[Talk-GB] Volunteers wanted to lead mapping party with MapAction, Swindon, Nov 20/21

Tim Waters chippy2005 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 28 09:34:19 BST 2010


Sent on behalf of the HOT and Mikel, we're looking for 2 people to go - this
should be a great day, and useful for both us and them :)


Hi

Are you interested to lead an OSM mapping party with MapAction on November
20/21, at their weekend training near Swindon?

MapAction is UK NGO that deploys GIS specialists in the crucial first days
after a disaster strikes. They were probably the first mapping crew on the
ground following the Haiti earthquake, and used OSM in their map production,
as well as communicating their needs back to us. They also helped arrange
the first Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team deploy to Haiti in March. We've
been discussing how we can prepare better together for future disasters,
including setting up activation protocols within HOT, integrating technical
systems, and building up capacity within MapAction to contribute and use OSM
directly.

The training itself would basically be a mapping party, but with some
incorporation of materials developed by HOT in the Haiti trainings all this
year. The training exercise will be focused on mapping strategy in the
field. Teams will be given; a scenario, some data and various map request.
They will then have to decide what the mapping priorities should be for the
optimum humanitarian outcome.

This training is the first step. They're a great crew, and I'm sure it would
be a good time! It could just be Saturday, or you'd be welcome to camp over
til Sunday.

If you're interested, email me directly at mikel_maron at yahoo.com.

Best
Mikel
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