[HOT] OSM Fiji linked with U-Report for TC Winston response

Russell Deffner russell.deffner at hotosm.org
Tue May 10 22:39:33 UTC 2016

Hi Kate,


U-Report looks great, there are probably others that can give you better assistance, but I’m wondering if some of the errors are related to the 180th meridian? You might find some of the information you need on one of these pages: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/180th_meridian or http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_Fiji 


I also don’t do much editing of political boundaries, but I’m sure if something needs fixed – it can be. Maybe a little more information on the exact nature of the ‘errors’ and someone can provide more details.


Thank you,



Russell Deffner

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From: Kate Learmonth [mailto:kate.learmonth at gmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 2:30 PM
To: hot at openstreetmap.org
Subject: [HOT] OSM Fiji linked with U-Report for TC Winston response


Dear HOT list,


I am working with UNICEF Pacific to roll out U-Report Fiji as a pilot community feedback mechanism for TC Winston. This will be the first time it will be government-led and used in this type of emergency response. The Fijian Government is also interested in using U-Report for early warning, early response 


Due to errors in OSM for Fiji we are having trouble importing the map into the U-Report Fiji site https://fiji.ureport.in (live but not active). I am hoping someone on the HOT list can assist.


Any thoughts on how to correct and improve OSM Fiji?


I am copying part of an email below for further detail.







We are working closely with the Fijian Government on the implementation of U-Report Fiji as the foundations of a community feedback mechanism post Cyclone Winston. As you may be aware the U-Report websites map the polling data using OSM https://ureport.in (global site).


Our RapidPro Vendor Nyaruka has informed us that there isn't complete data for Fiji; including at State level with things not being correctly tagged. For example, the Western boundary has no administrative level. The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Geosciences division works closely with the Fijian Government and has mapped to 1:50,000 in MapInfo and could provide the shape files to correct the boundaries and hopefully improve data completeness (proper permissions and licenses to use the data in OSM still needs to be formally requested). However, as I am new to OSM I am not sure how to go about correcting this information on such a large scale (fyi http://www.spc.int).

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