[kwlug-disc] Haiti relief and FLOSS

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Thu Jan 21 20:12:14 EST 2010


Way cool, Richard. Thank you very much for the posts.

Richard Weait wrote, On 01/21/2010 5:17 PM:
> I forgot the "punchline"  the "so what" of my earlier email on OSM and
> Haiti relief.
> 
> OSM is showing the always updating map with a delay as small as a few minutes.
> 
> Other OSM volunteers are publishing new and up to date maps in a
> format that can be printed on large paper maps several times per hour.
>  Maps compatible with handheld GPS devices are published roughly every
> five minutes.  These maps were in use as the first relief teams arrive
> last week.  OSM has received thank yous from several outfits and
> people on the ground in Haiti, which is really awesome considering how
> full their hands must be right now.  Between the OSM tools and
> volunteers and the multi-disciplinary folks at crisis-mapping,
> requests for map updates and features are flying fast and furious.
> 
> If you have any OSM experience, you can help.
> 
> If you know anybody from Haiti, and can help them to use the OSM
> tools, it would be very helpful to have their experience identifying
> things, so that they can be named on the map.




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