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PADF in Guatemala

PADF in Guatemala

30 March 2017  |  by George Washington University

Faculty and students at the George Washington University teamed up with the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) this March to bring digital mapping tools to vulnerable communities in Guatemala.

#ValidationFriday

#ValidationFriday

03 March 2017  |  by Matt Gibb

Validating tasks is an important part in the Missing Maps process, and we encourage everyone to take part. Learn how you can improve your mapping and contribute to validation! #ValidationFriday

POSM Cloud

POSM Cloud

24 February 2017  |  by Dale Kunce

Portable OpenStreetMap (POSM) can run in the cloud. This walkthrough will help you get your own POSM up and running on Amazon EC2.

Fighting FGM in Tanzania

Fighting FGM in Tanzania

20 February 2017  |  by Janet Chapman

I first met Rhobi in a building site in Mugumu, Serengeti, Tanzania, in September 2014 where she was desperately trying to get a Safe House for girls refusing Female Genital Mutilation finished before the "cutting season" started in December. In the week we spent together I accompanied her and her team as they visited the surrounding villages, telling the villagers the dangers of FGM through debates, drama and dance. Rhobi almost bled to death from FGM in one of these villages as a 13 year old and has been a passionate advocate for womens' rights ever since.

West Africa Project End

West Africa Project End

24 January 2017  |  by Matthew Gibb, Emily Eros

Wrapping up our largest undertaking since the start of the Missing Maps project was in West Africa. Covering an area the size of Switzerland, volunteers in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone visited over 7,000 communities in an area that saw the worst of the Ebola crisis in 2014 and 2015.

Two Year Update

Two Year Update

18 January 2017  |  by Dale Kunce

Since its launch in 2014, Missing Maps has engaged almost 20,000 mappers, helped 430+ public mapathons, put 29 million people on the map, and mapped an area equal to the size of Sweden. We've added many new partners to help try and map the world. Thanks to everyone out there who's been a part of this amazing project!

Roads less traveled... all 72,000 km of them

Roads less traveled... all 72,000 km of them

07 January 2017  |  by Emily Eros

Red Cross volunteers on motorbikes logged 72,000 km of GPS tracks during border mapping in West Africa. We used these data to get under the clouds and add roads to OSM that can't be seen from satellite imagery. These roads connect some of the most remote communities in the region. Here's how we processed the dataset and what we were able to do with it.

Mapping cell phone signals

Mapping cell phone signals

06 January 2017  |  by Emily Eros

This past spring/summer, over 100 Red Cross volunteers conducted field mapping in the border regions of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In addition to the actual mapping, we also set the volunteers' phones to record their GPS tracks each day, and we set their phones to automatically collect cell signal strength data using OpenSignal, an app which crowdsources this information. We haven't come across much about working with OpenSignal data, so this post documents our workflow for using the data, the challenges we had, and our results.

OSM GeoWeek Thank You!

OSM GeoWeek Thank You!

28 November 2016  |  by Rachel Levine

Thank you for your incredible efforts organizing this year's OSM GeoWeek! In total 140 public and 150 private events took place in 42 countries. We made 1 million edits and added 861,865 buildings and 145,030 km of roads to OSM. Thanks to your hard work, almost 4,000 new mappers joined the OSM community!

Facebook Collaboration

Facebook Collaboration

16 November 2016  |  by Dale Kunce

In our humanitarian mission we are data omnivores, within licensing restrictions of course, constantly looking for datasets that can aid our mission and the larger mapping community. Collaborating with Facebook is an obvious step for us to take. Using the data created by Facebook volunteers will waste less time checking out a task to find an area with nothing to map.

Partner Pages

Partner Pages

01 November 2016  |  by Dale Kunce

The next step in data analytics is coming to Missing Maps. Using the infrastructure we continue to build out on the Missing Maps leaderboards and osm-stats-api we are very happy to announce the creation of partner pages. Partner pages can be any sort of partner from some of Missing Maps corporate partners such as JP Morgan Chase to local groups such as Maptime.

OSM Geography Awareness Week: 13-19 November

OSM Geography Awareness Week: 13-19 November

07 October 2016  |  by Emily Eros

Missing Maps members are gearing up for OSM Geography Awareness Week this Novmber, hoping to support over 100 mapathons around the world!

Putting Guinea’s reproductive health issues on the map

Putting Guinea’s reproductive health issues on the map

16 September 2016  |  by Chris Glithero, Paul Knight, Kat Hicks

The Danish, Swiss and British Red Cross are currently working together to support the Guinea Red Cross in developing integrated, high quality programmes, and the Reproductive Health and Rights Programme is one of these. It aims to improve knowledge and access to reproductive health and rights in the Moyenne Guinée region of the country.

Mapping Every Detail

Mapping Every Detail

02 August 2016  |  by David Luswata

After initially sending volunteers to record all the population centres in the border regions, we then selected some emerging cities in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to map in their entirety. Volunteers spend hours and days moving from one corner of the city to the other mapping every mappable entity, capturing every detail.

What's new with MapSwipe

What's new with MapSwipe

01 August 2016  |  by Pete Masters

Following the excellent feedback so many of you sent us, our team has been hard at work to get the next update out. Get the details, here!

MapSwipe... Feeding back on your feedback

MapSwipe... Feeding back on your feedback

22 July 2016  |  by Pete Masters

We have had an amazing response to MapSwipe in terms of the mapping you have done, but also your feedback and bug reports. We are listening! Find out here what we are doing to address the most common issues.

MapSwipe Tutorial

MapSwipe Tutorial

18 July 2016  |  by Pete Masters

MapSwipe relies on users being able to interpret what they see in the satellite imagery provided. This tutorial gives some guidance on how best to do that.

MapSwipe

MapSwipe

14 July 2016  |  by Pete Masters

MapSwipe enables anyone with a smartphone to contribute to the mapping of these vulnerable communities. Download the app, choose a mission, read the instructions and get started!

Trends of Transformation by Mapping in West Africa

Trends of Transformation by Mapping in West Africa

11 July 2016  |  by David Luswata

Our work in the recent couple of months has been to map communities in a 15 kilometre buffer of the borders of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea – this was the region most affected by Ebola Virus Disease. This has been achieved over and above our expectation. Each of these countries has had its challenges in mapping the communities, but the successes supersede the somewhat expected challenges.

Atom Feed

Atom Feed

06 July 2016  |  by Dale Kunce

As the blog expands we added an atom feed so you can subscribe and get the latest updates on Missing Maps.

Without Frontiers in Border Country

Without Frontiers in Border Country

28 June 2016  |  by Rupert Allan

Sierra Leone Red Cross volunteers are methodically surveying the missing, misnamed, and unrepresented villages of the border region for the Post-Ebola Community Rebuild project. Spearheaded by Missing Maps, it is a fundamental vulnerability assessment of at-risk areas where epidemics and natural disasters can run and spread for weeks un-checked.

Water Access in Zimbabwe

Water Access in Zimbabwe

07 June 2016  |  by Matt Gibb

Drought has been a common occurence in Southern Africa due to climate variability, driven primarily by the El Niño Southern Oscillation in the Pacific Ocean. This significantly increases the vulnerability of people living in rural areas. Since 2011, the American Red Cross has partnered with the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society, to identify and mitigate hazards, and to implement resiliency projects in the region.

OpenStreetMap Country Stats

OpenStreetMap Country Stats

02 June 2016  |  by Dale Kunce

Building an understanding of gaps left to be mapped means understanding what and how local OSM communities have been able to map. Working with some partners we created a simple Tableau visualization that shows the growth of road data in OSM over the past eight years.

Missing Maps

Missing Maps

05 May 2016  |  by Dale Kunce

Welcome to the new Missing Maps Blog. Over nearly the last two years you almost 10,000 mappers have contributed over 22 million edits, almost 3 million buildings and 300,000 km of roads. These achievements are truly amazing. The new blog will focus on sharing some of the personal stories and major events happening with Missing Maps.

Field Mapping at Scale in West Africa

Field Mapping at Scale in West Africa

25 April 2016  |  by Emily Eros

This past year, the American Red Cross undertook its biggest field effort to date: launching a mapping hub in West Africa and training local volunteers to field map over 5,000 villages in the border regions of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. The mapping focuses on public health resources, different aspects of vulnerability, and amenities like markets that would draw people across borders – important information to understand if another Ebola outbreak were to occur.

Community mapping in Riohacha, Colombia

Community mapping in Riohacha, Colombia

29 March 2016  |  by Drishtie Patel, Matt Gibb

Every year in the Americas more and more people are living in conditions of vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change. To help reduce disaster risk and enhance community resilience in the region, the American Red Cross is working with Red Cross partners like the Colombian Red Cross to address local hazards and vulnerabilities in dozens of disaster-prone communities.

Fire Sensor Project

Fire Sensor Project

15 September 2015  |  by Drishtie Patel, Dan Joseph

Khayelitsha is home to roughly 400,000 people, covering an area of 39 square km that includes some older "formal" areas and a majority of newer, informal settlements. Red Cross partners have been working in the area and looked into the major concerns the community is facing. Fires are at the top of the list. Red Cross partners are piloting a project to solve this issue : a low-cost, meshed network of smart home sensors affixed to each home within the informal settlement. The American Red Cross GIS team recently set out to Khayelitsha to support the community in mapping the area for better program planning and decision making.