Following the earthquake which struck Nepal on April 25 hundreds of volunteers worldwide come together to map out disaster affected areas through the coordination of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and the local partner in Kathmandu, the Kathmandu Living Labs team.
Disastermappers Heidelberg joined the efforts on monday evening by organizing a first mapping event. Thanks a million to all the volunteers who came by to donate their time to do good! Together with our fellow GIScience students who were on a field-visit in greece we could count more than 50 contributors.
In addition to that also our visiting professor Joao Porto de Alberquerque combined his lecture on Information Systems at University of São Paulo with a mapping action to support the relief efforts in Kathmandu, Nepal.
But these are no one-time only efforts. The mapping goes on – should you be interested in continue the mapping stay tuned and have a look on the latest mapping tasks here.
The Disastermappers Heidelberg also have created a Mapping Support Skype Chat. Should you have any questions you can sign up here or contact “milli1213″ on skype to get added to the Skype Chat and then get support with your mapping.
Simulateously GIScience Heidelberg has set up relevant map layers and a disaster routing based on OpenRouteService at: http://openRouteService.org/disaster-nepal.
Big Thanks to Max, Andi, Tim, Enrico et al.! It uses the OSM data, is updated every 30 minutes and can take blocked areas and streets into account if this information has been added to OpenStreetMap.