[HOT] HOT's Mission

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Sun Sep 25 07:02:43 BST 2011

Economic/international development.

I think software development is well within the goals of HOT.


On Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 1:01 PM, Jeffrey Johnson <ortelius at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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?
> Jeff
> 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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