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About OSAP

This website has been developed within the frame of the NERA project, essentially founded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union.

What is OSAP?

OSAP is a crowd-sourced community portal to assess civil buildings. The main idea behind OSAP is, to motivate people like you to collect data of buildings, like the one you live in, and add it to our database.

The idea behind OSAP, is to collect a large pool of building specifics, which can be used as basis for calculating hazards and possible damages in natural disaster-like situations like earthquakes.

If we have access to a comprehensive database of building information, it's much easier to get an idea of the impact of a (hopefully) hypthetical disaster situation: For example, in case of an earthquake, it makes a huge difference if we know when a building has been constructed, if it is a school or a dwelling house, and how many stories it has.

The better we can do calculations on this, the more specific we can react. Authorities like fire departments know what to expect, where to assume the worst situations and where to search for and help victims.

That's why we need you to support us! Please take a few minutes and add one or two buildings in your personal environment. It's for your own good, and the good of all of us.

Privacy Policy

OSAP does not store any personal user information except the username and e-mail address used for registration or TAN requests. The e-mail addresses will never be disclosed, sold or otherwise given away to third parties. We will not send spam or bulk mail and only intend to send e-mails on rare occasions (e.g. in emergency situations or major changes which could have considerable influence on our contributors).

The passwords of registered user accounts are never stored in plaintext on our servers and can therefore not be recovered, neither automatically nor manually (more precisely, we use hashing and salting).

The OSAP service does not publicly disclose what users assessed what buildings in order to minimize personally identifiable information.

By uploading pictures to OSAP, you fully agree that you are either the copyright holder of the respective images yourself, or the images are already licensed under Creative Commons or a similarly permissive license.

The OSAP IT infrastructure is located solely in Austria and does not use third party resources, storage- or cloud-services. For privacy reasons, OSAP does utilize the OpenStreetMap location and map information rather than commercial services.

This site uses cookies, which are small text files stored on your computer. These cookies are solely used for our own purposes in order to provide a functional and useful service. Cookie information is never sold or passed on to any other third party.

By using our site, you consent to our privacy policy. If we see reasonable justification to change our privacy policy, it will be posted on this page. The Privacy Policy was last modified on Sept. 26 2013.

Terms and Conditions

The usage of the entirety of services provided by OSAP is free of charge. The service is provided as-is, in the hope that it will be useful, but without any warrenty, without even the implied warrenty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. The service provider is not liable to you for any kind of damages, including general, special incidental or consequential damages arising from the use or inability to use the service. The service provider does not make any kind of guarantees concerning storage, availability, accessibility or usage of uploaded information, pictures or any other data.

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