Monthly Archives: September 2017

disastermappers join youthmappers network

We are happy to announce that disastermappers heidelberg just joined youthmappers– an international network with over 4,000 university student mappers in 78 campus chapters that are spread across 25 countries. Since 2015, youthmappers help student mapping initiatives around the world to address real-world challenges, following the theme “We don`t just build maps- we build mappers”. After Polimappers in Milan, disastermappers are the second chapter to support the network from Europe.

After learning about youthmappers and starting to connect through mutual membership in Missing Maps, we are looking forward to closer collaboration with the numerous chapters, exciting exchange and projects.

Learn more about youthmappers and the participating chapters here.

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Earthquake Response- Mapathon

==>>Tomorrow 14:00- 17:00; INF348; R014A<<==

Hey all,

tuesday night central Mexico was struck by an earthquake with the magnitude of appr. 7.1, causing the collapse of several buildings in Mexico City and serious harm for the local population.
This event is the latest of a number of disasters in the recent weeks, including hurricanes and floods. Just twelve days before, the southern mexican state Chiapas got hit by an earthquake, too.
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team activated for all these disasters with great support of the worldwide mapping community that provided crucial base map material for the affected regions.
Disastermappers heidelberg/GIScience support these efforts with a special mapathon for Mexico City tomorrow afternoon.

We welcome everyone to join, no previous experience needed. Please just make sure to bring a laptop and mouse.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

If you want to support the work remotely, please look for the priority tasks in the Tasking Manager and feel free to contact us for further information!

disastermappers at annual HOT and Missing Maps events in Canada

Canada- picturesque mountains, craggy-coasts, vast untouched landscapes, diverse cultures- and a country that is increasingly supporting the use of open data. In this vein, last week the capital of Canada became a place for exchange, knowledge sharing and awareness building all around the use of open data to support humanitarian and disaster related purposes.

The week started with the annual gathering of the Missing Maps members, hosted by the newest member, the Canadian Red Cross, that just joined the members of the project as well as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and are a valuable enrichment to our group. The event provided the direct chance to meet a great part of the members in person and to exchange ideas all around Missing Maps, current and previous as well as planned projects, and the future and visions for Missing Maps.

The HOT Summit then followed as next highlight, the annual gathering of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) community, partners, supporters and organisations and all interested in OSM and the use of OSM data for humanitarian and disaster purposes. This year`s summit theme was “OpenStreetMap: Impact in Disaster and Development”, therefore a large focus of the presentations was on showing how mapping projects can have impact on the lives beyond the people mapping. The event provided the chance to learn about the various projects of HOT, the current and planned partnerships and challenges. Furthermore the Summit provided the possibility to meet the members of the international HOT community. Marcel Reinmuth of the GIScience Research Group/disastermappers heidelberg, gave an overview about the current work around MapSwipe. He presented results on data quality and new developments on the app backend and MapSwipe Analytics.

Melanie Eckle (disastermappers heidelberg/HeiGIT/GIScience Research Group) presented the preliminary results of the current collaborative project around Crowdsourcing post-earthquake building damage assessment with Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative, University of Colorado (Boulder), HOT, GFDRR on behalf of the Stanford team.

Videos of the presentations will be available online in a couple of weeks.

Melanie, Secretary of the HOT Board of Directors, furthermore took part in the in-person board meeting that was organized the weekend following the HOT Summit. The meeting provided the chance to discuss current projects, challenges and ideas all around the organization and community as well as the vision for HOTs future.

Thank you for great discussions, talks, insights and valuable impulses. We are very proud to be part of this great community and looking forward to hopefully meeting soon again to take these discussions further!