UN and Geonames WFS for Haiti Deployed
On Friday, January 15 The Carbon Project and CubeWerx received FTP links to a GIS data dump from the United Nations MINUSTAH (mission to Haiti) - the data came out in ESRI format. We had to convert it, and sort through the files - and after some review it was apparent the UN had released raw data on Boundaries, Hydrography, Transportation, Locations, and Population for the whole country. A great move by the UN since we were really struggling to find decent data sources.
To make this important information more accessible volunteers from CubeWerx and The Carbon Project have deployed the UN data into Web Feature Services (WFS) as part of an open information network for Haiti. The service is based on international standards from OGC and will be posted on CrisisCommons.org. The "UN WFS" may be accessed using Gaia and other WFS tools at -
The Haiti SDI UN WFS is offered by CubeWerx as a free public resource to help support relief, rebuilding, communications and data update operations. The service deploys instantly accessible information layers (real data) like Boundaries, Hydrography, Transportation, Locations, and Population for the whole country.
[Information on the Geonames WFS coming soon]
For more information on the services contact firstname.lastname@example.org