2014 West Africa Ebola Response
Nowadays, anyone can consult free OpenStreetMap Online maps, Routing services or even bring the Map on their Smartphone. For crisis like this Ebola Outbreak, thousand of contributors from around the world digitize rapidly the data from Satellite imagery to support the humanitarian organizations that deploy in the affected countries.
Our goal is to contribute to humanitarian relief by providing rapidly a detailed and accurate map (i.e., road network, villages, buildings, etc.) to support the humanitarian organizations. These services help locate people at risk rapidly, and facilitate the delivery of goods and services to remote areas. The various epidemiological services also can use these maps to monitor the situation.
Pierre Béland and Andrew Buck are coordinating this OpenStreetMap Response to the Ebola Outbreak.
The OSM servers, Editing tools and Map and Export products let us offer a variety of free Map and Export services to the humanitarian community. The OSM community support to these Activations is also impressive. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team assures the bridge between the OSM community and the humanitarians. We partner with various international organizations and take the responsability to map quickly various areas while the international organizations deploy in the field to respond to this epdidemy and support the local communities.
Jean-Guilhem Cailton, Blake Girardot, Mikel Maron and others support in various ways (ie. Imagery processing and servers, imports, learning material, etc). Others make outreach, organize mapathons, validate the work done, facilitate the progression of the new contributors.
CartONG is supporting MSF Switzerland for the Ebola epidemic going into Guinea, providing the GIS support. One person of the staff is deployed in Guinea. Bing imagery is not available in various areas where suspected cases of Ebola are reported. Pleiades-1A images were bought by CartONG for three towns. Airbus Defence & Space and Mapbox-DigitalGlobe also contributed with free imagery. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has been activated to coordinate the mapping effort by OSM contributors.
The American Red Cross is supporting the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.
Starting in July, a new contact group was providing a liaison with the World Health Organization (WHO), The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs (UN-OCHA) and various specialists.
Starting in August, contacts were established with U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) team.
Until the end of April, VISOV monitored suspected Ebola cases, identifying the various travel routes. This information is useful in various ways and helps us to identify which areas to map. See the Visov Map.
July 11, Cedric Moro created a new Map to monitor suspected cases.
Map and Data Services
OpenStreetMap offers an online map and spatial database that is updated by the minute. Various online maps are based on OpenStreetMap, including Navigation tools such as OSRM. Tools and services allow data extracts for GIS specialists, routable data for Garmin GPS, GPS navigation with smartphones and other device-compatible downloads. With an Internet connection, regular syncing is possible, because there is open access to the community-contributed data as it comes in. Also bulk with downloads of OpenStreetMap data are ideal for use offline. In addition, maps can be printed to paper, if needed.
Browse the Activation Area to get a feel for the data that is currently available. Different map styles, including a special Humanitarian style, can be selected on the right side of the screen. Though some data may not render (appear) on the online map, it can be exported from the underlying database for other uses requiring more detail(See export section below).
Large poster-size maps and letter-size paper atlases of custom areas can be printed:
- FieldPapers Paper Maps with grid for field survey or general navigation purposes,
- MapOSMatic Large Paper Maps with grid, street index and POI, good for command centers, hospitals, etc.
Exporting OpenStreetMap data
|OpenStreetMap data by country||
ShapeFiles for GIS softwares
|● Sierra Leone||OSM.pbf||OSM.bz2||Shapefile||GPS.IMG|
|● Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone||OSM.pbf||OSMAnd.OBF||GPS.IMG|
Daily OSM updates in various formats are provided by
GeoFabrik, datendelphin contributor, OSM-fr, SOGEFI and mapas.alternativaslibres.es.
Information about the various OSM export formats
- OSM.pbf and OSM.bz2 : These compressed OSM files are recognized by various GIS softwares.
- Shapefile : This data can be imported to GIS software, such as Quantum GIS or ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop.
- OSMAnd.OBF : OSMAnd / Android and iPhone Offline map and navigation
Note: launched 2015-04-19, the first iPhone version does not yet integrate all the functionalities of the Android version.
- » Android File manager: Move the obf file from the download to the OSMAnd directory
- LearnOSM Tutorial Configure OSMAnd, and Offline map navigation
- How to use Voice Navigation
- GPS.IMG : Garmin GPS format
- » Rename the IMG file to gmapsupp.img and move it to the Garmin directory of the GPS card
- Other Mobile devices : See other Mobile device products.
OSMand software download
Both Online tiles and Offline vectorial tiles are available through OSMand. Using the Offline maps stored on the phone, you dont need access to any mobile network. While using the online option, you should verify how much data is downloaded.
Custom Exports (to be rerun at any time)
OSM extracts, as feature layers (Overpass service)
The Overpass queries below let users extract specific layer features. The output is in, OSM format. The links below query the Online Overpass Service, and the file is downloaded automatically. Rename the file called "interpreter" for better documentation of the Query content.
HOT Export Service - GIS Analysis
This script can be rerun at any time to obtain up-to-date extracts of OSM
Custom Android/OSMAnd offline file
Install by copying to OsmAnd directory on your Android device.
With the availability of small communication devices, Offline data for navigation proves to be very useful for humanitarians deployed in foreign countries. We support the humanitarian NGOs using navigation data and invite them to give us feedback on the use of these devices in the context of field deployment. Daily updates assure that the most up-to-date data is available for downloads. With limited communication in a disaster region, it is recommended that users download data in bulk before traveling to these regions for offline use.
- This OSMAnd Tutorial shows how easy it is to navigate with OSMAnd.
- Copy OSMAnd files : Files downloaded are placed in the download directory. Move these files to the osmand directory. After you rerun OSMAnd, these files will be available.
- Copy Garmin GPS files : In general, you should rename the img file to gmapsupp.img and move it to the directory called Garmin. After restarting your GPS, you should see this new map.
Reporting map errors while traveling with OSMAnd
With OSMAnd, you can notify the OSM mappers of problems with the map.
- First enable the "Edit OpenStreetMap" plug-in in OSMAnd by going to "Settings" -> "Plugin-manager" and check the "OSM editing" plug-in.
- Go to the map view in OSMAnd, and long-press near the error you found
- Click on the balloon that pops up and select "Report an error in OpenStreetMap." (if this option doesn't show up, double-check that you enabled the right plug-in)
- Write a human-readable, preferably English message, explaining how to fix the error or what is wrong.
- When you get back to a location with Internet, you can upload the bugs to notify us. Go to "Settings" -> "OSM editing" -> "Locally saved OSM POIs/Bugs" and use the bottom-left button to upload all your bugs.
The bugs will appear on the map, and will be handled when a mapper sees them. The mapper will try to correct the error using your message and the aerial pictures available. Please don't ask questions, as we will probably not be able to answer them. But please describe what's wrong and how it should be.
A message like "This hamlet is called Petifu instead of Wari" will result in a correct map, while a message like "How is this hamlet named?" is unsolvable for us.
After a mapper handles (and hopefully solves) the bug, the correction will be available the next time you download the maps.
Use of OSM data for Humanitarian Missions
- Example CartONG Map
- Please post links/reports here...
Zones not yet covered
Humanitarians that operate in the area may discover areas not yet mapped in detail, They can contact us via the HOT discussion list.
About This Humanitarian Activation
- To learn more about the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), explore our wiki pages (root: HOT) or our web site hotosm.org. We are a global community of mostly volunteers. We are also a U.S. nonprofit able to contract with organizations (email info at hotosm.org to contact our staff). And we are a U.S. 501-c-3 charitable organization organization, and donations are tax deductible in the United States.
- Mapping Guinea: Help Wanted, 2014-03-26, Joseph
- 2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak Response, 2014-03-31, Pierre Béland
- 2014 West Africa Ebola Outbreak Response, Second Update, 2014-04-15, Pierre Béland
- Reactivation of HOT for the Ebola epidemic, 2014-07-06, Pierre Béland
History of this Activation
Reactivity of the OSM Community
- March 23 - HOT Members begin monitoring news reports about the outbreak and informing community.
- March 24 - We receive a request for activation from CartONG and MSF-CH
- March 24 - We begin trying to locate imagery for the three main towns (Guekedou, Kissidougou, and Macenta)
- March 25 - We have multiple versions of the Landsat 8 tile covering the area online in several different color bands
- March 25 - We begin using the Landsat imagery to trace roads and village perimeters
- March 25 - We also do the same from Orbview 3 image strips across the area
- March 26 - Reception of high-resolution imagery for the three main towns, creation of Task-Manager jobs and appeal to contributors to map.
Detailed mapping for the three towns is realized in 20 hours, including Gueckedou (250,000 people).
- March 27 - Adding more areas of interest as Tasking Manager jobs, see below.
- March 28 - Landsat imagery coverage now in bands 432 and 753 extended over the whole of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
- March 28 - Main towns nearly complete. Early results obtained from population analysis.
- March 29 - More mapping of buildings in key towns, and a small group of volunteers fill in the remaining buildings of the towns in the population-study test data set of 500 villages.
- March 30 - Uploaded topo maps for most of Guinea and began rectifying them to correct for errors in the original maps. Team plans to start entering all the names on these maps over the next couple of days.
- March 31 - Continuing work on the GNS import and beginning of work to align them to imagery and to add names from the topo maps over the larger area.
- April 1 - First two topo sheets around Gueckedou and Kissidougou have had all names entered. Most of the residential areas in this region have been traced but a few remain to be traced.
- April 1 - Adding two more topo sheets, one to the north and one to the west, for name entry.
- April 2 - Received imagery for Mamou from DigitalGlobe in response to a request for priority towns in the area. This was the last of the priority towns for which we had no imagery. A task manager job was created and within an hour of posting 17 people were working on the task simultaneously.
- April 4 - Received Spot images for the area around Guekedou and a Pleiades image covering Foya.
- April 5 - Continued tracing of roads and residential areas, and correcting village names and locations from topo maps and GNS around the Guekedou area.
- April 6 - Spot and Foya images were traced in the Task Manager and are now complete.
- April 14 - Team received a fourth Spot image, covering the remaining portion of the area northeast of Guekedou, where there had been only low-resolution imagery. A Task Manager job was set up as soon as the image was online.
- April 16 - The road tracing from the fourth Spot image is about 90% complete.
- June 19 - Team receives a request from the Red Cross to reactivate the mapping effort around the Kailahun district of Sierra Leone in response to recent outbreaks there.
- June 23 - After several days of informal mapping in the Kailahun area a Task Manager job is set up to ensure complete coverage of the area of interest (or at least the portion where we have Bing imagery).
- July 15 - Mapping of the Kailahun district, Sierra Leone, is completed
- August 7 - Mapping of the Kenema district, Sierra Leone, is completed
Global Ebola Response
- August 8 - WHO declaration of an international emergency for the Ebola epidemic
- September 2 - Andrew Buck and Pierre Beland (activation leads) met with GIS staff from the World Health Organization (WHO) Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Food Program (WFP).
- September 8 - During the period from March to Sept. 7, 1,273 OSM contributors edited 7 million objects for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
- September 11 - OpenStreetMap settlement data (place names) is sent to OCHA for incorporation in the COD-FOD repository. This will support the international response for West Africa.
- September 11 - The UN Mission in Liberia (UN MIL) provides settlement data for Liberia, which should help to revise place names for Liberia.
- September 18 - The UN Security Council declared the Ebola outbreak a "threat to international peace and security" and called on all states to provide resources and assistance urgently to help tackle the crisis
- September 23 - Pierre Béland presents the OSM Ebola Response at the GeONG conference, Chambery France
- September 23 - Jaakkoh Hellerenta represents HOT at a United Nations panel discussion, titled "Mobilizing a United Corporate and Communications Response to Contain Ebola"
- October 2 - Pierre Béland talks about collecting and sharing open data in the context of a humanitarian crisis, Condatos, at the Regional Conference for Open Data in Latin America and the Caribbean, Mexico
- October 9 - Detailed mapping of Monrovia is completed
- October 24 - Mali declares its first Ebola case. UN-OCHA asks the OSM community to map to support its actions.
- November 9 - Detailed mapping of Freetown is completed
- November 9 - Mapping of the Port Loko district, Sierra Leone, is completed
- Novembr 9 - Pascal Neis' Map of OSM Ebola Response Edits : 11 millions objects, 2,170 contributors].
- November 13 - Pierre Béland presents the OSM Ebola Response at Vision Geomatique, Gatineau, Canada (french)
- November 13 - Global Ebola Response Draft Map based on OpenStreetMap, Laboratories and drive time
- November 13 - Global Ebola Response HDX Data Depot - A New Ebola Crisis Page Built
- November 14 - Global Ebola Response HDX Data Depot -HOT joins the HDX depot with Open Data.
Tools, Adaptation and Services
OSM developers communicate over the Internet through various communication channels. In 2013 they implemented the new Humanitarian Map Style, a map more adapted to humanitarian actions. This map, hosted by OpenStreetMap of France, is integrated into various online map tools.
Two OpenStreetMap tools, the Tasking Manager and the JOSM editor, are essential parts of this activation. As new imagery is available, new jobs are added to the Tasking Manager. This tool has allowed HOT to coordinate efforts of mappers around the world. Some days there were more then 200 simultaneous mappers registered on the Task Manager and editing, mainly with the JOSM editor. Other online editors, such as OSM's ID and Potlatch 2 editors, also are used for less-intensive mapping. LearnOSM.org offers material to instruct beginners and more advanced mappers in these editors.
UNMEER Routing / Travel Time Tool
Andrew Buck and Pierre Beland are coordinating this activation. The request for activation first came from Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). The HOT team coordinates with CartONG, American Red Cross, UN-WHO, UN-OCHA and the Digital Humanitarian Network. This coordination contributes to a quicker and more-efficient response, and assures that a range of map products and services are offered to the humanitarian organizations that operate in the region.
The HIU unit of the State Department (MapGive initiative), Airbus Defence & Space and Mapbox-DigitalGlobe collaborate by providing free aerial imagery.
Amadou Ndong assists with mapping parties in African communities. A support team of experienced OSM members coordinates local contributors through the #hot IRC Channel. Mapping contributions from around the world through the Internet are coordinated through the use of the HOT Tasking Manager. Each contributor is assigned a square, called a "task," to map. When a task is complete, the contributor marks it "Done" on the Tasking Manager, and more-experienced contributors check their work to assure its accuracy.
Jean-Guilhem Cailton is supporting imagery processing, and TMS server. User:russdeffner assisted in the coordination by creating and updating this wiki page on behalf of the coordinator team, now a team effort.
News about this activation for Ebola
In some parts of the world, OSM members are organizing "mapathons," events where mappers gather to learn about mapping and to tackle specific map tasks. Mapathons give members an opportunity to meet-like minded mappers and to learn how to contribute to OpenStreetMap. Other mapathons are more generic, not focusing on specific tasks or crises, but providing a shared experience of mapping while improving mapping skills.
Upcoming events are listed below. Please indicate date, group and location of the mapathon. Link to more details for these events.
- Aug. 22, 2014, MapGive and American Red Cross host a mapathon at the American Red Cross building, 430 17th St. NW, Washington D.C., 2-6 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 4 - 8:30 a.m. (UTC) to Oct. 5 - 12 a.m. (UTC): ProjetEOF Western African "Mapping Night" #map4ebola Lomé
- Saturday, Oct. 18 at 8:30 a.m. (UTC) to Oct. 19 at 6 a.m. (UTC): ProjetEOF Western African "Mapping Night" #map4ebola #CARCrisis Abidjan, Dakar, Saint-Louis, Niamey, Bobo-Dioulasso, Lomé
- Saturday, Oct. 18 - 9:00 AM (EST): Ebola Open Data Jam New York
- Sunday, Oct. 19 - 10:30 AM: Mapathon organized by the University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Lab - 81 Carrigan Drive, Burlington VT 05405
- Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, HOT Workshop for the university of Middelburg in The Netherlands
Statistics about the Ebola Effort
The humanitarian workers operating in West Africa are facing a very difficult and stressful context. To respond adequately to this epidemic, they need detailed maps of the region. The OpenStreetMap community has accepted this responsibility, and, by the beginning of August 2014, more then 700 contributors from around the world had contributed, digitizing information from aerial imagery. locating villages, adding names to identify those villages, and tracing roads and buildings.
This activation has been in two phases. At the end of March 2014, three cities in Guinea were mapped rapidly. Later coverage was extended to areas in Sierra Leone and Liberia, close to the Gueckedou area in Guinea. With the extension of the epidemic at the end of June, HOT reactivated to respond to the increasing needs of the humanitarian field workers on the ground.
The table below shows the growth of both the number of OSM contributors and the number of modifications of objects in the OSM database since the beginning of this activation.
By the beginning of May 2014 478 contributors had participated and 2.2 million objects had been modified or created in the OSM database.
By the 8th of August, the effort passed 5 million objects modified and more than 8,000 places. There were 449,743 buildings traced. Note that 8,296 of these buildings are represented by a simple node because the imagery for these zones is not detailed enough to show the outlines of the buildings. This contribution was made possible by the work of 840 volunteers around the world participating remotely through the Internet.
1POIs do not include nodes with place and building tags.
2By Sept. 1, there were 11,769 buildings represented as nodes because the imagery in some areas is not detailed enough to trace the outlines of buildings. These are included in this building statistic.
The statistics on contributor activity take account of nodes, ways and relations that were created, modified or deleted.
The net effect of these contributions on the OpenStreetMap database is remarkable. In comparison with the OSMPlanet of early 2013, the net effect on the map as of August 15 for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is :
- 62,442 km of highways added from 21,597 (+289%)
- 15,124 km of waterways added from 16,000 (+94%)
- 11,162 Places added
- 505,372 buildings added
How OSM products and services are used by the humanitarians
This section is to show various examples of OSM usage by the humanitarians organizations to organize aid, distribute goods, track cases. Please share stories from humanitarian teams and software developpers. Link below to studies, blog updates and softwares.
- CartONG, Collaboration HOT/MSF/CartONG for Guinea crisis
- CartONG, GIS Support for the MSF Ebola response in Guinea in 2014, Case Study, Support to the epidemiology team
- Bryan Lewis PhD, Aug.4 2014, Modeling the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, 2014
- PolicyLab, aug.4 2014, New Innovations to Curb the Ebola Epidemic
- Medical GIS Guide , Researchers Guide
- Sept. 16 2014 Roles of Data Mining in Predicting, Tracking, and Containing the Ebola Outbreak
- EbolaMap Info - Mobile Data Collection, Fulcrum (In development) » Tutorial video
How You Can Contribute
Edit the Map
- You can contribute from the Internet by tracing buildings, roads, waterways, etc. To react rapidly to support humanitarians deploying, we need a lot of contributors for remote editing. Visit LearnOSM.org to get started.
- More experienced OSM contributors are invited to read the guidelines on Highway Tag and to revise the classification of roads. You also can assure the quality of the mapping by validating the Task manager tasks or using the various OSM Quality control tools.
- Humanitarian field teams and knowledgeable local people also are essential. You can complete the map by adding the names of roads or various infrastructure items. You even can edit the map using small mobile devices. In addition, applications are available for online or offline mapping.
- Add a Note or report an Error using the Notes feature on the Online Map. OSM contributors will edit the map from your comments.
- Please choose from highest priority first
- For experienced mappers, information on validating the tasks can be found here.
|Job No.||Priority||Location||What to map||Imagery Source||Task Mapping Status||Task Validation Status||Date Job Added|
|Job 463||Guinée||roads and residential||Landsat-8||Archived||NA|
|Job 465||Guinée||roads and residential||OrbView-3||Archived||NA|
|Job 469||Guekedou||roads and buildings||Pleiades-1A, CNES, Astrium / CartONG||Complete||Complete|
|Job 470||Kissidougou||roads and buildings||Pleiades-1A, CNES, Astrium / CartONG||Complete||Complete|
|Job 471||Macenta||roads and buildings||Pleiades-1A, CNES, Astrium / CartONG||Complete||Complete|
|Job 472||Medium||Kankan||roads and buildings||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 473||N'zérékoré||roads and buildings||Bing||Complete||Complete|
| Job 475
|Population||buildings and huts||Bing||Complete||Complete|
|Job 475||Medium||Conakry||roads and landuse||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 476||Medium||Dinguiraye||roads and buildings||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 477||Medium||Kérouané||roads and buildings||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 478||Medium||Faranah||roads and buildings||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 480||Dabola||roads and buildings||Bing||Complete||Complete|
|Job 481||Medium||Guinea||Topographic Name Entry 1 - JOSM Users Only||US Army Topo Map||Archived|
|Job 483||Medium||Guinea||Topographic Name Entry 2 - JOSM Users Only||US Army Topo Map||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 484||Medium||Mamou||roads and buildings||DigitalGlobe / Mapbox||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 485||Zorzor||roads and buildings||Bing||Complete||Complete|
|Job 487||Medium||Foya, Liberia||roads and buildings||Pleiades-1B||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 489||Medium||Guinea, Northern Liberia||roads and buildings||Spot-6||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 497||Medium||Guinea, Northern Liberia||roads and buildings||Spot-6||In Progress||In Progress|
|Job 503||Medium||Southern Guinea||roads and buildings||Spot-6||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 568||Medium||Kailahun district||roads and buildings||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 572||High||Koidu and Gueckedou areas||roads and buildings||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 574||Medium||Daru||roads and buildings||Bing (Mapbox donation)||Complete (bad imagery)||In Progress||July 6, 2014|
|Job 582||Medium||Zimmi||roads and res. areas||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 583||High||Panguma, Kenema, Segbwema||roads and buildings||WorldView-2, DigitalGlobe, NextView||Complete||In Progress||July 12, 2014|
|Job 586||Medium||Panguma||roads and buildings||HIU||Complete||In Progress||July 15, 2014|
|Job 587||High||Panguma||roads and buildings||HIU||Complete||In Progress||July 15, 2014|
|Job 605||High||Bo||roads, villages, streets||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 616||High||Monrovia||roads, villages, streets||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 620||High||Freetown||roads, landuse||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 621||High||Joru||roads, villages, streets, buildings||HIU||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 624||High||Liberia||roads, res. areas||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 625||High||Harbel town||buildings||Bing||Complete||Complete|
|Job 634||High||parts of Monrovia||buildings||Bing||Complete||Complete|
|Job 641||High||parts of Monrovia||buildings||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 647||High||parts of Monrovia||buildings||Bing, Mapbox||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 655||High||parts of Monrovia||buildings||Bing, Mapbox||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 659||High||parts of Monrovia||buildings||Bing, Mapbox||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 660||High||parts of Monrovia||buildings||Bing, Mapbox||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 662||High||parts of Monrovia||buildings||Bing, Mapbox||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 665||High||Nimba County||roads, res. areas||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 666||High||parts of Freetown||buildings||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 672||High||Port Loko, Bombali||roads, res. areas||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 692||High||parts of Freetown||buildings||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 706||parts of Freetown||buildings||Bing||Complete||Complete|
|Job 717||High||Kerouane and Macenta areas||roads, res. areas||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 752||High||N'zérékoré||roads, res. areas||Bing||In Progress||In Progress|
|Job 755||Grand Gedeh||roads, res. areas, buildings||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 148||High||Bamako||roads, res. areas||Bing||In Progress||In Progress|
|Job 765||High||Kouremale||roads, res. areas||Bing||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 767||High||Bamako||infrastructure, res. areas||Bing||In Progress||In Progress|
|Job 778||Cestos City||roads, buildings||Digital Globe, NGA||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 780||Zwedru||roads, buildings||HIU, DigitalGlobe||Complete||In Progress|
|Job 817||Kankan region||roads, buildings, water||Pleiades 1A, CNES, Airbus DS||Complete||In Progress|
Beyond these, we need experienced mappers to make assessments of missing data on a wider scale. Fix up of place names is needed. There are several old topographic maps of this area with lots of place names listed on them and possibly alternate spellings as well.
Monitoring / Validation tools
- Osmose Error validaion - JOSM link to revise the feature
- Administrative limits available
- Guinea - Administrative limits follow-up, monitors broken polygons
- Liberia and Sierra Leone - Administrative limits follow-up, monitors broken polygons
- Compare OSM and Google coverage (JOSM edit button)
- Add links/examples of response maps for the area, here...
Below are video tutorials of the various steps to do GNS Imports using JOSM.
This YouTube playlist covers configuration of JOSM for doing GNS Name Import tasks and shows the basics of getting started and how to merge name nodes into OSM. You can watch them all in order or just skip around for any that look helpful.
Bing has greatly extended his imagery coverage over the last two years. But for the Ebola outbreak, their high-resolution imagery was not available for the three main towns we need to cover and the adjacent regions. The group CartoNG has purchased imagery on behalf of MSF-Switzerland for the three largest towns in the region. Task Manager jobs have been created for these towns, and they were mapped in 20 hours by our contributors, coordinating through the Task Manager.
Our secondary priority was to trace roads and locations of villages in the wider region. We started with a Landsat 8 image taken the 23rd of March. We also had some scattered Orbview 3 (from around 1990) for a very limited region.
Higher-resolution imagery was later obtained for free by Jean-Guilhem Cailton from Airbus Defence & Space. A new program by Mapbox/DigitalGlobe to offer free imagery to OSM also came to the rescue.
How to add to JOSM
It's easy to add special imagery to JOSM from the task manager jobs, where an imagery URL is provided within the task manager. Clicking the URL should trigger JOSM remote control to add the new imagery as a layer. For more details see OSM Tasking Manager/Setting up JOSM
Bing is the 'default' Imagery available for OSM (default option in most editors). The Bing imagery coverage is not complete for the Activation area, and alternative imagery sources are provided in the Task Manager Jobs, and described below.
Mapbox / DigitalGlobe
Mapbox / DigitalGlobe imagery now contributes to complete the Bing imagery coverage.
Imagery URL for JOSM:
These Landsat 8 layers were put online by Jean-Guilhem Cailton on OpenStreetMap-France server and show natural color in the "432" image and a traditional "false color" image in the 753 layer listed below:
Imagery URLs for JOSM:
- Natural colour:
- False colour:
Imagery URL for JOSM:
These Pléiades layers were put online by Jean-Guilhem Cailton on OpenStreetMap-France server
Imagery URL for JOSM :
According to the e-mail of Jean-Guilhem Cailton on the HOT mailing list:
"Airbus D&S has offered two Spot-6 images, with 1.5 m resolution, covering the areas around Kenema and Kailahun. They are available in "natural colors," and also with a near-infrared band (NIR), in these TMS layers (that also include the Spot-6 images that were previously offered):
These are URLs for JOSM, and you must accept the Astrium / OSM license (http://tasks.hotosm.org/license/6) before accessing them. Use source=Spot-6, Airbus
They can be used (along with other imagery sources) for the current priority need to locate villages and hamlets, and access roads and tracks, in the District of Kenema.
And also to complete these elements (settlements and access roads) in the area between Kailahun and Koindu where Bing is obscured by clouds.
0.5 m resolution images should be available soon to map the buildings in the towns of Daru and Kenema, which have lower priority."
(Other Imagery Sources)
- Add sources and relevant information on imagery (broken into source) here...
Add potential data sources here...
- Historical maps, and other out-of-copyright sources can be rectified and used as a layer through MapWarper
- Provide links to historical maps of the impacted area here...
- April 3: Penn State student map-a-thon for Ebola relief efforts
- Add your event here...
- March 29: OSM-Colorado: HOT Saturday Mapternoon on Mumble
- Add past mapping events/projects in the impacted area here...
- ISERV Level 0 Georeferenced and Raw Geolocated images ISERV
- Provide links to some images from International Space Station...ISERV
- Mar.26 : Crowdsourced tracing effort launched for mapping Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea, Geospatial World
- Mar.26 : Mapping Guinea: Help Wanted for Ebola Outbreak, GIS News
- April 1 : Guinea facing 'unprecedented' Ebola outbreak, ITV
- April 1 : “This #Ebola outbreak is worst in history”, MSF, NewsAfrica
- April 9 : Mapbox Blog - Ebola mapping in Guinea: Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
- April 9 : Mapbox Blog - Over 100,000 buildings mapped in Guinea where Ebola broke out
- April 9 Mapbox Blog - New high resolution satellite images for Ebola outbreak region
- April 9 Mapbox Blog - Mapping an entire city in a day
- April 9 DigitalGlobe - Mapping the World with OpenStreetMap via Mapbox
- April 9 : New Scientist - Online army helps map Guinea's Ebola outbreak Volunteers Collaboratively Map West Africa Ebola Outbreak
- April 9 : Center for Data Innovation - Volunteers Collaboratively Map West Africa Ebola Outbreak
- April 9 : Health workers use crowdsourced maps to respond to Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Crowdsourcing.org
- April 10 : lxbarth's diary - You can't do this with any other map but OpenStreetMap
- April 11 : Wired - The race to contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak
- April 11 : Health workers use crowdsourced maps to respond to Ebola outbreak in Guinea - See more at: http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2014/04/11/health-workers-use-crowdsourced-maps-to-respond-to-ebola-outbreak-in-guinea/#sthash.ohaP3a7w.dpuf, Scope published by Stanford Medicine
- April 12 : GIZMODO Australia - Tracking an Ebola Outbreak in a City Without Maps
- April 13 How the Internet is Stopping the Ebola Outbreak, One Street Map at a Time, Nuvium
- Apr.14 : Ebola outbreak highlights need for vaccine, VaccinesToday.org
- April 17 : , Guinea/Liberia: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014, Reliefweb
- April 24 Airbus Defence and Space - Satellites and cartographers combat Ebola virus
- April 30 Ebola, Humanitarian Efforts and Digital Mapping, BFM Radio
Audio : Sylvie de Laborderie, CartONG interview at 16:40
- April : Volunteers Collaboratively Map West Africa Ebola Outbreak, Center for data innovation
- May 12 Using Digital Tools for Disease Surveillance: Mapping Innovations, Sally Jackson, United Nation Global Pulse
- June 12 Using open-source mapping to help stop Ebola
- Humanitarian Mapping : Mapping to Help People and to Respond to Disaster Areas, GlobalResourcesNews.com
- See more at: GlobalResourcesNews stories
- Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team: West Africa Ebola Outbreak Response, Storify.com, Digest of articles on HOT
- July 15 Case study: How maps help fight Ebola in Guinea, Social Media for Good
- August 1 The Battle Against Ebola: Combating Illness with Technology, Social Media Week, Lagos
- August 4 Volunteers Around the World Aid Ebola Victims, American Red Cross
- Augusrt 5 Volunteers Around the World Aid Ebola Victims, ReliefWeb, Report from American Red Cross
- August 6 How You Can Help Map the Ebola Outbreak Zone, abcnewsradioonline
- August 7 Want to help stop the Ebola virus? Here’s how. 10 organizations you can support right now to fight the spread of Ebola, One.org
- August 21 What to Know and What to Do About the Ebola Outbreak, Gaia Paradiso Huffington Post
- August 28 Want to Help Fight Ebola? Here's How., US News and World Report
- September 18 Online volunteers map uncharted Ebola zones to help save lives, Thomson Reuters Foundation
- September 23 - West Africa: Crowdsource Mapping Aids Ebola Fight in West Africa, allafrica.com
- September 23 - Mapping the Outbreaks of Diseases, GISLounge
- September 29 - Crowdsource Map for Ebola Response Help, IdeaConnection
- September 30 - Working List of Data Sources for Ebola Mappers, Tech4Relief
- October 8 - 6 Ways Technology is Helping to Fight Ebola, TechChange
- October 9 - Ebola Mapping Workshop Packs Room, Smiths College Spatial Analysis Lab
- October 16 - Student raises awareness for adequate Ebola mapping in West Africa, Daily Free Press, Boston
- October 19 - Ebola maps created at the University of Vermont, Burlington Free Press
- October 22 - Inside The Crowdsourced Map Project That Is Helping Contain The Ebola Epidemic, FastcoLabs
- October 23 - , BBC World News HOT / British Red Cross interview (Video)
- October 24 - Using Maps to Track and Control Infectious Disease: Five Online Resources, O'Neil Institute
- October 26 - Leveraging Open Data to Fight Ebola by Rose Worden, The New context
- November 5 - Bringing science and development together through original news and analysis, SciDev.net
- November 6 - 16 Organizations that are working to end Ebola in West Africa, Global Citizen
- November 7 - Data + Mapping for Ebola Epidemic, West Africa, Geospex
- November 15 - 6 Ways Technology is Helping to Fight Ebola, wikiebola
- November 23 - Nursing students guide path for Ebola volunteers in Liberia, Using online software, they’re plotting roads and individual homes in Fish Town, Liberia, Minnesota Daily and Medecine Forum Network
- Jan 14 - Mapping for Ebola: A Collaborative Effort, CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Feb. 27 - An Interactive Timeline Highlighting the Use of OpenStreetMap Across the World Over the Past 10 Years by Brian Heater, Laughing Squid
- April 1 - Mapping Task: Kambia, Sierra Leone. Notes from the field, by Roberto Colombo/Luis Aguilar. IM UNMEER / WHO, Humanitarian Response, OCHA
How people can help, republished by various medias
- Want to help stop the Ebola virus? Here’s how. : 10 organizations you can support right now to fight the spread of Ebola
- HEALTH VOLUNTEER: Help map areas hit by the Ebola virus online
- GIS maps helping track West African Ebola
- World Health Organization (WHO) Isochron Map: Laboratories and Drive Times
- The Economist: Missing Maps and Ebola (Daily Chart) (November 13, 2014)
- 22 Mars : Epidémie d'Ebola en Guinée: MSF envoie en urgence des spécialistes et du matériel, MSF-CH
- 26 Mars : Digitalisation d'urgence en Guinée contre l'épidémie Ebola !, CartONG
- 14 avril : La contribution d'Internet à la lutte contre Ebola: cartographier la Guinée, Andréa Fradin, Slate.fr
- 14 avril : Lutte contre Ebola: mobilisation mondiale des cartographes pour géolocaliser la maladie en Guinée, Guinee58.com
- Satellites et cartographes contre le virus Ebola, Airbus Defence and Space
- 15 avril : La Guinée au temps d'Ebola, Atlantico
Pascal Piguet, Logisticien de MSF : La carte OpenStreetMap a permis un outil de visualisation et de gestion qui désormais sera un indispensable de toute crise épidémiologique.
- 15 avril La contribution d'internet à la lutte contre Ebola: Cartographier la Guinée, LeukSenegal
- 16 avril : Lutte contre le virus Ebola: l'efficacité de la communauté en ligne, RTS (Durée: 02:21, Par Magali Philip, Sonar (RTS.ch))
- 16 avril : L'Afrique de l'ouest touchée par Ebola, Keskiscpass.com
- 21 avril Satellites et cartographes contre le virus Ebola, Airbus Defence and Space
- 22 avril : La cartographie de l’épidémie d’Ebola est en ligne, RFI
- 22 avril : Virus Ebola - Une cartographie en ligne révèle la progression de l'épidémie, NotreAfrik
- 22 avril : La cartographie de l’épidémie d’Ebola est en ligne, AfricaTime.com Guinée
- 22 avril : La cartographie de l'épidémie Ebola est en ligne, ThieyDakar
- 23 avril : La cartographie de l’épidémie d’Ebola est en ligne, Gawlo.net, Sénégal
- 24 avril : Maladies virales émergentes : Devons-nous craindre davantage les virus aujourd'hui?, Sophie Payeur, Faculté des sciences, Université de Sherbrooke
- 24 avril : SANTE : Une cartographie de l’épidémie de la fièvre Ebola en ligne grâce à VISOV / OpenStreetMap, TechMissus / L'actualité des technologies de l'internet et du mobile en Afrique
- 24 avril Satellites et cartographes contre le virus Ebola, Airbus Defence & Space
- 25 avril SANTE : Une cartographie de l'épidémie de la fièvre Ebola, ivoire.gounna.com
- 26 avril Guinée: OpenStreetMap met la cartographie de l'épidémie d'Ebola en ligne , Tech/Afrika
- Collaboration HOT/MSF/CartONG pour la Guinée, CartONG
- 15 août Suivre Ebola à la trace grâce à la technologie, Blogue La Croix-Rouge canadienne
- 2 octobre Le virus Ebola et la cartographie collaborative: faire le point six mois après, Veille Carto 2.0
- 9 octobre «Il est possible de cartographier une ville touchée par Ebola en quelques heures», Croire Videos
- 12 octobre Des bénévoles numériques cartographient les zones touchées par Ebola, La Croix
- 16 octobre La nuit du Mapping, soutien aux acteurs Crise Ebola, OSM Côte-d'Ivoire
- 21 octobre En Afrique de l’Ouest, les défenseurs du libre se mobilisent contre Ebola, Makery
- 22 octobre Data-mining et crowdsourcing pour combattre Ebola, Industrie et technologies
- 23 octobre Ebola : le crowdsourcing pour lutter contre l'épidémie , Les Clés de demain, LeMonde.fr
- 24 octobre High-tech et Ebola : qu'en pensent les ONG ?, Le Point.fr
- 26 octobre Big data et Web participatif contre le virus Ebola, La Vie.fr
- 30 octobre Mobilisation de la communauté OpenStreetMap pour cartographier les zones touchées par Ebola, Proxima Mobile
- 31 octobre Ebola : rassembler des données pertinentes pour apporter des réponses nouvelles à l’épidemie, Proxima Mobile
- 7 novembre Quand les citoyens mettent l'Ebola sur la carte, Sarah R Champagne, Le Blog Urbain, Le Devoir
- 7 novembre Ebola : une maladie High Tech ?
- Airbus Defence and Space - Satélites y cartógrafos contra el virus Ébola
- 08 de Abril: OSM advierte que la epidemia de Ébola es de las "más espeluznantes" jamás registradas Los Andes (Argentina)
- 16 de Octubre: El Ébola y la ayuda de OpenStreetMap , blog IDEE
- 17 de Octubre: El Ébola y la ayuda de OpenStreetMap, MundoGEO
- 30 de Octubre: El gran mapa de los sitios olvidados: un plan para combatir catástrofes y epidemias como el ébola eldiario.es (España)
- 17 de Octubre Ebola udbruddet – samarbejde Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team og Læger uden Grænser, Apr.02
- 14 Aprile Virus letale Ebola: diffusa la mappa di contagio. In Italia profughi in arrivo dalle zone rosse., InMeteo.net
- 14 Aprile Epidemia di Ebola: ecco la mappa del contagio, MeteoWeb.eu
- Nov. 21 - Wie helpt Afrika in kaart te brengen en ebola te bestrijden? , De Redatctie.be
- Nov. 21 - “Missing Maps” brengt de wereld in kaart , Radio 1
Other Responses including Digital Humanitarian Network
- For the first step of this activation, the VISOV group has helped us to locate areas to map, following media reports on suspected cases. For this second step, Cédric Moro has setup a new Tracking Map of Ebola cases for Sierra Leone and Liberia.
- From MSF GIS Officer Field Office - 18-April /2014: "To all OSM-Hot teams, First of all and once again, we would like to send a big THANK YOU to every single one of you. Your work is a gift to us all in the field. Building-scale mapping for such an area is a huge help for our outreach teams, and for many expats newly arrived and needing a briefing on how the outbreak is evolving. Finding remote localities and access to them is often a race against time as a few hours can make a serious difference, not only for patients, but also to arrive in time to prevent new contacts to happen and keep the outbreak from spreading further. Cross-checking between local knowledge and OSM maps allows us to work much faster"
- From MSF GIS Field Office - 2-April 2014: "A big THANK YOU from the emergency team in Gueckedou and Macenta to all of you guys in HOT/OSM! Your work speed and quality was far beyond our expectations. MapsKits are already distributed to the field teams and received an enthousiastic welcome from our staff, both international and local. As people carry on fighting against Ebola, it is heart-warming to feel presence and support from the international mapping community. Thanks to everyone!"
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