Join a HOT Activation: How to Respond to a Disaster with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team as a Digital Volunteer

Long Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 10:00 – 11:45am in B204


Join a HOT Activation: Digital Volunteering for Disaster Response


The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) uses the principles of open-source and open data to help communities to respond to and prepare for disasters. Volunteers work online using satellite imagery, existing open map data and other sources to create base map data which can be used by responders. Data from OSM has ended up on GPS units of search and rescue teams, on maps provided to concerned citizens and in situation rooms in many places around the world.

Without online volunteers this type of response would not be possible. Known as “HOT Activations” these are community responses to assist. This workshop will teach participants how to get started in the HOT community and the tools needed to participate.

Tools and methods that will be covered are:

  • OpenStreetMap iD Editor
  • OSM Tasking Manager
  • Interpreting Satellite Imagery
  • Resources for Obtaining Help in the HOT Community


OpenStreetMap, disaster response, geo, mapping

Speaking experience

I speak frequently at events around the world. In 2014 I was a keynote at Linux Conf Australia and in 2013 I was a keynote at FOSS4G. I frequently give workshops to get people started with volunteering with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.

Ignite Talk at OSCON 2013:
FOSS4G 2013 Keynote:


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    Kate Chapman

    Cadasta Foundation


    Kate leads Cadasta’s technology team and strategy. She is recognized internationally as a leader in the domains of open-source geospatial technology and community mapping, and an advocate for open imagery as a public good. Over the past 15 years she’s worked on geospatial problems of all kinds, including tracking malaria outbreaks, mapping private residences for emergency response, and even analyzing imaginary items used in geospatial games. Kate strongly believes in the mantra “people before data” which is core to her current work at Cadasta and her previous leadership of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) as the organization’s Executive Director and co-founder. Previous to her work at Cadasta and HOT, Kate worked on the geospatial sharing portals iMapData and GeoCommons. Kate also serves on the board of the Cadasta Foundation and the OpenStreetMap Foundation.