Humanitarian OSM Team/Working groups

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HOT's working groups are where the wider HOT/OSM community can come together or plan and work on projects that have a specific area of interest in support of HOT's wider community. In these groups is where HOTs policy and plans are discussed in a public, collaborative, participatory way. We encourage any member of the HOT/OSM community to join us in our public meetings and hopefully join a working group to do what we all enjoy, supporting HOT and the HOT/OSM community in some way. The working groups are also excellent avenues for more engagement with HOT/OSM partners and people working on the ground, developing skills and real world experience in the working group's area of interest.

Guidelines HOT working groups

Calendar of meetings

Current Working Groups


This group is tasked with developing and/or proposing procedures, monitoring, tools, and/or other recommendations for management of HOT activation's, how to expand them, increase participation, including local OSM communities, connect with the humanitarian stakeholders and their needs, make the data most useful and easy to use.


This group develops and manages policies and procedures regarding external communications. It also manages most of the HOT's public media communication channels like the HOT Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Pitnerest, etc. If you like writing blogs or posting to Facebook/Twitter this is probably the group for you.


This group works to improve the global HOT community through targeted actions. An improved community is a one which works together better, and which fosters and supports the growth of local groups around the world. Where necessary it may develop policies to be adopted by HOT in pursuit of these goals.


In order to remain a reliable force in humanitarian work there is a need for sustainable funding for HOT and HOT associated field projects. This working group seeks out applicable grants for HOT and the wider HOT community. It also works on the application process by doing such things as developing project descriptions and budgets, writing concept papers, letter of interest and full grant proposals.


This group is charged with governance aspects of HOT, such as bylaw and HOT policy reviews and revisions.


The HOT Technical Working Group discusses the current status, coordination possibilities, and priorities for tool development, and for hosting and operations aspects of HOT tools


Much of what HOT does involves training others how to contribute to and use OpenStreetMap. The training group organizes and consolidates training materials and helps direct development of them to satisfy the identified audiences.


(Inactive) Security working group is a new group which will establish security policies and SOPs

Imagery Coordination

This working group works to organize how imagery is coordinated to support OpenStreetMap, HOT, and other humanitarian organization activities in times of disaster response and other critical mapping. The group meets on a monthly basis to discuss imagery needs, coordinate the workflow to process and distribute imagery, and provide a place for communication between groups around imagery. Meeting notes can be found on the working group wiki page.

HOT Summit

Each year the HOT community gathers to share about projects, discuss new ideas, and work on improving processes. This working group helps plan and organize the Summit. They meet bi-weekly to cover everything related to organizing a venue, finding sponsors, and planning the program.

[An overview spreadsheet of the original Working Groups, their purpose, status, next steps and the defined responsible board member of each of the WG can be found here. The spreadsheet also sketches a WG Framework and guiding policies around governance of WGs as well as typical communication channels. It is very out of date, but still interesting to read.]