Remote sensing for the elimination of polio

Satellite image of an isolated settlement in Kano, Nigeria (Image: DigitalGlobe)

A joint project between DigitalGlobe and many volunteers has helped in the eradication of polio through mapping of villages in developing countries during vaccination campaigns. The mapping of the often isolated settlements was complicated and apart from analysing big data captured by satellites, DigitalGlobe had to rely on volunteers and crowdsourcing based on the Tomnod programme.


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Mon, 17/08/2015 - 14:16

IWG-SEM spring meeting 2015 (Bonn and web-based)

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

Participating Organizations: Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC), DigitalGlobe (DG), DG/Tomnod (via webconference), DIFD (via webconference) (UK), DLR (Germany), EC‐GROW Copernicus, EC‐JRC (via webconference), Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT/OSM), ImageCat, ITHACA (Italy), NDRCC (China), Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) (US), University of Bonn, UNOOSA/ UN-SPIDER, USGS (via webconference) (US)






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28/05/2015 to 29/05/2015

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Wed, 20/05/2015

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UN Campus Bonn

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  • Germany

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Crowdsource Mapping: HOT reboots OpenAerialMap project

Visualization of the OpenAerialMap concept

In 2007, the crowdsource mapping community OpenStreetMap launched a project called "OpenAerialMap" (OAM). Due to several challenges, such as scaling the hosting and licensing, the project was shot down after a year. Now, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) launched a new attempt of the project.

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Wed, 09/07/2014 - 10:35

Crowdsource mapping: UN-SPIDER talks at AGIT2014 conference

UN-SPIDER participated in the 2014 session of AGIT "Geospatial Innovation for Society", a three day conference for the international geoinformatics community. It took place from 2 to 4 July 2014, in Salzburg, Austria and brought together over 1000 participants and 60 expositions.

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Mon, 07/07/2014 - 12:22

UN-SPIDER and the Crowdsourcing Community (gis.Business)

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Fri, 16/05/2014

The article written by UN-SPIDER was published in the German language in gis.Business (issue 03/2014) in March 2014. It summarizes the importance of crowdsourced

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Crowdsource Mapping: Bridging Space and Disaster Response Communities (Imaging Notes)

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Wed, 01/08/2012

The article in Imaging Notes (Volume 27, No 3, Summer 2012) explains how UN-SPIDER and Secure World Foundation have been conducting a variety of activities during the past two years to identify specific actions that could ensure closer cooperation among the crowdsource mapping, disaster/disaster-risk management and space technology communities.


UN-SPIDER speaks at International Peace Institute Seminar

UN-SPIDER Programme Coordinator Luc St-Pierre

On 13 and 14 May 2014, the International Peace Institute in Vienna organized the seminar "War and Peace in a Digital Age". UN-SPIDER's Programme Coordinator, Luc St-Pierre, was invited to speak about UN-SPIDER during the session "Technology for Peace".


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Thu, 15/05/2014 - 09:17

Crowdsource mapping in search for the Malaysian Airlines flight

satellite image fo the Earth

As UN-SPIDER reported yesterday, there have been calls for using satellite data in the search for the Malaysian Airlines Flight which went missing on 8 March.


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Tue, 11/03/2014 - 16:16

Australia: New South Wales launches GIS Emergency Response System

NASA's Terra satellite image of flooded communities in Australia

New South Wales State Emergency Services (NSW SES) launched a new mapping system to help emergency responders coordinate better rescue operations. It allows volunteers on the ground to instantly share real-time information.


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Thu, 09/01/2014 - 10:28


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