Posts Tagged: Open Street Map

Jan 10

Web Mapping for Disaster Relief in Haiti

Historic Map of Haiti

Driving into Sacramento today, I heard a story on Public Radio International’s “The World” about how the GIS community is responding to the current crisis in Haiti.┬áReacting to the initial inadequacy of available geographic data (for example, there was little to no public information on transportation networks and building locations in the country), thousands of volunteers took up researching and digitizing historic maps of Haiti. Also, mobile GPS devices have been distributed in Haiti to provide accurate locational information to relief workers. Much of this data is being visualized and printed for distribution using OpenStreetMap, a free, online map that receives most of its data from the general online community.

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