Jul 18, 2011

UNITAR/UNOSAT and Google aim to provide map data for improved disaster and humanitarian response

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After years of successful collaboration, UNITAR/UNOSAT (the operational satellite applications programme of UNITAR) and Google have strengthened their collaboration by signing an agreement that will give the crisis response and humanitarian community increased access to Google Map Maker geographic baseline data, such as roads, places, education and health centres to mention a few, for use in their disaster response and humanitarian activities, in more than 150 countries around the world.

Under this agreement UNITAR/UNOSAT will act as a conduit within the United Nations family and its Member States to make Google Map Maker data more widely and easily available to aid organizations in the event of major disasters and for humanitarian efforts. Government and United Nations agencies will be able to contact UNOSAT/UNITAR (e-mail: unosat@unitar.org) for consideration as potential licensees of the Google Map Maker data, for their disaster response, humanitarian and development projects. This agreement builds on dozens of previous joint mapping efforts between UNITAR/UNOSAT and Google, for example Pakistan, Sudan, and West Africa.

For more information, please see http://www.unitar.org/unosat/node/22/1560