[HOT] RDC-Congo Pre-Activation : Lac Kivu

Pierre Béland infosbelas-gps at yahoo.fr
Sat Dec 8 11:49:56 GMT 2012


Hi Reinier
The reason of this mapping effort is to support humanitarian action. I think that more exchange of information between remote mappers and NGo's would be fantastic. Plus, OSM data can be imported on GPS.


We already have contacts with a GIS specialist in RDC-Congo. To complete remote mappers work, we need people that express specific needs, add POI's, geolocate various facilities, name roads, villages etc. But for license reasons, it is essential that no other map is used like Google to geolocate facilities.  


 
Pierre 



>________________________________
> De : Reinier Battenberg <reinier.battenberg at mountbatten.net>
>À : Pierre Béland <infosbelas-gps at yahoo.fr>; HOT Openstreetmap <hot at openstreetmap.org> 
>Cc : ketty.adoch at mountbatten.net; douglas at mappingday.com; edith at fruitsofthought.org 
>Envoyé le : Samedi 8 décembre 2012 4h19
>Objet : Re: [HOT] RDC-Congo Pre-Activation : Lac Kivu
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>Hi,
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>I live in the region and if that can be of any advantage, i'd be happy to assist. The 2 things i can think of are:
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>- i know some journalists that use kampala as their base but fly into congo and report from the frontline. Am not sure how HOT's relationship with the press has been previously, but it might be a good way to reach more NGO's that follow the news about the region.
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>- We can visit MONUC in Entebbe from where all the supplies for the UN is distributed to show them the map and some tools for real. Contacts there (though I can ask around as well) and a 'sales' strategy so we arrive well prepped are much appreciated.
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>And more ideas of how we can leverage our physical proximity.
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>If we should be HOT members for this, you have until tomorrow evening :-)
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>rgds,
>
>ketty, douglas, ketty
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>----- Original message -----
>> We are still in Pre-activation for RDC-Congo, but situation is very
>> instable and may evolve rapidly. There are refugees in many areas around
>> Lac Kivu and humanitarian NGOs are planning to help these people.
>> 
>> I am in contact with a GIS specialist in Congo and we are planning more
>> mapping actions.
>> 
>> As Harry stated before,  Mapping DRC is a priority right now.  Imagery
>> available is like a patchwork. I started to prepare a few Tasks for Lac
>> Kivu area were Bing Imagery is available.  New imagery will be necessary
>> for areas not covered with Bing imagery. Sake is also a priority but we
>> have no imagery presently.
>> 
>> Thanks for those who contributed for the Goma area. This task is now
>> completed.  Humanitarian NGOs in the area are very pleased and asked us
>> to pursue our efforts.
>> 
>> I invite HOT contributors to continue mapping around the lake with the
>> task 108 and other Lac Kivu tasks that should be added in the next few
>> hours.
>> 
>> Minova area http://tasks.hotosm.org/job/108
>> 
>>  
>> Pierre 
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