Missing Maps Mapathon tomorrow!

December 12, 2014 in Events, Featured

Tomorrow is Map-day or as OpenStreetMap mappers call it, M-day! This saturday (13/12/2014) is the first mapathon of OpenStreetMap Belgium. They’re inviting everyone to the Missing Maps project as a way to learn OpenStreetMap and map regions in order to save lives. Together with experienced mappers you have the opportunity to offer a valuable contribution to the hard fieldwork of Doctors Without Borders and to build the necessary skills to continue to do this in the future. Even from your comfy chair, you will be able to map the world.
You can register right here!

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CC-BY-SA Missing Maps 2014

Missing Maps

The ww.missingmaps.org/”>Missing Maps project is a collaboration between the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), Doctors without Borders UK and the British and American Red Cross. The goal of the project is to map the most crisis sensitive areas of the world on OpenStreetMap. This to improve the efficiency and speed om humanitarian interventions.

What are we mapping on the 13th of December?  

This mapathon will focus on the Central African Republic, where Doctors without Borders Belgium is active. At the moment they are working in certain areas of which they only have handdrawn maps, something the local volunteers and worked would love to see improve.

What do you need? 

A laptop, a computer mouse and a lot of enthusiasm.

Is it mandatory to have mapping experience for this event? 

No, everyone is welcome! OpenStreetMap Belgium will give introductions to unexperienced volunteers who want to help out.

So where is this mapathon happening?

The mapathon has found a great location at Idealabs in the Lange Klarenstraat 19, Antwerp. And of course you can find it on OpenStreetMap.

The programme

  • 14.30u: Start & welcome!
  • 15.00u: Introduction Missing Maps by Jorieke Vyncke (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team) & Pete Masters (Doctor Without Borders UK)
  • 15.10u: Split up in 2 groups:
    • Unexperienced Mappers: they will get a full introduction to the OpenStreetMap mapping.
    • Experienced Mappers: They can start mapping right away!
  • 20.00u: The room is reserved until 20.00, if we are still mapping, we’ll have to find an alternative spot. Sandwiches are provide, so don’t worry about food. But be sure to register so we know how many sandwiches they need to order!

Catherine Van Overloop of Doctors Without Borders Belgium wil also be present during the Mapathon and will illustrate the current situation in the Central African Republic.

So what do I now?

If you’re up for this challenge, sign up and join us at the mapathon!

More Information needed?

More information about Missing Maps in this article on deredactie.be (Dutch) and in this episode on ‘Vandaag’ on radio1 (sorry also Dutch). You can take a look on the Missing Maps website or contact OpenStreetMap Belgium on twitter or through community@osm.be.

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