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OpenStreetMap for Disaster Risk Reduction and Building Resilience

Join the mapathon
Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

On the 12 of October, to mark the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), the OSUN’s GeoHub project will organize a Missing Maps Mapathon, a crowdsourcing event that will help map the most vulnerable places in the developing world.

Every year October 13 is observed as the International Day for DRR. The day aims to recognize the progress made in addressing vulnerability to disasters and the loss of lives, economies, and health. While honoring people and communities all over the world who are working to reduce their vulnerability to disasters and raise awareness about the risks, global organizations arrange events to build capacity and resilience in response to catastrophic natural and man-made events.

A mapathon is a great opportunity for volunteers to digitally connect and map the most vulnerable or already affected places so that local and international Non-Governmental Organizations can use these maps and data to better respond to crises. Mapathons use an online site for storing map data, such as OpenStreetMap (OSM) or Google Maps. Through capacity-building workshops, mapathons create a community of global volunteers who want to make an impact and help national and international humanitarian works.

The GeoHub mapathon does not require any mapping experience and is open to students and staff across OSUN and CIVICA member institutions. Such mapathons are not only a crucial tool for emergency response but also can act as a starting point for learning the foundation of GIS mapping techniques.

The event will start with an introductory talk by Lorant Czaran (the Head of the UN-SPIDER Vienna Office) and Olga Shashkina (former UNDRR), followed by the OSM introduction and mapathon training, conducted by Paromita Basak (University of Maryland), so that any participant can start mapping right away. 

You can find more information about the event and the mapathon here.

So, join us, book your calendar for 12th October (11:00-13:00 CEST), and register right away. Details on how to join the event will be shared with registered participants. Most active participants will be awarded. 

Paromita Basak is a current voting member of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOTOSM). She is a graduate of Central European University (CEU) from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. Being an active member of the global OSM community, she has successfully led Bangladesh’s first arsenic mapping project with an all-women team after winning the international HOTOSM community development grant in 2017.

She has previously managed the American Association of Geographers (AAG) international “Cities’ COVID Mitigation Mapping (C2M2) project” in Bangladesh where her research focused on mapping the second-order impacts of COVID-19 in Bangladesh.

She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Maryland, College Park, and working with NASA GEDI data as a part of the research team on forest and biomass conservation. Her voluntary community work as a voting member of HOTOSM focuses on using OSM and open data to help underprivileged people by addressing key issues such as disaster risk reduction, gender equality, sustainability, refugee response, and so on.