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Ecuador Earthquake

On April 16, 2016, Ecuador experienced a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake which resulted in the deaths of more than 600 people and left another 27,000 people injured. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, this was the strongest earthquake to impact Ecuador since 1979 and President Rafael Correa declared a national state of emergency.

To support the disaster response in-country, within less than three days DigitalGlobe released before and after imagery of the areas impacted, as well as crowdsourced data layers identifying damaged buildings, impassable roads and other sites of major destruction. To provide maximum assistance to the relief efforts, these data were released in the public domain under a CC0 license. DigitalGlobe worked closely with partners such as the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and the United Nations to ensure that the information was disseminated as quickly and broadly as possible.

Here is an interactive map showing the results from our Tomnod crowdsourcing campaign.

Analysis-Ready Data (ARD)

Analysis-Ready Data (ARD) is Maxar's subscription service providing users access to time-series stacks of imagery with specific preprocessing (atmospheric compensation, radiometric correction, orthorectification and alignment) to minimize the work and time required to derive answers from pixels. Learn more about ARD here.

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In the licensing terms, DigitalGlobe has a stated exception for OpenStreetMap. OSM is allowed to use imagery released under the Open Data Program. Even though OSM enables commercial usage, OSM is a critical platform for the disaster response community. Allowing usage of our imagery in OSM will enable faster data access by local communities as well as global relief efforts.