[HOT] Info on Nepal earthquake for NGOs?

pm5 pomin5 at gmail.com
Mon May 4 13:23:35 UTC 2015

(Resent because obviously I have included too many reply mails in the
last message so it got too long and triggered the moderating system.)

I think this is important, too.  A few use cases and photo of aid
workers on the field using OpenStreetMap would really inspire people
to be involved and help spread the words.

As an effort to promote HOT and OSM in Taiwan, we have started to
collect use cases of OSM data in disaster zone.  Right now there are
two short but growing wiki pages:

* https://osmtw.hackpad.com/Db5PQIgiKjP (Chinese)
* https://osmtw.hackpad.com/Usage-of-OSM-data-in-disaster-relief-field-works-RmfnLHdjkmX

Everyone is welcomed to add more information to these pages.

It would be really helpful if someone could point me to some aid
workers that are willing to share their usage of OSM on the field,
though I'm aware that this might not be a good time because the relief
work is still ongoing.

We have not yet acquired a photo of aid workers visibly with OSM in
Nepal, but some of us are working on it.

I am also aware of a Documented Usage section[1] on the 2015 Nepal
earthquake OSM wiki page, but right now it seems to consist only
online usage.  Any more information about on-the-ground usage would be

[1]: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/2015_Nepal_earthquake#Documented_Usage


On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 12:49 AM, Harry Wood <mail at harrywood.co.uk> wrote:
> "something for NGOs to encourage them to use the maps"
> I believe our best answer to this question is the top section of the wiki page "Map and Data Services"
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/2015_Nepal_earthquake#Map_and_Data_Services
> But I'm conscious that this is falling short of being a clear glossy brochure-type explanation of the maps we're offering and how NGOs would use them. KLL have done a site which is pretty glossy: http://kathmandulivinglabs.github.io/quake-maps/ Perhaps that is better link for you to share Sarah.
> I'm very keen that we should have such information somewhere front and centre (hence this wiki section has ...almost ...stayed at the top of the page) This is actually *the most important message* we need to get out.
> (Attracting new mappers is *not* the most important message, given that we seem to have almost too many to cope with, and the map was actually pretty detailed before we even started anyway!)
> I remember writing a blog post about the Haiti response as we encountered a similar flood of new mappers after we'd already created great maps:
> http://harrywood.co.uk/blog/2010/01/21/haiti-earthquake-on-openstreetmap/
> I think the number one untapped opportunity we're offering for on-the-ground aid workers, is *offline maps*. We allow somebody heading into the disaster zone to easily go equipped with detailed maps of all of Nepal loaded onto their device (mainly via the OsmAnd downloads). Why would any aid worker fly out to Nepal and *not* do this? Only because they don't know about it.
> And if people *are* doing this, prove it! A good cc-licensed photo of an aid worker visibly in Nepal visibly with OpenStreetMap on their smartphone, is all I dream about! (Take that as a challenge, folks in Nepal. Photo me happy!)
> But I agree we could also do a HOT blog post focussed on the maps and downloads. Maybe I'll begin drafting something:
> https://hackpad.com/Blog-post-Nepal-earthquake.-We-have-maps-jCyVr9LMoRP
> Harry Wood
> (in London UK)
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Sarah Johns <SJohns at bond.org.uk>
> To: "hot at openstreetmap.org" <hot at openstreetmap.org>
> Cc:
> Sent: Wednesday, 29 April 2015, 16:13
> Subject: [HOT] Info on Nepal earthquake for NGOs?
> Hello I work with Bond, which is the UK network of NGOs. I've posted some info and links about what you are doing on the Nepal earthquake, and wondered if you have an additional blog post or something for NGOs to encourage them to use the maps, or additionally to encourage volunteers  to get involved? I know that here in the UK British Red Cross are working with Missing Maps to contribute, and that MapAction is also providing information, but it would be useful to have some general guidance for NGOs as we have many members who are responding.
> Kind regards,
> Sarah

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