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Open Source and Open Data for Humanitarian Response with OpenStreetMap

Project: Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) applies the principles of open source and open data to humanitarian response and disaster preparedness. The OpenStreetMap project aims to make a free map of the entire world. Freely geographic information is specific valuable in disaster situations. Free data allows better decision making to be made for routing of supplies, internally displaced people to be registered more accurately, and better models to be build of impact before an event happens. HOT helps foster the availability and knowledge of free data and tools in two ways:

1. After a disaster happens the OpenStreetMap community responds to gather geographic data, modify tools, and provide support to humanitarian responders working on the ground.

2. HOT helps communities preparing for and recovering from disasters, by teaching them to collect geographic information and use that information to make better decisions.

This talk will show how ones hacker, coder, admin, documentation, instructor, and other skills can help make a difference in preparation for events such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. The audience will learn more about the HOT toolset such as QuantumGIS, Java OpenStreetMap Editor, and a few tools we've built to fulfill specific needs. At the end those that want to help the project and start helping, will have the necessary information to join.

Kate Chapman

Kate Chapman is Executive Director of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). HOT utilizes OpenStreetMap to create free geographic data for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Her most recent work has been in Indonesia in partnership with AusAID and the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) to build an OpenStreetMap community to collect infrastructure data for disaster preparedness using OpenStreetMap. This project has hosted a OpenStreetMap mapping competition, a month long event to map critical infrastructure in Jakarta and assisted community facilitators in moving from hand-drawn maps to digital maps. Previous to working at HOT Kate was involved in development of multiple web-GIS applications. She acted as Developer Community Lead for GeoCommons and served in many technical roles at iMapData.