Widely available satellite imagery and social networks have allowed mapping to be one of the few sectors where individuals can make an actual contribution to humanitarian efforts remotely. Many global or local volunteer networks have emerged in the past few years, with the objective to provide aid actors with more accurate and up-to-date geographic information, but NGOs and international organizations often have questions on how to collaborate with these actors, and what to expect from the data they're producing. Is the communication flow good between humanitarian community and the crowdsourcing community? What is expected from both sides? Which data/end results are expected and in which format?
Chair - Andrew Braye (British Red Cross ): Volunteers, what to expect: the British Red Cross experience
Christophe Billen (People's Intelligence): - People's intelligence, networked reporting and verification by the people - On Skype
Pierre Béland (HOT): OpenStreetMap response to Humanitarian Crisis, West Africa Ebola outbreak, 2014 case
Pete Masters (MSF-UK) : Missing Maps project*
Jorieke Vyncke (HOT) & Ivan Gayton (MSF-UK)
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