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 Downtown (this event) and the Westside.
Are you coming from the Westside? We have a crew meeting over there as well! RSVP over here! (https://www.meetup.com/MaptimeLA/events/243230977/)
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.
Downtown event details:
We'll be teaming up with our friends at Fehrs and Peers in DowntownLA!
For parking, the Pacific Financial Center building adjacent has parking for $7 after 4pm (Pacific Financial Center, 800 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017). It’s actually on Flower just south of 6th across the street from the Daily Grill and is open till 11pm. There are other parking lots around, but be sure to read the signs if they close early or not. The lot at the 700 block of Hope is closed to visitors (at least it is this morning), so be forewarned as I know some folks like that garage.
If you're taking METRO, the closest transit station is 7th and Metro, about a block away.
New to OpenStreetMap or editing in OpenStreetMap? We'll be doing a quick training session that night!
Get a jump start by following the instructions here: https://mapgive.state.gov/learn-to-map/
You can get up to speed on how mappers are tackling these areas. https://www.hotosm.org/projects/hot_activates_for_three_disasters_hurricane_irma_mexico_earthquake_and_bangladesh_floods
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).