FOSS4G 2023

Disaster Mapping Prioritization in OSM
06-29, 12:00–12:30 (Europe/Tirane), UBT C / N109 - Second Floor

One of the primary motivations for the Open Mapping Hub Asia-Pacific to increase the quantity and quality of OpenStreetMap (OSM) data in the region is the region's high exposure to multiple types of hazards.

Apart from assisting response efforts following a disaster event by providing access to critical geospatial information, the hub aims to ensure that OSM data is already available in high-risk areas, even before a disaster occurs, to be used in critical anticipatory action such as developing early warning systems and mitigation plans. It is critical to have a systematic method for determining the OSM mapping requirements in these disaster hotspots.

Although some tools separately assess the Completeness of OSM Data and the Disaster Risk Level of a location, a new tool that combines these assessments is required to highlight the areas that should be prioritized for mapping in OSM.

The Open Mapping Hub Asia-Pacific created a data-driven method for determining which areas in OSM disaster mapping should be prioritized. The resulting method is deployed as a QGIS plug-in and distributed to OSM communities for offline assessments to identify disaster-prone areas that have not yet been mapped in OSM.

Disaster Service Manager for Open Mapping Hub Asia-pacific, a regional representative of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) jn the region.

Honey Fombuena attended the University of the Philippines-Diliman where she earned her undergraduate degree in Geodetic Engineering. She was introduced to OpenStreetMap through her affiliation with the UPRI Youth Mappers. Right after her graduation, she was able to join HOT Philippines as their Junior Spatial Data Entry Staff for the PhilAWARE Project. She was later on promoted to Data Validation Lead and completed the project in a year. Honey briefly worked for the Manila Observatory before returning to HOT's Asia Pacific Hub as their GIS Associate. She is passionate about utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) methods and technologies to create geospatial products that will be beneficial to the community – especially to the underrepresented and marginalized.