[talk-ph] Follow-up on Activation for Typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan

Pierre Béland pierzenh at yahoo.fr
Fri Dec 13 20:56:24 UTC 2013

Up to date, 1,641 voluntary contributors from 82 countries have made 
more than 4,550,900 OSM Map changes for the Typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan 
Activation ! And this activation is still going on as the humanitarians 
are starting to deploy on the ground, that some remote islands did not 
yet receive help.

This is a complex Activation with the extent of the damages and the numerous remote islands. Imagery, both pre and post disaster, is a key factor of the success of this Activation. Lost of communications with remote 
islands dispersed in a large area is quite a challenge. There were still reports this week of areas where people did not receive any help yet. 
The HOT / Philippines coordination Team and the various humanitarian 
partners whith which we collaborate are 
still looking at identifying the remote islands and assure that imagery 
is available and that these areas 
have been mapped.  Thanks to the HIU unit of the US State Dept. who 
facilitates our access to these imageries and negociate with the imagery providers to assure that we will have a constant access to the 
imagery.  They are looking presently at the possibility to extend the 
imagery license for an other 30 days. They have also made a tremendous 
effort to identify the available imagery, pre and post-disaster for the 
various zones were we need imagery. 

The OSM community has showed
 his capacity in this Activation to react quickly, to coordinate remote 
mappers from 82 countries and provide maps, including both pre and 
post-disaster elements. Ten days after the Typhoon, printed maps were 
delivered to the field teams arriving in Tacloban. This while 
coordinating with the US Red Cross, OCHA, GFDRR Labs at World Bank,and various other partners.  After this activation is completed, we 
should look for the future of such Activations, where we support various humanitarian 
reliefs actions. We should  find ways to facilitate access to the 
imagery (both pre and post disaster) and lookd at the eventual Images 
licensing problems. Others aspects will surely be examined to. But 
globally, the OSM community and the various groups we coordinated with 
should be proud of what has been accomplished.

 various teams start to deploy for field studies, there will be a two 
hour workshop sunday at the SotM-PH in Manilla where Maning Sambale and 
Kate Chapman will be present. The objective of the workshop is to 
discuss the next steps regarding response and recovery for the Yolanda /
 Haiyan Typhoon. It would be great for the local and the international 
community to be able to connect. The workshop is from 10am-noon Manila 
time which is 2am-4am GMT unfortunately there isn't a good time for 
North American/Asia and Europe which is daytime for Asia,
 but if people can join us that will be great.  We will come back to you
 later to indicate how to participate to the workshop and we should try 
to have a log of these discussions.
See the time schedule at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20131215T10&p1=145&ah=2

 is already more then 25 Task Manager jobs that have been prepared for 
this activation. Others tasks will be added as requests are adressed to 

To contribute you can look at the two servers where jobs are available :

Thanks for your contribution. 

Activation Team
Andrew Buck
Maning Sambale
Pierre Béland

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