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HOT End of Semester Mapathon & BBQ

Flood events caused serious harm in wide areas of Japan and Sri Lanka over the last couple of weeks. Heavy rain, floods and landslides happened in South West area of Japan and monsoon rains have caused severe flooding in the Kurunagala and Puttalam districts of Sri Lanka.

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has received requests from Japan Red Cross that is working in this affected area as well as from the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka to trace buildings in the inundated areas.

disastermappers heidelberg and HeiGIT/GIScience Research Group invite you to our end of semester Mapathon in which we want to support HOT in these efforts! In contrast to previous events, this time you will not only learn about OpenStreetMap (OSM) and how to contribute, but also get familiar with OSM data validation.

Why? Map data creation is crucial in disaster scenarios and the contributed data can help first responders and the local community to coordinate efforts. The value of OSM data furthermore increases when it is reviewed and lessons learned are ultimately applied. Accurate maps can then help to enable confident use of the data.

Russ Deffner, HOT Associate Project Manager and Activation Working Group, will also be joining use via Skype and provide insights about the projects and the use of the data on the ground.

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When?       Thursday 19.07.2018, 6 pm

Where?     Großer Hörsaal, Geographisches Institut, Berliner Straße 48

As usual, we will provide an introduction to OpenStreetMap mapping, therefore there is no previous knowledge needed. Additionally, an introduction into validation of OSM data in the Tasking Manager is offered.

We also reserved the PC Pools, however due to limited availability, bring your own laptop and mouse if available.

Snacks and drinks will for sure be provided!

To round up the Mapathon and enable further get together and exchange, we will moreover fire up the BBQ! Therefore, make sure to bring your ribs or veggies 🙂

 

 

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1 Million ways to download OpenStreetMap data workshop

OpenStreetMap has become a huge source for any kind of geographic information. In OpenStreetMap you now find not only street information, but also information related to buildings, shops, sights and in Heidelberg even to individual trees.

Furthermore, OpenStreetMap data is open data – everyone is free to edit and to download the data to create own maps and analysis. In our workshop we want to explore this potential together with you.

When: Wednesday, 04.07.2018, 4 pm
Where: PC-labs + Seminarraum, Berliner Straße 48, Heidelberg

Depending on you pre-knowledge, we plan to have different groups.

Beginner:

  • no/ little knowledge about OpenStreetMap and GIS
  • download and visualize OSM data in ArcGIS or QGIS
  • easy queries and styling

Intermediate:

  • some knowledge and experience with OSM data
  • select and export only specific OSM objects
  • queries related to different timestamps, users and other parameters

Depending on the number of people interested, we will also offer a workshop for professionals with:

  • already good experience with OSM data and keen to analyse “big data”
  • store OSM data in a database
  • advanced queries for large regions containing many objects

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Figure: Get bicycle rentals from OSM data using the overpass API

See you soon,
your disastermappers

PS: We booked the PC-labs, however it may be worth to bring the own laptop.

POSTPONED! Next Workshop: Mobile Data Collection

 

Due to the worldcup match the workshop has been POSTPONED! We will find a date soon and will announce it here. 🙂

 

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

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!

Nama during the talk at the GIScience Colloquium

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!