[HOT] MAPPING GOMA/DRC

Andrew Buck andrew.r.buck at gmail.com
Thu Dec 19 16:00:14 UTC 2013


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Stéphanie,

It is possible we may be able to help out with your work in Goma, but
you have to keep in mind that our resources are already spread a bit
thin with the response to typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the
ongoing civil war in the Central African Republic as well.  The crisis
in DRC has been something we have been targeting though so we can
certainly help out, but don't expect a full scale response right away.

Regarding your request, if you have a list of health facilities that
may be possible to integrate into OSM but there are two issues that
occur: one legal, the other technical.

- From the legal side, we need to know what license your list is under.
 If it is data your organization created yourself then you can easily
give us permission to bring it into OSM.  If it is not your data
though we would need to find out what the source of the data is, and
whether they would allow its import into our database.

On the tecnical side, depending on the structure and format of you
list it could range from very easy to bring in the data, to impossible
if we do not have good addressing information to locate the
facilities.  You have to keep in mind that our remote mappers work
mostly from imagery so we can help out some but may not be able to
definitively locate things.  Having your ground teams who can verify
things should help with this a lot though.  The technical aspects,
however, are secondary to the licensing issue, if we can't use the
data due to copyright issues than the point is moot and our
collaboration with you will just have to basically ignore the list; we
can still offer assistance but the help must necessarily take a
different form in this case.

- -AndrewBuck

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