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Nepal Earthquake

In April, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal killed more than 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000 people. The earthquake caused extensive damage, destroying entire villages across the country as well as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Four days after the earthquake, DigitalGlobe released before and after imagery of the affected regions to support disaster response efforts. We also tasked our satellites to collect additional post-event imagery in the following days. More than 58,000 people contributed to the Tomnod crowdsourcing campaign, tagging more than 21,000 damaged buildings and roads and areas of major destruction.

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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.