Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Heads to Haiti for Training and Outreach

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is traveling to Port-au-Prince for training and outreach on OpenStreetMap, a project that aims to develop free and open map of the entire globe, Robert Soden of Development Seed wrote on his blog. The three-week mission, which will also involve geographer and fellow HOT member Nicolas Chavent, is a follow-up to the work carried out by the OSM community to expand Haiti maps following the Jan. 12 earthquake.

“On this trip we’ll partner with UN agencies, local and international NGOs, and the Haitian government to work towards making sure that these maps are sustainable, that we have local participation and ownership, and that responders from the international community are well prepared to take advantage of what OpenStreetMap can provide in their future deployments,” Soden said.

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