[Talk-us] San Louis Obispo CA area - Chimney Wildfire - OSM US Tasking Manager Project

Mike Thompson miketho16 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 18 01:35:07 UTC 2016


It is great to see OSM being used in disaster response within the US.

1) Will there be more such tasks, either associated with this fire, or with
other events?
2) Are there other cases where OSM has been used like this in the US? I am
scheduled to give a talk about OSM to the Wyoming GIS Conference and it
would be great to cite some additional such examples.


On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 11:41 AM, OSM Volunteer stevea <
steveaOSM at softworkers.com> wrote:

> Thank you for setting this up, Blake.  I've never done a HOT task before,
> and since this is my backyard, I dove right in.  And it was FUN!  (BTW, it
> is San Luis Obispo).
> A couple/three years ago I made contact with Joe Larson, a SLO-county
> based firefighter and OSM volunteer who used County GIS data to add all
> buildings (and most if not all associated address data) to SLO.  He and his
> team also completed TIGER updating of roads.  (These are still not perfect,
> as many roads are tagged tiger:reviewed=yes, which is superfluous and can
> be deleted).  Way to go!
> But as is true of any fire:  it's great to be prepared!  (Good maps with
> excellent road and building data).  Smart to add swimming pools, too.  In
> the half-dozen or so tasks I did, I also added some small (sub-1-acre)
> natural=water "ponds" which were usually at the confluence of two small
> streams.  With the drought, I'm not sure they are there, though.  The
> imagery layer used here is excellent, especially at very high zooms.
> Good work, everybody, now all we need to do is finish validation.
> SteveA
> California
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