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UPDATED: Intro to OSM for Humanitarian Response + Mapping for Nepal

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UPDATE 4/26:
We have changed the venue and RE-OPENED RSVPs / removed the cap to accommodate as many interested volunteers and those hoping to learn more about HOTOSM. We hope you can join us to to dive in and help with emergency humanitarian assistance following this weekend’s devastating earthquake in Nepal. This event will be co-hosted by our friends at MapGive, HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team), Red Cross & Maptime DC.

"Red Cross Societies across the globe, including the American Red Cross, are rushing into Nepal with emergency humanitarian assistance following this weekend’s devastating earthquake. The American Red Cross has disaster specialists, including an information manager, on the way to Nepal. The American Red Cross is working closely with the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) and global Red Cross network to coordinate additional support. The American Red Cross is providing remote mapping and information management support to the earthquake response to obtain a more accurate assessment of the destruction. We depend heavily on OpenStreetMap data to do our assessments and planning. Quite frankly we need more data to do our work. We are throwing our doors open for all the support we can get on Wednesday night and hope you will join us." - Dale Kunce, Senior Geospatial Engineer and GIS Team Lead at The Red Cross

To learn more about current efforts please visit:
http://www.redcross.org/news/press-release/Red-Cross-Responds-from-Across-the-GlobeTo-Help-People-in-Nepal

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This event will be a collaboration with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (http://hot.openstreetmap.org/). The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team [HOT] applies the principles of open source and open data sharing for humanitarian response and economic development. We will still:

1. Learn about the Humanitarian OpenStreetMapTeam (HOT)
2. Get introduced to OpenStreetMap and
3. Dive into contributing to a HOT project using the tasking manager.

OSM Tasking Manager (http://tasks.hotosm.org/) is a mapping tool designed and built for the Humanitarian OSM Team collaborative mapping. The purpose of the tool is to divide up a mapping job into smaller tasks that can be completed rapidly. It shows which areas need to be mapped and which areas need the mapping validated.

This approach facilitates the distribution of tasks to the various mappers in a context of emergency. It also permits to control the progress and the homogeneity of the work done (ie. Elements to cover, specific tags to use, etc.).

Pizza will be served!

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More information about the organizations involved:

HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team) applies the principles of open source and open data sharing to humanitarian response and economic development. Most of our volunteer needs are for remote mapping and project work.

Red Cross societies across the globe, including the American Red Cross, are rushing into Nepal with emergency humanitarian assistance following this weekend’s devastating earthquake. They are providing remote mapping and information management support to the earthquake response to obtain a more accurate assessment of the destruction.

MapGive is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Humanitarian Information Unit, makes it easy for new volunteers to learn to map and get involved in online tasks.

Maptime DC's mission is to open the doors of cartographic possibility to anyone interested by creating a time and space for collaborative learning, exploration, and map creation using mapping tools and technologies. We are lowering the barriers to entry to geo and mapping.