[HOT] What I want from HOT (was: Re: Let's make the most of this)

Zacharia Muindi muindre at gmail.com
Wed Mar 11 12:07:20 UTC 2015

Hi maning
This are amazing ideas and I'm in full support of them. I share the same
thought on your third point about  focusing more on preparedness over

I am part of the map kibera team and we'll put into consideration the
suggestion that you raised on leading regional mentorship in africa.

On Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 3:11 AM, maning sambale <emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com>

> Dear everyone,
> Let me kickstart this.  First, no, I’m not running for the board, but
> here’s what I want HOT to aspire for in the future.
> As many have said, we’ve come a long way since we started with the
> Haiti earthquake response.  We have better tools, more capable people,
> better systems/organization and worldwide recognition.  For many areas
> in the developing world, we are the default map.  This is especially
> true for us in the Philippines where and more and more users are
> utilizing our map across a diverse type of organization
> (international, national agencies, local government).  Having said
> that, I also see a lot of improvements we can look into within HOT and
> the larger OSM community.  Below are “wishlist” for the HOT community
> to consider.  Note that this is my own perspective having been
> involved in several humanitarian mapping work(both as a remote mapper
> and deployments on the ground)  in my own country.  This is not in the
> order of priority.
> * From data consumers to data contributors.
> Many international organizations are using our data, but, I often
> wonder do they contribute back?  I know a couple of organizations are
> doing this (IFRC/ICRC/ARC/BRC, MSF, MapAction to name a few).  I think
> we should consciously encourage these consumers to give back.  We are
> not just a source of free geospatial data, we are a community and they
> are part of it.
> * Building local community capacity.
> We are very good at responding to crisis.  For a very short period, we
> can provide highly accurate data (street and building level detail) to
> any area in the world, but at the end of every response, have we
> considered how will the local community (if there is one) curate and
> continue maintaining the data?  I think for every activation we
> respond to, we should always consider building local capacity.  Some
> countries might not have any local community, but in areas where there
> is, we should strive to engage with them no matter how small this
> community maybe. Because ultimately, it will be local community who
> will maintain what we kickstarted.
> * Focus more on preparedness over response.
> MissingMaps, MapLesotho, HOT-Id (and other HOT technical assistance)
> are doing this already. And I think this is what we should be do more.
> For areas in the Philippines where we integrate
> participatory/community-driven mapping for disaster risk reduction,
> the simple exercise of mapping is a powerful tool to increase
> awareness on the local hazards and to engage local stakeholders
> (affected communities, DRR managers, local governments) in a
> discussion for better preparedness and response.  We’ve witnessed
> instances where pre-mapping as part of the DRR activities allowed
> better response during a typhoon last year.
> * Better tools under challenging environment.
> As I said above, we have better tools now. But offline/very limited
> connectivity remains a big concern for most of the areas we are
> responding to.  Better and simple tools under this condition should be
> what we should aim for.
> * Regional exchange and “mentoring”.
> I’ve learned a lot when collaborating with other mapping groups under
> a similar context.  Fo example, we had several exchanges with
> OSM-Indonesia (through HOT’s project), being in a similar hazard
> context and, in a way, a closely-related culture, I find it that many
> of the techniques they have developed are applicable to our own
> condition.  Would it be possible for HOT to facilitate this?  For
> example, can MapKibera lead regional mentoring in Africa? Or OSM-Haiti
> within its region?  Oftentimes, mentoring is from the “North” to the
> “South” or from “West” to “East”.  This is also very valuable but lets
> also consider that there maybe local community experiences which can
> be shared within the region having the same socio-cultural context
> that can be more effective and adapted to the local condition.
> Hoping the Board and the HOT community can work on some these wishes.
> On Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 7:27 AM, Joseph Reeves <iknowjoseph at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > tl;dr People are always asking for more of a say in HOT. Let's do that
> now!
> >
> > Dear all,
> >
> > The proposed (accepted?) extension to the nomination process has taken
> most
> > of us by surprise. Let's use it as an opportunity.
> >
> > The original nomination deadline is due to close in less than an hour.
> With
> > this extended we have some possibilities. Most obviously, Severin,
> Nicolas,
> > Jaakko & Pierre, will you be able to write a proposal for your Board
> > election before the new deadline? Reading why someone else thinks you're
> > great is, well, great, but I'd rather hear your views.
> >
> > In fact, I think this is really important before the new deadline. By
> > writing your views about HOT, the role of the Board and why you want to
> be
> > on it, you give others the opportunity to engage with you and your views.
> > You give others the opportunity to put themselves or others forward.
> We've
> > got the word "Open" in our organisation name; please don't keep your
> > thoughts from us.
> >
> > I do admit, however, that the deadline extension is a bit of a nuisance
> if
> > you were planning to sneak in at the last minute, not say anything to the
> > membership and then let the nomination process close behind you. I'm sure
> > nobody was planning that.
> >
> > Members, volunteers, interested parties:
> >
> > if you were thinking of running for the Board, there's still time. Read
> what
> > others have written and see if you agree. Tell us what you think of the
> > organisation. How does the Board fit in there? Why do you want to be on
> the
> > Board and not a Working Group? What could you do as a board Member that
> you
> > couldn't do as a a community manager or mapping coordinator?
> >
> > If you weren't thinking of running for the Board, please tell us what you
> > think anyway. At times in the past we've had great outcries that the
> > Membership has not been listened to. At this great opportunity, however,
> > it's depressing that not more people are speaking; the usual verbose
> email
> > senders, myself included, have been saying more than anyone else.
> >
> > You don't have to tell us much. Brief is good. Put in a tl;dr if you
> like.
> >
> > This is the most important time for sharing your views.
> >
> > I'd be interested in, for example, what do you think HOT is? How do the
> > volunteers, Members and Board fit that view? What needs to change? Where
> > will we be in a year? 5 years? 10 years? How do we need to get there?
> >
> > Tell us what you think, please.
> >
> > Thanks, Joseph
> >
> >
> >
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> --
> cheers,
> maning
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