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General Information
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.
Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

For Aid Organizations

Request Help

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

Map showing the bounding box of all changesets in first 30 days of response in Peru

About OpenStreetMap

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).

Paper Maps

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:

Offline Road Navigation with small devices

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 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

About HOT

Hot logo with text.svg
  • To learn more about the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), explore more of our wiki-pages (root: HOT) or our website We are a global community of mostly volunteers, we are also a US Nonprofit able to contract with organizations (email info at 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.

HOT Activates

  • March 25, 2020 - HOT recieves its first official request and Activates for COVID-19 response, beginning with Peru


Effort made

  • 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

  • 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)

Media coverage


Other Responses including Digital Humanitarian Network

For Mappers

  • 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 to get started.
  • Additional guidance for tagging in the various Activation areas can be found in the instructions of each project.

Mapping Priority

  • 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!

Project Location Status
Botswana - HOT Lead
Mogoditshane - Gaborone District Botswana Active
Bokaa- Kgatleng District Botswana Active
Gabane- Kweneng South District Botswana Active
Gaborone E - Gaborone District Botswana Active
Gaborone N - Gaborone District Botswana Active
Gaborone S - Gaborone District Botswana Active
Kapong- Kgatleng District Botswana Active
Matebele- Kgatleng District Botswana Active
Metsimotlhabe- Kweneng South District Botswana Active
Mmopane- Kweneng North District Botswana Active
Mochudi- Kgatleng District Botswana Active
Molepolole- Kweneng South District Botswana Active
Oodi- Kgatleng District Botswana Active
Pilane- Kgatleng District Botswana Active
Ramotswa- South East District Botswana Active
Rasesa- Kgatleng District Botswana Active
Siviya- Masungu District Botswana Active
Tlokweng- South East District Botswana Active
Colombia - Local Lead
Medellín - Comuna 1 Colombia Active
Medellín - Comuna 2 Colombia Active
Medellín - Comuna 3 Colombia Active
Medellín - Comuna 4 Colombia Active
Medellín - Comuna 5 Colombia Active
Medellín - Comuna 6 Colombia Active
Medellín - Comuna 7 Colombia Active
Medellín - Comuna 8 Colombia Active
Medellín - Comuna 9 Colombia Active
Medellín - Comuna 10 Colombia Active
Medellín - Comuna 11 Colombia Active
Medellín - Comuna 12 Colombia Active
Medellín - Comuna 13 Colombia Active
Medellín - Comuna 14 Colombia Active
Medellín - Comuna 16 Colombia Active
Medellín - Comuna 15 Colombia Active
Mali - HOT Lead
Gao - Gao Mali Active
Kati - Koulikoro Mali Active
Koutiala Surroundings - Sikasso Mali Active
Douentza Commune - Mopti Mali Draft
Douentza City - Mopti Mali Active
Peru - HOT Lead
Santa Ana Peru Active
Chamaca Chumbivilcas Peru Active
Andahuaylillas Peru Active
Condoroma Peru Active
TM431-TARAY Peru Active
San Jeronimo Peru Active
Omacha Paruro Peru Active
Lucre Peru Active
Coya Calca Peru Active
Paucartambo 1 Peru Active
Quehue Anna Peru Active
Santo Tomas Peru Active
Anta Peru Active
Urubamba Peru Active
Machupicchu Peru Active
Alto Pichigua Peru Active
Region wide Peru Active
Philippines - HOT Lead
HOTPH-UP QC#1 Philippines Active
HOTPH-UP QC#2 Philippines Active
Others - Local Lead
Impendle South Africa Active
Akurana area Sri Lanka Active
Mapping for Equitable Resilience Brazil Active
Oropesa Peru Complete
Yucay Peru Complete
Sicuani Peru Complete
Santa Teresa La Convención Peru Complete
Urcos Peru Complete
Huaro Peru Complete
Saylla Peru Complete
Yaurisque District Peru Complete
Ccapi Paruro Peru Complete
Chinchero Urubamba Peru Complete
Yanaoca Peru Complete
Maras Peru Complete
Ollantaytambo Peru Complete

Available Imagery

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

Potential Datasources

Please add potential data sources here so mappers can evaluate if they are useful and usable in OSM...

Historical Maps

  • Provide links to historical maps of the impacted area here...

Edit-a-thon events

  • 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.