Organised Editing/Activities/Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

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The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

About HOT

As we work to fulfill the requirements of the Organized Editing Guidelines please find details on the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) on our wiki-page and website.

From the early days of OpenStreetMap it was anticipated that open, free map data would be a tremendous benefit for humanitarian aid and economic development. The idea was proven during the Haiti earthquake in 2010. HOT was incorporated in the immediate aftermath, August 2010, as a U.S. nonprofit, and then became a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization in 2013. Although still headquartered in Washington D.C., HOT now has offices in Jakarta, Indonesia; Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; Kampala, Uganda; and Manila, Philippines.
Most of our work welcomes anyone to contribute via our Tasking Manager. All you need is an OpenStreetMap Username.
While you participate, we ask that you uphold the HOT Community Code of Conduct.

The HOT Community: Community has always been at the heart of HOT, our voting membership hails from over 50 countries so we know the power of empowering the local communities. We strive to include local mappers in all phases of projects, from planning to execution and follow-up. We also empower local communities to map through training and micro-grants in hopes they will have the maps and data they need for whatever project they may be working on to better their lives and community. See Community Grants for more information or to apply.

Contact HOT: For general inquiries about HOT or this Organized Editing Activities page, please use the discussion tab or see Contacts for a variety of ways to contact or stay informed on all things HOT. For project related questions or any missing details, please email info @ hotosm.org

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Tools and Training

Tools and Data Sources: We maintain a variety of mapping and mapping related tools, such as the OSM Tasking Manager; see the tools and data section of our website for more. Also, see activities below for details on specific tools used in each activity.

Training and Instructions: We also maintain a training site many in the OpenStreetMap community use to self-teach, and teach others, called LearnOSM. Of course we are a bit partial, but see the activities section below to find out if other training materials were used. Each mapping project also has unique instructions, visit tasks.hotosm.org and click contribute to view current projects and their specific instructions. You can also contact the project manager of each specific project through the Tasking Manager if there are questions about the project or instructions.

Activities Overview

Current Activities

Title Contact Start End Purpose Details Hashtag Tools Training
Disaster Mapping Projects
COVID-19 Global Support Activation Working Group 24 March 2020 Estimate 1 April 2021 Mapping and support of targeted areas COVID19 #covid19 Various Projects See Details Various See Details
Ayuda Venezuela Activation Working Group 1 Mar 2019 Estimate 15 Dec 2020 Basemap in focused areas Ayuda_Venezuela #AyudaVenezuela Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
Community Mapping Projects
Mapping ML/AI buildings and roads in support of Uganda Bureau of Statistics pilot census preparations kigguddedeogratias@hotosm.org Feb2020 May 2020 Mapping to support Uganda Bureau of Statistics acquire that can be used to plan census pilots in 3 districts Mapping ML/AI buildings and roads in support of Uganda Bureau of Statistics pilot census preparations #MapwithAI #Uganda #UBOScensus Various Projects See Details Various See Details
HOT Microgrants partnerships@hotosm.org 1st January 2017 Ongoing - rolling program each year Support OSM communities around the world with resources to add local data to the map Overall program information can be found on our website: Microgrants and Community Development

Specific Micrograntee project information is maintained by each community participating, either in an OEG project or elsewhere e.g. on their social media accounts.

None Each community chooses which tools they use in their projects This varies according to community resources but almost always happens in person at mapathons or workshops
PDC InAWARE Indonesia OpenStreetMap - ID October 2016 Estimated June 2019 Basemap in select cities HOT_PDC_InAWARE * TM & OMK InAWARE Training (see details)
METEOR HOT March 2018 Estimated March 2021 Basemap in Kathmandu and Dar es Salaam METEOR #METEOR TM & OMK Remote Mapping and Ground Data Collection
Missing Maps Remote Mapping
Missing Maps HOT remote mapping info@hotosm.org November 2014 Ongoing Volunteers create basemaps using the HOT Tasking Manager. Projects supported are HOT field programs and field programs for other Missing Maps members (listed at missingmaps.org). Each Missing Maps member coordinates their own activities. When HOT maps to support either it's own, or other Missing Maps member activities, projects are listed on the Tasking Manager and advertised to volunteers. When projects are mapped by HOT corporate partners, partners are trained on how to run a mapathon, practice OSM, and 100% of the data created is validated by HOT to ensure data quality. The project IDs for projects that we have mapped & validated with corporate partners are listed under Past Activities and updated on a rolling basis. #missingmaps Tasking Manager At mapathons, Train the Trainer calls for new mapathon leaders
Missing Maps HOT Validation info@hotosm.org February 2019 Ongoing Sometimes HOT engages with corporate partners in mapathons. When projects are mapped by HOT corporate partners, partners are trained on how to run a mapathon, practice OSM. 100% of the data created with corporate partners in mapathons is validated by HOT to ensure data quality. The project IDs for projects that we have mapped & validated with corporate partners are listed here and updated on a rolling basis. #missingmaps Tasking Manager, JOSM and OSMCha Validation team trained by Training Lead

Past Activities

Title Contact Start End Purpose Details Hashtag Tools Training
Disaster Mapping Projects
Beirut Port Explosion Activation Working Group 4 August 2020 24 September 2020 Fulfill request of Lebanon Red Cross & Support of Local Community Activities 2020 Beirut Port Explosion #BeirutPortExplosion Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
Cyclone Amphan Support Activation Working Group 22 May 2020 10 September 2020 Support of Local Community Activities Tasking Manager #CycloneAmphan Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
2019 Typhon Kamurri Response & Preparedness Mapping Activation Working Group 28 Nov 2019 9 March 2019 Basemap in focused areas 2019 Typhon Kamurri Response & Preparedness Mapping #tropicalcyclone #kammuricyclone Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
Djibouti Flooding 2019 Activation Working Group 8 December 2019 15 January 2020 Basemap in focused areas Tasking Manager #Djibouti_Floods_2019 Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
Lebanon (Chouf) Wildfires Activation Working Group 15 October 2019 15 November Basemap in focused areas Tasking Manager #LebanonFires Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
Cyclone Idai Activation Working Group 14 Mar 2019 31 November Basemap in focused areas Cyclone_Idai Wiki
Cyclone Idai Web
#CycloneIdai Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
October 2019 Philippines Earthquakes Activation Working Group 31 October 2019 15 November Basemap in focused areas Tasking Manager #oct19phquakes Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
Tropical Cyclone Lekima Activation Working Group 8 August 2019 23 October 2019 Basemap in focused areas Cyclone_Lekima Wiki #cyclone-lekima Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
Bolivia Wildfires Activation Working Group 28 August 2019 11 September 2019 Basemap in focused areas Bolivia Wildfires Wiki #2019BoliviaFires Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
Denizli Earthquakes Activation Working Group 8 August 2019 11 September 2019 Basemap in focused areas Denizli Earthquake Wiki #2019denizliearthquake Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
Hurricane Dorian Activation Working Group 3 September 2019 12 September 2019 Basemap in focused areas Hurricane Dorian Wiki #HurricaneDorian Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
PNG Volcanoes Activation Working Group 28 June 2019 7 September 2019 Basemap in focused areas Ulawun_Volcano Wiki #MountUlawun2019 #PNGVolcanoes Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
Peru Earthquake Activation Working Group 26 May 2019 6 June 2019 Basemap in focused areas Peru Earthquake #Peruearthquake2019 Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
Ecuador-Peru Earthquake Activation Working Group 22 Feb 2019 25 Feb 2019 Basemap in impacted areas of Ecuador and Peru Ecuador-Peru_Earthquake #MappingEcuador Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
Brumadinho Dam Failure Activation Working Group 25 Jan 2019 28 Jan 2019 Basemap in impacted areas of Brazil Brumadinho_Dam_Failure #BrumadinhoDam Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
Sunda Strait Tsunami Activation Working Group 23 Dec 2018 1 Mar 2019 Basemap in impacted areas of Indonesia Sunda_Strait_Tsunami #SundaStrait Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
Community Mapping Projects
WomenConnect partnerships@hotosm.org 1st December 2018 1st December 2019 Engage women and girls in mapping gendered problems around the world Let Girls Map #womenconnect TM, Kobo, ODK, Mapillary In person
4 County Digitization Liberia HOT August 2019 September 2019 Basemap in Bomi, Bong, Maryland, and Nimba Counties in Liberia 4 County Digitization Liberia #4CDLiberia TM & JOSM In Person Remote Mapping and Validation Training
Tanzania Mini-grids * March 2018 June 2018 Map Buildings in Tanzania TZ Mini-Grids * Standard TM Projects Standard TM Instructions
Eliminate Malaria HOT December 2016 June 2018 Map buildings in 10 countries Eliminate Malaria Campaign #EliminateMalaria Standard TM Projects / Select Ground-truthing Standard TM Instructions
Missing Maps Remote Mapping
Tanzania Development Trust See info at: Organised Editing/Activities/Crowd2Map Tanzania Tasking Manager Projects mapped & validated:

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Thailand Malaria Elimination HOT Feb 2019 July 2019 Map buildings in Thailand for malaria spray campaign support Tasking Manager Projects mapped & validated:

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Quality and Reporting

Quality Control and Assurance: Data quality is a very high priority at HOT. We built into version 2 of the Tasking Manager a 'two-step' process for our typical mapping workflows. Even the best mappers miss things, so having a second mapper take a peak has made tremendous improvement to the 'old days'. We added additional manual validation tools in version 3 and are working on even more ways to improve data quality and validation through technology, stayed tuned... We also often employ 'ground-truthing' in our projects where features are checked with local survey teams. See the activities above for more on what quality assurance techniques were employed.

Information and Reports: Head to our website and join our mailing-list (link towards bottom) to stay up on the latest highlights. Also visit the News page for more frequent and detailed stories from all our projects. Most projects also have there own webpage, see the activities above for links to those additional resources.