HOT receives core funding to bring 1 billion people to the map

The Audacious Project was inspired by the HOT community’s vision of ensuring that places home to a billion people experiencing poverty or living at risk of disaster are represented on the map over the coming five years

HOT receives core funding to bring 1 billion people to the map
HOT receives core funding to bring 1 billion people to the map

HOT receives core funding to bring 1 billion people to the map

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has received core funding from The Audacious Project to help grow OpenStreetMap communities around the world. Over the next five years, the goal is to put 1 billion people on the map, assisting people most vulnerable to disaster and poverty to map their communities.

This core support will fundamentally shift and scale how HOT operates, directly helping local mapping communities where maps are most needed. The Audacious Project was inspired by the HOT community’s vision of ensuring that places home to a billion people experiencing poverty or living at risk of disaster are represented on the map over the coming five years.

Over five years, HOT plans to:

  • Set up a network of regional hubs in South Asia, East Africa, West Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean, which will engage with local mapping communities, facilitate knowledge exchanges, distribute funding, and provide training and support in order to massively scale local edits to OpenStreetMap in 94 countries
  • Invest in technologies that enhance mapping contributions on mobile to enable scaling of local contributions to OpenStreetMap
  • Invest in map data quality and ethical collection and use of map data
  • Work with humanitarian organizations, governments, and other actors to help them use OpenStreetMap to deliver more effective and efficient aid
  • Work more closely with the OSM community/OpenStreeMap Foundation (OSMF), supporting the community and core systems and software

What will the impact be?

By 2025, communities across 94 countries vulnerable to disaster or experiencing multidimensional poverty will be visible on the map. Goals are:

  • That missing maps are no longer a factor in human suffering or loss of life in humanitarian crises
  • That communities are equipped and able to map the locations where they live and work
  • That decision-makers are able to rely on maps and geodata to better allocate resources for the improvement of public health, water, sanitation and hygiene, early childhood development and education, infrastructure, and better reach target communities – including the world’s children
  • That women and girls are fully represented on the map

All data will be available publicly in OpenStreetMap. With this open, up-to-date, free, and digital public good, information will be readily available to make better and faster decisions. As this data is open, the possibilities of impact are limitless.