[HOT] HOT Process

Sam Larsen samlarsen1 at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Aug 4 09:25:34 BST 2010

----- Original Message ----

> From: Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com>
> To: hot <hot at openstreetmap.org>
> Sent: Wed, 4 August, 2010 3:49:25
> Subject: [HOT] HOT Process
> Hey All,
> There has been some discussion of having a slightly less ad  hoc
> process for HOT to respond to events.
> Questions that have been  brought up:
> -When would HOT respond?
> -When would we deploy to the  ground?
> -Are there times when we specifically shouldn't respond?

-With what type of natrual disasters will we be most effective?
    I feel the situation in Pakistan is an example of this - where the scale of 
the disaster is vast, however, at this stage (due to the temporal change in 
floodwaters etc) i feel we are less suited to this than say an earthquake.  
Imagery at this stage may be less useful than at a later date.  Maybe we ramp-up 
when the flood waters are subsiding & assess infrastructure issues, refugee 
camps etc...
-Different strategies for disaster types...

> -Should  we help if governments haven't specifically asked for it?
> My thoughts are  we can respond when there are adequate materials to be
> effective.   Meaning imagery, data or people with the ability to
> collect data from the  ground.  I think we would deploy we are invited,
> I haven't thought  through the specifics of this though.  I don't have
> a good example of  when we should respond.  As for responding if
> governments haven't asked  for help I think it is okay to do this.
> Free geodata is a huge benefit for  many uses, there are going to be
> times where waiting for an invitation is  going to be lost time.  In
> Haiti people began mapping immediately and  the ad hoc method was
> successful.
> What are your  thoughts?
> Thanks,
> Kate
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