I am proud to be a HOTOSM voting member and here is my review of 2018.
2018 was a very busy year for Crowd2Map. We now number over 10,000 volunteers from all over the world with new volunteers joining every day. We have over 2200 members in our active Slack channel - you are welcome to join us here https://join.slack.com/t/crowd2map/shared_invite/enQtNDQ4OTY2MjAyMDY3LTAyYzU5MDQ2MTFiNzk2OGJlNDQwYWY5OWRjNTc1NTFiNjZlOTVjYmJkNmMxYjljMzI1Y2IwYmVhNjlhODliYTE
In September we were invited to organise a mapathon at UNFPA HQ in New York as part of the United Nations general assembly. This was accompanied by concurrent events in 60 countries to #map2endFGM. It was featured on the UNFPA website here https://www.unfpa.org/news/girls-escaping-fgm-rural-tanzania-crowdsourced-maps-show-way-safety
In July we were awarded the Africa award at State of the Map in Milan.We gave a talk there and a keynote on mapping to help end FGM at FOSS4G in Dar es Salaam, who then donated the remaining conference funding to us.This enabled us to buy cheap android phones to train first time smartphone users to map their communities to better protect them.
In December we started a programme to train all 78 village women and children protection committees in Serengeti District to map their villages to better protect their communities, with HOTOSM in a project called WomenConnect funded by USAID.
You can follow how this is going on our blog here https://crowd2map.wordpress.com/blog/ and on twitter @crowd2map and Facebook.
Thank you to everyone who helped us map rural Tanzania in 2018!
I became involved in HOT because as a volunteer visiting projects in rural Tanzania I became aware of the lack of maps of this area which greatly hampers navigation and development. With Egle, who I met at Mozfest, I set up a volunteer crowdmapping project to seek to address this called Crowd2Map Tanzania. This recruits volunteer mappers to map rural Tanzania, starting with the area in Serengeti where girls are at risk of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). There are details of this project here http://bit.ly/FGMSOTM
I became aware of and was greatly helped and guided by many people at HOT and Missing Maps. I regularly attend Missing Maps events in London and have spoken about HOT at SOTM, Mozfest and talks for Britain Tanzania Society, and contributed to the fundraising video.
HOT is an amazing initiative that seeks to put the worlds’ most vulnerable people on the map, and I want to support it in any way I can. I became a HOT voting member in 2017 and I help promote HOT and OSM wherever I can, and ensure it is as inclusive as possible, particularly in less well represented areas such as Tanzania. I see HOT’s greatest challenge as access to funding so that it can support mapping initiatives in areas such as rural Africa and so telling stories about the difference HOT makes, such as in Serengeti, shown by this 2 minute video.
https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/873491619459013/ is extremely helpful.