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Next Workshop: Mobile Data Collection

Dear Students, Dear Colleagues,

it’s time for another disastermappers workshop. And since the weather is so nice, we will go outside and learn something about mobile data collection! 🙂

When? 27.06.2018, 4 pm – 7 pm
Where? Geographisches Institut, Berliner Straße 48

Data Collection in the field has always been important geographic information and today this is widely done using mobile devices. We want to get out and create our own surveys utilizing the Open Source tool KoBo. This tool is used by several humanitarian NGOs such as CartONG, Kathmandu Living Labs or the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) to collect local information on infrastructures such as shops, building types or water points.

However, in our workshop we don’t want to focus only on physical infrastructures, but also map more fuzzy things such as perception of places, the sound of the Neuenheimer Feld or your emotions in various parts of the campus. Together we want to learn how to design a survey using Kobo, collect data in the field and visualize it on web map.

Please bring a mobile device if available and install the KoBo Collect app in advance. 🙂 We will provide some refreshments as always.

See you next wednesday,
your disastermappers

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Semester Start Mapathon with Kathmandu Living Labs

Dear Students, Mappers and Employees,

we would like to invite you to the first mapathon, mapping party, mapswipeathon of this semester, which will be focusing on Nepal. (Just in time with the upcoming talk at the HGG on tuesday.) 😀

When? 07.05.2018, 6 pm
W
here? Geographisches Institut, Berliner Straße 48

Our mapathon is organized in collaboration with the Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL) team. KLL is a young civic technology company from Nepal which uses OpenStreetMap and other open source tools to foster economic growth and provide everyday citizens with better services. We already supported KLL and mapping efforts in Nepal during the last couple of years, e.g. before and after the 2015 earthquake.

Just recently, the head of KLL, Nama Budhathoki, was visiting Heidelberg and gave a talk at the colloquium of the GIScience Research Group. We’re happy to stay in contact with his group and are able to support their work with our mapathon.

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!

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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.

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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

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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!

Workshop Geovisualisation

Als Geograph hat man immer wieder mit der graphischen Darstellung von Daten, beispielsweise durch Karten, zu tun. Wie geht man aber mit nicht eindeutigen Daten um, ohne sie fehlerhaft darzustellen? Mit dieser Problematik wollen wir uns in unserer nächsten Veranstaltung beschäftigen.

Deshalb laden euch die disastermappers heidelberg herzlich zu unserem nächsten Workshop zur Visualisierung von Unsicherheiten ein.

Im Rahmen des Workshops wollen wir euch die Problematik der Darstellung von nicht eindeutigen Daten vorstellen. Anschließend zeigen wir euch, wie man diese in ArcGIS darstellen kann und freuen uns,  die Ergebnisse mit euch zu diskutieren.

Wann: Dienstag, 16.01.18, 18 Uhr

Wo: PC-Pool im Geographischen Institut, Berliner-Straße 48

Da wir mit ArcGIS arbeiten werden, sind GIS-Kenntnisse von Vorteil.

Für Snacks und Getränke ist wie immer gesorgt!

Wir freuen uns auf euer Kommen!

disastermappers support to #Mapthedifference

GIScience/HeiGIT and disastermappers heidelberg have been proud supporters of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) for a couple of years already. Our GIScience/HeiGIT Team is contributing OSM related research, applications and services. The disastermappers furthermore organize mapathons, workshops and webinars, and thereby help to extend the mapping community and raise awareness about OpenStreetMap (OSM), possible applications of OSM data and the work of HOT.

Through our collaboration and partnership, we got a good understanding of the important impact HOT and the produced map data have for disaster affected communities and humanitarian organizations. We however also know the challenges and limitations of HOT´s work in regard to technology, reach and sustainability.

We are therefore happy to support and raise awareness about the HOT Year End Fundraising Campaign. All of this year´s donations will be used to maintain and improve crucial tools and services of HOT to enable more people to get engaged, to contribute and to benefit from OSM and thereby reduce their vulnerability to disasters and humanitarian crises. Furthermore the donations will support the communities that suffered from this year´s disasters.

Sounds interesting? If you want to learn more about the campaign and how to support, please visit our fundraising site and go through the information on the main campaign homepage.

Nikolausspecial: Create your personal OpenStreetMap Xmas Gift.

Hey everyone,

we are organizing another workshop related to the use of OpenStreetMap data. However, this time we would like to spend our time crafting our own and personal OSM data based christmas presents. Together we will create posters, postcards and everything you need to imprint a T-shirt.

When: 06.12.2017, 6 pm
Where: PC-Pool, Berliner Straße 48, Heidelberg

Christmas is just around the corner and I guess most of you are still looking for gifts for friends and family. When searching the internet we already find many interesting ideas that use geographical datasets. Nevertheless, these products are often expensive. So let’s use our own skills and get something really cool without paying so much money. Have a look at some examples:

Recently we already created a T-shirt:

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We will as usual provide snacks, drinks and nice after work sound.

We are looking forward to a large crowd, no previous knowledge needed, just bring your laptop and mouse if available!

 

Disastermappers Missing Maps mapathon to support OSM GeoWeek

Dear Mapping Enthusiasts,

November 12th-18th is the international OpenStreetMap GeoWeek. Since 1987, in the third week of November all around the world different kind of projects and activities are planned to raise awareness about the significance of geography and spatial data and how we affect and are affected by it.

This year we celebrate the 30th birthday of this important tradition for geographers all around the world. In this scope, the disastermappers heidelberg/ GIScience Research Group wants to invite you to a special Mapathon.

When: 14.11.2017, 6 pm

Where: Hörsaal, Berliner Straße 48, Heidelberg

The Missing Maps event will be organized in collaboration with the OSM GeoWeek partners and support one of the most urgent OSM GeoWeek projects around the topic of “Civil Rights”.

The event will start with an overview of the OSM GeoWeek, afterwards we will provide a short introduction into remote mapping in OpenStreetMap before the mapping sessions begin.

We will as usual provide snacks, drinks and nice after work sound.  

We are looking forward to a large crowd, no previous knowledge needed, just bring your laptop and mouse if available!

Semester Start: Ersti-Mapathon

Dear Mapping Enthusiasts,

We want to welcome the freshman students to Heidelberg University and start the new semester with our next mapathon!

At our Ersti-mapathon we want to introduce everyone interested to OpenStreetMap mapping.  Therefore, no previous knowledge is necessary. In addition our Map Swipe App will be presented. We will show how you can create geo data urgently needed for the acitvity of humanitarian organisations.

If available, bring your Laptop/mouse or smartphones! We will also have access to the PC pools and tablets of the Institut of Geography.

When?     Tuesday 24.10.2017, 6 pm

Where?     Großer Hörsaal, Geographisches Institut, Berliner Straße 48

As always we will provide snacks and drinks! We’re looking forward to start mapping with you guys!

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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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