[HOT] Why we fail mapping Ivory Coast ?
brad.neuhauser at gmail.com
Thu Apr 21 15:28:31 BST 2011
Here's a couple additional ideas:
- Looking at the other Current projects listed on the HOT page
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Hot#Current, they all have a OSM wiki
page which explains what the crisis is, what areas are affected, what
imagery/maps are available, what the most valuable ways are to contribute,
etc. On the Ivory Coast page, there's a lot about data sources, but not
much on what to do (which to me really helps people convert their effort
into the maximum impact).
- In scanning through the last few months of posts on the HOT list, Ivory
Coast has rarely been mentioned (before this thread, 3 messages in 2011 that
- In addition to the Japan crisis, Libya has also drawn a fair amount of
Thanks for bringing this up,
2011/4/21 Frédéric Bonifas <fredericbonifas at gmail.com>
> Political crisis following the presidential elections led to violence
> all over the country :
> * In Abidjan, number of displaced people was estimated to 800.000 two
> weeks ago. Although calm slowly returns to Abidjan, violence is still
> ongoing especially in the Yopougon district (west of the city, 1
> million people).
> * Violence has been terrible in the western part of the country. UNHCR
> talking about "massacre" . This area has been especially affected
>  and the imagery we got yesterday from SPOT covers this.
> * There are refugee camps in Liberia, approximately 150.000 Ivorian
> refugees according to UNHCR . UNOSAT has authorized OSM to trace
> over one of its imagery for the Bahn camp in Liberia (the biggest camp
> if I make no mistake) 
> Unfortunately, the "end" of the political crisis does not
> automatically implies the end of the humanitarian crisis : displaced
> people will still stay in camps for a time, infrastructures are
> destroyed, people are afraid of reprisals and violence. Protection,
> health and food needs are big. Many organizations are now operating
> there and lacking good baseline data.
> As I told yesterday, OSM is in the Common Operational Dataset of OCHA
>  : so OSM data is already used but needs to be improved
> I know I am not good at summarizing the situation, many reports can be
> found here for those interested :
>  : http://reliefweb.int/node/394813
>  : http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/map_47.pdf
>  : http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/map_59.pdf
>  : wms:
>  :
> 2011/4/21 Mikel Maron <mikel_maron at yahoo.com>
> > Frederic
> > Perhaps everyone is not as aware of the humanitarian situation in Ivory
> Coast? Can you elaborate what's happening?
> > The media focus was on Gbagbo (at least in the US), and the humanitarian
> crisis there was overshadowed by Japan.
> > -Mikel
> > == Mikel Maron ==
> > +14152835207 @mikel s:mikelmaron
> > ________________________________
> > From: Frédéric Bonifas <fredericbonifas at gmail.com>
> > To: hot at openstreetmap.org
> > Sent: Thu, April 21, 2011 7:35:54 AM
> > Subject: [HOT] Why we fail mapping Ivory Coast ?
> > Hi,
> > I have noticed that the participation in mapping Ivory Coast isn't huge.
> > We usually have no data sources. So we spend time tracing with landsat,
> defining the areas of interest, trying to get images, and complaining about
> the lack of available data sources.
> > For Ivory Coast we are in the contrary case : we have tons of satellite
> images but no one to trace over it.
> > Perhaps you are currently mapping another area ?
> > Perhaps you don't see the interest in mapping Ivory Coast ?
> > Perhaps the data sources available were not promoted enough ?
> > Perhaps quality of available satellite imagery is too bad ?
> > Perhaps the communication around the usefulness of this mapping action
> wasn't good ?
> > Perhaps the media did not talk a lot about this crisis ?
> > Perhaps ... ?
> > This is really a "naive" message, without pre-conceived ideas, just to
> understand why we fail and how we can improve.
> > Thanks
> > --
> > Frédéric Bonifas
> > +33672652807 skype:fredericbonifas
> Frédéric Bonifas
> +33672652807 skype:fredericbonifas
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