[HOT] Bahrain & Libya mapping

Todd Huffman huffmantm at gmail.com
Thu Feb 17 19:26:54 GMT 2011


My roommate is Libyan and active in the Libyan diaspora, and she's
offered to help coordinate diaspora for projects.  If you or others
are looking for Libyan input on projects please let me know.

Cheers,

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On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 2:40 AM, Jean-Guilhem Cailton <jgc at arkemie.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> There is always also the #hot channel on IRC for lightweight coordination.
>
> @Floris: Do you know where is Maydan Al Shajara, the central square for the
> protests in Benghazi ? I couldn't find it in that other map either. ;)
>
>
> I am considering proposing the hashtag #OSMapLibya on Twitter for trying to
> collect local knowledge and help from the Libyan diaspora, with respect to
> street names, for example. OpenStreetBugs might be a suitable tool for this.
>
> (Just had a look: there is even a recent bug (Jan 31) complaining about the
> lack of a specific guide for Libya, compared to Tunisia and Egypt. "why are
> we invisible or wut". Wiki editors welcome...) :)
>
> Of course, similar hashtags (#OSMapAlgeria, #OSMapYemen, #OSMapBahrain...)
> could be used later, if this kind of social media interaction works.
>
> What do you think?
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Jean-Guilhem
>
>
> Le 17/02/2011 10:40, nicolas chavent a écrit :
>
> Thanks Katie for following up on the Arabic Mapping.
>
> I can not devote to this crisis time, although I feel like all something
> fundamental is happening there and as you put it that OSM can play a part, 2
> points:
>
> I am wondering how to best coordinate on this fluid crisis mapping at wide
> regional scale
> * The wiki_project pages of each country have been used and we shall
> continue to do so; no wiki project lybia
> * I feel that to have an overview of our engagement in this mapping, an
> Arabic Mapping Coordination page in HOT, or a dedicated atriom group could
> be helpful to compliment the mailing list and help keeping track of actions
> and planning actions. This would be broad (strategy/ main activities),
> implementation would happen in the country_wiki_pages eventually in
> dedicated crisis section
>
> Do we foresee any needs for imagery outreach in Lybia, Bahrain?
>
> Excellent day to all
>
> Nicolas
>
>
> On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 4:38 AM, Katie Filbert <filbertk at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> Political instability has spread to other countries throughout the Middle
>> East, including Bahrain where crackdown has been harsh.  Bahrain is a tiny
>> country, an island in the Persian Gulf.
>>
>> Parts of Bahrain are mapped well, but there are large sections of Manama
>> (the Capital) and elsewhere that are completely unmapped.  We have excellent
>> Bing imagery for all of Bahrain.  For now, Google Maps is so much better
>> than OSM for coverage of Bahrain so for any immediate needs like Ushahidi, I
>> would recommend using Google Maps.
>>
>> In Libya, the situation is escalating in the country's second largest
>> city, Benghazi.  In OSM, Benghazi is very poorly mapped and Google Maps is
>> not great either though much better than OSM.  Yet, we have great Bing
>> imagery.
>>
>> In the long run, good OSM data is a good thing for both Bahrain and
>> Libya.  Hopefully, we will be able to do some on-the-ground outreach in both
>> countries at some point, but for not filling in basics like roads is
>> helpful.
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Katie
>>
>> PS - there still is a need to map places in Egypt.
>>
>>
>> --
>> Katie Filbert
>> filbertk at gmail.com
>> @filbertkm
>>
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