This morning, like the previous weeks, we're announcing another accepted talk: "One map to map them all" by Erik Meerburg
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. First responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. This is where Missing Map comes in. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which everybody can help to map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.
The project started almost three years ago. Since then, people from all over the world have contributed to OpenStreetMap, in those areas where maps are really needed but mostly missing. From area's where the Red Cross and Medicin Sans Frontieres have their fieldworkers, to help in areas with disasters waiting to happen. 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. During SHA there will be an ongoing Mapathon at the Maptime Village. In this talk and introduction to this international maphacking grassroot initiative will be given, along with some of the results from the project. And of course, it will be presented in such a way that attendees will really love to help map the world, starting at SHA!
Erik Meerburg founded the Geo Academie, based on a strong belief that education in geo-information is more than ‘knowing which buttons to push’. He sees developments like geographic webservices and neogeography as the most promising developments in years and recognizes the challenge that it provides to traditional geo-information science. The academy organizes and helps with MissingMaps Mapathons, and makes 3D printed maps under the brand name ElevatedMaps. Come see his talk and visit the Maptime Village at SHA2017!