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Geoweb community unites to counter Ebola virus outbreak

Guinea: An outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever has been ongoing since 9 February in West Africa. To aid the efforts of various agencies, HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team) launched an online crowdsourced mapping effort and mobilised the community of cartographers to identify routes and dwellings. Till now, over 360 contributors have identified around 1.65 million objects on the map.

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has set up a crowdsourced map for aiding humanitarian efforts in the region.

Above: Screenshot of the crowdsourced map.

Alerted by HOT about the importance of mapping in combating this epidemic, Airbus stepped up its support effort and donated maps of three towns in Guinea—Guekédou, Macenta and Kissidougou to CartONG, an NGO specialising in humanitarian mapping. DigitalGlobe also contributed its bit by donating high resolution imagery for Mamou. The satellite image was taken by GeoEye-1 on January 8th, 2013. The resolution is pan-sharpened 0.5 meters/pixel and processed and uploaded to Mapbox.

Source: CartONG