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Monday, November 18 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (HOT) #CaribbeanGIS Mapathon - (Half-Day Workshop)

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Caribbean GIS Mapathon - (Half-Day Workshop)
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Tyler Radford, Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), Washington, District of Columbia - United States

OpenStreetMap is the free and open map of the world used by humanitarians and development practitioners worldwide. More than one million contributors have made hundreds of millions of edits to the map since 2005. In this OpenStreetMap "Mapathon”, participants will join together in using OpenStreetMap for humanitarian response and toward achievement of the SDGs, mapping an area of the world using their own laptops and web-based OSM tools. Data generated will contribute to a real-world development program or natural disaster response. We’ll briefly discuss how data generated by citizen contributors can be used to monitor & meet SDGs.

The session will begin with a brief overview and introduction to open mapping and the Missing Maps project followed by a primer in using OpenStreetMap editing tools. Participants will map together and have an opportunity to ask questions as part of an interactive, experiential learning process. We’ll provide an overview of how to utilize OSM data outside of OSM and in other GIS tools for more technical participants. Participants will also hear real-world examples of how OSM is being used in the Caribbean for refugee response and disaster management.

  • Participants will explore and obtain hands-on experience in using web-based OpenStreetMap editing tools for creating map data from satellite imagery. 
  • Participants will learn to create basic data such as buildings, roads, land use, and basic infrastructure in areas where this data is missing, using the Missing Maps approach. 

By the end of the mapathon, participants will be able to employ the approach for generating missing map data in geographic areas of interest for their organization’s programs, and learn how to organize similar volunteering events in the future in their countries.

  • Intro to OSM & humanitarian impact (20 min)
  • Intro to tools (20 min)
  • Mapping (hands-on - 2.5 hours)
  • Closing and discussion of potential use cases in the Caribbean (30 min)

HANDS-ON: Bring laptop and mouse.


AUDIENCE: All are welcome

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Tyler Radford

Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)
Tyler Radford currently serves as HOT’s Executive Director. He joined HOT in April 2015 after 12 years leading diverse, people-focused technology and data-enabled projects across the public, private, nonprofit, and international humanitarian sectors for organizations such as the... Read More →

Monday November 18, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm AST