[HOT] HOT's Mission

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Sun Sep 25 06:59:51 BST 2011


Hi Mike,

Sorry I should have been more specific.

I was referring to international development versus humanitarian work.
  Both do help people out, but is it within our goals?

I should hope we won't build another Ushahidi either.

-Kate




On Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 12:49 PM, Mike  Dupont
<jamesmikedupont at googlemail.com> wrote:
> well, as I understood HOT was to help people out. Sometimes you need to
> develop software on the way, but not as the primary goal.
> I develop tools to do things when I am working on hard problems, but these
> tools are to serve the purpose and they are not the goal, but just that, a
> tool.
> So, I understood HOT as having the end goal of improving the maps to improve
> peoples lives.
>
> If you ask me if building another Ushandhi is inside the scope, I would say
> no, it should be its own project, but to scratch together tools to help
> massage data, I would say yes that is part of the process.
> mike
>
> On Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 7:37 AM, Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com> wrote:
>>
>> Hey All,
>>
>> So when we incorporated HOT as an official entity the mission
>> statement was "Using OpenStreetMap for Disaster Response and Economic
>> Development."
>>
>> We've also recently talked about the difference between activations
>> and projects as well.  Meaning that activations are in response to an
>> event and projects are longer term work in preparedness or rebuilding
>> for examples.  (Indonesia and Haiti being examples of this)
>>
>> Sometimes other projects are suggested more in the realm of
>> development projects.  I don't think there is an argument that having
>> better maps in developing areas can help people, but is this within
>> the scope of HOT?  Is it within the realm of what HOT wants to do or
>> is that "mission creep"?
>>
>> Some of us on the board have discussed this, but really it is
>> something that should come from the HOT membership and community.
>>
>> Anyway, we are interested in obtaining some feedback and having a
>> discussion through the mailing list.  I will also put it on the agenda
>> for the next HOT chat.
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> -Kate
>>
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