Thanks very much for giving a clear picture of the role of UNOOSA and
the Disaster Charter.
Longer term questions ... you say the charter only makes end products
available? Does it not make imagery data available to Charter members?
If so, how then could an organization like OSM or CrisisMappers or
CrisisCamp take part in the Charter ... is there any facility open to
us? Good to hear that there is work to make imagery more open, please
let me know how OSM can help advocate for that.
Also, glad to hear that Chile may also see wider availability of
imagery. OSM and volunteer communities are ready to help, and any
insights into what the government of Chile needs are welcome. We are
talking to folks in Santiago, and they are also making inquiries.
We have already linked to the UN-SPIDER portal on the OSM wiki, and are
monitoring it closely. Reciprocal link to our response page would be
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Jeff Martin <jeffm...@google.com>;
Lars Bromley <lbro...@aaas.org>;
John Crowley <bosto...@gmail.com>;
Miller Steve <Miller...@geoeye.com>;
Suha Ulgen <Suha_Ulgen%UN...@unvienna.org>;
Schuyler Erle <schu...@nocat.net>;
Christopher Schmidt <crsc...@metacarta.com>;
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Sent: Mon, March 1, 2010
Re: Open Imagery for Chile
I wanted to put forward some info and help build upon your proposal.
First of all I do want to say that UN-SPIDER is a UN Programme that has
been specifically mandated by all UN Member States to help all
countries as well as regional and international organisations to access
and use space-based information. It is an interesting mandate because
it means ensuring access and use as well as building capacity. We don't
produce maps. We ensure end users and their partners are able to do it
and use it for decision making. The fact we have the mandate means we
work closely with the government institutions responsible for emergency
response and disaster risk management and also with partners supporting
these end users. More importantly after the response phase is gone and
the media chasers have packed their bags and gone after another
spotlight we continue working with the Government as in the case in
Haiti: our work begins now as we help the Civil Protection Agency
rebuild and get ready including for the next hurricane season.
We are a Cooperating Body for the United Nations to the International
Charter which means whenever the UN is involved in an emergency
response we activate the International Charter as has been the case for
both Haiti and Chile.
The Charter does not make the imagery data available but only the end
products. In some mega disasters imagery does become available for free
as was the case during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and the Haiti
earthquake. We are working to ensure that imagery becomes a bit more
widely available and not only for mega disasters. We have been involved
and supported 5 disasters since Haiti and none of them received the
same attention and dedication as Haiti.
Having said that we do see that imagery will be available for wider use
in Chile as well. We have updated the info on what is being made
available on our webpage
First if the crisismapper community could help us include info on
available imagery and geospatial data that would help. I know there are
several other portals as well with similar info but for sure our end
users do access the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal first. Please feel free
to replicate the info we have on other portals as well. We would
appreciate a link to our portal. And we will ensure we include a link
to the other portals. Please send us any info to include to the
following e-mail: spac...@unoosa.org
Then regarding the mapping support for Chile we are open for
suggestions. In Chile there are strong and efficient government
institutions in place, both ONEMI and SNIT, and any effort should be
centred on their needs and guidance.
One last useful info: UN-SPIDER is implemented by the United Nations
Office for Outer Space Affairs. We are part of the UN Secretariat and
we are the UN Office responsible for promoting the access and use of
space-based technologies and solutions. Space is our business and our
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On 28 February 2010 06:25, Mikel Maron <mikel...@yahoo.com>
Can we replicate the true environment of sharing that began in the
response to Haiti?
We are all at ready to respond once we hear the needs for
Chile. OSM is ready to map, CrisisCamps are planned, there is an OSM
Chile community who we are trying to get through to. http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/2010_Chile_earthquake
Simply, we need imagery we can use. I was hoping this would be an issue
we all could discuss in the next few months, but now the need is urgent.
The basic question ... will licensing allow use of the raw imagery data
* DigitalGlobe, GeoEye: Are acquisitions planned yet? Will license
terms be dropped again?
* Google: If you post imagery, can you make sure OSM has an exception
to the non-commercial clause?
* UN Charter: Any possibility of sharing imagery with volunteer groups?
* Chris Schmidt/Schuyler Erle: Would you be ready to process imagery
All ... any other sources or thoughts?
== Mikel Maron ==
Vienna - Austria