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    Missing Maps Project: Volunteers Map the Way to Disaster Response
    Thursday, November 6th 2014
    | London, UK

    Missing Maps Project: Volunteers Map the Way to Disaster Response

    New partnership launched between American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Humanitarian Open Street Map Team and Médecins Sans Frontières.
    Missing Maps Project aims to map some of the most vulnerable settlements in the world.
    Volunteers working remotely and digitally can contribute to international humanitarian response.
    Maps will help humanitarian agencies plan responses to natural disasters, conflicts and epidemics...

    ... Launch event

    The Missing Maps launch will be livestreamed on Friday 7th November from 6pm GMT and will feature presentations from representatives from three of the founding members on the aims and ideals of the project. This will be followed by a panel discussion comprised of experts in the fields of mapping and open data on ‘Open-data, mapping for disasters and geospatial information: improving lives through digital activism’.

    There will also be simultaneous launch events in the UK, USA, Canada, Indonesia, Germany and the Philippines.

    At the London launch, our mappers will be tracing areas of South Sudan at the request of MSF field teams. These trace maps will be used in the coming weeks by MSF to conduct emergency mortality / nutrition assessments in parts of South Sudan where there has been recent conflict and harvest failure, in order to plan a medical response. Without the traces that the Missing Maps volunteers will make, MSF would not know what size of population to expect, where to find them, or even how accessible they are.

    We will also be continuing to map areas of West Africa affected by the Ebola outbreak. This is urgently needed to improve contact tracing and carry out education and prevention programmes...
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