[HOT] HOT for humanitarian organizations

Peter Wendorff wendorff at uni-paderborn.de
Tue Feb 22 14:45:09 GMT 2011

Hi Nicholas.
I hope, it's okay for you that I copy your message into the mailing list 
(see below).

As far as I know there is a mapnik stack working in the current table 
serving tiles for a C#/.NET-Application
Computing power seems to be a smaller problem than communication bandwidth.

What I'm currently not sure is this magic HOT Data Model.
I read something about it, but I don't completely figure out, why it exists:
Is it a more or less simple mapping of "standard" OSM features to the 
features humanitarian communities use internally?
Or is it a kind of parallel tagging scheme for crisis mapping?

Is there more "organization" done by HOT than organizing aerials, 
calling mappers worldwide and organizing some ground-mapping if possible?
Is there any "fast proposal" process for features seldom tagged in 
"normal" situations - e.g. water heights, temporal stuff like broken 
pipelines, work to be done etc.?

I don't completely figured out yet, how HOT works beside of applying a 
mailing list announcing areas with higher need of accurate, current 
mapping and in organizing aerial imagery.

The technical side will not be our problem: Multi-Touch is already 
supported by the MUTTI software, map display and map annotations are 
supported, too.
Mapnik is used as a renderer (with custom stylesheets, I think).


Am 22.02.2011 15:23, schrieb Nicholas Doiron:
> A few ideas:
> * The main OpenStreetMap editing tools are JOSM (Java) and Potlatch 2
> (Flash).
> * It's possible to build your own tools atop OpenStreetMap using
> CloudMade, OpenLayers, or a layer in Google Maps.  I recommend CloudMade
> because they support multi-touch (at least for iPod/iPhone/iPad
> applications), and you can create custom Mapnik styles to hide and remove
> items on the OpenStreetMap layer.
> * If MUTTI or partner organizations use ESRI's ArcGIS (the leading
> proprietary mapping application), there is a plugin for them to download
> OpenStreetMap as shapefiles and upload their own data:
> http://esriosmeditor.codeplex.com/ - I met one of the main people for this
> project and he is looking for disaster-response organizations who could
> use the plugin.
> Regards,
> Nick Doiron
> Civil Engineering Class of 2012
> Carnegie Mellon University
> On Tue, February 22, 2011 4:45 am, Peter Wendorff wrote:
>> Hi.
>> I read through this lists archive, tried to figure out from wiki and
>> blog, but one thing is missing for me, yet: What should be the role of
>> humanitarian organisations in relation to HOT?
>> At my university there is a project group within the computer science
>> departement called MUTTI. MUTTI is an acronym for "Multi-User-Table for
>> Tangible Interaction". This group (I hope I can join them in the next
>> weeks) is developing a big touch table for the THW (Technisches Hilfswerk),
>> the national German organization for technical support at humanitarian
>> crises all over the world.
>> Inside of the table a mapnik rendering stack works to render an OSM map.
>> The application on top of that allows to use this map for the work of
>> the organization: calculating best routes for water pipelines, places for
>> helipads etc.
>> I'm not yet part of the team, but I would like to figure out before
>> starting how we or the THW respectively take part at the HOT approach
>> besides being pure map consumers?
>> Currently AFAIK there is a oneway toolchain of MUTTI only consuming OSM
>> data, I would like to propose for the next year of the project group a
>> backwards channel to enable MUTTI to contribute back to OSM. Is there
>> anything to follow especially within the HOT activity? etc. Are there ideas
>> how humanitarian organizations can contribute further than to fill out
>> questionaires and to work out a mapping sheet to map their own datasets to
>> OSM tagging?
>> regards Peter Wendorff
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