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Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

Free, up-to-date maps are a critical resource when relief organizations are responding to disasters or political crises. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) creates and provides those maps.

Collaborative Maps for Humanitarian Aid
  • Reaching those in need through maps: When major disaster strikes anywhere in the world, HOT rallies a huge network of volunteers to create, online, the maps that enable responders to reach those in need.
  • Putting the world's vulnerable people and places on the map: Many of the poorest and most vulnerable places in the world do not exist on any map. To data over 3,500 Missing Maps volunteers have collectively made 12 million edits to OpenStreetMap and put 7.5 million people on the map.
  • Creating better maps with communities: HOT supports community mapping projects around the world and assists people to create their own maps for socio-economic development and disaster preparedness.
  • Training governments, NGOs, students and volunteers: HOT organizes and facilitates customized training workshops in open data and open source mapping and GIS tools.
Technical Projects
  • Deploying new technology to serve the humanitarian and open data communities: HOT develops several open source programs and applications to leverage collaborative mapping and the use of new technologies in the field of geographic information for humanitarian aid. Check them out!
  • Working together for a better world: HOT assists international organizations as well as governments and first responders with mapping needs during disaster. Additionally, HOT participates in various long-term projects with our partners.
Core Skills: 
infrastructure mapping, satellite imagery analysis, data downloads for GPS, basedata, open-source GIS training, data collection methodologies
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