Comparison of a hand drawn map of Katanga, DRC with a map of Lubumbashi, DRC, made with Open Street Map. The Open Street Map was plotted by students at the University of Lubumbashi. Image credit: Medicin San Frontiers.

Exeter Geography hosts Missing Maps mapathon

As a part of Geography Awareness Week, and following the success of a similar event in October, the Missing Maps team are organising Exeter Geography hosts: Missing Maps.

The event will take place on Wednesday 16th November, 6-8 pm in Forum Exploration Lab 1.

The Missing Maps project is one of the largest digital humanitarian efforts in history. It is a collaboration between the Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) which aims to produce open source digital maps of unmapped and vulnerable regions.

The maps are produced in three stages:

  1. People from all over the world trace over satellite imagery in OpenStreetMap (this is YOU!).
  2. Community volunteers validate the maps and add local detail (e.g. street names).
  3. Humanitarian organisations use the maps to plan risk reduction and disaster response activities to save lives.

You can see more info on the website www.missingmaps.org.

As the event is hosted by Geography, we welcome a strong turnout from staff, postdoctoral researchers and students. We also warmly welcome participation from others interested in participating. Even if you can only call by briefly, it would be great to see you and you will still be able to contribute.

For more information please vist the Missing Maps event page.

Date: 31 October 2016

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