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

Severin Menard severin.menard at gmail.com
Mon Nov 10 01:50:44 UTC 2014


Hi Sander,

It would be definitely good to have it... so let us do it collectively, as
the rest of the voluntary work we do. Would be easy to feed a wiki page
about it, it is just a matter of available time to do it. But it is not
that easy as humanitarian stakeholders do not inform us every time they use
OSM data. I discovered many times on reliefweb maps done with OSM data I
did not know about before. Eg in CAR (see my last blogpost)

Sincerely,

Severin
Le 1 nov. 2014 16:37, "Sander Deryckere" <sanderd17 at gmail.com> a écrit :

> I have to agree with Mr Hartmann.
>
> When you search, you surely can find articles about who's using OSM data
> provided by HOT in which way. But you have to search for it.
>
> It would be good if articles that come from the data users (Red Cross,
> MSF, UN, ...) would be visible on the main intro pages about HOT. Stating
> what HOT can achieve in terms of data quality and speed is important to
> convince possible data users (like the stuff every OSMer knows about hot:
> mapped Haiti in that time, mapped all villages in these countries, ...).
> But stories from data users are important to convince OSMers.
>
> So the PR needed to attract more data users is very different from the PR
> needed to attract more mappers. And both forms of PR are needed.
>
> Regards,
> Sander
>
> 2014-11-01 16:19 GMT+01:00 Andy Anderson <aanderson at amherst.edu>:
>
>>  In addition to “quantitative data sets or any scientifically
>> executed interviews?” or even anecdotal “The maps helped a lot!”, you can
>> also “appeal to authority”: the US State Department’s Humanitarian
>> Information Unit thinks that humanitarian mapping is so worthwhile that
>> they set up their own “MapGive” page:
>>
>>  http://mapgive.state.gov
>>
>>  “Map data is key to humanitarian and development missions. MapGive
>> helps new volunteers learn to map and get involved in online tasks.”
>>
>>  The effectiveness of such an appeal will, of course, depend on whether
>> someone trusts the “authority” :-)
>>
>>  — Andy
>>
>>  On Oct 31, 2014, at 9:25 PM, Kate Chapman <kate.chapman at hotosm.org>
>> wrote:
>>
>>  Hi Gideon,
>>
>>  Certainly it helps to have examples. There are a couple reports that
>> might be of interest from the World Bank and the 2nd one is the World Bank
>> and University College London.
>>
>>  Open Data for Resilience Initiative: Field Guide:
>> https://www.gfdrr.org/ODRIFG
>>  Crowdsourcing Geographic Information Use in Government:
>> http://crowdgov.wordpress.com/report/
>>
>>  Best,
>>
>>  -Kate
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 7:39 PM, Blake Girardot <bgirardot at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> I am not really sure what you are saying when you say: "Is there more
>>> than "The maps helped a lot!""
>>>
>>> I think feedback like that from the groups that use the data we generate
>>> are very convincing that the mapping we do helps on the ground. Further,
>>> for me it is very informative that these same humanitarian groups do ask
>>> the HOT specifically to do mapping for them. I do not think they would ask
>>> us if they did not feel it helped them.
>>>
>>> Also, there is a somewhat different scope of the HOT mapping that is
>>> about empowering local communities outside of immediate crises.
>>>
>>> Best wishes,
>>> Blake
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> 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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