[Osmf-talk] One small example of OSM's impact on the Sri Lanka crisis

Blake Girardot bgirardot at gmail.com
Thu May 19 03:01:00 UTC 2016


It is with sad news that I have to write about a crisis, but the OSM
stack and Community are making a difference during this Sri Lanka
Flood crisis and I had to let you know.

As a dedicated and active member of the OSM and HOT worldwide
community I am so glad to be a part of a community and project, OSM,
that makes such a contribution to humanitarian work.

Below is a forward from the HOT Email list and I think it shows very
well what HOT aims to do, for better or for worse, but I am quite sure
for better. And what OSM is already doing to support Sri Lanka.

I hope you will read our activation notice and the reply from Robert
who started and is leading the HOT activation mapping.

I am not asking anyone to help map, or share it or anything, these
were HOT email list emails. I am forwarding this to say thank you to
every one of you for making this possible. Sending it out to the whole
oms-talk list was one size too big for me so I kept it between us
foundation members, but of course the thanks really extends to the
worldwide OSM community. OSM is an amazing community and software
ecosystem both of which make a real difference to people around the
world, whether you know it or not.

(Full disclosure: I am the President of HOT US Inc.)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Robert Banick <rbanick at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, May 19, 2016 at 4:18 AM
Subject: Re: [HOT] HOT is activating to map for support of the relief
efforts in Sri Lanka
To: Blake Girardot HOT/OSM <blake.girardot at hotosm.org>, HOT
<hot at openstreetmap.org>

Thank you for managing the original updates while I got some badly needed sleep.

Everyone, I’ve worked in Sri Lanka on and off for the past year and
can testify that a lot of my friends and co-workers are suffering from
the flooding. My Facebook is full of pictures of cars and houses
swamped by water. It’s also full of people doing good work, including
from the government side. It’s not just the obvious response tasks
either: I saw some great photos just this morning of the local roads
authority battling out in the rains to mark roads with poles so others
could navigate and not get lost.

Point is, Sri Lanka’s government is exactly the kind of strong partner
HOT wants to work with in these emergencies. The Disaster Management
Centre of Sri Lanka is very keen on OpenStreetMap and has invested a
lot of effort over the past few years to figure out how to use OSM for
emergency preparedness. If the HOT community can come together and
show them how useful it is for emergency response as well that would
be fantastic.

I hope all of you can find the time to map a little. From my side I’ll
try to make that as easy and productive as possible. Anyone who wants
to join the activation team can just email me and Mikel — we’ll get
them added to the various coordination resources.

Thanks in advance HOT community!

- Robert

> On Wed, May 18, 2016 at 10:52 PM, Blake Girardot HOT/OSM
> <blake.girardot at hotosm.org> wrote:
> > Sri Lanka has been hit in the past few days by flooding:
> > https://www.bing.com/search?q=sri+lanka+flooding
> >
> > HOT has been asked to activate and immediately start tracing buildings
> > by the Disaster Management Center (DMC) of Sri Lanka, who work closely
> > with World Bank GFDRR. They are in urgent need of detailed housing
> > unit information.
> >
> > There are links on the HOT Tasking Manager:
> > http://tasks.hotosm.org/
> >
> > This is the earliest phase of response so we are actively working to
> > find other actors on the ground that the HOT Community can collect and
> > provide geo data for. This means that you should check the front page
> > of the tasking manager often, different jobs to support different
> > ground activities might be coming up.
> >
> > HOT members Robert Banick and Mikel Maron will be leading HOT's
> > response to this crisis. They can be contacted at:
> >
> > mikel.maron at hotosm.org
> > rbanick at gmail.com
> >
> > For more information visit the 2016 Sri Lanka Floods wiki-page:
> > http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/2016_Sri_Lanka_Floods
> >
> > If you’d like to help with coordination, speak up, and we’ll bring you
> > into the Slack channel and Trello.
> >
> > Regretfully,
> > Blake
> > ----------------------------------------------------
> > Blake Girardot
> > Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
> > President, HOT Board of Directors
> > skype: jblakegirardot
> > HOT Core Team Contact: info at hotosm.org
>On Thu, May 19, 2016 at 3:39 AM Blake Girardot HOT/OSM <blake.girardot at hotosm.org> wrote:
> I should have mentioned, please share this via your social media channels.
> Here is a tweet from HOT to re-tweet:
> https://twitter.com/hotosm/status/733050014931423236
> Regards,
> Blake
> ----------------------------------------------------
> Blake Girardot
> Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
> Vice President, HOT Board of Directors
> skype: jblakegirardot
> HOT Core Team Contact: info at hotosm.org

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