Haiti OpenStreetMap Response

The have been at least 400 OpenStreetMap editing sessions in Haiti since the quake hit. Mostly tracing Yahoo imagery, and gleaning information from old CIA maps. We also just received permission to use GeoEye imagery acquired post-event … that will allow us to tag collapsed buildings. Many relief groups are deploying now, many checking in with the CrisisMappers list (the main locus of the wider humanitarian tech community), and they are making inquiries into OSM data and requests for particular features. Dozens of mappers and developers are lending a hand, coordinating on the OSM Haiti WikiProject and IRC and the OSM talk list … standing up services, including 5 minute extracts in Shapefile and Garmin formats, and maps with hill-shading. Just the start to relief and reconstruction effort we hope to contribute to.

Two images to show how we’ve progressed … the first OSM Port au Prince just now, the second OSM before the earthquake.



I’ll be on twitter with updates … though I’m due to fly tonight to Ireland.


  1. Pierre-Luc Beaudoin » Blog Archive » OpenStreetMap mappers band to improve Haiti’s map said,

    January 14, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

    […] http://brainoff.com/weblog/2010/01/14/1518 has before and after images along with more […]

  2. Krisialdietarako mapak « Euskal Mapa said,

    January 15, 2010 @ 8:39 am

    […] (2010-01-15): Mikel Maronek bere blogean ondorengo bi irudiok jarri […]

  3. Frankie Roberto – Mapping Haiti said,

    January 15, 2010 @ 12:02 pm

    […] Mikel Maron: Haiti OpenStreetMap Response […]

  4. Open Knowledge Foundation Blog » Blog Archive » Open Street Map community responds to Haiti crisis said,

    January 15, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    […] evening Mikel Maron reported there had been over 400 edits since the earthquake. At the time of writing it looks like this has now more than doubled to over […]

  5. Haiti Mapping :: High Earth Orbit said,

    January 15, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

    […] data providers have been making their data freely available. This is most notable when looking at Mikel’s screenshots of OpenStreetMap before the quake and after volunteers began tracing over historic maps and newer satellite imagery […]

  6. Hamish said,

    January 17, 2010 @ 2:11 am

    An amazing effort! If I may humbly suggest- don’t stop with Port au Prince, why not continue on and finish the entire country? With the main city done you are well on your way towards this goal(!) and in this time window you probably can call up the people-power to do it. Also a lot of aid is getting diverted to Santa Domingo airport in the Dominican Republic and getting trucked across from there. Might I suggest to spend some time working on the major supply routes in to and out of the D.Rep. and to/from airports there?
    The big outfits will have their own maps I guess, but the ad-hoc groups and logistics-not-going-perfectly among the big outfits could use surely it.

    The nice thing about this work is that it will have benefits for the country long after the country gets back on its feet.

    I hope this kind of response becomes a bit of a formal OSM tradition.


  7. MacMikel » La respuesta de OpenStreetMap al desastre de Haití said,

    January 20, 2010 @ 9:26 am

    […] más conocerse la noticia de la catástrofe el equipo de crisis de OpenStreetMap, y especialmente Mikel Maron, comenzó a impulsar el mapeo del país. Contar con buena información geográfica es fundamental […]

  8. Crowdsourced Data Gaining New Respect – Earthquake Aftermath in Haiti | Global Data Hound said,

    January 20, 2010 @ 5:42 pm

    […] have been working around the clock to update the maps of Haiti with more detail. Blogger Mikel Maron has maps from OpenStreetMap of Port au Prince before and after the quake to illustrate just how […]

  9. OpenStreetMap och Port-au-Prince (Haiti) « Lunkens blogg said,

    January 20, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    […] av karta på ideell basis verkar OpenSource övertyga gång på gång. Senast berättar bloggen Brain Off hur OSM-kartan över Port-au-Prince har uppdaterats över 400 ggr på en vecka (tom 14 januari). […]

  10. Harry Wood Blog / Haiti Earthquake on OpenStreetMap said,

    January 21, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

    […] 48 hours we had a very complete looking map of Port-Au-Prince and Carrefour. Mikel Maron drew attention to this progress with a classic before and after map comparison, and I’ve seen […]

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