[HOT] HOT's Mission

Jeffrey Johnson ortelius at gmail.com
Sun Sep 25 07:01:09 BST 2011

Seems like we need clarification on the use of the term "development"
here ... do we mean "economic development" ... or "software
development" ... or something else entirely?


On Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 10:49 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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