Heidelberg, Potsdam, Karakol: Christmas Mapping Party Results

On Thursday, 08.12.2016, a Christmas mapping party took place at the Geographical Institute of Heidelberg University. Karakol, a city in the Kyrgyz Republic was herein mapped in cooperation with the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ-Potsdam).

Supported by the World Bank, the Bishkek-based Central Asian Institute of Applied Science (CAIAG) and the GFZ Potsdam are undertaking a nationwide seismic risk assessment study for the region. For this, OSM data of buildings and infrastructure are needed.

The event started with a short introduction of the GFZ project, followed by a detailed description of the project via Skype by Dr. Massimiliano Pittore, who is coordinating the project. For new participants, an introduction in the offline editor JOSM was held.

In the process of this mapathon, buildings and infrastructure in Karakol were digitized. The map below shows the results of about 3 hours of intensive mapping. Together we added more than 1913 polygons (most of these show buildings or landuse residential areas), 237 lines (e.g. tagged with highway = residential) and 888 POIs (in many cases these points represent building nodes, for which the location was adjusted). In the following days we will have a closer look at the data and validate our contributions.

Click on the map and have a closer look at the data yourself.


We would like to thank everyone for the great support and hope to see you again next year at one of our mapathons.

PS: HOT task “#1235 – Kyrgyz Republic – Exposure Mapping for Seismic Risk Assessment” is currently at 84%. We would be happy to see this number coming close to 100% by end of the year.