[HOT] A big thank you to HOT and OSM mappers from the Ministry of Disaster Management Sri Lanka

Robert Banick rbanick at gmail.com
Wed May 25 08:30:44 UTC 2016

Thanks so much for passing this along Blake! I didn’t know about it myself,
that’s so very cool.

In tasks 1913, 1914 and 1915 you all mapped over *65,000* buildings across
a huge area in a really short timeframe. All thanks and appreciation has to
go to the mappers and validators who made this possible. This doesn’t even
count the extra *1000* or so you mapped around the Aranayake Landslide Area
elsewhere in the country. All these buildings were used to estimate damages
across the flood area and in specific sub-areas so that aid could be
delivered more intelligently and quickly to the right places. Thank you all!

The floods are still high albeit going down. We’re awaiting word from the
DMC whether they have additional areas of interest for us to map. If not
we’ll shut down the activation, but until then we’re going to stay open and
keep mapping. In the meantime we’ve setup a task to map the Attanagalu and
Minuwangoda areas, which we know to be flooded and part of a long-term
project by the DMC to use OSM data for future flood preparedness. If you’re
looking to get involved or help out please chip in and map some buildings
and roads there!

Task at http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/1923

Keep up the good mapping!

On Wed, May 25, 2016 at 12:45 AM Blake Girardot HOT/OSM <
blake.girardot at hotosm.org> wrote:

> Dr. S. Amalanathan, Secretary for Development, Ministry of Disaster
> Management Sri Lanka took some time from his schedule while attending
> the World Humanitarian Summit to find HOT's booth and stop to say
> thank you in person to everyone contributing to this Activation
> mapping.
> Geoffrey Kateregga:
> Dr. Amalanathan Ministry of Disaster mgt -Sri Lanka visiting our booth
> is grateful for @hotosm Floods Activation
> https://twitter.com/kateregga1/status/735101040081653760
> Robert has some actual numbers for buildings mapped, but I do not have
> them at the moment. The numbers were very impressive. A lot of people
> helped to get a lot of building data generated.
> Building data is a very important tool for response work and providing
> as much as you did, in as tight a time frame as you did gave the Sri
> Lanka DMC another important resource for a clear view on the
> situation. That is what they asked you to do and you really stepped up
> and helped. Thank you, thank you.
> Still more to do of course before we are though. Please check the
> Tasking Manager for new projects as we are expecting to do more
> detailed mapping with roads for more focused areas (AOIs) from the
> DMC. And we still need validators to keep on validating if they can.
> They are among the unsung heroes of high quality OSM data.
> Anyone new, please feel free to visit our YouTube channel to learn
> more about mapping, how to map, and HOTOSM. And welcome aboard!
> https://www.youtube.com/user/hotosm/playlists
> Regards,
> Blake
> ----------------------------------------------------
> Blake Girardot
> Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
> President, HOT Board of Directors
> skype: jblakegirardot
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