Mills Students Use Cartographic Skills to Aid Typhoon Recovery Effort
Oakland, CA–November 14, 2013 Fifteen Mills College students recently participated in relief efforts for the Philippines and they never left campus. They didn’t hold a food drive or collect donations. The students added detailed information on roads and buildings in the devastated areas to online maps with the goal of helping recovery and relief workers. Using a peer production tool called "OpenStreetMap," the students transferred data from aerial photographs to a mapping database that can be accessed by workers on the ground in the region that was nearly leveled by Typhoon Haiyan. The students contributed hundreds of new features to the OpenStreetMap database that are expected to assist with on-the-ground recovery efforts.