[HOT] Are there any detailed reports or research on the utilization of HOT maps on the ground?

Pierre Béland pierzenh at yahoo.fr
Fri Nov 7 17:56:53 UTC 2014

Thanks Chris,
In the last few years, wee have showed to the UN agencies and humanitarian organizations our professionalism and capacity to react / adapt rapidly.
We are quite happy to collaborate to various projects like vaccination.  The Lubumbashi project with MSF-UK last spring is an example among many. 

But what is essential to progress, this is the necessity to develop an ecosystem where people in the field, humanitarians feed also the map with essential gelocated information about various infrastructures. We also need infos from governments.
Now that everybody in the field have a smarphone or a tablet, we should find ways to progress to a better map with all the actors collaborating.
Wheelmap.org is a nice example of a simple tool that shows hows we could have a map application specific to a domain to both visualize and edit data. I understand that humanitarian organizations have operational challenges in the field. 
See https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.wheelmap.android.online  

      De : Chris Daley <chebizarro at gmail.com>
 À : "HOT at OSM (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team)" <hot at openstreetmap.org> 
 Envoyé le : Vendredi 7 novembre 2014 12h02
 Objet : Re: [HOT] Are there any detailed reports or research on the utilization of HOT maps on the ground?
Hi all,As a humanitarian aid practitioner with numerous field missions I feel I can speak from at least that perspective on the utility of HOT's work in general. I first used OSM when I was planning a mass vaccination program in Malawi in 2010. Accurate maps are essential when planning emergency immunisation programs as you want to get the highest possible coverage rates. The only maps we had were hand drawn, old or in limbo because the Malawi government was trying to sell us the data they had. In the end, I found the data I needed on OSM and it meant we could add dozens of villages to our coverage that otherwise would simply have been forgotten.If only HOT had existed then as it does now!This is only one of many aspects of humanitarian aid delivery that requires up to date and accurate map data that is freely accessible. Emergency food distribution, managing refugee camps, WASH etc. The needs far outstrip the means all too often. So far, OSM is the only platform and HOT the organization doing this on the scale required.There is a lot about digital humanitarianism that is at best misguided internet solutionism and at worst risible, narcissistic or dangerous to the people it is intended to help. The work that HOT volunteers perform is most definitely not. I highly doubt there would be anyone with genuine humanitarian experience who would disagree and I am curious as to why someone would think this way. That some of the biggest names in Aid have gotten behind the Missing Maps project speaks volumes about how important this work is to them.Keep those mappers mapping, we need them more than ever!Chris
>>> On 10/31/2014 1:25 PM, Gideon Hartmann wrote:
>>>> Hey mappers,
>>>> whenever I tell friends about the HOT projects, I get a lot of sceptic
>>>> responses. Most people don't see the importance of our maps and there
>>>> are even voices saying it is much more something to keep mappers
>>>> occupied than actual help.
>>>> If I go deeper into online research on the impact of HOT, I can find
>>>> some opinions here and there, but these are mostly very vague and based
>>>> on few people's opinions.
>>>> Is there more than "The maps helped a lot!" or "The maps could help in
>>>> case xxx..." anywhere?
>>>> Are there any quantitative data sets or any scientifically executed
>>>> interviews?
>>>> Keep mapping!
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