[Geowanking] Re: Google Maps Mashup ideas for disaster response
giovand at gmail.com
Fri Sep 2 16:49:19 PDT 2005
Somebody already made this:
It is a nice demonstration of a base for PPGIS applications and
collaborative mapping. The next challenge is to have all those free-text
data into machine understandable format. At least having some mandatory
fields and drop-down menus for imputing the data related to each new marker.
On 9/2/05, GISuser.com - Glenn <editor at gisuser.com> wrote:
> Hi group,
> I received this message from a guy and indeed it does make sense.
> Imagine, a nice simple application where people easily add a point
> feature and comments to identify a house location or address and
> describe the building contents as a result of the devastation.
> This guy is willing to help and so will we if anyone's interested in
> working on such a project
> Read on for the message...
> I don't know if you could help with this, but I have an idea to use
> Google Maps (or one of the other internet mapping engines) to help out
> with future disasters like the one currently unfolding in New Orleans.
> I've seen dozens of blogs and forums where people have desperately
> sought information on relatives at a particular address. The lists of
> addresses and pleas are basically worthless because there is no central
> location for the authorities to post information on who has been rescued
> and no central place for friends and neighbors to leave requests for the
> I use Google maps often and it occurred to me that a Google map hack
> might be the solution. Ideally, people could post notes on a map of a
> city on top of the houses of interest. Each comment would be a thread
> similar to comments on a blog. Each thread would be indicated by a
> small icon on a Google map background. General comments would be open
> to the public. Authorities (with password access) could leave not only
> spot comments, but could also draw a line around an area and leave
> area-wide notes (such as "This area has been cleared...").
> The project would need an easy domain name and a very robust hosting
> service because it would get hammered right after a disaster.
> It's too late for this disaster, but a map-based central information
> exchange would be very useful in any sort of wide-spread disaster
> (fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes).
> What do you think? I'm not a programmer, so please pass this on to
> other Google map or GIS programmers if appropriate.
> John Jones
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