The UP Resilient Campuses Project by the UP Resilience Institute (UP RI), having the UP NOAH Center as a core component, aims to create disaster management contingency plans to address the UP campuses’ vulnerability to natural hazards. It intends to take off from previous and existing plans and improve them by using the latest technology and the best methodologies to develop better strategies specific to the higher education units of the University of the Philippines campuses. This new and improved plan will cover the entire scope disaster risk management, from the identification of the risks all the way to recovering from disasters. It also aims to develop strategies to become resilient against the adverse impacts of geological and climate related natural hazards. An important activity in this endeavor is the utilization of crowdsourced and collaborative mapping through the benefits of using OpenStreetMap data.
UP NOAH has long embraced public participation and open data 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, UP NOAH, OSM, and the UP 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!
As a way to complement the expanding and existing content of the crowdsourced, free, and open-source mapping technology of OSM, UP 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.
To those who already have their OSM accounts, you can contribute by using the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (HOT) Tasking Manager, an online task manager for a collaborative and seamless mapping manager for OSM contributors.
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