TV blog responses to OSM Haiti
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What started as a highly addictive pastime for early adopters to alert their friends of their whereabouts and compete for virtual mayorship of their corner coffee shop, is steadily evolving into a global vehicle for individuals and businesses to garner social capital. With tech evangelists and small businesses exploring the potential power of Foursquare and other location enabled services, it was only a matter of time before change makers in the non-profit and social enterprise ecosystem “checked-in” and began finding innovative methods to rally support for their causes.
<img class="size-large wp-image-21725 aligncenter" title="100119-N-5345W-041" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2010/01/haiti-navy-660x439.jpg" alt="100119-N-5345W-041" width="660" height="439" /> During a large-scale humanitarian crisis, information is key.
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The have been at least 400 OpenStreetMap editing sessions in Haiti since the quake hit . Mostly tracing Yahoo imagery, and gleaning information from old CIA maps.
WikiProject revisions: Revisions to front page of WikiProject completed = everything consolidated into a single table or moved to different pages. -- Ceyockey 16:34, 30 October 2011 (UTC) WikiProject revisions: Revisions are underway (slowly) to revise the WikiProject from crisis-response to mapping-as-usual mode. -- Ceyockey 16:34, 30 October 2011 (UTC) On-the-ground: Fourth deploy write-up - 2010-09-08 On-the-ground: HOT Mission 3 complete  - 2010-06-28 Hot website launched with blog category 'Haiti' - 2010-05-??
People around the world have been yearning for meaningful ways to help the people of Haiti — and up to now, most have felt powerless to do much more than open their wallets. Of course, many have done just that, donating millions of dollars to nongovernmental organizations so they can deliver desperately needed basics like food, water and medical supplies to Haitians suffering from the mass destruction wrought by the earthquake. But now, thousands of volunteers are gathering in cities around the world to help bolster relief groups and government first responders in a new way: by building free open-source technology tools that can help aid relief and recovery on the ground in Haiti.
OpenStreetMap in the World Bank Haiti Situation Room For the past 3 weeks, since January 12, we’ve been actively involved in many efforts to provide support and analysis of the Haiti earthquake recovery. From immediate OpenStreetMap efforts to get imagery open licensed and traced, to working through CrisisCommons to get new volunteers mapping, creating dashboard common operating pictures of population affected by the event, emerging IDP camp locations, distribution centers, and gathering normalized health facilities around the country. Historically, these tools have been useful for the public and media to cover an event – but the question often arose if they were beneficial to responders and citizens on the ground. It’s been clear that tools such as OpenStreetMap have had a clear and positive impact on the response and recovery efforts.
We are proud to announce that our work has been displayed at this year's TED conference, where the world's greatest thinkers and doers come together.
I am sure most readers of this blog have heard about how there has been a huge effort to map Haiti using OpenStreetMap - Harry Wood gave a good summary of efforts a few weeks ago. Currently Schuyler Erle and Tom Buckley are down in Haiti helping out with mapping for the relief efforts on ground - Schuyler's blog has really interesting accounts of what they've been doing. Schuyler tweeted today that he and Tom were "starting to post raw, iffy quality, unedited audio and video - please feel free to edit/remix/repost".