Past Meetup

FRCC Humanitarian Mapathon

This Meetup is past

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Location image of event venue


Volunteers from the Front Range Community College student body, faculty and the public will map infrastructure to support a humanitarian mission (exact project TBD) …from the comfort of the FRCC Campus.

The process of mapping in OpenStreetMap is easy, interesting, a good way to connect with other humanitarians, and a great way to help the most vulnerable populations on Earth. Participants will add roads and buildings into OpenStreetMap using satellite imagery. No experience is necessary to participate in the mapathon.


• Laptop computer (Linux, Mac or Windows)

• An external mouse is highly recommended

• We will have a limited number of power strips available. If possible fully charge your laptop before the event.

• There are a limited number of laptops which will be available for loan

Directions and Parking:

• We will be in the Classroom Building (highlighted in blue on the map below).

• Park in any of the green areas shown on the map below.

• The C4 Entrance to the building is the most convenient, it is highlighted in blue on the map below.

• Use Entrance C4 (highlighted in green on building map below)

• The "Common Area" (highlighted in red on the building map below) will be ahead on to your left past the reception desk.


Q: What software will we be using?

A: You can make edits using any OpenStreetMap editor. We will provide instructions for the iD Editor (, and there will probably be several mappers in attendance who using the the more advanced JOSM Editor (

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 ( Learning resources are available at ( However, none of this is required ahead of time.

Q: What if I don't have a laptop computer?

A: We will have a limited number of laptops are available for check out.

Q: My laptop computer is very old, will it run the editing software?

A: Most likely yes. The editing software runs inside a browser. As long as you have a modern internet browser installed, such as Chrome, IE, Safari, Firefox, everything should work.

Q: Do I have to bring anything other than a laptop computer?

A: Nothing else is required. Again, an external mouse is highly recommend. It will tend to make your mapping more enjoyable and precise. We will have a limited number of power strips, so charge your laptop fully before the event.

Q: What can I expect?

A: Mapathons are very laid back affairs. A brief demonstration will be given to show you how to map along with an explanation as to why this is so valuable. A "quick start" guide will be provided and experienced folks will be on hand to answer questions. Then it is just folks sitting around mapping from imagery and socializing (we are trying to get some snacks for the event). 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 can't make it exactly at 5:00 pm, can I come late?

A: Absolutely! Arrive at any time and leave at any time (between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm). These are very laid back informal events.

Q: I am a long ways from Longmont (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 30+ other map geeks, but you can participate remotely. We will post a link to the instructions as the event draws near.