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University of Nevada, Reno students to help build maps for Haiti relief and rescue

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University of Nevada, Reno cartography students are part of an effort to update or create much needed road maps in Haiti to help in the relief and rescue response following the devastating earthquake last week.

“We’ve been invited to join in the work with Open Street Map, where we’ll access satellite images, find features that need to be mapped and update the maps,” Cassie Hansen, the cartography class instructor, said. “It’s almost an instantaneous process.”

The maps can be updated several times an hour as changes are registered, giving map users the most current information, such as closed rerouted roads, paved roads, dirt roads or trails that haven’t been previously mapped as well as other features that will help people navigate around Haiti.

WHO: University of Nevada, Reno cartography class

WHAT: Class project to update Haitian maps

WHEN: Journalists are invited to talk with the instructor and students about the project 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Jan. 22.

WHERE: Mackay Mines Geography Building, Cartography Lab, Room 221. (Southeast end of the Quad)

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