Missing Maps TO: September Mapathon

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On Wednesday, September 26th, join Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for a mapathon from 6:00 – 8:00pm at our office in downtown Toronto. Come help us as we create maps for our colleagues to use in the field.

What is a Mapathon?
In order to cope with crisis situations quickly and offer help efficiently, humanitarian organizations need maps. But many parts of the world vulnerable to humanitarian crisis are literally “missing” from any map, making it difficult for first responders to react. Missing Maps is a project founded by MSF, the American and British Red Cross and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap that aims to address this by recruiting volunteers (that’s you!) to map areas where the risk of natural disasters, epidemics, and conflicts is greatest. Humanitarian organizations can then use these maps to respond to crises and improve the quality of aid delivered to vulnerable communities around the world. Learn more here.

How does mapping work?
Volunteer mappers (that’s you!) trace maps over satellite imagery using a tool called OpenStreetMap. It’s not difficult! Once an area is completed, maps are validated by experienced remote mappers. Finally, local community volunteers validate the maps on the ground and add local details such as neighbourhoods, street names and evacuation centres. Humanitarian organizations like MSF can then use the mapped information in their day to day activities.

What do I need to bring?
You must bring your own laptop. A mouse is also helpful, if you have one.

What else do I need to know?
Admission is free and pizza will be provided.

If you are an experienced mapper and would like to volunteer your expertise please contact us.

N.B. This venue is accessible.


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