Microsoft Donates Imagery to Help with Disaster Recovery in Texas and Florida

To support disaster recovery efforts related to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Microsoft is sharing 360° street-level imagery of the affected areas in Texas and Florida to the Mapillary platform.

This pre-hurricane imagery will be available to OpenStreetMap volunteers and in the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s disaster recovery work. Not all of the affected areas have been fully mapped yet so the images help validate road and building info missing from OpenStreetMap. In addition, the imagery will later hopefully also be useful for insurance purposes.

All of the images are accessible to OpenStreetMap contributors via the iD editor and JOSM tools, and to cities and governments via Esri tools.

If you want to help out, you can join the editing efforts in OpenStreetMap. See the tutorials for using street-level imagery to edit via iD and via JOSM and/or join in on the tasks listed on the HOT tasking manager.

You can also join a mapathon to help. There are Maptime meetups in Los Angeles both on the Westside and Downtown happening tonight at 6 p.m. If you know of more events, let us know so we can help spread the word.

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