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In MapSwipe, developed in collaboration with the Missing Maps project, users choose a crisis prone part of the world they want to help, such as spotting villages at risk from a cholera outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They must then swipe through satellite images of the region, tapping the screen when they see features they’re looking for including settlements, roads and rivers.
This information is fed back to mappers who need this information to build detailed and useful maps. At present, they have to spend days scrolling through thousands of images of uninhabited forest or scrubland looking for communities that need mapping. Now, members of the public can directly contribute to MSF’s medical activities by locating people in need more quickly so mappers, and ultimately medical professionals on the ground, can get straight to work.
MapSwipe, developed in support of the Missing Maps Project, allows users to remotely contribute to humanitarian missions. Users choose a task in a crisis prone part of the world, such as spotting villages at risk of a cholera outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They then swipe through satellite images of the region, tapping the screen to mark the location of settlements, roads, rivers, and other features.
This information is fed back to mappers, who build detailed maps that can be used in the field. At present, these mappers must spend days scrolling through thousands of images of uninhabited forest or rural desert in search of small, often remote communities. With MapSwipe, members of the public can donate their time to humanitarian organizations including Médecins Sans Frontières and the Red Cross, crowdsourcing the arduous process of locating the people who need their help. With this generous contribution from users like you, professionals on the ground can get straight to work delivering life-saving aid.
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