Patrick Meier: OpenStreetMap Micro-Tasking Imagery

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Patrick Meier

OpenStreetMap’s New Micro-Tasking Platform for Satellite Imagery Tracing

September 7, 2011

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s (HOT) response to Haiti remains one of the most remarkable examples of what’s possible when volunteers, open source software and open data intersect. When the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck on January 12th, 2010, the Google Map of downtown Port-au-Prince was simply too incomplete to be used for humanitarian response. Within days, however, several hundred volunteers from the OpenStreetMap (OSM) commu-nity used satellite imagery to trace roads, shelters, and other features to create the most detailed map of Haiti ever created.

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See other Patrick Meier contributions at Phi Beta Iota.

ClimateGate Rolling Update CLOSED

03 Economy, 03 Environmental Degradation, 04 Education, 05 Energy, 12 Water, Academia, Collaboration Zones, Earth Intelligence, Ethics, Key Players, Non-Governmental, United Nations & NGOs
ClimateGate Rolling Update
ClimateGate Rolling Update

REMINDER:  Environmental Degradation, not Climate Change, is High-Level Threat #3.  Climate Change is less than 10% of that, and within Climate Change, mercury and sulfer are more important than carbon.  Furthermore, it is not possible to address any one threat without addressing the other nine (e.g. #1 Poverty) with harmonized policies from Agriculture to Water, so the bottom line is that these talks are isolated and worthless.  The world needs a serious global strategy with serious analytics, a commitment to understanding true costs of every product and service, and a commitment to bringing the five billion poor into a prosperous world at peace.  Anything less is a betrayal of the public trust.

19 Dec Top 10 Bad Developments For Global Warming Alarmists (HumanEvents)

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2010 Julian Harston “Intelligence Assessment and Risk Analysis in Peacekeeping and Peace Support Operations – A Necessity”

Advanced Cyber/IO, Ethics, Non-Governmental, Peace Intelligence, United Nations & NGOs

Intelligence Assessment and Risk Analysis in Peacekeeping and Peace Support Operations – A necessity.

Julian Harston, United Nations, Assistant Secretary General (rtd)

October 2010

Document:  2010 JMAC Speech Julian Harston

‘We are fully aware of your long-standing limitations in gathering information. The limitations are inherent in the very nature of the United Nations and therefore of any operation conducted by it.’

UN Secretary-General U Thant to the Commander of the UN Operation in the Congo (UNOC), Lt-Gen. Kebbede Guebre, in a coded cable on 24 September 1962.

“Through error, misjudgment and an inability to recognize the scope of the evil confronting us, we failed to do our part to save the people of Srebrenica from mass murder.”

Kofi Annan

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Reference: World Brain 101, 102, 103

Fact Sheets, United Nations & NGOs, White Papers

Three links have been placed into Antecedents.

World Brain 101 is a brief review of the history of the concept across many eras.

World Brain 102 is the concept that was presented to the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), but lacks a single Member nation willing to present it to the General Assembly as a righteous idea.

World Brain 103 provides, for each of the ten high-level threats to humanity, each of the twelve core policies, and each of the eight demographic challenges, easy links to the following:

  • SILOBREAKER 360 Current Day View
  • Wikipedia Page
  • Amazon List of Books
  • Top Cited Experts with Contact Information (2006)
  • Top Web Sites Listed and Linked (2006)

None of this stuff would have been possible (as humble as it is) without all of the people that collaborated across twenty years to advance the emerging new craft of public intelligence, now known in the aggregate as M4IS2 (Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making).

Golden Candle, OSINT, Platinum Awards

Reference: Strategic Survey 2010 includes Afghanistan

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Overview & Ordering Online

This year’s survey places strong emphasis on the global nature of economic and financial vulernability, and on Afghanistan.  Below is a quote in two sections  from the official press statement releasing the survey to the public.

Strategic Survey 2010 does not seek to lay out a new comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan. It does however argue that for Western states to be pinned down militarily and psychologically in Afghanistan will not be in the service of their wider political and security interests. The challenge of Afghanistan must be viewed and addressed in proportion to the other threats to international security and the other requirements for foreign-policy investment. With economic, financial and diplomatic activity moving at such a pace and with such varied outcomes internationally, military operations in general have to be all the more carefully considered. Precision and adaptability will be essential watchwords. For heavy, large, military deployment, the longue durée will be seen as an attitude for other times, other centuries.

The Afghan campaign has involved not just mission creep but mission multiplication; narrowing the political-military engagement to core goals as described will allow for proper attention to be paid to other areas posing international terrorist risks, and indeed to other matters affecting international security.

See Also:

Search: Strategic Analytic Model

Reference: Dr. Dr. Dave Warner & Synergy Strike Force in Afghanistan–”Save the Willing First”

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Strike Force Handbook

Dr. Dr. Dave Warner (PhD, MD)

Ref A:  Cyber-Pass Meets Khyber Pass

Ref B:   Warner to Clapper on PRT Comms

Ref C:  UnityNet White Paper Final

Strike Force Home Page

See Also:

Earth Intelligence Network “One Call At a Time”

Lee Felsenstein Concept for Cellular Aid



Reference: Invisible Empire New World Order DVD + RECAP

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Invisible Empire A New World Order Defined Full

2 hours, 14 minutes, 1 second — free online, click on title above

Jason Bermas [creator or Loose Change movie] presents Invisible Empire: A New World Order Defined produced by Alex Jones. The film can be ordered here or viewed free online (click on title above).

Summary and See Also Below the Line.

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Reference: Intelligence-Led Peacekeeping

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Dorn on UN PKI Haiti FINAL

Professor Walter Dorn is the virtual Dean of peacekeeping intelligence scholarship, going back to the Congo in the 1960’s when Swedish SIGINT personnel spoke Swahli fluently and the UN stunned the belligerents with knowledge so-gained.  This is the final published version of the article posted earlier in author’s final draft.

The UN is now ready for a serious discussion about a United Nations Open-Source Decision-Support Information Network (UNODIN) but a Member nation must bring it up, as the Secretary General has kindly informed us in correspondence.

In the absence of US interest, we are asking Brazil, China, and India to bring it up.  Should a UNODIN working group be formed, it will certainly include African Union (AU), Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) counterpart groups, as the regional networks will do the heavy lifting and be the super-hubs for the UN (this is in contrast to a US DoD-based system in which military-to-military hubs would be established to do two-way reachback among the eight tribes in the respective nations).  Both concepts are explored in the new book, INTELLIGENCE FOR EARTH and in two DoD briefings that are also relevant to the QDR.

Reference: Guidelines for Relations between US Armed Forces and Non-Governmental Organizations in Hostile or Potentially Hostile Environments

United Nations & NGOs
2 pages online

Phi Beta Iota: See also the many superb references in the US Agency for International Development (AID) Development Experience Library.  In our own experience encountering AID across Asia and Latin America, their capacity for ground truth and grass roots effectiveness is phenomenal, held back only by Congressional mandates that are politically motivated and operationally insane–such as the requirement to spend 75% of every development dollar via a US beltway bandit.

See also:

Guiding Principles for Stabilization and Reconstruction (Paperback)

Guide to Rebuilding Public Sector Services in Stability Operations–A Role for the Military

Anthropological Intelligence–The Deployment and Neglect of American Anthropology in the Second World War

Reference: Civil Military Operations Center (CMOC)

DoD, Methods & Process, United Nations & NGOs
Full Text Online

The full title is “The Civil Military Operations Center (CMOC) in Operation Uphold Democracy (Haiti).  Although dated March 1997, this is a very fine contribution that maintains its relevance, not least because of its descriptions of both the functions and the effect of the functions in dealing with NGOs (like herding turkeys).

For best effect, also read Reference: Walter Dorn on UN Intelligence in Haiti.