Blog / Rebecca Firth / November 6, 2017
OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a free, editable map of the world, and by far the most comprehensive global map dataset there is. OSM data is open source, providing huge value for the GEO and humanitarian community. The Missing Maps Project works to crowdsource individuals to produce OSM maps. The objective of Missing Maps is simple: to map the world's most vulnerable communities so that local and international NGOs, communities, and individuals can use the maps and the data to better prepare for and respond to crises affecting the areas.
In the past three years, nearly 40,000 people have mapped the homes of over 50 million people worldwide, who can now be targeted by humanitarian and development programs. Missing Maps is a project founded by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), American Red Cross, British Red Cross, and Doctors Without Borders (MSF-UK). HOT is a GEO Participating Organisation since 2016 following the same broad principles of open data for the benefit of humankind.
OSM GeoWeek is a week long celebration during which community groups, map lovers, teachers and students around the world, join together to celebrate geography and make maps with OpenStreetMap. Last year, in partnership with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), American Red Cross, MapGive, YouthMappers, PEPFAR, and many more, there were 140 mapping events in 42 countries!
Mapping with HOT and OSM, participants don’t need any special expertise, just basic computer skills. Events can be of any size, and registration is easy, just fill out this FORM and your event will be registered on both the GeoWeek and Missing Maps event pages. Please see OSM GeoWeek for more information on this year’s events. If your organization would like to participate, our team and the OSM and Missing Maps network can provide you with the information and materials needed to host a successful mapathon. Regional support is available in some locations, so make sure you register your event!