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Who, what, where, and how are all open questions. Why is simple … OpenStreetMap has demonstrated incredible value in Haiti and we need to make sure we are prepared for the long run there, and for future disasters. A couple weeks ago, Nicolas and I started digesting the Haiti response, and years of thoughts and discussions in OSM, into something like a plan. http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Humanitarian_OSM_Team/Haiti_Strategy_And_Proposal The aim of this evolving document is to start to gather and prioritize major themes of needs and activities, for HOT organizationally, in documentation and processes, in technical developments, in relationships. As we are building the vehicle while already hurtling down the road, parts of this are already in play, parts are falling through the gaps, and overall coordination is a need.
OpenStreetMap has become an essential mapping resource for the response in the Haiti earthquake. OSM consists of a global volunteer community willing to dedicate substantial time and experience, a platform and technical approach that allows for wide contribution from individuals and large organizations, and a license that permits reuse and distribution of the data, in a variety of formats, map products (static and dynamic maps) and services, to responders that need maps most. Following the onset of the Haiti crisis, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (H.O.T) activated, and focused the community on acting for Haiti. The CrisisMappers community, and the CrisisCamp events globally, have fostered an open community that connects everyone involved, and particularly helped by facilitating the release of key data sources for OSM work.
Press release from the OpenStreetMap Foundation • 24th January 2010 This is just a first draft for a page that informs members of the press as well as other media about the ongoing efforts in mapping haiti. Feel free to amend.
OpenStreetMap The Free Wiki World Map OpenStreetMap is a free worldwide map, created by people like you.
(updated Jan 27) Volunteers from CubeWerx and The Carbon Project have deployed OpenStreetMap (OSM) data into Web Feature Services (WFS) as part of an open information network for Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The service is being posted on CrisisCommons.org and may be accessed using Gaia and other tools at - Gaia users may click here to preview Haiti SDI OSM WFS now . To access the service users on all WFS applications just need to add the link above.
TV blog responses to OSM Haiti
This Beginners' guide will show you how to add data to OpenStreetMap. Tutorials are available in many languages which you can select from the table at the top of this page. You need a computer connected to the Internet and some time to gather information and then enter it. A GPS unit and connecting cable are purely optional, but will be required if you want to collect data that way. Given the excellent aerial photography available in the editors these days a GPS is less important than in the early days of the project. Create a free account so that you can contribute.
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-?? Tasks and Ideas Miscellaneous things (to categorize/do) Update the "Mappers in Haiti" wiki page (or rather, create it). Photos of mappers in Haiti could be a good thing (thinks JaakkoH) Get active mappers to join the talk-ht email list Help people add at least some information about themselves to their OSM user page (and the wiki page if they have a wiki account): Link between these two pages if both exist!
This weekend, Nicolas Chavent and Robert Soden will deploy to Haiti for the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team . MapAction and OCHA are facilitating this mission, with generous support from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department — many thanks to MapAction and ECHO for helping to make this happen. Nicolas and Robert are a dream team for this work, adventurous and passionate map makers. They are joined by experienced MapAction volunteer Chris Philips. Broadly, the mission is to support use of OpenStreetMap on the ground in Haiti within groups of UN and international responders, the Haitian government, and Haitian civil society. In other words, make sure OpenStreetMap stays relevant and useful into the recovery, reconstruction, and, most crucially, long term development of Haiti.
twitter.com/tmcw + github.com/tmcw Tom specializes in building interactive and creative open source mapping tools for Development Seed. He is a lead architect of our open source mapping stack, including the TileMill project that combines Mapnik , Carto , Modest Maps , and other open source tools for use designing custom maps online.
twitter.com/aj_ashton + github.com/ajashton AJ is a cartographer and developer at Development Seed. AJ works with data and designs beautiful custom maps, including most of the tiles available from MapBox . All of these maps were created using open source tools, including TileMill and others.
This Sunday I will travel to Port-au-Prince as part of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team to build upon the work done by the OpenStreetMap community to expand maps of Haiti in response to the earthquake. Immediately after the January 12 quake , Google opened up its GeoEye imagery and hundreds of people pitched in to trace and add the data to OpenStreetMap, quickly building the best dataset available for Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas. On this trip we’ll partner with UN agencies, local and international NGOs, and the Haitian government to work towards making sure that these maps are sustainable, that we have local participation and ownership, and that responders from the international community are well prepared to take advantage of what OpenStreetMap can provide in their future deployments. I’ll be traveling with Nicolas Chavent , whose energy and connections will be essential to making the three week mission a success. The preparations for the trip have been intense.