[HOT] Request for mapping: Colombia - Venezuela border crossings / solicita HOT por crisis en frontera colombo-venezolana

Blake Girardot bgirardot at gmail.com
Sun Sep 13 12:05:57 UTC 2015

Hi Katja,

I have not reviewed the areas yet for how difficult the mapping is due 
to imagery or terrain, but the objects to map are for mappers of any 
experience level.

Basically it is a buildings and roads mapping project, and open areas, 
which should be easy to spot as well.

If you can't decide if something is a sports pitch or open area in a 
settlement (leisure=common) or a flat grass area, then it probably is 
_not_ one. These areas should be easy and clear to identify.

When I map today, if I see anything that looks confusing I'll write back 
or maybe Humberto or someone else with on the ground experience can help 
clarify things.

And of course, please send us questions if you find individual things 
you are not sure about.


On 9/13/2015 12:45 PM, Katja Ulbert wrote:
> Hi Humberto, Blake and all,
> thanks for putting this on the agenda!
> Is this a task for more experienced mappers? I consider myself an
> average OSM/HOT mapper but I have no experience in displaced persons
> crisis. I read the instructions, from what I understood the goal is to
> map possible areas for shelters or camps, is that correct?
> Regards
> Katja
> On 12/09/15 23:31, Blake Girardot wrote:
>> Greetings everyone,
>> HOT member and coordinator in Colombia, Humberto Yances, received a
>> request from a local OCHA Colombia official to map some border areas
>> that are currently dealing with a displaced persons crisis.
>> Humberto provided this overview of the situation (machine translated):
>> Under the state of emergency declared by the Constitutional Government
>> of Venezuela from August 21, in ten municipalities of Tachira, 1,482
>> Colombians were deported to Norte de Santander, Arauca, La Guajira and
>> Vichada. The figures are still rising in other border departments, and
>> reports of arrivals received in other municipalities and capital cities.
>> The most affected department remains Norte de Santander, where 15,176
>> people have been officially characterized as returned and are in the
>> process of being listed in the Register Unique Victims (RUD)
>> administered by the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD).
>> The two projects for this are here:
>> http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/1190
>> http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/1191
>> They are not large areas so I think we can get them mapped pretty
>> quickly if we can get some good numbers mapping.
>> Regards,
>> Blake
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