OpenStreetMap began with people walking, biking, and driving around their neighborhoods, surveying data using GPS to map. Starting in 2007, satellite imagery became available for OSM volunteers to trace features, complementing on the ground survey. Imagery was first provided by Yahoo, and presently through Bing, two companies generously taking a chance with our wild idea to voluntarily map the whole world.
Posted by kate on Dec, 5 2013
I spent four days this week in Manila with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery unit of the World Bank. The impetus behind the trip was to see how the OpenStreetMap data could feed into the recovery process post Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. During my short-time in Manila I met with a few different groups. It was great to hear that the OpenStreetMap data was useful and that organizations would continue to appreciate it being updated. This would not be without the support of the over 1500 volunteers who have helped create data and the activation coordinators Maning Sambale, Andrew Buck and Pierre Béland. As well as the many others that played roles in other ways.
Posted by heather on Dec, 1 2013
We have a specific mapping request from Robert Bannick of the American Red Cross. Can you lend some time and tackle a tile? Hello HOT Community, Hello from Tacloban. Recovery work for Typhoon Yolanda is gathering steam in the Philippines and with it the need for highly detailed data. I'm here working with the REACH Initiative to conduct a rapid shelter assessment which will be used to inform shelter reconstruction planning for the entire recovery operation. In the course of these surveys we're testing the accuracy of damage assessments conducted through OSM and developing methodologies to join relevant survey data to OSM map features.
Posted by heather on Nov, 22 2013
Severin Menard and I are in Nairobi for the International Conference of Crisis Mappers. We decided to host an afternoon mapping party with the community. Fortunately, we had some training helpers from Ketty Adoch and Zacharia Muindi. The mapping party included curious observers, trainers, storytellers and some process helpers. We focused on the Typhoon Philippines area, but also reviewed the upcoming project in Central African Republic.
Posted by pierre.beland on Nov, 17 2013
The Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda in Philippines is the worst ever registered. The Humanitarian OpenSteetMap Team (HOT) has activated to provide geographic base data in areas affected by typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Philippines. Currently we are supporting the active OpenStreetMap Philippines community. During the first week of our intervention, more than 1,000 volunteers from 82 countries worked remotely to update OpenStreetMap map. We have activated in conjunction with our partners at the Digital Humanitarian Network(DHN).
Posted by pierre.beland on Nov, 17 2013
Le super-typhon Haiyan aux Philippines est le plus fort jamais enregistré. Nous supportons la communauté OpenStreetMap des Philippines. Au cours de la première semaine de notre intervention, plus de 1 000 bénévoles en provenance de 82 pays ont travaillé à distance à la mise à jour de la carte OpenStreetMap. Nous avons démarré une Activation humanitaire avec le réseau Digital Humanitarian Network(DHN). Pour plus d'informations sur les autres partenaires de ce réseau, svp, lire leur blog à propos de cette activation. Nous travaillons aussi étroitement avec le Bureau de la Coordination des réfugiés de l'ONU (OCHA) la Croix-Rouge américaine (ARC) pour déterminer les besoins auxquels nous pouvons répondre.
Posted by kate on Nov, 10 2013
The Humanitarian OpenSteetMap Team (HOT) has activated to provide geographic base data in areas affected by typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Philippines. Currently we are supporting the active OpenStreetMap Philippines community and we have activated in conjunction with our partners at the Digital Humanitarian Network(DHN). For more information about what other DHN partners are doing please read their blog post about the activation.
Posted by russ on Nov, 5 2013
Having taken advantage of the warmer temperature the latter part of Week 4, we had plenty of data to edit and upload. Unfortunately this was another adaptation to our plan as it is typically best to map, edit, and upload the same day on larger missions where internet is relatively easy to access. However planning around the weather was our case, leading to some of the same partners during data collection unable to attend the same sessions this week to edit and upload together. It always makes editing more difficult if it is not your own handwriting, sketches on field papers, etc.
Posted by sev_hotosm on Oct, 29 2013
After two weeks of initial training about OSM and focus made on tracing over imagery, we started the field mapping on Monday 21. Our first goal is to map Baga Toiruu, the most central part of Ulaanbaatar, in which the Mongolian University of Sciences and Technologies, Geology Department is located, using a dedicated Field Papers Atlas for this.
Posted by russ on Oct, 20 2013
I will admit, I was quite nervous knowing that I would be 'alone' in Ulaanbaatar this week; especially knowing that Wednesday and Thursday I would not even have a translator. Obviously since I'm making this post; I survived. Not without struggles however, the afternoon training session on Wednesday I am not sure many (if any) of my instructions were understood, but for the most part speaking slowly and/or lots of pointing, gesturing, and demonstrating seemed to get some new information across and answer the participants questions.