Come join us at our first ever west coast Missing Maps Project mapathon and help put vulnerable communities on the map! The mapathon will be held on Tuesday 24th January at the Crawley campus of University of Western Australia (room details will be emailed to attendees).
New and experienced mappers all welcome. There will be refreshments provided. You will need to bring a laptop (and a mouse if you have one).
This mapathon is being organised by Ellie Biggs (University of Western Australia) and will be led by visiting mapper Joanna Wilkin (University of Southampton, UK). Jo has been involved in delivering numerous mapathons in the UK and has plenty of experience working with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT).
What is the Missing Maps Project?
The Missing Maps Project is a collaboration between the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), Medecins Sans Frontieres UK (MSF UK), the American Red Cross (ARC) and the British Red Cross (BRC) (along with a few other organisations) to help improve the mapping of these vulnerable areas.
The Project brings together volunteers, from a variety of backgrounds, to help preemptively map regions and countries that are vulnerable to natural disasters or humanitarian crises. Volunteers map buildings, roads, waterways and residential areas onto OpenStreetMap by digitising features visible on satellite imagery
So what actually is a mapathon?
A mapathon is put simply a mapping party! Fuelled by refreshments, good company and the buzz of doing something useful, a mapathon is a group of people learning how to map using OpenStreetMap!
Tickets are limited so please only RSVP if you definitely intend on attending.
Hope to see you there!