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Humanitarian Mapping and mapathon

4pm - 5.30pm, 18th November, 2020

This webinar will consist of two talks on humanitarian mapping by Rebecca Firth, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap's Director of Community and Partnerships, and members from the Institute for Global Sustainable Development, who will talk about their experiences of humanitarian mapping.

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has been requested by the Botswana Institute of Geomatics (BIG) to map buildings in Botswana. This data will provide a basemap for COVID-19 monitoring tools used by the Government of Botswana. Please join our global effort to help control this disease by mapping on this project.

The talks will be followed by an introduction to OpenStreetMap mapping where the IGSD team will talk you through how to map and will be on hand to answer any questions you have about mapping and using mapping and GIS in research.


Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. A mapathon is an opportunity for you to map these vulnerable places so that local and international Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) can use these maps and data to better respond to crises affecting these areas. Check out this short video for more information on how making maps can save lives.

We are delighted to invite you to the first humanitarian mapathon of this academic year, organised by the Warwick Resilience Mapping Society and supported by the Institute of Global Sustainable Development, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies and the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities.

During this event we'll do some online mapping, learning about OpenStreetMap (OSM) and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) in the process. We'll also have a chance to discuss some of the issues that emerge from mapping processes including questions on representation, empowerment and participation.

No previous mapping experience is required.

The talks and mapathon will take place in Blackboard Collaborate. Please register below and a link to join the event will be sent to you.
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