HOTOSM SUMMIT 2019

WHAT IS THE HOTOSM SUMMIT?

The HOT summit is the yearly global meeting of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMapTeam (HOT) communityIn 2019, it took place on September 19-20, in Heidelberg, Germany, under then theme ‘Next Phase of Mapping, new ideas in OSM’. 

Participants came together to showcase projects, discuss and share ideas, and learn how mapping projects can create better targeted and more efficient disaster response 

WHO WAS IT FOR?

HOT is an international team dedicated to humanitarian action and community development through open mapping used by the likes of IFRCRed Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, Médecins Sans Frontières, etc., supporting NGOs CartONG, researchers HeiGITsoftware developers and many volunteering GIS experts. Around 500 members attended the summit. Our Data Scientist Jacopo Margutti travelled there by train to meet and learn from & share with the extended network.

WHY IS IT NEEDED?

Having both creators and users of the OSM in the same room is an occasion to learn from each other’s experiences and improve our work, with the common goal of better humanitarian action and community development through open mapping. It is also an opportunity to stay up to date with changes and innovations in the OSM. 

510 contributes to these efforts by organising recurring Mapathons (as part of the Missing Maps project) and working on tools to automate mapping and damage assessment from remote sensing images.  

WHAT WE DID THERE

Together with IFRC and the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Center, 510 participated in a workshop to discuss the importance of maps in preparing for, anticipating and responding to disasters. We presented one of our projects, the automated damage assessment tool. 

We also discussed how OSM data is crucial for us to develop this tool and how we can collaborate with other NGOs using itOSM provides data about the location of buildings before a disaster occurs. Without this key information, it’s hard for anyone – person or machine – to assess which and how many buildings are destroyed, as the debris might be displaced or accumulate. 

WHEN AND WHERE IT ALL STARTED

  • 2004: OSM, the community-driven free and editable map of the world, is created 
  • 2013: HOT is founded, dedicated to humanitarian action and community development through open mapping 
  • 2014: Missing Maps sets out to map parts of the world that are vulnerable to natural disasters, conflicts, and disease epidemics 
  • 2015: The first HOT OSM Summit takes place 
  • 2016: 510 is formed and starts using and contributing to OSM related tools 

 

Written by Catalina Barzescu & Jacopo Margutti.

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