The U.S. Department of State's MapGive initiative, with support from the National Museum of American Diplomacy, invites you to join an educational, participatory virtual mapathon in support of global public health response, on April 28th from 10am-12pm EDT.
Crowdsourced mapping projects are helping global health efforts around the world. Participants will hear from State policymakers, public health experts, humanitarian organizers, GIS professionals, and others in the open mapping community who are currently responding to the COVID-19 crisis, and will contribute to the creation of updated map data to assist with public health efforts.
The event is open to the public and all mapping experience levels, including first-timers. Training will be provided for new mappers. No additional software is required - to be able to map, please plan to use a laptop with an internet connection. (Tip: if you don’t already have one, take a moment to sign up for an OpenStreetMap user account (https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/new), and map with a mouse if you have one.)
We will send an update with more information about the featured mapping task ahead of the event, as mapping projects and data needs continue to evolve.
This event requires registration. All are welcome to register here to join online: https://statedept.webex.com/statedept/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2c3eb75ebc4c84523abb811d04ff3f9a After you register, you'll receive a confirmation email message with instructions on how to join the event. Please feel free to forward this email or the linked registration page with colleagues or friends. A call-in number is also included, for those that would like to hear the speakers.
Planned Agenda (EDT) 10:00am Welcome remarks: U.S. State Department Geographer, the National Museum of American Diplomacy, MapGive team. Introductory overview: Importance of geospatial data and epidemiology, State/Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, NEIHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences. Lightning talk: Perspectives on the international mapping response for public health from the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Q&A. Mapping begins: Starting with live mapping tutorial for new and beginner mappers. Lightning talk: Perspectives on participatory mappers supporting public health and the COVID-19 response, from Secondary Cities’ Douala, Cameroon alum (see secondarycities.state.gov). Q&A. Mapping continues: Regular progress check ins until close. 12:00pm
*MapGive is a U.S. State Department public diplomacy initiative that encourages and increases volunteer participation in the global mapping community and facilitates the creation of open geographic data to support humanitarian relief and development programs. Please see mapgive.state.gov and follow @MapGive for more information, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org