[HOT] Fwd: [OSM-talk] HOT Fiji & 180th Meridian

Blake Girardot bgirardot at gmail.com
Tue Feb 23 22:52:47 UTC 2016

Hi Mike,

Ideally, and typically we map in response to support organizations on 
the ground who request the map data from us for emergency relief and 
they provide us their priority areas. No one contacted us in this case 
and asked us for map data or provided priority areas so we did not 
officially activate.

One of the community members (JGC) has been reviewing news and social 
media to determine impacted areas and I am working on a tasking manager 
project to support his suggested first priority area now (Koro Island).

In this case the mapping we do will probably be used during the 
remainder of the relief phase and just as importantly for the recovery 
efforts, knowing what used to be where and planning during 
reconstruction (and used in insurance claims to cover reconstructions 
believe it or not).

But without direct contacts on the ground we will be "mapping in to the 
blue" and will publish our resulting data sets on HDX 
(https://data.hdx.rwlabs.org/group/fji?sort=metadata_modified+desc) as 
well as using the HOT Export Server to generate gps device maps with 
building foot prints for relief workers.

I expect the first Fiji project to come out shortly for Koro Island, 
which is small and only about 500-1000 buildings.

The follow on Fiji projects will probably cover the north shore of Viti 
Levu as well as the small islands between Koro and Viti Levu.

Since it is not an official HOT activation, it moves a little more 
slowly as we find people with the time to handle the process of 
reviewing damage reports, existing data sets, existing mapping, imagery 
and making TM projects.

So I think the answer is we are supporting, but without any ground 
contacts it takes us a bit longer to get ramped up.


On 2/23/2016 10:44 PM, Mike Thompson wrote:
> What is the reason we are not supporting Fiji in the wake of Winston? is
> it because their are somewhat well off and do not need our help? I ask
> not just out of curiosity, but because I am likely to be asked at one of
> the upcoming mapathons.
> Mike
> On Sat, Feb 20, 2016 at 8:21 PM, Blake Girardot <bgirardot at gmail.com
> <mailto:bgirardot at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     I am not sure what mapping HOT can do to support Fiji after the
>     typhoon, but this message to OSM-Talk is informative.
>     If anyone is reviewing mapping or starts mapping there the below
>     linked to wiki page seems important to review.
>     Thanks to Richard <ricoz.osm at gmail.com <mailto:ricoz.osm at gmail.com>>
>     for pointing it out.
>     Regards,
>     Blake
>     -------- Forwarded Message --------
>     Subject: [OSM-talk] HOT Fiji & 180th Meridian
>     Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2016 21:10:26 +0100
>     From: Richard <ricoz.osm at gmail.com <mailto:ricoz.osm at gmail.com>>
>     To: talk at openstreetmap.org <mailto:talk at openstreetmap.org>
>     Hi,
>     not sure what the situation on Fiji is but if there is any
>     HOT effort keep an eye on the
>     https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/180th_meridian
>     Luckily most tools were improved over the past few months
>     but keep in mind that there may be remaining problems and
>     fairly new or experimental versions of some tools are
>     required.
>     Richard
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