The University of Northern Colorado's Geography and GIS department will be hosting an OpenStreetMap Humanitarian Mapathon at Weldwerks Brewery in Greeley.
We will be mapping buildings and roads in the Nsanje District of Malawi in Sub-Saharan Africa. The map data that we produce will be used to help combat HIV in this area. The data will steer MSF (Doctors without Borders) and the Malawian Ministry of Health's decision making processes and will lead to better and more effective efforts at preventing HIV.
This event is open to the public and no experience is necessary. The process is simple, and experienced people will be on hand to get participants started and to answer questions. You do need to bring a laptop computer.
Almost 50 people participated in the last UNC hosted mapathon. Let's make this event even bigger!
Weldworks is a great venue with free parking on site.
Q: What software/platform will we be using?
A: You can make edits using any OpenStreetMap editor. We will provide instructions for the iD Editor (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/ID), and there will probably be several mappers in attendance who will be using the the more advanced JOSM Editor (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/JOSM).
Q: What should I do to prepare?
A: No preparation is necessary, however, if you don't have an OpenStreetMap account you can create one ahead of time here (https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/new). Learning resources are available at learnosm.org (http://learnosm.org/en/beginner/introduction/) and MapGive (http://mapgive.state.gov/learn-to-map/) . However, none of this is required ahead of time.
Q: Do I have to bring anything?
A: Please bring a laptop computer. An external mouse is highly recommended.
Q: What can I expect?
A: A "quick start" guide will be provided as well, and experienced folks will be on hand to answer questions. Then it is just folks sitting around mapping from imagery and socializing. Some of that socializing will probably be about the mapping ("how do I...?" or "how would you map this?"), but most will probably not be. I will tabulate the results after and send out to the participants.
Q: Does participation in a humanitarian mapathon count toward my GISP?
A: I corresponded with the GISCI and they indicated it does. I don't have other details as to what category it may be listed under. Be sure I have your contact info and make me aware that you need documentation for the GISP.
Q: I am with the media and would like to do a story on this event, do you have more information?
A: We are working on a press release, in the meantime, you can contact the organizers through this forum.
Q: I can't make it exactly at 5:00 pm, can I come late?
A: Absolutely! Arrive at any time and leave at any time. These are very laid back informal events.
Q: I am a long ways from Greeley (or otherwise cannot attend in person), can I participate remotely?
A: Yes, it won't be nearly as much fun as hanging out in person with 50+ other map geeks, but you can participate remotely. The quick start guide is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pGgzxMDAA3nLxXDLY8DV6r1wTpgOoe-3tOwHJ6rmEFw/edit?usp=sharing