Monthly Archives: February 2018

disastermappers heidelberg/GIScience support for MAnnheimer MAPAthons (MAMAPA)- Integration and humanitarian contribution

The first mapathon in the MAMAPA framework was held on January 23, 2018 at the Abendakademie in the city center of Mannheim.

Project organizer Robert Danziger, Board member at CartONG and member of the disastermappers heidelberg, presented the project in several different locations in Mannheim in the weeks leading to the event. Immigrant language and integration course participants at the Abendakademie, the Goethe Institute and Internationaler Bund were informed about the project and encouraged to add their names to the project contact list.

Among the numerous persons who did register, 16 were present on the afternoon of the mapathon. Since one of the central aspects of the project is to stimulate integration while making a humanitarian contribution via the mapathon activity, these participants were each “partnered” with a German resident at a PC. A group of students and researchers from disastermappers heidelberg/GIScience brought with them their extensive mapathon experience. A number of dyed-in-the-wool Mannheim residents also volunteered their time as did a member of the Board of CartONG, coming from Paris for the event.

CartONG, formal sponsor of the project and co-member of disastermappers Heidelberg/GIScience in Missing Maps, prepared a beginner-level task in the HOT Tasking Manager for the mapathon in the context of its cooperation with the UNHCR. The task requested the identification of buildings in Bangladesh, in an area of arrival and encampment of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Two colleagues from CartONG made Skype guest appearances to talk to the participants about a few aspects of the specific task being mapped.

Among the immigrant mapathoners, the largest number were from Syria, but present as well were citizens of Turkey, Ghana, Afghanistan, Morocco, Bulgaria and Israel. The mapathon lasted almost 3 hours and — as usual — in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Most of the activity was communicated in German (providing language practice also being a goal of the project) but injection of moments of English and French into the conversations contributed noticeably to the conviviality of the group.

Judging from the feedback collected from a short questionnaire distributed at the end of the mapathon, the experience was unanimously positive. All respondents said that they would like to continue to participate in future project mapathons. You can view photos taken during the Mapathon here.

To maintain the momentum created by this mapathon, a second Mapathon is already planned on February 28, 14:30 in the Mannheimer Abendakademie.

If you are interested in supporting the project and for further information and updates, visit the MAMAPA website. If you are interested in joining as a “Mapathon Tandem Partner” please also visit the registration site here.

Flyer_ARB-Horiz

Advertisements

Semester Ending Mapathon and Open Group Meeting

disastermappers heidelberg/GIScience Research Group want to invite you to our last mapathon in this winter term!

This time, we will be mapping the rural areas of Tanzania in eastern Africa. There will be a Skype interview with Janet Chapman of the Tanzania Development Trust, who will give us an overview on the mapping activities in this area. JanetChapman

“Tanzania has a high incidence of extreme poverty, early marriage and Gender Based Violence. NGOs on the ground need better road and residential area data to facilitate their outreach work. […]. This base map will assist with this field mapping.”  Janet Chapman

TDT_logo_large_RGB1

Furthermore, we will have an open group meeting after the Mapathon in the Botanik Café. If you are interested in helping us planning our events, have ideas for the next semester or just want to drink a beer with us – join us 🙂

When? 08.02.2018, 6 pm

Where? Geographisches Institut, Berliner Straße 48

Group Meeting afterwards: around 9pm in the Café Botanik

We will moreover give an introduction into OpenStreetMap mapping, therefore there is no previous knowledge necessary. Just bring your own laptop and mouse if available.

Snacks and drinks will for sure be provided!

We are looking forward to seeing you!