Mapillary is committed to working with humanitarian initiatives to build and support local mapping communities around the world that create their own maps for socio-economic development and disaster preparedness. We have had the honor to work with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and organizations like the World Bank and the Red Cross on projects in Haiti and Tanzania.
With guidance from HOT, we have provided a number of humanitarian initiatives with the Mapillary Humanitarian Mapping Kit to empower local communities to capture and share images of places that might not have been shared openly and freely otherwise. Today, you can apply for a Mapillary Photo Mapping Kit if you are an individual or an organization with a clear idea of how photo mapping equipment can help you achieve your objectives within a specific project.
With the mapping kit, we want to help people enrich map editing with updated street-level images. These provide information that is not available from other types of images, like satellite imagery. By having a view from the ground level, we can see things such as road conditions, the number of lanes on streets, the distance between homes and villages, as well as building conditions.
Once the images are uploaded to Mapillary, they are made public, which enables people from anywhere in the world to immediately and directly edit OpenStreetMap in iD or JOSM. Mapillary is making all images and derived metadata available for OpenStreetMap to enhance map editing.