An outbreak of Ebola struck Guinea causing at least 187 infections and 117 deaths. Aid organisations are taking emergency measures to contain the spread of this highly infectious and deadly virus. Crucial to this work, is an understanding of where the populations are centred. Detailed and accurate maps of the region are vital, which is why organisations such as MSF are working closely with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team to coordinate our mapping community and deliver maps to field workers.
Posted by mikel on Jul, 21 2014
Last week we launched a new Version 2 update to the "Tasking Manager". This popular tool created by H.O.T. allows people to view a set of "projects" describing recent humanitarian mapping work, and join in with the mapping by taking a task. It's a coordination tool for the community, and an easy way to for new people to figure out "where should I start?" when it comes to contributing. The new version of this tool is up and running now at the usual home:
Posted by heather on Jul, 9 2014
(Blog post by Katie Filbert, Heather Leson)
Posted by pierre.beland on Jul, 6 2014
Following the second wave of the Ebola outbreak marked by a jump in the number of deaths, teams from Red Cross and MSF are currently deployed in Sierra Leone and have asked for a re-activation of HOT. GIS specialist CartONG has been deployed on the ground again and is liaising with MSF.