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The GIScience Research Group at Heidelberg University is happy to announce their official membership in the Missing Maps Project. The objective of the Missing Maps Project is to map the most vulnerable
places in the developing world, in order that international and local NGOs and individuals can use the maps and data to better respond to crises affecting the areas. Also it aims at supporting OpenStreetMap,
specifically the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), in developing technologies, skills, workflows, and communities.
The humanitarian mapping project is an open collaboration founded by
Humanitarian OSM Team (HOT), Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without
Borders (MSF), American Red Cross and the British Red Cross. Apart from
these founding members, cartONG, the Netherlands RedCross and the
Clinton Health Access Initiative support the project as formal members.
Now the GIScience Research Group Heidelberg University with
disastermappers heidelberg became the fourth additional member of the
collaboration. GIScience Heidelberg is dedicated to support the work of
the Missing Maps Project through several activities related to research
& development, teaching & outreach (Mapathons) etc.
The GIScience Research Group Heidelberg University has a long time
experience regarding crowdsourcing and Volunteered Geographic
Information (VGI). Thus, OSM data quality assessments and the usage of
OSM data for (emergency) routing or in disaster management (e.g
identifying critical infrastructures) are core topics of the research
group since several years and will continue to be an active area in
research, development and teaching.
Since the launch of the Missing Maps project, the disastermappers
heidelberg and GIScience Heidelberg organized several joint activities
like Missing Maps Mapathons and practical workshops. These activities
led to a closer cooperation with the Missing Maps team. For example a
multi-step workflow was developed conceptually and implemented
technically by the disastermappers heidelberg in cooperation with the
MissingMaps team to facilitate the work of the volunteers. This is the
base for the new mobile MicroTasking App being developed by Missing Maps
We are looking forward to working together with the Missing Maps Project
putting the worlds vulnerable people on the map.