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

Yantisa Akhadi yantisa.akhadi at hotosm.org
Sat Nov 8 02:39:10 UTC 2014

I would like to add one article that I got recently:
How mapping can increase disaster resilience:


*Yantisa Akhadi (Iyan)*
*Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team*
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On Sat, Nov 8, 2014 at 12:56 AM, Pierre Béland <pierzenh at yahoo.fr> wrote:

> 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
> Pierre
>   ------------------------------
>  *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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> --
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> the black flag, and begin slitting throats."
> - H. L. Mencken
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