[HOT] HOT's Mission

Sam Larsen samlarsen1 at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Sep 26 09:28:33 BST 2011

+1 for long term development mapping assistance from me also.
One thing to note is that if we include that in our mandate, and we have another huge earthquake like Haiti, 

we have to maintain a presence in the non-disaster work and make sure we don't abandon them altogether.
I'd like to think we would do that anyway, but maybe with a slightly depleted presence.

Sam Larsen

>From: Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com>
>To: maning sambale <emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com>
>Cc: hot <hot at openstreetmap.org>
>Sent: Monday, 26 September 2011, 4:38
>Subject: Re: [HOT] HOT's Mission
>Hi Maning,
>Totally agree, I would hope we would be supporting local groups rather
>than competing with them!  That is what we are moving towards in
>Haiti, the difference being that a local group didn't previously
>And if local groups do need help with advocacy such as yours, let us know.
>On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 10:07 AM, maning sambale
><emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I am very happy to know that HOT is looking at the more strategic and
>> long term objectives of the group.  This is a great affirmation of
>> what an "adhoc" group can achieve and contribute to in the long term.
>> Some of my personal thoughts below:
>> The Haiti and Indonesian experience provides a wealth of insights on
>> how HOT should engage with humanitarian work and international
>> economic development.
>> I do believe that HOT should enable local capacity and should not in
>> any way "compete" with local initiatives.  For example, there maybe
>> local efforts to using OSM data in humanitarian work and local
>> development.  HOT should in a way support them rather than creating
>> new projects towards a similar goal.
>> In my country, there are numerous efforts on participatory GIS
>> (although not necessarily OSM) within various organizations, perhaps
>> HOT can work with these existing orgs?
>> One great strength of HOT is the visibility of its efforts in major
>> international aid groups (such as the UN), perhaps HOT can support
>> local initiatives to link with these international groups?
>> HOT can also focus on a wide range of advocacy areas that can assist
>> local groups in enhancing the map.  For example, imagery availability
>> during activation (I know some of the board are working on already).
>> Just some ideas you might consider.
>> On Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 3:01 AM, Lisa Sweeney <lsweenstar at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I agree with what Aaron stated and in my opinion education could be
>>> considered a part of economic development.
>>> -Lisa
>>> On Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 11:58 AM, Aaron Huslage <huslage at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> It stands to reason that Development work improves our ability to function
>>>> long-term by allowing us to create the infrastructure we need. We can
>>>> operate more efficiently and broaden our talent pool, adding to our
>>>> capacity.
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>> cheers,
>> maning
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