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HOT's Response to the Turkey & Syria Earthquake


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How HOT is responding to the tragic February 2023 earthquake in Turkey and Syria, how to get data, and how that data is being used.

How to participate as a beginner mapper:

Much of the beginner-accessible mapping has already been completed, but your interest in mapping is appreciated! There are always lots of projects that are accessible to beginner mappers on the Tasking Manager, and even projects that are not urgent are still important.

You can also contribute to the MapRoulette challenges of Yer Çizenler to tag the collapsed buildings from verified datasets. (Challenges not always available. Check back regularly.)

We also recommend you find support and advice on the HOTOSM slack channels for #disastermapping and #mappersupport

If you are already an intermediate or advanced mapper…

The priorities for mapping on the HOT tasking manager are currently:

You can find the complete list of projects here.

If you are already an experienced validator…

The priorities for validation on the HOT tasking manager are currently:

If you are an advanced mapper and would like to join the HOT Global Validators Team, please fill in your details here.

Where to find data:

Learn more about our approach to data quality in this earthquake response.

How is the data being used?

Emergency responders have shared how they have found OSM data invaluable.

And we have shared numerous other use cases via our blog and OSM diaries:

Why is mapping after disasters so important?

Recent news from HOT's Response to the Turkey & Syria Earthquake (View all news)

Data Quality Intern Applies Skills in the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Response

"My experience in the HOT Data Quality Internship program allowed me to contribute more effectively to the activation."

Eray Öztürk, Rebecca Chandiru — 21 March, 2023

Using OSM Data in the Turkey and Syria Earthquake Response

In the aftermath of the Syria-Turkey earthquake, OSM is allowing responders to quickly access up-to-date maps and geospatial data to aid in search and rescue efforts, access and contextualize damage assessments, and plan relief and recovery efforts. Here are the data sets available for response organizations and examples of how they are being used.

Jessica Pechmann, Claudio de los Reyes — 17 March, 2023

Turkey And Syria Response: A Month After The Earthquake

The mapping response to the Turkey and Syria earthquake has shown the power of OSM data to support disaster response.

Pete Masters, Claudio de los Reyes — 9 March, 2023