[HOT] [CrisisMappers] Response to Nepal Earthquake

Jean-Guilhem Cailton jgc at arkemie.com
Fri May 1 07:32:19 UTC 2015

Hi All,

Thanks to Christiaan Adams, Josh Livni, the Google Crisis Response team,
and imagery providers the DigitalGlobe, Airbus D&S and Skybox imagery
prepared, tiled, hosted and shown on Google CrisisMap
(http://www.google.org/crisismap/2015-nepal-earthquake) is allowed to be
traced in OSM, in particular.  "Any imagery you see in our CrisisMap and
KML file (links below) is available for tracing and other disaster
response use, by HOT/OSM and others".

It is thus going to be possible to map from this imagery which is
usually available online very quickly after capture, and with very good
quality processing.

The JOSM TMS URLs for the 22 images visible there so far have been
collected in this wiki sub-page:

Many, many thanks to Christiaan and all those who made this possible.


Le 01/05/2015 00:51, 'Christiaan Adams' via CrisisMappers a écrit :
> Crisismappers, 
> Good news, we have received the green light from both Digital Globe
> and from Airbus (Astrium / Pleiades data) that the crisis response
> imagery they are providing for Nepal is allowed to be traced. 
> Therefore, any imagery you see in our CrisisMap and KML file (links
> below) is available for tracing and other disaster response use, by
> HOT/OSM and others.  
> Google CrisisMap:
> http://www.google.org/crisismap/2015-nepal-earthquake
> (click the Layers menu to see additional images which are not turned
> on by default)
> KML file for Google Earth (networklink file loads the latest available
> data):
> http://mw1.google.com/crisisresponse/2015/nepal_earthquake/2015_nepal_earthquake_imagery.kml
> Thanks to the data providers and to everyone doing heroic work for Nepal! 
> -Christiaan and the Google Crisis Response team.  
> On Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 12:47 AM, Jean-Guilhem Cailton
> <jguilhem at gmail.com <mailto:jguilhem at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Dear Christiaan,
>     (sorry for misspelling your first name last night, realized it a
>     few seconds too late)
>     Here is a very recent quote from "Carto and OSM for Nepal
>     earthquake" Skype room that summarizes the current situation:
>     > [mercredi 29 avril 2015 08:47:30 Nama Raj Budhathoki] I think we
>     need post earthquake imagery to begin the mapping after the disaster
>     Nama is Director of Kathmandu Living Labs, who connects with local
>     actors (Red Cross and other NGOs, Nepal Army...) and targets
>     HOT/OSM mapping according to needs, and resources (in particular
>     post-event images).
>     Seeing how post-event images are quickly and beautifully displayed
>     on Google CrisisMap, I assume that they are already hosted, and
>     that technically it would be a relatively simple matter of adding
>     appropriate pipes to make them accessible through TMS or WMS
>     protocols. (For what is worth, I use MapServer (for WMS) and (MS
>     with) TileCache (for TMS) on OSM France servers. Would be
>     available later today to help with configuration if it could be
>     useful).
>     OSM editor JOSM can access TMS and WMS, and iD can access TMS.
>     Best wishes,
>     Jean-Guilhem
>     Le 29/04/2015 01:58, 'Christiaan Adams' via CrisisMappers a écrit :
>>     Jean, I wasn't aware that DG and Airbus are releasing imagery
>>     under open licenses for OSM, so thanks for the links!  As far as
>>     I know, that's not the license that we at Google get imagery from
>>     them under at this point.  I'll ask and see if we can get our
>>     license changed for this and other crisis situations.  If there's
>>     definitely a need for these datasets to be hosted as WMS or TMS
>>     feeds, I can look into what it would take for us to do that.  
>>     Best, -Christiaan
>>     On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 3:47 PM, Jean-Guilhem Cailton
>>     <jguilhem at gmail.com <mailto:jguilhem at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>         Hello Christian,
>>         But there are separate licenses for OpenStreetMap usage both
>>         from DigitalGlobe [1] and from Airbus DS [2], who understand
>>         the importance of this common good in humanitarian crises.
>>         One could hope that, if it is only a matter of distribution
>>         channel, it should be possible to apply these licenses to the
>>         same images, served through the technical capacity and
>>         engineering talent of Google.
>>         And maybe old protocols like TMS or WMS could be associated
>>         with special license allowing OSM usage, to serve only the
>>         crisis images on which it might apply.
>>         Only suggestions, but that would help support the Nepalese,
>>         and some of those trying to support them.
>>         Best wishes,
>>         Jean-Guilhem
>>         [1]
>>         https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/hot/2015-April/008160.html
>>         [2]
>>         http://imagery.openstreetmap.fr/airbus-ds/Web%20Licence%20for%20Non-Commercial%20Use%20with%20OSM.pdf
>>         PS: Thanks for the Skybox imagery. I think it was already set
>>         up as TMS.
>>         Le 28/04/2015 20:57, 'Christiaan Adams' via CrisisMappers a
>>         écrit :
>>>         Hello Jean-Guilhem,
>>>         Unfortunately, the DigitalGlobe and Airbus/Astrium data are
>>>         subject to the usual license restrictions of all 3rd party
>>>         imagery in Google Earth & Maps, so those are not traceable.  
>>>         But... the Skybox imagery we have released under a CC-BY
>>>         license, so you are welcome to trace that!  
>>>         If you need to use the Skybox data in your own software, you
>>>         can download it in GeoTiff format.  The one scene we
>>>         currently have available is at the link below, and we'll
>>>         make others available once they're published.  
>>>         http://storage.googleapis.com/skyboxforgood/crisis/2015/s02_20150426T044503Z_pansharp_rgb.zip
>>>         Do let me know if/how you end up using the Skybox imagery,
>>>         since we're just starting to release it this way, and it
>>>         would be good to get feedback to help continue and develop
>>>         the program.  
>>>         Hoping to get more imagery out soon. 
>>>         Cheers, -Christiaan
>>>         On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 2:32 AM, Jean-Guilhem Cailton
>>>         <jguilhem at gmail.com <mailto:jguilhem at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>>             Hi Christian,
>>>             Can they be used for tracing in OSM? Are they available
>>>             as TMS or WMS?
>>>             Thanks.
>>>             Jean-Guilhem
>>>             Le 28/04/2015 10:11, 'Christiaan Adams' via
>>>             CrisisMappers a écrit :
>>>>             Hi CrisisMappers, 
>>>>             Following up on Josh's post about imagery, we now have
>>>>             a bunch of imagery available from DigitalGlobe, Skybox
>>>>             and Airbus/Astrium.  It's viewable both on our Google
>>>>             CrisisMap, and as a KML file in Google Earth.  
>>>>             *Google CrisisMap*
>>>>             http://google.org/crisismap/2015-nepal-earthquake
>>>>             (Click on "Layers" to find and enable additional imagery)
>>>>             *KML for Google Earth*
>>>>             http://mw1.google.com/crisisresponse/2015/nepal_earthquake/2015_nepal_earthquake_imagery.kml
>>>>             (It's a NetworkLink KML file, which will automatically
>>>>             load the latest list of images when you refresh the
>>>>             file, or restart Google Earth).  
>>>>             We'll keep making imagery available through those
>>>>             resources as it becomes available to us.  
>>>>             For more info on Google's response, including Person
>>>>             Finder and super-cheap Google Voice calls to Nepal, see: 
>>>>             http://googleasiapacific.blogspot.com/2015/04/responding-to-nepal-earthquake.html
>>>>             Thanks! -Christiaan
>>>>             On Sun, Apr 26, 2015 at 10:42 PM, 'Josh Livni' via
>>>>             CrisisMappers <crisismappers at googlegroups.com
>>>>             <mailto:crisismappers at googlegroups.com>> wrote:
>>>>                 Hi all,
>>>>                 As you're probably aware, it has been cloudy
>>>>                 throughout the region, so we haven't had a lot of
>>>>                 success yet with imagery.  However, one of our
>>>>                 shots for central/eastern Nepal came through with
>>>>                 enough clear data we felt it was worth sharing in
>>>>                 case it can be of some help.
>>>>                 It did not go through the full Google production
>>>>                 pipeline, does not have color correction applied,
>>>>                 nor has it been properly orthorectified.  But we
>>>>                 hope it might still be useful.  We hope we can get
>>>>                 more in the coming days.
>>>>                 KML: http://mw1.gstatic.com/crisisresponse/2015/nepal-earthquake/s02_20150426T044503Z/skybox_s02_20150426T044503Z_2015_04_26_kml/skybox_s02_20150426T044503Z.kml
>>>>                 Map Tiles:
>>>>                 http://mw1.gstatic.com/crisisresponse/2015/nepal-earthquake/s02_20150426T044503Z/skybox_s02_20150426T044503Z_2015_04_26_maptiles/{X}_{Y}_{Z}.png
>>>>                 <http://mw1.gstatic.com/crisisresponse/2015/nepal-earthquake/s02_20150426T044503Z/skybox_s02_20150426T044503Z_2015_04_26_maptiles/%7BX%7D_%7BY%7D_%7BZ%7D.png>
>>>>                 GeoTIFF: http://storage.googleapis.com/skyboxforgood/crisis/2015/s02_20150426T044503Z_pansharp_rgb.zip
>>>>                 <http://storage.googleapis.com/skyboxforgood/crisis/2015/s02_20150426T044503Z_pansharp_rgb.zip>
>>>>                 The data is under a CC-BY 4.0 license, in line with
>>>>                 other Skybox for Good products.
>>>>                 Please let me know if you have any questions.

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