Humanitarian Mapping at the University of Utah - GeoWeek 2019
The Humanitarian 'Mapathon' will take place on Wednesday, Nov 13th, between 11 am - 2 pm in the Gardner Commons, Room 3825.
A Mapathon is an event where people from all backgrounds work together to add data to OpenStreetMap (OSM) in areas prone to disasters. Mapping with OSM is a great way to contribute to international humanitarian aid without leaving your room! We map anywhere in the world, but we give priority to areas in need of disaster relief (like Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria), or areas that are high risk of a disaster and are insufficiently mapped. Humanitarian relief organizations, like the Red Cross, depend on maps to efficiently distribute aid. If communities are not mapped, they may not receive the they need!
At this Mapathon we will focus on an area of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan that is prone to intense earthquakes and extreme heat and cold (which get more extreme as climate changes). At the event, all you need is a laptop and internet connection! OSM is an online tool, so no software is necessary. OSM is easy to learn, no mapping experience is required! If you have never mapped with OSM, consider this event a way to learn how to map for use on your own, or for future Mapathon events.
Please bring your laptop to the Mapathon. Any laptop will do! We'll have about 4 extra laptops if you don't have one.
Food and drink will be provided and you are welcome to come anytime between 11am - 2pm and leave when you want (though at least an hour is appreciated!). The work is individual (but helping each other is encouraged) so you will not miss anything if you show up halfway through. There will be a brief overview at the start and there will be help throughout the event.
Questions? Contact Troy Saltiel -
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Will you be attending the Mapathon?
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Are you interested in helping out at the event?
Yes, and I've mapped with OpenStreetMap before
Yes, but I've never used OpenStreetMap before
Are you interested in joining a student organization that regularly holds humanitarian mapping events?
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