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MapGive Ebola Outbreak Mapathon

  • Aug 22, 2014 · 2:00 PM
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Join us next Friday from 2 until 6 p.m. at the American Red Cross Board of Governors room. We will begin with a quick background on MapGive's collaborative effort with the American Red Cross and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) to support responders in Sierra Leone and Liberia who are fighting the spread of Ebola virus. We will also be presenting a short brief on OpenStreetMap (OSM) mapping for beginners, so new volunteer mappers are welcome. If you can't make it right at 2, that's no problem. Come join for as long as you can - we will be available for help the whole time.

We were going to focus on mapping the Joru/Gola region of Eastern Sierra Leone and Western Liberia - but mappers made quick work of our task over the last week and it is already 95% mapped. 

We are now asking volunteer mappers to focus on the folllowing areas:

Task 625: Ebola Outbreak, Harbel, Liberia, (buildings)

Task 586: Ebola Outbreak, Panguma (Sierra Leone)

Task 624: Ebola Outbreak, Eastern countries, Liberia (road network)

Don't forget to bring your laptops and a portable mouse (we may be able to supply you with a mouse if you don't have one) if you are planning to map. 

No prior experience is required, but if you are new to mapping we recommend you make an OpenStreetMap account ( and watch our "Learn to Map" tutorial (

Follow us on @MapGive for more updates on #map4ebola

Thank you for volunteering your time to map. Each of your edits makes a difference. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Note: If you cannot make it in person, but would like to follow the mapathon - follow the instructions below to dial in. You will be able to "call in" to see the presentations and ask us questions. Let us know if you have trouble dialing in. 

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  • Shaan T.

    Loved it, learned alot more than before

    August 22, 2014

  • MapGive

    Tracing and guiding guide is linked here!

    August 22, 2014

  • MapGive

    FYI - new focus areas are in the event description!

    August 22, 2014

  • MapGive

    Hey everyone! A few people have asked us about mapping remotely. Before tomorrow's event, we will post the link to the priority areas we will be mapping on this meetup page. For those who are interested in following our team's and the Red Cross's presentations, we've just added a link to the WebEx teleconference that allows you to do so on the meetup description. If you have questions, feel free to ask them via the WebEx or post them here. We will be checking both, but perhaps one of your fellow mappers can help us out! Looking forward to tomorrow.

    August 21, 2014

  • Brian D.

    I can't make it in person, but i'll help out online. Will there be a Tasking Manager url posted?

    August 21, 2014

  • Earl Burrowes, S.

    I've been using Ushahidi's software & Liveria's MoH SitRes reports to map Liberia's EDV cases (probable, suspect, confirmed, recovered) & deaths. Looking forward to seeing what else is available.

    August 18, 2014

    • Kevin

      Hi Earl, I just wanted to point out that we will NOT be mapping Ebola cases. Rather we will be mapping roads, buildings, and a few other manmade features that can be traced from the imagery. These data are incorporated into OpenStreetMap and serve a reference for coordination of the response, especially for teams on the ground in affected areas. Just wanted to clarify. -Kevin

      1 · August 20, 2014

    • Earl Burrowes, S.

      Thanks for the clarification. Interestingly, the Ebola mapping highlighted the need for mapping roads, clinics, hospitals etc so I signed up w/MapGive for doing that already. This will fit right in. Thanks

      August 20, 2014

  • Abu Bakarr K.

    Can people outside US participate through teleconference?

    August 20, 2014

    • Kevin

      Hi Abu, We are looking into this and I will notfify you if we get something worked out. -Kevin

      August 20, 2014

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