[HOT] Mapping Northern Nigeria ?

Rafael Avila Coya ravilacoya at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 20:41:32 UTC 2015

Forgot to say that I agree with Russell: It would be very important to know
which organizations are interested or are already working in relief efforts
in the field, and what their needs are.



2015-01-15 17:37 GMT-03:00 Rafael Avila Coya <ravilacoya at gmail.com>:

> Hi all:
> There has been an active mapping effort in North Nigeria since March last
> year, both mapping with imagery (mainly roads and streets) and data imports
> [1] from eHealth Africa [2] data. Data imported includes boundaries (at
> ward level - highest) for the 10 northernmost states, residential areas for
> all those states too, and health facilities and place nodes.
> TM jobs are the following:
> Kano state road network [3]
> Kano city streets and buildings [4]
> Kano state health facilities [5]
> Kano state town and city places [6]
> Bauchi state road network [7] (This one is actually being worked on by 8
> eHealth staff)
> Bauchi state health facilies [8]
> Some of the TM jobs are still unfinished.
> The most affected states by this crisis are Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, but
> Kano receives many attacks too (recently, a blast in a mosque in central
> Kano city claimed the live of more than a hundred people. Other states,
> like Bauchi, aren't safe from attacks either.
> Apart from Kano (and partially Bauchi and Kaduna), the rest of the states
> are poorly mapped in terms of roads and mostly everything else. So I think
> that one of the most urgent jobs would be to map the road network, starting
> from the states more in need (I would start with Borno, followed by Yobe
> and Adamawa.
> If you are interested, I could also contact eHealth Africa for other data
> that might be interesting to import, like health facilities, place nodes
> and others (schools perhaps). As far as I am aware of, data collection in
> Borno and Yobe was very problematic, hard and risky, so it is much less
> complete than in other states, like Kano for example. They didn't work with
> Adamawa state (they only had boundaries data, at the LGA level).
> Most of North Nigeria has hires Bing imagery. I edited a uMap to show that
> [9]. eHealth Africa may have their own imagery too, and they might be
> willing to license its use too. Again, I could ask too.
> Cheers,
> Rafael Ávila Coya.
> [1]
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_Nigeria#eHealth_Africa_Foundation_database_imports
> [2] http://ehealthafrica.org
> [3] http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/474
> [4] http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/537
> [5] http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/566
> [6] http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/581
> [7] http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/635
> [8] http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/637
> [9]
> http://umap.fluv.io/en/map/north-and-central-nigeria-bing-hires-imagery-cover_1580
> 2015-01-15 16:15 GMT-03:00 Jorieke Vyncke <jorieke.vyncke at gmail.com>:
> Don't have time to help out now with this, but I like the idea!
>> Just a small remark : recently we got high resolution imagery for whole
>> Cameroon from DigitalGlobe. And in the far north along the border with
>> Nigera they face the same problems
>> <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/nigeria/11341289/Boko-Haram-push-across-border-to-attack-Cameroon-army.html>,
>> and Nigerian refugees are coming too... So it might be an idea to start
>> over there? I now a bunch of ngo's are working in the far north, like
>> French Red Cross, GIZ and Unicef.
>> Good luck!
>> Jorieke
>> 2015-01-15 23:03 GMT+06:00 Blake Girardot <bgirardot at gmail.com>:
>>> Hi Jeremy,
>>> I support the project idea and am glad to help with creating,
>>> documenting and managing projects in the Tasking Manger (which is not the
>>> hardest part of a project like this) for whomever would like to manage the
>>> overall project.
>>> The first step would be to work out the licensing issues with the
>>> imagery and it needs to be put on a TMS server so we can use it in iD and
>>> JOSM.
>>> We have a process for imagery that I am not familiar with except that I
>>> know requests always exceed availability in terms of imagery available,
>>> hosting and bandwidth to make it available and people power to get it it
>>> all arraigned.
>>> It seems like the availability is taken care of, not by Amnesty
>>> International, but by their imagery provider, DigitalGlobe who is very
>>> generous with our HOT mapping needs is my understanding, so I think they
>>> are receptive to licensing for our use but would have to specifically grant
>>> us permission to use the imagery they provided to AI as it does not look to
>>> me like AI's current usage rights would allow us to use it. Plus we would
>>> need the georeferenced hi-res source imagery that AI is not providing. Then
>>> the hosting issue.
>>> But the whole process is something even a fairly new HOT community
>>> member can give a try if you (or anyone) is interested. It will just take a
>>> bit longer as you will have to learn the process as well as go through it :)
>>> If you (or anyone) is interested, I am happy to help, I want to learn
>>> the process myself anyway. Just contact me off list and let me know.
>>> And of course, this is just my opinion and understanding, I could be
>>> missing something totally.
>>> Cheers,
>>> Blake
>>> On 1/15/2015 12:06 PM, Jeremy G wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> After the attacks of Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria this january, a
>>>> similar reaction as in Gaza (mapping before/after with the help of
>>>> appropriate aerial images) could be appropriate to help build a precise
>>>> evaluation of the damages.
>>>> As a fairly new/unexperienced HOT contributor, I couldn't find any
>>>> indication of such a project. Is it on track already, or is it planned ?
>>>> Some aerial images released from Amnesty International :
>>>> https://adam.amnesty.org/asset-bank/action/search?
>>>> attribute_603=Nigeria+Satellite+Images+January+2015
>>>> Best,
>>>> Jeremy
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