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Volunteer at Home: Make Digital Maps

In the article by the American Red Cross, the organization shows how remote volunteers could help people across the world through the internet via MissingMaps and OSM. The volunteering methods are effective. For example, the volunteers' efforts allow organization to locate and vaccinate 8 million children in developing countries.

Finding the 'invisible' millions who are not on maps

Despite our world being more interconnected through the internet and satellite mapping, not all of the world is mapped with the knowledge of the actual surface. Satellites give us the platform to know what is on the ground, but humans are required to interpret the meaning from the landscapes. Especially in rural Africa, incomplete maps make it more difficult to travel from point A to B and may inhibit organization's response to natural disasters.

Unmapped World

The BBC Podcast takes a look at Open Street Map and its influence on African Modern Economies. On a trip to Rwanda, the journalist, Katie Prescott, notices the rapid urbanization of Africa and how improved map data help ease the effects of flooding and disease.

How Digital Mapping helps with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

How GIS can be applied as a potential tool to all fields, in order to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Bing Maps team contributes Uganda and Tanzania building data sets to OpenStreetMap

Disaster prone places are often poorly mapped, and it becomes a challenge to locate people in need. But Bing Maps has teamed up with Humanitarian OpenStreetMap to bring Artificial Intelligence to the table.

OpenStreetMap and Disaster Events

In the face of natural disasters, OpenStreetMap is part of a new force known as Volunteered Geographic Information, which is crucial in mapping areas that are under-mapped, especially in rural areas.