[HOT] Floods in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Harry Wood mail at harrywood.co.uk
Mon May 19 14:03:35 UTC 2014


I've created a wiki page about these floods:


http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/2014_Southeast_Europe_floods


I included a couple of cautions familiar from the UK floods response:

1) Bosnia and Serbia have active mapping communities. We need to take care to do remote armchair mapping only if it's wanted, and remember that on-the-ground gathered data is more valuable.
2) The temptation with Floods is to map stuff which is very temporary. Ushahidi or other map overlay tools are more appropriate for temporary situational updates (more appropriate than modifying the osm data every few days, or modding it and forgetting to put it back again!)

But having said that...  HBogner is calling for some mapping response. No reason not to get stuck in with improving the roads etc, to make it a more useful basemap.

Was http://www.poplave.rs originally using OpenStreetMap? They've swapped it to google maps now :-(  Any other examples of people using OpenStreetMap for coordination/situation maps?

Feel free to edit the wiki page mercilessly

Harry



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