KLL Humanitarian Quake Map now available as basemap in Ona

May 14, 2015

data image Source: Remembering the Lost – Map of Stolen Sculptures from Nepal

The Nepal earthquake has shown how important open map data from Open Street Maps (OSM) can be in a humanitarian crisis of this magnitude.

Our friends at Kathmandu Living Labs and MapBox worked together to develop a print friendly map that highlights key infrastructure, critical after an earthquake, like water points and schools. The ability to build tailored maps, that highlights key data for a specific function, is one of things about OSM combined with tools like Mapbox that really excites us. This map is an early, but important, example of that.

KLL has been working to make these maps avaiable to first responders like the Canadian Forces DART to aid in their rescue efforts.

We’re proud to make the KLL Humanitarian Quake map available as a default basemap option in Ona. If you are a group in Nepal, helping with the response, and are thinking about using Ona please let us know how we can help.

About the Author

Matt’s role is to set the vision of the company. He sees challenges and envisions solutions; he sees data and envisions use. Prior to founding ONA, Matt led a social enterprise initiative at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he served as ICT Director for the Millennium Villages Project. He had previously been Technology Director for ChildCount+; and a member of Columbia University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering research group in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science . Matt was born in Cameroon, grew up in Senegal, and has worked in Africa for 15+ years. He is a PopTech! Social Innovation Fellow and was named to the 2010 Time 100 List of Most Influential People of the World. Matt has an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and has taught ICT4D at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University where he was adjunct faculty.