MAPPING THE WORLD – A NEW APPROACH FOR VOLUNTEERED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION IN THE CLOUD
- 1University of Bamberg, Bamberg, Germany
- 2Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany
- 3Geography and Geoinformation Science, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Keywords: OSM, Volunteered Geographic Information, Ebola, American Red Cross, Humanitarian Openstreetmap Team
Abstract. The OSM project provides a geodata basis for the entire world under the CC-SA licence agreement. But some parts of the world are mapped more densely compared to other regions. However, many less developed countries show a lack of valid geo-information. Africa for example is a sparsely mapped continent. During a huge Ebola outbreak in 2014 the lack of data became apparent. Help organization like the American Red Cross and the Humanitarian Openstreetmap Team organized mappings campaign to fill the gaps with valid OSM geodata. This paper gives a short introduction into this mapping activity.