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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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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!