A group I follow, Understanding Risk, has posted a call for mapping assistance to support the typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan disaster relief efforts. They are recruiting volunteers to use OpenStreetMap to digitize roads, buildings, and other features from satellite imagery made freely available by Microsoft and the US State Department’s Humanitarian Information Unit. The resulting maps will be used by the Red Cross, the United Nations and other responding organizations working in the Philippines. To get started, you can:
– Visit the project coordination page for more information;
– Login to the OSM Tasking Manager (OpenStreetMap account required) and click on a task to contribute;
– For questions join the mailing list of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team; and
– If you are in DC, join the @OpenStreetMap at @CrisisCamp this Saturday, November 16.
In previous major disasters, efforts such as these have consistently proven to be valuable in support of disaster relief efforts.