It's been a stressful few weeks watching numerous devastating disasters such as Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, severe flooding in Asia, and the earthquake in Mexico. The good news is mappers all over the world are working together to create and edit map data for use in recovery efforts. You can help too!
MaptimeLA is hosting a dual mapathon on Thursday, September 14 on the Westside (this event) and downtown.
While the tasks are constantly changing as the situations unfold, we don't know exactly what we'll need to work on this far out, but we do know we will be working on adding important data to OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org) such as roads and buildings. Anyone can help regardless of prior experience! We will teach you. It is fun and easy and really does make a difference by providing crucial data to a wide range of relief organizations, researchers, and analysts.
Westside event details:
We'll be teaming up with our friends at Arup in their main office in Playa Vista! Arup has an international team of mappers that participate in mapping with the Missing Maps project (http://www.missingmaps.org/) both after disasters and on an ongoing basis for humanitarian projects. Arup is located in building D. Onsite parking is available and refreshments will be provided.
New to OpenStreetMap or editing in OpenStreetMap?
Get a jump start by following the instructions here: https://mapgive.state.gov/learn-to-map/
You can see some of the ongoing tasks here http://tasks.openstreetmap.us/ and here http://tasks.hotosm.org/ .
If you can't join us in person, you can map from home if you have prior experience using the tasking managers. Just use the hashtag #maptimela in your commit comments to OpenStreetMap (not in the comments on the tasking manager).