With today’s technology, we rarely think about having difficulty finding a location anymore. However, that isn’t true in every part of the world. In Northern Uganda these resources aren’t as available and emergency response is frequently delayed. However the American Red Cross and Ugandan Red Cross have a plan and we need your help. With the hard work of their GIS mapping teams, local volunteers and citizen , tthey will help the communities of Gulu and Lira develop maps.
American Red Cross and Ugandan Red Cross will be tracing into Open Street Map off of high resolution satellite imagery donated by the U.S. State Department’s Humanitarian Information Unit and hosted by the Humanitarian Open Street Map team on their tasking server. At a minimum, that means they need an Open Street Map account and some basic knowledge of how to trace into Open Street Map. For tracing, they recommend the open source Java Open Street Map editor (JOM), but the crowd can also just trace in their browser using Open Street Map’s Potlatch 2 client.
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