Monday, April 4, 2011

Technology Aids Humanitarian Relief

After a natural or man made disaster trucking in humanitarian relief has eased a bit through a free mapping service, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.  This is a free and collabrative mapping service built by volunteers "surveying with GPS, digitizing aerial imagery, and collecting and liberating existing public sources of geographic data."

In Japan where the combination of an earthquake and tsunami wiped out most road systems, by using this service, relief workers can save time by accessing updated imagery and create a route that will bypass road blockages and more.  Update youtube videos are regularly posted.

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