|COVID-19 Global Support is an Activation of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) to provide geospatial data and maps to everyone who needs them in response to the coronavirus global pandemic.
For Aid Organizations
Contact the Activation Team
If you have needs for data in your area, our team is standing by to assess and help generate that data. For fastest response, send an email to Activation @ hotosm(dot)org and our volunteer Activation Working Group will respond as soon as someone is available, sometimes immediately. If your need is more sensitive you are welcome to send the email to info @ hotosm(dot)org where one of our staff will reply (typically within one or two business days).
Also contact us if you need help utlizing OpenStreetMap for your needs!
Map and Data Services
OpenStreetMap offers an online map (and spatial database) which is updated by the minute. Various tools and services allow data extracts for GIS specialists, Routable Garmin GPS data, Smartphone GPS navigation, and other device-compatible downloads. With an internet connection, regular syncing is possible with open access to the community contributed data as it comes in, with OpenStreetMap's bulk data downloads ideal for use offline. In addition, maps can also be printed to paper.
Browse the Activation Area (Peru in this example) to get a feel for the data that is currently available. Different map styles including an Humanitarian style can be selected on the right side, and some data may not render (appear) on the map, but could be exported from the underlying database (See export section below).
Poster size Maps and normal sized paper atlases of custom areas can be printed:
- See OSM_on_Paper for an overview and list of platforms and services for printing maps.
- We suggest FieldPapers Paper Maps with grid for field survey or general navigation purposes.
Exporting OpenStreetMap data
See Downloading data for instructions on getting large scale map data, or see the focused exports below:
- A custom export can be created using the HOT Export Tool
- Regularly updated OpenStreetMap exports are available on the Humanitarian Data eXchange (HDX)
With the availibility of Small communication devices, Navigation Offline data proves to be very useful to the humanitarians deployed in foreign countries. We support the humanitarian NGO's using navigation data and invite them to give us feedback on the utilization of these devices in the context of field deployment.
- See Software/Mobile for more information on using OSM in portable devices.
- See also Mobile Mapping on LearnOSM.org for information on mapping in the field.
- MAPS.ME has become very popular for mobile navigation as it works well on most phones and offline.
About This Activation
- To learn more about the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), explore more of our wiki-pages (root: HOT) or our website hotosm.org. We are a global community of mostly volunteers, we are also a US Nonprofit able to contract with organizations (email info at hotosm.org to contact our staff), we are also a 501-c-3 charitable organization.
History of this Activation
Reactivity of the OSM Community
- January/February 2020 - As early as January HOT community members were mentioning this new virus outbreak in China and what we might do in response, by February it was a topic at our Activation Working Group meetings
- March 2020 - Members of the HOT community based in Peru engaged their local government to consider their mapping needs
- March 14, 2020 - The HOT Activation Working Group take the first action, asking local communities to help identify risk and needs for COVID-19 response. So far members of the local communities in: Colombia, Sri Lanka, and South Africa have launched mapping efforts.
- March 25, 2020 - HOT recieves its first official request and Activates for COVID-19 response, beginning with Peru
- HOT Coordinator(s):
- Local Lead(s)/Liaisons:
- 24 hours from the first project launch, over 750 mappers had contributed to the mapping effort
- On April 17th: 2400+ mappers have contributed over 2.9 million map changes including 14,400+ road segments and 282,600+ buildings
- April 23rd: 3000+ mappers have contributed over 3.5 million map changes which includes adding 17,500+ road segments and just under 360,000 buildings
Before May 1, 2020 stats were collected from resultmaps.neis-one.org/
- May 4, 2020: 3700+ mappers contributed nearly 850,000 map features including 728,332 buildings and 13,310 kilometers of road
- May 14, 2020: 4400+ mappers contributed over 1,000,000 map features including 896,361 buildings and 16,497 kilometers of road
- May 19, 2020: 6000+ mappers contriuted over 1.1 million map features, approaching 1 million buildings and 19,000 kilometers of road (source)
Other Responses including Digital Humanitarian Network
- HOT Coordinator(s) requesting remote mapping assistance for estimated 1 year mapping response
How You Can Contribute
Learn to Map
- Most of our volunteer needs are for remote OSM contributors, visit LearnOSM.org to get started.
- Additional guidance for tagging in the various Activation areas can be found in the instructions of each project.
- Please choose from highest priority first
- Experienced mappers are also asked to participate in validating completed tasks. Information on validating can be found here
- Think you know OSM well enough to critique others? Request the global validator role here.
Table to be filled in soon!
OSM Default Imagery Sources
Most projects to date are using a default imagery source. Please see each project's instructions as even in the same area the imagery may vary in quality and availability so two adjacent projects may use different imagery.
Alternative Imagery Sources
How to add/use Alternative Imagery
In many cases better imagery is available than the default; when possible we set up a remote link directly via the Tasking Manager, so there is nothing to do, the iD editor and (as long as remote control is enabled) JOSM will automatically add the imagery.
Additionally, with JOSM, it's relatively easy to add special imagery if the license is appropriate for tracing into OSM. For more details see JOSM Imagery Help
Please add potential data sources here so mappers can evaluate if they are useful and usable in OSM...
- Provide links to historical maps of the impacted area here...
- Please add your event to the Missing Maps Registery here
- This is important so Activators can attempt (no gaurantees) that there are enough projects up at the time of your event
- It will also alert the HOT System Administrators of your event to reduce the liklihood that maintanence or any planned downtime will happen during your event.