[HOT] Mapping South Kivu - micro tasking and the TM

Dan S danstowell+osm at gmail.com
Wed Jun 10 12:21:29 UTC 2015

Hi Doris,

Thanks for writing but please don't write twice. The community already
received your email yesterday.


2015-06-10 13:10 GMT+01:00 Doris Hernandez <dhernandez at dhinfrastructure.com>:
> Hello,
> My name is Doris Hernandez and I am writing to  inquire about possible map
> sources for a current project in Bangladesh. My company, DHInfrastructure,
> is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm that advises on financial, economic
> and regulatory aspects of energy tariffs and regulation.  We are currently
> working on evaluating the potential for solar PVs on rooftops in the city of
> Dhaka, Bangladesh. One of the initial steps in this research is finding a
> mapping source that allows us to distinguish what building rooftops are
> suitable for solar panels (so, excluding slums, buildings that are
> experience shade during the day, etc.).
> Is there any source on OpenStreetMap that you might point me to to  find a
> map that may be in line with this solar PV on rooftops project? For example,
> are there any maps that distinguish by levels of surface? or by building
> heights?
> I truly appreciate your help, and I look forward to hearing from you.
> Kind regards,
> Doris
> On Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 5:19 AM, Pete Masters <pedrito1414 at googlemail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi all, I have some stuff to share and a request for some feedback.
>> Missing Maps has taken on the mapping of the province of South Kivu in
>> DRCongo. This will be our first attempt at such a large AOI.
>> As part of many things we need to do to achieve this, we have been working
>> on some intelligent tasking processes, which are being documented on the
>> wiki [1].
>> Leading on all this are the DisasterMappers from Heidelberg University and
>> they have developed the microtasking process we used to analyse satellite
>> coverage of the area and have made a similar crowdsourcing task for
>> identifying where roads and settlements are (to save mappers spending hours
>> scrolling through jungle).
>> The imagery analysis was very successful, but the second task is trickier
>> and it is important we get it as effective as possible before promoting it
>> widely. I wondered whether some of you would have time to test the tool and
>> feed back, so we can optimise it.
>> It's all linked from the wiki page anyway, but the tool is here [2] and
>> the feedback document is here [3].
>> If you have any questions or comments about any of this, including the
>> wider Map South Kivu project, I'd love to hear them.
>> Thanks,
>> Pete
>> [1] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Map_South_Kivu_tasking
>> [2] http://crowdmap.geog.uni-heidelberg.de/app/missing_maps_follow_up/
>> [3]
>> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rDCCm-kYksWclg8A9jhVlIn2xcTV6Yz5rndrpYjo0dg/edit?usp=sharing
>> --
>> Pete Masters
>> Missing Maps Project Coordinator
>> +44 7921 781 518
>> missingmaps.org
>> @pedrito1414
>> @theMissingMaps
>> facebook.com/MissingMapsProject
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