National Missing Maps Mapathon 2016
Help Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross to facilitate their rescue
In the context of the International Map Year 2015-2016, a national Mapathon will take place on Saturday, April 16th, which is organized by the National Committee for Geography, in collaboration with OpenStreetMap Belgium. Seven universities in Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia open their doors a whole day for a large collective mapping event. Would you like to contribute an hour or longer, do not miss this opportunity and help Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross to facilitate their work in crisis areas.
In order to cope with crisis situations quickly and offer help efficiently, humanitarian agencies need maps. Hence, MSF and the Red Cross have joined forces in 2014 to launch the Missing Maps project, along with the OpenStreetMap Foundation. All over the world the project recruits volunteers to map areas where the risk of natural disasters, epidemics and conflicts is greatest.
The only thing you need as a volunteer is a computer and an Internet connection. It is not difficult. In no time you are working as a road mapper. The response to the project is large, the number of volunteers is growing worldwide, and increasingly mapping parties or mapathons organized where volunteers come together to map a larger area at once.
Where: Brussels, Ghent, Leuven, Liège, Namur and Louvain-la-Neuve When: Saturday, April 16, 10h - 16h
- 10:00-10:30: Introduction and Mapping Training
- 10:30-12:00: Mapping!
- 12:00-12:30: Talk by Pete Masters, Missing Maps coordinator
- 12:30-13:00: Lunch
- 13:00-13:30: Possible second training session
- 13:30-16:00: Mapping!
- 16:00-17:00: Showing the result of our work
This is an outline, local schedules may vary.