June 20 is UN World Refugee Day. This important date served as an occasion for the international Mapathon organized by CartONG (France).
Together with the collective HuMap (University of Trier) and OSM Ghana we provided support for CartONG. We took over a large part of the administrative work, arrying out public relations tasks as well as accepting registrations for participation. 30 participants registered through our website for the event. In doing so, almost everyone agreed to be added to our mailing list to receive future updates on our activities.
At 6 pm CartONG opened the Zoom mapathon meeting. Shortly thereafter, more than 40 participants* were present.
After a series of short introduction by the participating organizations, CartONG explained in more detail how the mapping of a refugee camp is arried out, explaining above all how the data generated during a mapathon is used and further processed in the field (i.e. at the camp).
HOT-Project 11018 in Jewi, Ethiopia was provided for the evening's mapping session.
To give mapping beginners and/or less experienced mappers the opportunity to learn more about OSM mapping tools, practical introductions (in breakout rooms) were provided in English (Manon Viou, CartONG) and French (Laure Mercier - CartONG).
The event ended around 8:30 pm. Prior to closing, Laure presented the statistics of the mapping done. By the end of the evening, the HOT Project was almost completely mapped.