[HOT] Why use OpenStreetMap and not other maps in disaster situations?

Mark Cupitt markcupitt at gmail.com
Thu Apr 24 11:08:15 UTC 2014

Hi Sazal

I'm going to jump in first with my two cents worth, bullet points below:

1. Dynamic - The map grows in real time based on input form real people
2. World Wide - The map covers the whole world
3. Free - There is no charge for any use of the map in any situation
4. Availability - It is available to Everyone, regardless of what they want
to do with it.
5. Responsive - The map can be adjusted to meet the challenges of a
specific situation
6. Longevity - Once work is done and the map updated, it is there forever
for others to use in future disasters and enjoy. The work is done once. In
other words, the map is "Alive"

I am sure others will have a lot of other excellent points!

Thank you for asking an excellent question!


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On Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 5:23 PM, Sazal Sthapit <sazalsthapit at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi,
> I am Sazal Sthapit from Kathmandu Living Labs. I am an active member of
> OSM-Nepal community.
> Last week, we had a discussion with few people from Nepal’s Disaster
> Community. We were asked one specific question, “Why should we choose
> OpenStreetMap over any other maps in disaster situations?”
> While I do have some idea to answer this question in bits and pieces, I
> was wondering if we could come up with specific advantages and
> disadvantages of using OpenStreetMap over other maps.
> Sazal
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