[HOT] Japan - Request for mission details

Peter Wendorff wendorff at uni-paderborn.de
Mon Mar 14 11:16:05 GMT 2011

Nevertheless the questions Matthias asked are right.
There is this HOT Data Model - but that model is not really good for 
interested mappers.
Perhaps it's useful for organizations using the data, but I miss a 
landing page in the wiki for "tags often used in crisis mapping".
The "standard" tags are (I hope) the usual ones, but the tags in 
question are repeatingly the same:
- how to tag a collapsed building?
- how to tag a collapsed bridge?
- how to tag a temporary bridge build by helping organizations?
- how to tag a place where drinking water is availlable?
- how to tag a place where "lost+found people" are listed?
- (how) is it possible to state pre- and post crisis sources?

And last but not least: where and why does the tagging differ from 
standard tagging in OSM?

As far as I can see yet, HOT targets mainly at the "backend", 
organization of aerial photographs and data sources - and trying to 
support organizations using the data. I miss the mapper as a target, yet.


Am 14.03.2011 10:59, schrieb Jean-Guilhem Cailton:
> Hi Matthias,
> As you are aware, your questions are not easy to answer. I hope others
> will contribute more detailed answers.
> My short answer would be that the collective "wiseness" about this is
> likely emerging in the collective tools, like the OSM database itself,
> the wiki page (
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/2011_Sendai_earthquake_and_tsunami#Mapping
> ), and maybe this mailing list. Even looking at the wiki history is a
> way to get a glance at this on-going discussion.
> Probably, the best collective intelligence emerges when each contributor
> tries his best, given his or her knowledge and skills, to contribute to it.
> Thank you for doing it in on your own way (and underlining the need for
> clearer guidelines).
> Regarding imagery, from what I have heard, other images, with relatively
> high resolution and likely more extended coverage "should" become
> available "soon".
> A petition that might make sense to me could to Google, to ask them to
> allow OSM to trace from their imagery that they already make available
> online, at least in major humanitarian crises, and like they temporarily
> did for Haiti last year. But that's a big subject...
> Best wishes,
> Jean-Guilhem
> Le 14/03/2011 09:50, Matthias Meißer a écrit :
>> Hi there,
>> on the german forums we requested detailed informations on what and
>> how to do to support the japan people.
>> I understand, thats pretty hard to decide what is right for single
>> people, but see, you are the only ones experienced in crisis mapping
>> and if there is no comment the community couldn't react.
>> Questions:
>> What should be traced? (Streets, buildings, flooded area...) What has
>> priority?
>>  From what resources (pre or post desaster images?)
>> How should it be tagged?
>> (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Tags/Humanitarian_Data_Model
>> doesn't say anything for collapsed buildings etc.)
>> Coordination by tools like Qualitystreetmap.org?
>> Some say the post imagery has bad resolution, will there be better
>> ones? How about a petition of mappers to claim high res material by
>> the companies?
>> How to deal with possible displacement of whole japan announced by the
>> news?
>> I realy don't like it to annoy people and tell them what to do but
>> unfortunatly I have no experiences in this crisis mapping job :/
>> regards
>> Matthias
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