The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team [HOT] applies the principles of open source and open data sharing for humanitarian response and economic development. Today I will talk about the power of global and local networks and provide some examples of how HOT collaborated with Kathmandu Living Labs.
Presentation for the Kathmandu Living Labs Workshop, August 9, 2015 http://kathmandulivinglabs.org/
Digital Humanitarians provide online digital skills in times of crisis. They aim to provide support for humanitarians (eg. Information Officers) who manage all the data from multiple sources during a disaster. The Digital Humanitarian Network was formed a few years ago. This network of various communities collaborates directly with the United National Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA). It is a global community network that use their digital skills to help Humanitarians get data, maps, insights and technology. They provide surge support capacity to manage the influx of so much information during times of crisis and emergencies. Each has their own community, skillsets and priorities. They work as a team and are ‘activated’ based on the needs assessment identified by the UN or other humanitarian groups.
Over the past few years there are two global movements growing. Each aims to use technology to improve the lives of others. Digital skills come in many forms from data to maps to new software. Humanitarian OpenstreetMap Team is part of a number of larger networks. The CrisisMappers Network was founded in 2009 to bring together all those who create maps and data informatics for a variety of crisis situations from protracted emergencies, conflict zones to rapid onset emergencies. The global civic technology communities aim to bridge the gap between governments and citizens using digital skills. An example of civictech that is often cited is Code for All or Code for America. Kathmandu Living Labs is very much a hybrid organization serving a variety of these types of programmes. OpenStreetMap is a tool often used for civic engagement and local digital skills.
Time line of previous HOT activations and some key examples of how OSM and HOT have evolved. Each response and each mapping activity grows the collective knowledge. The digital communities work to build and support local capacity. And, the local communities change OpenStreetMap. The Core is that the map be used in the regions they are made. While Remote mappers can help, the key to growth is learning over time and training more people on the base skills.
Kathmandu living labs was the center for all global and local civic tech action. Their dedication and coordination will inspire resilient communities around the world. Because there was an active, connected community, the OSM mapping community simply because ‘surge support’. It is critical that local leaders, language, culture and relationships drive responses. We received daily emails from the KLL team advising on strategy and requests.
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Nepal_remote_mapping_guide http://hotosm.org/updates/2015-04-30_volunteers_from_around_the_world_help_hot_map_nepal http://osm.townsendjennings.com/nepal/ Additional sources : Hot Mailing list.
The core success was the collaboration between Kathmandu Living Labs and various governments, organizations and NGOs. It shows a pathway for other responses. Plus, it speaks volumes about the need for all the best minds to solve questions together.
Sindhupalchok District, Nepal. 5 May 2015 – Captain James Borer, a civil-military cooperation officer attached to the Canadian Armed Forces Disaster Assistance Response Team and Captain Animesh Adhikari, liaison officer for Nepalese National Army, discuss with local authorities about roads status, in Sindhupalchok District, Nepal during Operation RENAISSANCE 15-1 on May 5, 2015. (Photo: Corporal Kevin McMillan, Canadian Forces Combat Camera)
• There were over 7000 contributors from the wider
OpenStreetMap Community, including large groups like
MapGive, PeaceCorps and Missing Maps.
• During the emergency, international experts joined to provide
auxiliary resources. Some examples include a pilot explaining
helipad identification and an aid worker creating a satellite guide
for displaced persons camp.
• A team in India worked with KLL to create new printable maps.
The Japanese community wrote a full guide to help their
• Guides created by Kathmandu Living Labs for mapping in Nepal
were used in mapathons around the globe from Tokyo (Japan),
San Paolo (Brazil), Miami (USA) and Trento (Italy).