[HOT] Starting a new mapping project

Claire Halleux claire.halleux at hotosm.org
Thu Mar 9 09:07:23 UTC 2017

Hi Manuel, Blake,

Good to hear that this project will be taking place!

Please let us (OSM DRC) know the tags you are aiming to use, in particular
for mapping potential mining sites, as well as the project hashtag; and
make sure to have a validating team to clean the newly added data during or
immediately after the mapathon.

Regarding imagery, beyond quality, it is crucial that you check if the age
of the available satellite imagery matches your needs. It is often a few
years old, which is not always proper to detect recent changes in landuse
and population settlements.

All the best,


Claire Halleux
+243 81 611 6998 (Kinshasa, DRC)
OpenStreetMap RDC


On Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 11:01 AM, Manuel Claeys Bouuaert <
manuel.claeys.b at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Blake
> Thanks for your fast response! I've just sending you a shapefile of the
> Okapi national park in Northeast DRC through we-transfer- here
> <https://we.tl/MRhFoiTbSO> is the download link again.
> The participating organisations would be the Wildlife Conservation Society
> (WCS), and NGO focused on protecting species worldwide, and the
> International Peace Information Service (IPIS), and NGO delivering data and
> analysis on peace topics, sustainable development and the fulfilment of
> human rights.
> The aim would be to map road, residential areas and if possible (illegal)
> artisanal mining activities in the park. There are many stresses in the
> national parks of DRC, including deforestation, illegal hunting (poaching)
> and armed-actor controlled artisanal mining.
> Both organisations are dedicated to work to reduce these tensions and work
> towards durable peace. WCS does this with the focus on safe and well
> organised park service, bringing stability tho the animals and people
> living in the park. IPIS has a lot of experience with mapping artisanal
> mining sites, and diffusing such information to inform actors in the peace
> process.
> Disclosure: I currently work at IPIS Research.
> Looking forward to hear back from you!
> 2017-03-06 15:19 GMT+01:00 Blake Girardot HOT/OSM <
> blake.girardot at hotosm.org>:
>> Hi Manuel,
>> This is not a problem. The main criteria is that a humanitarian
>> organization needs the data for field work.
>> Please send me directly something that outlines the area you are
>> interested in having mapped, shapefile, geojson or .osm file will
>> work.
>> As well as some details on the organizations that need the data and
>> how it will help their project.
>> cheers,
>> Blake
>> On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 2:18 PM, Manuel Claeys Bouuaert
>> <manuel.claeys.b at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Hi
>> >
>> > I've organised a few Missing maps events now, and for our next one, we
>> are
>> > thinking of a new possible task in a nature reserver in DRC Congo.
>> Together
>> > with a local partner, we'd like to map roads and residential areas in
>> the
>> > park, and, if possible, also (illegal) mining activities.
>> >
>> > My questions are:
>> >
>> > Is it possible for us to start/propose a new task ourselves? Any
>> > documentation on starting/proposing a task?
>> > We'd need to check if the best imagery available is good enough for the
>> task
>> > we're thinking of. Is there a way I could check this?
>> >
>> > Thanks for you help
>> >
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