MISSING MAPS MAPATHON IN ANKARA FOR WORLD GIS DAY

Join us for the 4th Missing Maps Mapathon in Turkey on the occasion of World Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Day (TR)! To register online, please click here.

As part of the Missing Maps project, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and Yer Çizenler Society invite you to participate in an OSM mapping event on Saturday, November 18, this time in Ankara.

The worldwide annual celebration of GIS Day will take place during the Geography Awareness Week, focusing on interaction between human and space. GIS Day is a great opportunity to discover more about spatial technologies which are used by humanitarian organizations all around the world.

With this aim in mind, MSF, with support from HOT and Yer Çizenler Society is organising a Missing Maps Mapathon for the fourth time in Turkey. On the occasion of World GIS Day (which falls on the 15th of November this year), we’ll come together as dedicated mappers, MSF friends and supporters in Ankara in order to map the areas of the world that are overlooked by the rest of the world.

During this event, we will be remotely mapping parts of the world's most remote locations in OSM's Tasking Manager to facilitate the provision of urgent humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced people by MSF and other humanitarian aid organisations in the field.

Founded by MSF, the Red Cross, and HOT, Missing Maps is powered by volunteers around the world and in local communities who map underserved regions in order to provide international and local NGOs and individuals with maps and geographic data to better respond to crises. Using the OpenStreetMap (OSM) platform ensures all data gathered is free, open and available for use under an open license.

By joining us on the 18th of November, you will help map areas where humanitarian organisations are meeting the urgent needs of vulnerable populations. With your help, we can bring medical and humanitarian aid to where it's needed most!

For a rewarding, educational and engaging evening that directly contributes to our medical and humanitarian work in the field, don't forget to register here! Please note that the maximum number of participants will be limited to 50 people.

Mark your calendar and learn more about technologies that makes difference in humanitarian responses!

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Click here to see our previous mapathons.


Important Reminders

  • Please note that the event will be held in English due to the language used in the mapping platform we will be working on. Basic knowledge and understanding of English is necessary.
  • You need to bring your own laptop (preferably fully charged), as we cannot provide one for each participant. Mouse is also recommended to facilitate mapping.
  • You don't need to be an experienced mapper to join this event. A basic mapping training will be conducted at the beginning of the event for the first-timers.

Schedule

14.45 Registration & Set-Up

15:00 Lightning Talks and Introduction to Missing Maps

15:30 OpenStreetMap (OSM) Training & Mapping

18:00 End of event & mapping progress talk


FAQs

What is Missing Maps Mapathon?

The aim of the Missing Maps Project is to map the most crisis-prone parts of the developing world. With your help, we can directly improve the lives of some of the world's most vulnerable people. Both beginners and experienced mappers are welcome to join this Mapathon. Please indicate your level and choose your ticket according to your level of mapping skills.

What do I need for the event?

Just a laptop (you must bring your own with you), a mouse (recommended), and your enthusiasm for voluntary humanitarian support!

What do I have to do now?

Register for the event and become one of 50 participants. If you want to help the organisers on a voluntary basis during the event, either by providing validation of mapping activities or general support, please get in touch with us at bilgi@istanbul.msf.org. If you cannot participate in this Mapathon but would like to take part in the next one, please contact us at the same email. We’ll definitely have more Mapathons in the future!

Do I need to be an experienced mapper to join the Mapathon? 

No. A basic mapping training will be conducted at the beginning of the event for first-timers. We will also be working on a simple task, which will not require high skills of mapping. Both beginners and experienced mappers are welcome to join.

Which part of the world will be mapped?

The area to be mapped will be determined in line with the urgent needs of refugee/IDP populations. That’s why it will be decided and announced on our event pages closer to the date of event.

How do I get to the event venue?

CK Farabi Hotel

Address: Çankaya Mahallesi, Farabi Sk No:34, 06690 Ankara

Telephone: 0 312 427 78 68

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact MSF at bilgi@istanbul.msf.org and Yer Çizenler Society at ezgi.eryilmaz@yercizenler.org  for any questions regarding the event.


Missing Maps is a collaborative, humanitarian project that pre-emptively maps parts of the world that are vulnerable to natural disasters, conflicts, and disease epidemics. It was founded in November 2014 by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the Red Cross and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), and has mapped large towns and cities in countries such as South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Central African Republic. www.missingmaps.org

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. www.sinirtanimayandoktorlar.org  - www.msf.org

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) applies the principles of open source and open data sharing to create maps vital for humanitarian response and economic development. As co-founder of the Missing Maps initiative, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) enables displaced people in the most vulnerable settings to create highly detailed, up-to-date maps of their host communities. www.hotosm.org

Yer Çizenler Society is a fresh organization founded by mapping enthusiasts and dedicated volunteers, and is supported by HOT. Yer Çizenler’s aim is to produce free, up-to-date maps for humanitarian organizations by using OpenStreetMap tool.

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