Mapping day meet-up: Panay Island in the Phillipines

November 29, 2013 - 3:05pm -- douglas
Weekend OSM statistics

The mapping day meet-up on Saturday was aimed at looking at the tools used in disaster preparedness and response, specifically the global effort by the OSM community in response to Typhoon Haiyan in the phillipines.

The call was done on a short notice, and considerable work had already been done by the wider OSM community, however, the meet up had a mix of 3 experienced OSM mappers and 7 people who were getting exposed to OSM for the second time. Some work was done with tracing buildings, roads, and landuse at Panay Island Eastern Side, in the Phillipines, using pre-disaster bing imagery with the HOT tasking manager and JOSM. Tasks which were not completely done were unlocked, and the data uploaded to OpenStreetMap.

As a first experience to the new OSM Users, they found the tasking manager a very useful and interesting tool to map remote areas, and would continue and work on the other tasks in the future.
Before the mapping meet-up, Uganda ranked 19th among the countries which had contributed to the mapping efforts for Typhoon Haiyan, and the day's contributors are reflected on the list of all the voluntary contributors of the OpenStreetMap project for Typhoon Haiyan (2013) who made more than 4,028,856 Map changes!