Usability of VGI in Haiti earthquake response and the 2nd workshop on usability of geographic information

On the 23rd March 2010, UCL hosted the second workshop on usability of geographic information, organised by Jenny Harding (Ordnance Survey Research), Sarah Sharples (Nottingham), and myself. This workshop was extending the range of topics that we have covered in the first one, on which we have reported during the AGI conference last year. This … Continue reading Usability of VGI in Haiti earthquake response and the 2nd workshop on usability of geographic information

Haiti – further comparisons and the usability of geographic information in emergency situations

After the publication of the comparison of OpenStreetMap and Google Map Maker coverage of Haiti, Nicolas Chavent from the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team contacted me and turned my attention to the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti’s (known as MINUSTAH) geographical dataset, which is seen as the core set for the post earthquake humanitarian effort, and therefore … Continue reading Haiti – further comparisons and the usability of geographic information in emergency situations

Haiti – how can VGI help? Comparison of OpenStreetMap and Google Map Maker

As the relief effort to the crisis in Haiti unfolds, so does response from mapping organisations with global reach. It is a positive development that free data is available from the Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) community to assist humanitarian work on such a large scale, and good that there are now two sources. However, it is sad to discover that there … Continue reading Haiti – how can VGI help? Comparison of OpenStreetMap and Google Map Maker