[HOT] HOT activation update: Call for assistance with georeferencing place names

Joseph Reeves iknowjoseph at gmail.com
Sun Feb 10 17:01:54 GMT 2013

Hi all,

I'll write a blog post about this early next week, but I wanted to give you
all a heads up in advance.

It's great to see that people have been putting time in to the jobs on the
Tasking Manager. It's amazing how quickly people are completing the areas
that have been put up. Thanks again to everyone that's been taking part.
And, of course, I've added three more tasks to the manager :^)

The second part of our activation is now also in progress (or will be soon,
at least), that is the georeferencing of place names provided by UN OCHA.
These names were originally sourced from census data, but cannot be found
on a map; which is what we've been asked to help with. I've taken the
original file and split it into more manageable chunks:


Now we need to work out how best to georeference these. An initial thought
I had is that many of these places may already exist in OSM; I was planning
to grep through a database extract and see how much matches already, but
don't have a suitable extract to work with. An extract is certainly on the
to-do list.

This is also an area that we could use help with from Arabic speakers or
the Syrian diaspora. We're having various conversations with people about
this, but if anyone has any ideas on how to progress with this side of the
project, please let us know.

Thanks as ever and all best, Joseph
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