GISCorps-Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Projects
OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a project that creates and distributes free geographic data for the world; Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) projects typically arise from an immediate humanitarian need, and provide valuable information assets during a crisis (see, for example, Typhoon Haiyan project, and Guinea Ebola Outbreak project). Volunteers who participate know that they have made a difference in a time of need.
GISCorps periodically launches projects in cooperation with HOT. These projects are open to any GISCorps member who can commit to about 20 hours of work over the duration of the project, which typically is from one to four weeks. An Internet connection is required. The technical difficulty varies from simple to complex. For simpler tasks no software is required other than an internet browser; for more complex work, free software such as JOSM and QGIS may be helpful, as well as use of ArcGIS. Work is done remotely, although if volunteers live in project areas, local information and ground-truthing of data can be invaluable.
All interested volunteers can learn more about GISCorps–HOT projects and the OSM editing software by following the links below.