[HOT] Re : Mali

Nate Smith nateasmith at gmail.com
Mon Apr 2 17:09:28 BST 2012

Nicolas, Pierre -

Agreed, and we've been having conversations here as well and are just
getting some activities off the ground at Development Seed and MapBox.
We've started repo tracking some of the tracing work we finished up last
week: https://github.com/mapbox/mapping/wiki/Sahel-Priorities. These don't
encapsulate every place in need but hit the major places of entry for aid
organizations, trade routes, refugee areas, or significant cities. The Bing
imagery is only good enough for tracing in the capital cities, which we
worked on last week.

The major OSM needs I see in the region are roads and populated places, and
imagery. We've started a wiki page tracking the priority places that could
benefit from better imagery:
https://github.com/mapbox/mapping/wiki/Sahel-Imagery-Needs. I have been
talking with Kate and Robert Soden about using various mechanisms to get
imagery and possibly partner with HOT to do some tracing efforts. So if
imagery comes through, there would be a lot of work to do.

It would be great to do some imports of key reference data for the region.
This is something that we can help with and we're looking to see what else
we can add. Feel free to jump into the repo to track issues and priorities:


2012/4/2 Pierre Béland <infosbelas-gps at yahoo.fr>

> Hi Nicolas,
> Some pre-activation work can be done.
>  In the north of Mali, there is actually very little information that has
> been mapped. I think that we can map locally without creating to much
> conflict with the server when it will come back.
> In JOSM, we cannot import presently from nhttp://api.openstreetmap.org/apiserver. But it is possible to use an other server. I tested this morning,
> and I was able to import in JOSM from http://api.openstreetmap.fr/api.
> The Bing Imagery is not detailed enough for Mali. Should somebody start to
> look for Imagery?
> I already added boundaries for Regions and Bamako District.
> I will also take care of importing populated place names.
> We can browse a map of Mali  at
> http://pierzen.dev.openstreetmap.org/hot/openlayers/mali.php.
> I includes OSM, Bing and Google Base Layers.
> Pierre
>   ------------------------------
> *De :* nicolas chavent <nicolas.chavent at gmail.com>
> *À :* hot <hot at openstreetmap.org>
> *Envoyé le :* Lundi 2 avril 2012 8h07
> *Objet :* [HOT] Mali
> Hey all,
> Greets from Haiti where I'll still be until the end of this week on this
> mapping project in Saint Marc (Haiti). The situation in Mali is evolving
> rapidly as one can see from the News and from reports on UNOCHA Relief web
> Mali <http://reliefweb.int/country/mli>. We got there a coup, de facto a
> secession of the Northern part of the country with large displacement
> issues, the last two events developing on an already bad situation in terms
> of food security in the overall African Sahel. I'll have a call tonight
> with one Information Management person from OCHA to get further details
> there. I'll try to get  ahold on reference gis data additional to what is
> already listed in the OCHA Core Operational Dataset (COD) registry for
> Mali <http://cod.humanitarianresponse.info/country-region/mali>.
> Minimally improving upon baseline data for major cities quoties in the
> above report shall be of help for responders already active in those areas.
> I'll revert to the list with further details from the call. And leave us
> guys deciding if moving forward, how and how to best handle this complex
> emergency where conflicts and food crisis are mixed
> Nico
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