Humanitarian OSM Team
From the beginning of OpenStreetMap it was anticipated that open, free map data would be a tremendous benefit for humanitarian aid and economic development. The idea was proved during the Haiti earthquake in 2010. HOT was incorporated in the immediate aftermath, August 2010, as a U.S. nonprofit 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. We ask only 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
- 5.1 Participate in or Lead Working Groups
- 5.2 Attend Meetings
- 5.3 Help Plant Grass-Roots OSM Communities
- 5.4 Other HOT Activities to Date
- 5.5 Jobs, Internships, and Contracts
- 6 For the Media
- 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 to humanitarian response and economic development.
- To be the connecting point between humanitarian actors and open mapping communities
- To provide remote data creation during crises
- To collect and organize existing data sources
- To support deployments to the field
- To be a distribution point for free data
- To develop open knowledge and tools
Advocacy, Training and Outreach
- mapping parties
- Communicating and meeting with humanitarian actors and United Nations technical communities
Thinking and Design
- To promote crowd-sourcing and simple web standards for data sharing
- To develop technical improvements to OSM and OSGeo in response to field requirements (off-line support, verification, format adaptors, multimaster 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 contributors govern themselves using our Code of Conduct, which is 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 for more information.
How to Get Involved
HOT has many diverse community roles. In a Community Sprint, we designed the following types:
- Training and mentorship program to cross-train new leaders with the goal to have more leaders and less burnout
- This role includes storytellers and communicators.
- Outreach to share the OSM educational web site learnosm (www.learnosm.org) and to show the community how to get involved in HOT
- Clean up general communication on the wiki and web sites to provide a clear path for those who want to get involved
- Develop target communities for outreach (see below)
- Collaborators: Create a list of friends of OSM who might help with surge support in various areas (e.g. Mozilla, hubs, etc., as well as links with connectors/teachers regarding leaders)
- OSM Contributors: Begin a wider OSM outreach plan (coordinated with respect) to get active mappers more involved with HOT.
- Identify new communities for outreach
- Develop a policy and guidance on how to establish mutual communication with partners, a W3 ( who does what when)
there are some items in membership code of conduct.
- This group includes researchers.
- Identify a process to get developers involved in the Tech Working Group (more outreach, clear tasks)
- Promote the technical tools HOT has developed
Business of Mapping
- Talking points for the membership to use with partners and potential funders
- Expand outreach strategy to get partners and potential supporters involved with HOT
Notice: A formal definition of projects (humanitarian mapping projects and activations) is being developed, see HOT activation
Learning to Map
The largest volunteer need of HOT is for OpenStreetMap contributors. To get them started contributing to OpenStreetMap, the community has developed a simple-to-use beginners guide called LearnOSM (learnosm.org). A series of quick lessons guide any new user through setting up an account and beginning to map.
Humanitarian mapping projects are the immediate responses to natural disasters, political crises and other destructive events. They are launched where up-to-date geographic data is needed and where OSM data currently is being used or will be used by local communities and/or responders. Generally, these projects are launched by active HOT participants who coordinate the remote mapping with the needs of humanitarian actors and other first responders, and with the local OSM community. If a situation becomes complex, individual(s) or local communities are encouraged to reach out to HOT. If the HOT team decides it can take on a project, it will do an official "activation," which indicates that this crisis is a high priority for the organization. The team also may invite other NGOs to collaborate. These decisions take into account which humanitarian mapping projects and/or activations HOT currently is supporting or monitoring, as well as the potential impact on the project beneficiaries and our current capability to provide assistance.
The HOT Tasking Manager
The Tasking Manager is a tool that divides large mapping tasks into small sections to make them easier for volunteers to manage. The Tasking Manager also includes background information on the locale to be mapped, as well as information about what kind of data is needed (road, schools, etc., and how to recognize them). Volunteers can contribute directly to current activities through the HOT Tasking Manager.
Participate in or Lead Working Groups
Our working groups perform the "businesslike" work of HOT. See Working Groups SubPage for a list and descriptions of the working groups and their 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 locally, working in areas vulnerable to natural disaster, recovering after a disaster, or in economic transition. HOT tries to develop a local OSM community and to create partnerships with local governments, academics and geographers who can use 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), American and British Red Cross. It aims to map, within two years, the parts of the world where the most vulnerable people live. 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, it will identify regions vulnerable to crises will map them in anticipation of crises. This means that, when a crisis does occur, local people, NGOs and other responders can start using the maps and the data immediately, saving valuable time and, potentially, lives.
See the Missing Maps Project page for more details.
Current Remote Mapping Actions
|2014||Activation, Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby)|
|2014||Activation, 2014_West_Africa_Ebola_Response 2014, March - ongoing|
|2014||Activation, Democratic Republic of Congo Ebola Response - ongoing|
|2013||Activation, Central Africa Republic (CAR) Crisis Response - ongoing|
|2013||Activation, South Sudan Crisis Response - ongoing|
|2013||Humanitarian Mapping Project, Tharparkar Drought in Pakistan - ongoing|
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|
|...||Typhoon Haiyan Response (Philippines)|
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
- To email HOT staff directly: info @ hotosm.org
- HOT mailing list - Moderate traffic announcements and discussion; ~836 subscribers as of 2 April 2014.
- HOT blog - Details of HOT activities (RSS). Feel free to contact us with a suggested text for blog posts.
- OSM Tasking Manager - The HOT tool to coordinate the mapping tasks
- Social Media:
- - Twitter feed with messages and links related to HOT
- hotosm Facebook Page
- Live Chat:
Presentations on HOT activities. Open-licensed slides are available for use in presentations.
- 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 the Haiti Earthquake response at UNOSAT - World Bank and The European Union Joint Research Centre workshop on Damage Assessment (Geneva 26/27 April 2010)
- FOSSGIS 2010, lightning talk about crisis mapping 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 slide decks 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
- Open Cities mapping guide
- 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