Ground-level humanitarian mapping using mobile phones

Submitted by myraidgoups on April 15, 2008 - 5:22am.

If (and that's a big if) thiswill work, it could revolutionise the way we do recons and assessments. For the moment it seems to be no more than a concept, albeit a promising one.

Map Maker is an Android application for creating maps in a disaster zone. It is designed to allow aid workers to quickly and easily create a map of the area they are working in. After a disaster such as a hurricane or earthquake the landscape can change so fundamentally that existing maps are rendered out of date. Knowing things like which roads are passable, where field hospitals are and suitable aircraft landing areas makes it far easier to manage an emergency.

Cheers,
Michael

Submitted by jcravens42 on April 15, 2008 - 5:41pm.

This is, indeed, a great development.

I wrote an article about hand held tech in nonprofit/development issues back in 2002 or so:
http://www.unites.org/Html/Resource/unites/unites0.htm
Touches on some similar themes. A shame that UNV no longer updates this document.

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Jayne Cravens
www.coyotecommunications.com/development/
Bonn, Germany

Submitted by myraidgoups on April 17, 2008 - 3:08am.

Yes, that seems to be a pity. Perhaps you could post an updated version yourself?

It turns out that I might have an inside contact at Android development: a former colleague apparently now works for Google on the project. I am pursuing this and will try to get some comments about further development etcetera. Watch this space!

Cheers,
Michael

Submitted by jcravens42 on April 17, 2008 - 7:45am.

"Perhaps you could post an updated version yourself?"

I'm already doing more than I should as a volunteer -- if any organization would like to PAY me to update that information, however...

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Jayne Cravens
www.coyotecommunications.com/development/
Bonn, Germany

Submitted by myraidgoups on May 2, 2008 - 11:36pm.

I have been able to contact the developer of the application and he has sent me a preliminary version that runs on an Android emulator. I am currently playing around with it and will post about my findings here sometime next week.

Cheers,
Michael

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