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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a disaster such as a hurricane or earthquake the landscape can change so fundamentally that existing maps are rendered out of date.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.