[HOT] New imagery for the Ebola crisis and a new TM job to go with it
andrew.r.buck at gmail.com
Sat Jul 12 20:35:38 UTC 2014
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Hello again everyone,
We have recieved a very large section of imagery from the Humanitarian
Information Unit (the HIU) which is a part of the US State Department.
The imagery has been made available through their MapGive initiative
to help fill in a large section of the area currently un-covered by
the Bing imagery. Not only do we owe them our gratitude for providing
this imagery, but they will also be promoting these tasks through the
MapGive site as well which will bring us additional volunteers.
This imagery grant is the first of two large areas that were shared
with us through HIU, the second portion will be coming online in the
coming days after the tile caches have been properly seeded. When
that comes online a second TM task will be set up as well.
The instructions are the same as before, roads buildings and landuse
(residential landuse only though, not farmland forests etc). The data
will be used for routing medical teams as well as geolocating field
reports of illnesses and other issues such as security threats to
ground teams, and locations of supplies and other equipment.
The task manager job is at the URL below. Instructions for source and
comment tags are in the TM, as well as the URL to the imagery (you
will have to agree to the NextView imagery license before the imagery
url shows up).
Once again, many thanks go out to the people at HIU and MapGive for
setting this up for us. We are very proud of our volunteers and the
mapping work that they do, but a large amount of unseen work has to be
done behind the scenes to make that mapping possible. The HIU has
been working on this for many days to make this happen and they did a
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