How can the Nepal KHub help post #NepalEarthquake?

<img class="alignleft wp-image-680" src="http://khub.niua.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/150427-nepal-quake-jhc-1326_d9fc2b306d8be4d170e2c954611f545a-1024×683.jpg" alt="Image: Nepal earthquake" width="471" height="314" srcset="http://khub.niua.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/150427-nepal-quake-jhc-1326_d9fc2b306d8be4d170e2c954611f545a-1024×683.jpg 1024w, http://khub.niua posologie viagra 100.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/150427-nepal-quake-jhc-1326_d9fc2b306d8be4d170e2c954611f545a-300×200.jpg 300w, http://khub.niua.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/150427-nepal-quake-jhc-1326_d9fc2b306d8be4d170e2c954611f545a-600×400.jpg 600w” sizes=”(max-width: 471px) 100vw, 471px” />Over the past few days, Nepal has been in a state of emergency after it experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake resulting in extensive damage, at least 5000 deaths, many thousands injured and everyone in need of food, water and safe shelter. How can the Nepal KHub help is a question in our minds.

The Nepal KHub team has one member currently undertaking research in the USA, is linked to Asian Development Bank in Manila and has a knowledge management specialist in Canada. While the team in Nepal is working to ensure their families are safe, on the outside we have been looking at options to best help in the emergency and the recovery to come.

The conversation started with acknowledgement of the many things needed that we would like to contribute to. This included: curating important information online so its easily accessible in one place, helping those in need find experts or vice versa, answering questions and posting it to broader audiences who may share similar questions. After doing a rapid scan of what is readily available, we found Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL), a group of digital mappers based in Kathmandu, Nepal that was making maps to help coordinate earthquake Relief. They also deployed a website to gather all the data related to the Nepal earthquake including damage, where the help is wanted, shelter spots and blocked roads. As they are doing exactly what we believe is also important and needed, our task now is to get in touch and see how we can be of best use.

KHub Nepal is based at the Institute of Engineering at Tribhuvan University. Once the dust settles, we will have access to large numbers of students and researchers in the urban sector who could contribute. KHub Nepal could work with them in developing thematic maps to serve different objectives which, for example, could be to aid recovery and reconstruction of physical infrastructure. As maps of many different themes will be needed over the long recovery process, we hope KLL or other organizations will appreciate having some burden off their shoulders.

In the meantime, Kirti Joshi of the Nepal KHub will attend the Humanitarian Open Street Mapping Summit this weekend to connect with others on digital mapping and get trained for future work on the ground. We will also share the digital mapping concept with our Khubs in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka as people can help from anywhere in the world. Learn more here: http://www.nepalquakeaid.com/mapping/ and start mapping!