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Typhoon Haiyan / Philippines
Date: November 12, 2013
Region: East & Southeast Asia
In support of the humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan, the HIU published imagery services for heavily damaged areas: Tacloban, Ormoc, Northern Cebu, and Carles, Philippines. The goal is to help create damage assessments for Tacloban City, Northern Cebu, and Carles, and to build pre-event foundation data for Ormoc City.
This map shows the locations of all Imagery to the Crowd projects conducted by the Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU). Clicking on a map icon will open a dialog box with additional details about the project, including the link to the mapping task in the OpenStreetMap Tasking Server, and other webpages, downloads, or blog entries about the project.
The Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU), a division within the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues at the U.S. Department of State, is working to increase the availability of spatial data in areas experiencing humanitarian emergencies. Built from a crowdsourcing model, the new "Imagery to the Crowd" process publishes high-resolution commercial satellite imagery, purchased by the Unites States Government, in a web-based format that can be easily mapped by volunteers.
The digital map data generated by the volunteers are stored in a database maintained by OpenStreetMap (OSM), a UK-registered non-profit foundation, under a license that ensures the data are freely available and open for a range of uses (http://osm.org). Inspired by the success of the OSM mapping effort after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the Imagery to the Crowd process harnesses the combined power of satellite imagery and the volunteer mapping community to help aid agencies provide informed and effective humanitarian assistance, and plan recovery and development activities.
The HIU partners with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) on many of the Imagery to the Crowd projects. HOT provides volunteer support and access to its micro-tasking platform, the OSM Tasking Manager, which coordinates volunteer efforts by breaking down large mapping tasks into smaller areas that can be digitized in 45-60 minutes.
Click here for a 5-minute Ignite Talk about Imagery to the Crowd (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVfDhya2FQ8).