Humanitarian OSM Team/History

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I've started gathering some of the pre-Haiti HOT moments

Presented "An Incomplete History of HOT" at the HOT Summit video slides


December 2005

Mikel first presents idea of OSM for disaster response at the European Commission JRC GDACS Meeting.


Many starting conversations and meetings with humanitarian technologists, like Michael Graham, Paul Currion, Jon Thompson. Ideas refining.


March 2007

Met Nigel Woof, MapAction ED. Key humanitarian advisor in formative years of HOT. MapAction became the first user of OSM in humanitarian mapping.

April 2007

Met Jesse Robbins at Web 2.0 Expo. Discussed Jesse's experiences during Hurricane Katrina, greatly refining the use case for HOT.

May 2007

First mention of HOT concept in the media.

July 15, 2007

Mikel presents HOT concept at the first State of the Map.

November 2007

Schuyler and Mikel met Nicolas Chavent at GeoNetwork Open Source meeting at FAO in Rome. Idea formed to link UNSDI-t to OSM.


May 2008

Presented HOT concept with Jesse Robbins at Where 2.0

September 2008

Tim Waters presents HOT concept at GeOng conference, Chambery

November 2008

Mikel presents HOT concept at UNGIWG


January 2009

Tim Waters leads Haiti primary roads import (one year before earthquake)

First "HOT" activation during the Gaza Crisis. Fundraiser to purchase imagery.

Development Seed and Robert Soden gets involved with humanitarian OSM with AfriCover import.

Mikel names Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Any humanitarian organization needs a good acronym. What can be better than HOT?!

May 2009

First public presentation of "Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team" at Soul of the New Machine conference.

June 2009

First CrisisCamp in Washington DC. Met John Crowley, who asked "what would you do with sub-meter imagery anywhere in the world?". The answer to this question became Imagery to the Crowd.

August 2009

Camp Roberts experiment, first real test of HOT in humanitarian mapping workflow.

October 2009

First use of OSM in a humanitarian emergency. MapAction map published.

First ICCM

More References

For post-Haiti,

History of the OSM Tasking Manager