[HOT] West Africa Ebola Response after 11 months, 15 millions edits

Heather Leson heatherleson at gmail.com
Sun Mar 1 07:07:59 UTC 2015

Pierre, thanks for sharing this detail. Will you be blogging it as well? It
would be a great thanks to all the contributors to be able to share the
impact with their families and allies.

Thanks again


Heather Leson
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Blog: textontechs.com

On Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 1:08 AM, Pierre Béland <pierzenh at yahoo.fr> wrote:

> Some update after 11 months of OpenStreetMap Response to the West Africa
> Ebola outbreak.
> Pascal Neis map shows has of today, more then 15 millions of objects
> edited (ie points, lines, relations). The zone covered goes from Bamako the
> the Atlantic ocean (900 km) and from the Ivory coast border to the
> Guinée-Bissau border (800 km). Impressive support from the OSM community.
> Thanks to all.  Excellent collaboration also with many partners, conjointly
> working to provide a detailed and accurate map to respond to this quite
> challenging outbreak and support the best we can the logistic of the
> humanitarian organizations in the field.
> See Pascal Neis Ebola map
> http://t.co/qnO2pOWfbd
> As the number of ebola cases goes down, the UNMEER and other UN agencies,
> MSF, Federation of Red Cross, Red Crescent, Nethope, etc. are working to
> rebuild the health system,  assure that better sanitation conditions are
> available and distribute goods to the population dispersed in remote
> areas.
> Both to manage such a huge territory and have the thousand of volunteers
> visit the villages and distribute goods, maps are an essential part.
> The present actions are less spectacular, less covered by the medias. But
> there is still a lot of work going on. There are many GIS on the ground
> supporting the logistic of the various organizations. Andrew and I are
> still collaborating to this UNMEER operation and are in contact with the
> various actors through Skype.
> Behind the scene, there are also many collaborators from HOT, OSM and
> various organizations doing various actions such as imagery processing,
> validation, documentation / learning material, development.  The various
> GIS specialists also collaborate in various ways to update the OSM
> database. For example, there was work done recently to update the
> information about roads condition to support the Drive time analysis.
> Below are few examples of visualisations using the OSM basemap.
> UNMEER Liberia
> http://www.unmeer-im-liberia.website/unmeer-gims-web-map-app
> WHO Drive Time Analysis tool http://maps.who.int/networkanalysis/
> WHO Global Ebola Response Monitoring and Mapping System
> http://maps.who.int/MapGallery/
> WHO Roadmap
> http://maps.who.int/mapjournal/?appid=0ad091b7cb7e404dbf35f7c49ee4c992
> HDX Ebola Depot https://data.hdx.rwlabs.org/ebola
> Nethope visualisations http://informatics.nethope.org/
> Resudox Ebola Cellular program http://ebola-cellular-map.resudox.net/
> I invite again the GIS from the various organizations to give us some
> examples that show how OpenStreetMap is useful in the field in various ways
> including paper maps, GPS, smartphones, tablets, GIS downloads.
> regard
> Pierre
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