[HOT] Is mapping Pakistan a good thing ?

ce-test, qualified testing bv - Gert Gremmen g.gremmen at cetest.nl
Sat Oct 2 10:29:15 BST 2010

Open information always contributes to peace, so

is OpenGeo data. Conspiracies, war , dictatorships

exist because inequality in information and education.





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Van: hot-bounces at openstreetmap.org [mailto:hot-bounces at openstreetmap.org] Namens Jean Millerat
Verzonden: vrijdag 1 oktober 2010 12:09
Aan: hot at openstreetmap.org
Onderwerp: [HOT] Is mapping Pakistan a good thing ?


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...



Jean Millerat

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