Haiti Relief Effort Resources Arranged by OGC Members

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NGA Supports Haiti Earthquake Recovery Efforts

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is supporting the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Southern Command and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with analysis, unclassified commercial satellite imagery and geospatial intelligence products of the Haitian areas devastated by the recent earthquake.

OpenLS Route Service for Haiti (Emergency Route Service)

by OpenRouteService, Dep. of Geography, Chair of Geoinformatics, University of Heidelberg, Germany. http://www.geog.uni-heidelberg.de/giscience.html based on OpenStreetMap data

  • supports OpenLS Route Service Spec v.1.1 (own implementation)
  • supports OpenLS Utility Service Spec 1.1., Geocoder and Reverse Geocoder (own implementation)
  • supports definition of AvoidAreas
  • internal usage of OGC WFS-T, WMS, SLD, and support for OpenLS Directory Service
  • Updated every hour fully automatically with most recent OpenStreetMap data
  • supports routing for car, pedestrian and bicycles - extra Humanitarian OSM tags are considered
  • Online 2 days after the earthquake
  • contact: Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf - zipf@uni-heidelberg.de
  • Service Website: http://openls.geog.uni-heidelberg.de/osm-haiti/

ERDAS's web services

Haitian Relief Efforts:



Carbon Project / Cubewerx data services

Haiti SDI Cascading WMS

A unique service that provides a single access point for applications like Google Earth, Gaia SDI Platform and OSM editors that implement WMS. The service works by aggregating WMS deployed in the last few days into one easy-to-use resource - including New York Public Library, University of Cincinnati, CubeWerx? framework WMS, GeoEye? and DigitalGlobe? imagery, government data and more. (more info)


A data service that refreshes from OpenStreetMap? (Geofabrik) sources every hour and deploys the data as OGC WFS so any application may instantly connect to the most up-to-date information from the OSM community. (more info)


A data service that provides United Nations framework data through an open interface that implements the WFS standard. United Nations framework data includes Boundaries, Hydrography, Transportation, Locations, and Population information. (more info)


A Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) service that enables anyone to add to the information described above, contributing their own Haiti framework data and information about emergency operations, locations, and points of interest data. This service employs OGC standards based tools such as the Gaia WFS-T Extender. (more info)

Haiti SDI services are being posted on http://www.crisiscommons.org/ as often as possible.

The Haiti SDI services are evolving rapidly and updates are being posted on The Carbon Project’s blog at http://carboncloud.blogspot.com/ and www.Twitter.com/JeffHarrison. Please contact info@thecarbonproject.com if there are specific information needs.

Reported on Andrew Turner's blog

GeoCommons search for Haiti

has all the datasets and maps that people have contributed for download as Spreadsheet, Shapefile, KML, and more

Ushahidi Haiti

Download page (CSV format)

Ushahidi Haiti is crowd-sourcing reports. You can send a text message to 447624802524, send an email to haiti@ushahidi.com, or send a tweet with the hashtag/s #haiti or #haitiquake.

The CrisisCommons Wiki

has a list of available data and organizations.

Sahana has a form

to list offices and organizations that are working on the ground, which is also available in RSS and Excel formats.

OpenStreetMap’s Project Haiti

has a list of datasets and people tracing data.

ESRI Inc. Haiti Earthquake Response Resources


developed as part of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP), this geoportal provides a variety of services and application components supporting the various social benefit areas.


The ESRI GEO Viewer (developed as part of GEOSS AIP) connects users to services, information feeds, and other portals that provide reliable, up-to-date, information—important for the work of decision-makers, managers, and other users of Earth observations. The ESRI GEO Viewer includes an integrated Twitter client that allows users to follow and send geo-tagged tweets. The ESRI GEO Viewer has been configured with specific web services in support for the Haiti earthquake response efforts.

ArcGIS Online search for Haiti tagged resources

GeoRSS feed of most recently published content to the ESRI GEO Portal

OGC CS-W 2.0.2 catalog service for the ESRI GEO Portal

OpenSearch description for the ESRI GEO Portal