[HOT] Re : Mali

Jaakko Helleranta.com jaakko at helleranta.com
Wed Apr 4 04:25:02 BST 2012

 Hi there,

Would someone know if the World Bank's Africa Infrastructure Country
Diagnostic study from 3-4 years ago has been imported to OSM (or has anyone
even looked into it in more detail)?
The license is not defined, i.e. not permissive to OSM as is but in case
there's anything worthy I can ping the people who did the study to see if
at least Mali could be added to OSM -- and I realize should do this in any
at least a last year there were some countries for which these data chunks
had data that wasn't in OSM yet.

The links worth looking for Mali are:
or directly for the shp

I didn't have enough uninterrupted time to set up my own QGIS instance
(with OSM background map) so I can't check this myself right now.

I have the other countries shape files on my computer and can easily share
them with anyone who wants as a Dropbox share -- downloading all of these
takes a little bit of time (one by one from the web pages).
Only the roads and possibly the power plants are potential data to be
imported to OSM. The power lines are just (more or less) straight lines
between cities.


jaakko at helleranta.com * Skype: jhelleranta * Mobile: +509-37-269154  *

2012/4/2 Nate Smith <nateasmith at gmail.com>

> 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:
> https://github.com/mapbox/mapping/.
> Nate
> 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/api server. 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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