[HOT] Typhoon Haiyan Tracing -- Please Assist

Heather Leson heatherleson at gmail.com
Sun Dec 1 10:37:23 UTC 2013

Thanks so much Robert for the requests. Thanks to all who will map.
Jean-Guilhem  and Tim, thanks for the references.

Kathleen, I think it is important to blog and share widely. I've added it
to the HOT blog.

Robert, your note was included in full as it is so clear. I hope that this
was ok to share widely.


On Dec 1, 2013 4:20 AM, "Sazal Sthapit" <sazalsthapit at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear,
> Thank you for the update on the new task. We have been working on it since
> the morning and spreading the word to get in more mappers involved.
> Very inspiring to see OSM data being used for such noble cause.
> Best,
> Kathmandu Living Labs
> On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 5:19 PM, Banick, Robert <
> Robert.Banick at redcross.org> wrote:
>>   Hello HOT Community,
>>  Hello from Tacloban. Recovery work for Typhoon Yolanda is gathering
>> steam in the Philippines and with it the need for highly detailed data. I'm
>> here working with the REACH Initiative to conduct a rapid shelter
>> assessment which will be used to inform shelter reconstruction planning for
>> the entire recovery operation. In the course of these surveys we're testing
>> the accuracy of damage assessments conducted through OSM and developing
>> methodologies to join relevant survey data to OSM map features.
>>  One of the municipalities selected for assessment is Carles on the
>> northeasten tip of Panay. We're hoping to use OSM to better plan the
>> logistics and administration of our assessment surveys and in turn generate
>> more useful data for OSM. If possible we'll obtain post-disaster imagery
>> and set up a separate task to crowd source damage assessments that we can
>> validate in the field.
>>  We need your help to get this done in time. Our assessment will be
>> happening later this week, most likely Friday, so we need the community's
>> help to trace the relevant data in time. If you have the time and
>> inclination, please take a cell or 20 and chip in. If the data is good
>> enough it *will* be used by humanitarian responders.
>>  Many thanks to all of you for the time and effort you've given so far.
>> GIS folks in the field are all raving about the quality and thoroughness of
>> the data that OSM provides to this response.
>>  Best,
>> Robert
>>   *Robert Banick* | Field GIS Coordinator | International Services | Ì American
>> Red Cross <http://www.redcross.org/>
>> 2025 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
>> Tel 202-303-5017 | Cell 202-805-3679 | Skype robert.banick
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