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

Banick, Robert Robert.Banick at redcross.org
Fri Feb 14 14:53:11 UTC 2014

Hi Dan, 

There's a "download raw data" button on the side of the website at
americanredcross.github.io/OSM-Assessment. Feel free to download and play
with the data further -- and do contribute back anything new you find.
We're running more intensive stats analysis on the data now and will be
working that into the final report.


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

On 2/14/14 4:18 AM, "Dan S" <danstowell+osm at gmail.com> wrote:

>Hi Robert,
>Thanks for this. It's great to have some concrete analysis of what we
>did, and the extent to which it's accurate.
>Is there a full cross-tabulation available of the numbers for
>building-osm-status vs building-true-status? In the report there's a
>table of over/underrepresentation, and some other stats, but it
>doesn't give me a complete summary of whether our errors were in the
>form of "bias" (e.g. consistently labelling things worse or better
>than they are) or "variance" (e.g. the labelling tends to be a bit
>random). I'd be really grateful if you could provide the full
>2014-02-12 14:22 GMT+00:00 Banick, Robert <Robert.Banick at redcross.org>:
>> Dear HOT Communuity,
>> The American Red Cross and the REACH Initiative are pleased to present
>> interim assessment report on the validity of the building damages
>> 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
>> 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
>> possible.  It's our sincere hope that funders, NGO partners and most
>> especially the OpenStreetMap community will rally around these
>> 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
>> 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
>> Red Cross
>> 2025 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20006\
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