Talk:Humanitarian OSM Team

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Ideas for "activations"

What d'you think should be the criteria for beginning an "activation"? There's lots of humanitarian disaster zones all over the world, but I like the idea that we can pounce on an area to produce a map really quickly by remote armchair mapping in large numbers. Unfortunately we can only really do that in places like Tehran where there's Yahoo! Aerial Imagery. Obviously there's other forms of humanitarian work which take place on the ground over a longer time period.

-- Harry Wood 16:40, 30 September 2009 (UTC)

If one looks at the value-addition proposition then a trigger could be answer the question "does event X lead to a permanent change in the map content". For an earthquake, this answer is almost certainly "yes" for all cases where buildings collapse; building collapse as one trigger condition would also cover major hurricane, typhoon and similar events. --Ceyockey 23:11, 21 January 2010 (UTC)
Note: This is an old discussion, but interestingly we still haven't completely nailed it, and the same question keeps coming up. We're working on it though. See HOT activation -- Harry Wood 12:33, 28 September 2011 (BST)

Need help for activating HOT volunteers to support map creation and updates for Philippine Ondoy typhoon victims

More info here:

Please add more ideas and info. Maning 08:22, 1 October 2009 (UTC)

Thank You from Haiti

Comment duplicated. See: Talk:WikiProject Haiti#Fairfax County Urban Search & Rescue Team Using Garmin downloads

Keeping contributions 'free and clean'

I will be raise a question that has been nagging at me. There is a strong tendency for people to 'ignore all rules' with regard to pulling information from copyrighted sources and give little regard for that copyright when 'lives are at stake'. This is directly addressed at WikiProject Haiti/Imagery and data sources with the "you have to give credit" admonition. I am specifically now thinking about the addition of the link provided on one page as a source of address information. I think that this issue should be included as a plank in the H.O.T. rules-of-engagement. Thanks for considering this. --Ceyockey 13:43, 22 January 2010 (UTC)

Populated place coverage by high resolution imagery

I have done some manual work to relate a thought around how coordinating the treatment of populated places by the general armchair mapping population might be attacked. The intent would be to semi-automate the creation of an index resource rather than do this by hand. I feel that the current situation is helped by OSM-Matrix, but is just this side of chaos.

The concept page is at User:Ceyockey/Haiti_Imagery_and_Places#NOAA-2010-01-20.

The overall gist of the concept is that we need to provide some trackable index of populated places which are covered by high resolution imagery FAST after imagery availability. At the same time, highlighting those populated places which sit just outside the margins of available imagery could be helpful in prompting imagery providers to release additional data.

The concept page only addresses one section of one imagery set so far; the concept of how to apply this across multiple imagery sets covering the same locale will be added later.

Thanks for considering this.

--Ceyockey 22:00, 27 March 2010 (UTC)

An interesting graphic from the New York Times & GOOD (Haiti and Chile)

See New York Times image first published on at, showing the relative damage levels in Haiti and Chile after their respective earthquakes. --Ceyockey 00:18, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

On the rainy season coming to Haiti

Are there actions that can or should be taken from an OSM perspective? --Ceyockey 11:26, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

Qinghai Earthquake

An earthquake hit western China last night with ~400 dead. See the Qinghai for details. On that page we can work out if there any good enough imagery or useful landsat mapping to be done as a coordinated effort -- Harry Wood 11:57, 14 April 2010 (UTC)

Hi, I would like to propose some idea for a logo, something like a red cross with the osm logo combined, or a lightning bolt.

mike H4ck3rm1k3 14:42, 5 December 2010 (UTC)

Yes we do need a logo! It's time to do something about this. I'm working with User:wonderchook on the website stuff, and I've already investigated logos a little bit, and received some logo ideas from one person, but to be fair and community-driven, etc we'll inevitably need to have design competition. I'm keen to keep this short and sweet though. So here it is...
Humanitarian OSM Team Logo Design Competition.
I'll just check some of the details and figure out who's going to be the judge(s), and then I'll kick things off with a post to the mailing list
-- Harry Wood 11:48, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
As an update to this: The new HOT logo (DONE) -- Harry Wood 12:26, 28 September 2011 (BST)

remove 'People Interested' section

I want to suggest we remove the 'People Interested' section. Obviously it's growing bigger and bigger as people decide to list themselves, but I'm not sure if it's serving any useful purpose really. Of course a list of people who are interested is potentially useful, but this wiki list isn't really going to deliver that in any consistent manner. I'm sure there will be some people who are very interested and very valuable to HOT who have not listed themselves there, and conversely there will be people who have listed themselves there, never to be heard from again.

The best way to indicate your interest is to subscribe to the HOT mailing list, and join in the conversations there, and/or join in with remote mapping work during activations. Do some mapping so that your name appears on the lists of people editing in an area. We should perhaps make these lists more prominent somehow. Also there's very useful technical development work, documentation, and promotional work to be done. To indicate your interest, just join in! There's also the possibility to become a HOT "member" Humanitarian OSM Team/Members (which would come later after you're known to the community)

...But this wiki list? It made sense while HOT was getting set-up but, but these days I'm not convinced it really means anything, and it's taking up more and more space, slowing down page loading etc.

-- Harry Wood 12:44, 28 September 2011 (BST)

Suggestion — create basic userboxes which categorizes people to Category:HOT Participants (people who have, do and will participate in HOT-related mapping), Category:HOT Team (the core team) and Category:HOT observers (people who are interested but are not in a position to contribute). --Ceyockey 03:53, 30 September 2011 (BST)
P.S. I agree that the list as it exists is low in utility and getting lower as it gets longer. --Ceyockey 03:55, 30 September 2011 (BST)
Someone's already set up user boxes. See Template:HOT UserBox -- Harry Wood 11:46, 30 September 2011 (BST)

I've moved the list onto its own sub-page; see Humanitarian OSM Team/Interested OSM Users. I've also revised the section name to "people" and put links to both the new 'interested' page and to the actual 'members' page. --Ceyockey 21:45, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

2015 Chile Volcan Eruption Calbuco

Shouldn't there be opened tasks regarding the Calbuco vulcan eruption in Chile, or does this task already exist? --Skippern (talk) 12:09, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

I'll create a wiki page 2015 Chile Volcano Eruption Calbuco
-- Harry Wood (talk) 16:16, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Logistics infrastructure

How is logistics=* currently considered to be vital for humanitarian topics ? An example would be (ground stations of)  Zipline_(drone_delivery) rtfm Rtfm (talk) 13:00, 15 May 2021 (UTC)


I found this node It is not a natural feature but the center of a natural event so maybe we should delete it. What do you think ? Krako73 (talk) 17:55, 30 January 2023 (UTC)

Hi Krako73 - I see you deleted the node, that seems appropriate. Reviewing a bit, this seemed to be unrelated to HOT, just a mapper adding data they thought useful - you can add a discussion directly to their changeset as they'd more likely see that than come here to read. However, in general - and keeping with OSM best practices, HOT should only encourage mapping an event if it is 'survey-able' such as a landslide. Happy Mapping!
--Russdeffner (talk) 01:48, 6 February 2023 (UTC)