Episode 18 - This week we hungout with Kate Chapman, Acting Executive Director at the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (H.O.T). HOT coordinates the creation, production and distribution of free mapping resources to support humanitarian relief efforts in many places around the world. Collaborative mapping is uniquely valuable to humanitarian work, especially in places where base map data is often scarce and out of date. As an example of their work, Kate tells us about the project to establish base map data and OSM mapping communities in Indonesia, and tells us which places Indonesians are always sure to map (not pubs in this case!). She also talks about the main obstacle to HOT’s work – a lack of truly free high-resolution satellite imagery – and describes how she’d like to see the organization develop in the future. Thanks, Kate for appearing on Hangouts with James Fee, and thanks to all the people who help out with HOT for their good work!
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