[HOT] Interim Report: Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Damage Assessment

Banick, Robert Robert.Banick at redcross.org
Wed Feb 12 14:22:47 UTC 2014

Dear HOT Communuity,

The American Red Cross and the REACH Initiative are pleased to present an interim assessment report<americanredcross.github.io/OSM-Assessment> on the validity of the building damages assessed through OpenStreetMap in the weeks following Typhoon Haiyan. You can find a print copy attached and a more interactive website version at the above link.

The results were unfortunately negative and underline real limitations in OpenStreetMap's ability to capture these results in the present. Neverthless, this report identifies strong promise in the OSM model of crowdsourcing and highlights the investments needed to make that potential possible.  It's our sincere hope that funders, NGO partners and most especially the OpenStreetMap community will rally around these investments so that OSM can play an even stronger and more operationally useful role in future disaster responses.

We are indebted to the US Agency for International Development's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) for funding this assessment and look forward to future partnerships to improve the utility of open data and OpenStreetMap in particular for disaster response.

With all the best,
Robert Banick, Dale Kunce and Clay Westrope
American Red Cross & REACH Initiative

Robert Banick | Field GIS Coordinator | International Services | Ì American Red Cross<http://www.redcross.org/>
2025 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20006\
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