an open collaboration founded by HOT, Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the British Red Cross. It aims to map the parts of the world where the most vulnerable people live within two years.
Building on the excellent work done by Open Street Map and others in emergency response mapping, the Missing Maps Project aims to map in a proactive way. Instead of responding to a natural disaster, conflict or epidemic, regions vulnerable to crises are identified and mapped in anticipation of crises, meaning that when one occurs, local people, NGOs and other responders can start using the maps and the data from the word go, saving valuable time, and potentially, lives.
See the Missing Maps Project page for more details.
Past Remote Mapping Actions
|2009||2009, September - Philippines - Ondoy|
|...||Iran -- Post-Election Crisis|
|2010||2010-01 Haitian Earthquake|
|...||2010 07 Pakistan Floods|
|...||2010 Alagoas Flooding|
|...||2010 Yushu earthquake|
|...||2010 Chile earthquake|
|...||2010 Storm Megi/Juan|
|...||2010 Colombia floods|
|...||2010 Shkoder Flooding|
|...||2010-03 Cyclone Tomas over Wallis and Futuna|
|2011||2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami|
|...||2011 Christchurch earthquake|
|...||2011 Rio de Janeiro Flooding|
|...||2011 Richelieu river flooding|
|...||Horn of Africa Famine|
|...||2011 Samoa Cyclone Simulation|
|2012||2012 Flooding in Senegal|
|...||May - Refugee Camps in Ethiopia & Kenya (Camp Roberts)|
|...||En:WikiProject Ivory Coast|
|...||2012 Activation for South and North-Kivu, DR Congo|
|...||2012-2013 Mali Crisis|
|2013||2013 Humanitarian Mapping Project for Uttarakhand, India|
Other HOT Activities to Date
- MapKibera Project
- Map Kibera Import .. help bring Map Kibera into OpenStreetMap
- Humanitarian OSM Team Logo (an artistic project)
- Routing, Import of data and GPS mapping in Haiti following Hurricane Gustav
- Coordinating travel scholarships for developing world mappers to attend State of the Map 2009 & 2011
- Technical advising in Palestinian West Bank mapping
- UN and OSM
- Advocacy and Mapping Parties in Egypt, Kenya, South Africa
- FreeMapIndia 2008 Workshop Tour
- OSM training following Cyclone Nargis
- Opening and Import of UN map data for Sudan
- Humanitarian_OSM_Team/Knight News Challenge Proposal
Jobs, Internships, and Contracts
For the Media and the Nice Things They Have Said
- info @ hotosm.org - email to HOT staff
- HOT mailing list - Moderate traffic announcements and discussion; ~836 subscribers as of 2 April 2014.
- HOT blog - Details of some HOT activities (RSS). Feel free to contact us with a suggested text for blog posts.
- OSM Tasking Manager - for coordinating the mapping tasks
- Social Media:
- - Twitter feed with quick-fire messages and links related to HOT
- hotosm Facebook Page
- Live Chat:
Presentations on HOT activities. Open-licensed slides are available for use in your own talk.
- June 2014, Pierre Béland, Haiyan and Ebola Activations Cases Presentation at the IEEE conference in Montreal
- Jan 2014, Pierre Béland Presentation at the Open Data for Development Challenge, Montreal
- May 2012 Harry's 20 minute overview to a geotech audience + similar slides used at PICNIC (video)
- August 2011 Update about HOT's work in Indonesia
- OSM work in 12-Jan Haiti Earthquaek response at UNOSAT - World Bank and The European Uniono Joint Research Centre workshop on Damage Assessment (Geneva 26/27 April 2010)
- FOSSGIS 2010, lightning talk about crisismapping in Haiti by John07 Slides (German): 
- Harry - Aid Information Challenge slides + similar slides presented in Shanghai (video]
- Haiti Mapping BarCamp Canberra 2010 (Shoaib)
- CartONG at UNGIWG to represent OSM H.O.T.
- See also, a selection of relevant HOT slidedecks at: http://www.slideshare.net/wonderchook, http://www.slideshare.net/nicolas_chavent or http://www.slideshare.net/Sev_hotosm/
HOT in the Media
- Mapping a Way to a Better Future -AusAID
- OSM Marks The Spot - Medium (by: Tate Watkins)
- Citizen Cartographers Fill the Gaps In Maps - New Scientist, 2013-07-03
-  - NPR, HOT segment begins at 5:50, 2013-11-17
- Aljazeera - Digital drive aids Philippines relief - 18th Nov
- The Guardian : Online volunteers map Philippines after typhoon Haiyan - 15th Nov
- Nature - Crowdsourcing goes mainstream in typhoon response - 20th Nov
- Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda
- West Africa Ebola Response
Related Initiatives and Partnerships
- HOT Package
- DevelopmentSeed has imported FAO Africover to OSM
- Data sharing through UNSDI-t
- Ushahidi and Sahana integrate OpenStreetMap
- JumpStart International in Palestine
- Mapping & Planning Support (MAPS) - Canberra, Australia
- Map Give
- Missing Maps Project
- Humanitarian OSM Team/Interested OSM Users
- Humanitarian OSM Team/Members
- "Humanitarian" map style (also available on osm.org) (short info)
-  Humanitarian Response Portal, Administrative Boundaries, Populated places
-  FAO, International and Administrative boundaries
-  UN Second level Administrative boundaries (1:1'000'000)
-  MapLibrary.org, Administrative boundaries in development countries (License?)
-  Administrative boundaries (Redistribution, or commercial use, is not allowed without prior permission)
-  NGIS Populated places Geographic name files by countries
-  FreeGisData List of GIS Ressources
- Oxfam recent emergencies - google map. boo!
- Wikinews.org categories: politics & conflicts disasters & accidents- open licensed news