HOT Mapathon: Libya Floods 2023 --> This Tuesday

HOT Mapathon: Libya Floods 2023

On Tuesday 10th October from 9:00 – 10:30 (GMT) Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
(HOT) will be hosting an online mapathon to improve OpenStreetMap in flood affected areas in Libya to assist in disaster response on the ground.

More info and registration link found in OSM Cal.

The event is online only, we recommend you join the event with a mouse and a laptop or desktop.


• First 10 minutes - Intro and information about the Libya Flood mapping project

• Next 60 minutes:

➼ Join a breakout for step-by-step walkthrough of how to map for beginners

➼ Or join a breakout for learning more advanced mapping on JOSM

➼ Or just stay in the lobby to get on with mapping if you already know how!

• Final 20 minutes - Keep mapping and wrap-up

To get a head start - if you’ve not already created a mapping account visit this page and follow steps 1-4: here.

See you there!


In response to the devastating impact of Storm Daniel in northeastern Libya, this project aims to provide crucial mapping support for disaster relief and recovery efforts in the affected areas. The storm, which made landfall on September 10, 2023, has caused widespread destruction, including heavy rainfall, flash floods, and significant damage to infrastructure and communities in several municipalities in the region. The affected municipalities include Albayda, Almarj, Al Owailia, Albayda, Benghazi, Derna, Shahhat, Sousa, Taknes, Talmeitha, Tobruk, and Toukra. To see the combined extents of the Tasking Manager projects, view this web map.

More info about Libya response: 2023 Libya Floods - OpenStreetMap Wiki

This page is more about the overall incident than the organised edits. Is there a different page that meets the requirements of the organised edit guidelines? In particular, I’m looking for the consultation which would have been in September and the documentation of the “plans for a ‘post-event clean up’ to validate edits”.


@pnorman, well spotted, to the same Wiki page I’ve added an ‘About This Disaster Activation’ section that shares more details about OSM Libya role, contacts and validation. 2023 Libya Floods - OpenStreetMap Wiki

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Can you add a link to the organised edit consultation too?



Hi Paul, how are you? I posted this on the forum a few days after the activation started: Update on disaster response activations in Morocco and libya (and put together a wiki page the same day). Conversations with OSM Libya around the damage caused by the floods (especially the dams in Dernah), priorities for mapping, their capacity to coordinate and engage, and the technical aspects of the tasking manager projects happened in a call, not in written form.