Palestine Open Maps Mapathon: At the British Library

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SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre)

401 Richmond Street West

#Suite 450

Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

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Help us vectorise Mandate-era maps of Palestine, and learn about open mapping tools

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Note on the venue:

The Mapathon will be in the Foyle Learning Centre, which is located in the British Library Centre for Conservation (BLCC). Public access to the BLCC is via the terrace on floor 1 of the main British Library building.

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We found archival maps of mandate-era Palestine (from 1923 to 1948), including details of 500+ ethnically cleansed villages and towns. We have made them available through PalOpenMaps.org. Now we are working on extracting the data out of the maps, in order to make them useful and accessible to artists and researchers. All the data that we produce will be freely licensed for anyone to use.

In this event, we will introduce the project, show you how to vectorise historic maps using open mapping tools (OpenStreetMap/osm-seed), and we will spend the rest of the session exploring the maps and vectorising sections of it.

No previous mapping experience is necessary. All you need is a computer, curiosity and a desire to help. Please bring a laptop if you have one. If not, then you can still help by pairing up with another attendee. The more eyes the better!

This will be a relaxed Saturday afternoon, we will provide light snacks and drinks.

Palestine Open Maps is a project supported by Visualizing Palestine and the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fund.

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We strive to create an inclusive environment in all Palestine Open Maps activities. All event participants are required to abide by the Palestine Open Maps Code of Conduct, which can be viewed here. The shortest version is: Be good to your peers.

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SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre)

401 Richmond Street West

#Suite 450

Toronto, ON M5V 3A8

Canada

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