Project NOAH’s risk mapping efforts has been on mapping for the Philippines since the start of its Integrated Scenario-based Assessments of Impacts and Hazards (ISAIAH) component. Another important activity is the utilization of crowdsourced and collaborative mapping through the benefits of using OpenStreetMap data.
Project NOAH has long embraced public participation to improve emergency response and disaster mitigation throughout the country. Through this crowdsourced method of generating geospatial data through the internet, we are a step closer to solving spatial problems with the help of satellite applications and mapping technology.
This low cost innovation creates fast dissemination of specific geo-information onto the OSM base map. The collection of data is directed towards a smaller dedicated audience who are “on the ground” and are readily available to support rapid humanitarian mapping services.
Also, Project NOAH and the OSM community will be able to harness the geographical contributions of the volunteers through the WebSAFE tool of the NOAH website. End-users, especially the officials of local government units and members of civic groups, can better rely on the information translated to the website tools. This data from thematic OSM mapping can be a solution to the heavily involved damage assessment and analysis activities before, during, and after large-scale emergencies.
With your help, we will be able to create a community that may represent a breeding ground for diffusion of crowd-based mapping knowledge. This in turn will open opportunities in solving spatial planning, not only to the network of scientists and geographers but even to the public at large.
To help you get started, here is a YouTube video on how to use OpenStreetMap in 10-easy steps!
Build a map with everyone!
As a way to complement the expanding and existing content of the crowdsourced, free, and open-source mapping technology of OSM, Project NOAH conducts and joins mapping initiatives. This is in partnership with different organizations, institutions, agencies, and even student organizations who all share the same goals and objectives of having a disaster-resilient Philippines.