[HOT] Northern Uganda Tracing Exercise / Sprint

Banick, Robert Robert.Banick at redcross.org
Tue Aug 14 17:26:19 BST 2012

Hi All,

The American and Ugandan Red Cross have teamed up with the State Department's Humanitarian Information Unit and HOT OSM to trace the cities of Gulu and Lira in Northern Uganda using recent high-resolution satellite imagery. We invite and encourage all HOT members / followers / fans to join in and help us trace these rapidly expanding cities which are rebuilding after years of conflict.

We'll be using the resulting maps to conduct on-the-ground trainings for Ugandan Red Cross staff and volunteers, including trainings in how to use and contribute to Open Street Map. Those trainigs will be put to use preventing traffic accidents and responding to the frequent house fires which plague the area.

For those of you in the DC area, we'll be hosting a Mapping Party at the American Red Cross's International Response Operations Center this Sunday afternoon. Mikel Maron will be following up with details. If time and resources permit, we'd love to webcast the party and invite others, particularly Ugandans, to join. Stay tuned!

For more details, read into the tasks at the below addresses. We've included a Visual Tracing Guide to help tracers know which tags to apply to which types of buidlings/roads/areas.

Gulu task: http://tasks.hotosm.org/job/48

Lira task: http://tasks.hotosm.org/job/49

This is our first time using mapping and Open Street Map in a big way for disaster preparedness and we'd love for it to be a success. Any and all help is extremely appreciated - after all, the Red Cross runs on volunteerism.


Robert Banick | GIS Coordinator | International Services | Ì American Red Cross<http://www.redcross.org/>
2025 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
Tel 202-303-5017 | Cell 404-964-3451 | Fax 202-303-052 | Skype robert.banick

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