A series of deployments as seen through the maps, how they’ve changed and evolved from Maps to Information Products
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  • 1. Paper maps to infographic products? The changing face of maps during a humanitarian deployment Wai-Ming Lee19/06/2012 1
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  • 3. Who is MapAction?• Getting help to where it is needed most• UK based charity founded in 1999• First operational deployment 2003• 45 deployable volunteers• 20 operational support team• 7 board of trustees• 5 full-time (equiv) employees19/06/2012 3
  • 4. Me• Work for Esri UK – 10 years• Manager of Online Operations• Hunting Technical Services – 6 years• Volunteer for MapAction – 6 years• Star sign:Virgo, Chinese zodiac: Ox19/06/2012 4
  • 5. Deployments• Madagascar - Flooding, 2012• Comoros - Flooding, 2012• Brazzaville – Explosion, 2012• Sahel – Food insecurity, 2012• Japan – Tsunami & Nuclear, 2011• Libya – Humanitarian, 2011• Pakistan – Floods, 2010• Haiti – Earthquake, 201019/06/2012 5
  • 6. ‘Aid in the wrong place is no aid at all’19/06/2012 6
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  • 8. What is the purpose of our maps? To represent and transform raw data to information within a spatial context in order to assist in more informed decision making. To make sense of the ‘facts on the ground’ To enable information exchange. It is a tool to help meetings along!19/06/2012 8
  • 9. Coordination meetings19/06/2012
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  • 11. The first maps • ‘Traditional’ - paper • Used software to create (ArcGIS 8.0) • Limited audience • Support and display purposes • Novelty • Limited base data • Not much in-field data collection19/06/2012 11
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  • 14. Every MapAction map has.. • A grid system • A scale • A compass rose • A title • A legend • Scale indicator • Data source credits (very important!) • Locator map (overview) • ‘Pleasing colours’ …leads to a better map?19/06/2012 14
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  • 16. What are the MapAction maps used for?19/06/2012 16
  • 17. Where are the worst effects ofRisk assessment 19/06/2012 the hazard likely to impact? 17
  • 18. Who What Where? 19/06/2012 18 Where are the responders?
  • 19. Situation overview What changes have happened to19/06/2012 19 the earth’s surface?
  • 20. What changes have happened to theDamage assessment 19/06/2012 20 earth’s surface?
  • 21. 19/06/2012 Updated travel and route mapsLogistics & Transportation
  • 22. 19/06/2012 22Prediction Inundated areas using a DTM backdrop
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  • 30. Issues faced by MapAction • Time constraint • Poor meta-data for source information • No ground truth possible • Non-spatial data (tables etc) • Different digital file formats • Non-interoperability • Technology/electricity dependent • Unknown projections/coordinates of data • Non-sharing of vital data / information • Clients not knowing what they want • Maps are powerful and they can present ‘white lies’19/06/2012 30
  • 31. It must be true as it is on the map!19/06/2012 31
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  • 34. Our maps are changing….19/06/2012 34
  • 35. Where have people moved to?35AreIDPs and refugees 19/06/2012 they safe there?
  • 36. How big was the explosion? Where’sSituation and distribution 19/06/2012 UXO? Sector for searching?
  • 37. Views of the Port of Misrata, Libya.Viewpoints and overview Depth and length and LOS. 37
  • 38. Planned field camp placement afterSituation and distribution foot recce.
  • 39. Our maps, they’re changing…..19/06/2012 39
  • 40. Multi uses: Is it for PLANNING, ADVOCACY or ANALYSIS? Different audiences now. United Nations OCHA Advocacy and Visual Media (AVMU) unit Style Guide.19/06/2012 40
  • 41. Representing Data19/06/2012 41
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  • 45. Our maps, they’re changing…..19/06/2012 45
  • 46. MapAction Maps - Reloaded • Web Services • Interactive Please! • Self-service • Smart Phones and tablets19/06/2012 46
  • 47. An interactive map19/06/2012 47
  • 48. Other examples• http://www.esri.com/services/disaster- response/severe-weather/latest-news- map.html• http://asademo.esri.com/flexviewer1_3/• http://www.esri.com/services/disaster- response/earthquakes/latest-news-map.html19/06/2012 48
  • 49. My thoughts? Q&A19/06/2012 49
  • 50. Thank you! minglee@mapaction.org wai_ming_lee @twitter19/06/2012 50