[HOT] Is mapping Pakistan a good thing ?
Jean.Millerat at wecena.com
Fri Oct 1 11:08:53 BST 2010
Could someone share some info about how useful the current OSM effort in
mapping Pakistan is (how is it used ? or to be used ? and by who ?) ?
And could someone tell me if/why this is still the right thing to do ?
I am being told by some Crisis Commons folks that some people in
Pakistan fear that sharing the GPS coordinates of villages via OSM would
facilitate "foreign intrusions" in the country (referring to yesterday's
incident with a NATO helicopter near the Afghan border, I think). I was
in the process of looking for newbie OSM volunteers to be provided by
French corporate donors (= employee time) in order to help via Potlatch
or JOSM using the US Defence Agency maps or satellite imagery. Such
volunteers would be happy helping as long as they have some confidence
this effort really helps humanitarian action. They would not help if
this contributes to some war or God knows which kind of geopolitical
And OSM is probably not a NATO conspiracy plan for having crowds provide
GPS coordinates of targets for drones... ;-)
So, what are the best guarantees available that :
- such OSM data for locating villages still is of strong value for
humanitarian action in Pakistan (if it is) ?
- such OSM data will not work against peace ?
Thanks in advance for giving me some pointers...
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