Open data program

Maxar releases open data for select sudden onset major crisis events

Open Data Events

The Open Data program is our mission in action. Maxar supports the greater geospatial community by providing the most accurate data and analytics in times of disaster. Organizations working on the front lines increase their impact and effectiveness by having access to this data.

Open data stats

How many events?

8 events activated in 2019

How many total events?

50 events activated overall

How much data?

Data from 26 countries

How many square km?

295,799 sqkm of imagery

Accelerating Humanitarian Response

When crises occur, Maxar is committed to supporting the humanitarian community by providing critical and actionable information to assist response efforts. Associated imagery and crowdsourcing layers are released into the public domain under a Creative Commons 4.0 license, allowing for rapid use and easy integration with existing humanitarian response technologies.

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Disaster Response Activation Protocol

Activation Criteria
  • Sudden onset natural disaster
  • Categorized as a major event based on geographic scope, humanitarian impact, and expectation of need
  • FirstLook event service has been activated

Most recent Open Data event

Beirut Explosion

On August 4, 2020, a major explosion devastated the city of Beirut, Lebanon. The Prime Minister said the cause of the explosion was 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, a common industrial chemical used in fertilizer and as a component in mining explosives. As of August 5, at least 135 people have been killed and around 5,000 people injured; another 300,000+ people are displaced due to the extent of the damages. With electricity out in most of the city, emergency workers are limited in what they can do. The government’s minister of information stated the country would be entering a two-week state of emergency.

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All events

To view the archive of Open Data events click below

Open Data archive

Program partners

Our Program Partners use, access and champion the Open Data Program. They provide feedback on how the data and program are supporting their emergency response data needs, disseminate the data to those who can use it the most, request activations for events. Without our Program Partners, the Open Data Program would not be as impactful as it is today.

Without Maxar as key partner providing satellite imagery, there would not be HOT as we know it.

—Cristiano Giovando
Technical Project Lead, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team

This initiative underlines the trusted partnership between UNOOSA and Maxar in the area of geospatial information and analytics as the rapid availability of data is essential for a successful response to such a devastating event like the earthquake in Ecuador

Hurricane Dorian Damage Assessment

Collaborative crowdsourcing with OpenStreetMap to expedite recovery efforts in the Bahamas.

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Maxar Mapathon for Myanmar Flood Season

Helping the American Red Cross and Missing Maps Project create open data for improved flood response.

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News and Updates

News Bureau

DIU launched the xView challenge to assess building damage from satellite imagery

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SpaceNews: Satellites to the Rescue after Natural Disasters

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Center for Strategic and International Studies: Improving Disaster Response through Aerospace Technology

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Quartz: Satellite images show Mozambique’s Beira city before and after Cyclone Idai

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NBC News: Hurricane Dorian before and after images in the Bahamas reveal extent of storm's destruction

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Satellite Imagery Helps Indonesian Earthquake Victims

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Satellite images show the devastating floods in the Midwest

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