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via the Mapillary blog — The Mapillary Humanitarian Mapping Kit, in Partnership with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) does amazing work in building and supporting local mapping communities around the world for people to create their own maps for socio-economic development and disaster preparedness. This is also one of the founding blocks of what we are creating with Mapillary.
We are very happy to see that photo mapping with Mapillary is a useful tool not only for creating and editing maps, but for also documenting places that have not been put on the map in a sustainable way. Our work has just begun. Our goal is to put the power of mapping back into human hands. The smartphone is an amazing innovation, it has allowed people from all over the world to connect through calls and texts, through tweets and status updates, through photos and maps. But to this day, many people still don’t have access to a smartphone. Our goal of democratizing maps becomes limited by this. For this reason, with guidance from HOT, we have created the Mapillary Humanitarian Mapping Kit to empower local communities to capture and share photos of places that might not have been shared openly and freely otherwise. The kit includes an action camera or smartphone, mount, memory card, and battery pack. Any HOT community-member led project is eligible to apply for the Mapillary Humanitarian Mapping Kit. Mapillary will with the help of HOT review applicants and select projects that are eligible for the mapping kit. Apply here.