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2017 AAG Mapathon

All attendees are welcome to attend a four-day Mapathon at the 2017 Annual Meeting, where they can join a community of online mappers to contribute to OpenStreetMap for humanitarian efforts. Using satellite imagery and freely available OpenStreetMap editing platforms, participants will trace, edit, and label key infrastructure (buildings, roads, etc.), environmental features, and other objects for the creation of openly available real data to produce maps that assist humanitarian and community efforts. Sessions will include paper and panel presentations on participatory research methods, interactive open source mapping demos, and networking opportunities for those in the humanitarian mapping community.

This year’s AAG Mapathon Lounge will be located in Room 206, Second Level, Hynes Convention Center. Sessions will begin on Wednesday, April 5 and run through Saturday, April 8, with off-site events at MIT and an informal happy hour to round out the week.

Sessions

Poster Display in Mapathon Lounge
(ongoing in the Mapathon Lounge)
Select posters and maps will be on display in the AAG Mapathon Lounge, featuring activities and research on Community Mapping, Open Cartographies, and Volunteered Geographic Information as well as work by organizing institutions supporting the AAG Mapathon. Visit the posters session, meet members of the participating and supporting organizations and join mapathon activities.

Secondary Cities: Mapping Human Geography Data
(Mapathon Lounge, Thursday 10:00am-11:40am)
This session will focus on the US Office of the Geographer and Global Issues signature initiative -- Secondary Cities. Secondary Cities is in the second year expanding into new cities that are under-examined and under-mapped. The fundamental aim of these projects is to identify critical data needs, utilize open source tools, and create robust datasets for sustainable futures. This session will provide an overview of Secondary Cities, describe a case study, and present methods for remote and local mapping of Secondary Cities.

Map Jam I
(Mapathon Lounge, Thursday 11:40am-1:20pm)
A networking session with community organizers and students. Learn how to foster your own local OpenStreetMap community. In addition there will be an advanced mapping demonstration using JOSM, the advanced OpenStreetMap editor.

Map Jam II
(Mapathon Lounge, Friday 8:00am-9:40am)
An open mapping session, this is a perfect time to take a break, sit-down and map. Meet fellow mappers, stop by even if you have half an hour to spare.

MIT Mapathon
(MIT Campus Friday 1:30-6pm)
Join us across the river at MIT for the Friday afternoon Mapathon. We will be focusing Using satellite imagery and freely available OpenStreetMap editing platforms, participants will trace, edit, and label key infrastructure (buildings, roads, etc.), environmental features, and other objects for the creation of openly available real data to produce maps that assist humanitarian and community efforts.
The schedule for the day will include a short set of lightning talks by MIT students and researchers using OpenStreetMap and performing emergency mapping, an intro to some of the tools, and a mapathon with mapping projects supporting the Presidential Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR). RSVP at AAGMapathon.org.

Saturday Mapternoon: Latin America Focus
(Mapathon Lounge, Friday 1:20pm-5:00pm)
Join us this Mapternoon as we will focus on several mapping projects around Latin America. We will have lightning talks spread throughout the mapping sessions. Beginners are welcome as we will have tutorials and expert mapper support. All you need to bring is your laptop to participate.

Resources for Expanding Open Geospatial Education
(Mapathon Lounge, Saturday 11:50pm-1:10pm)
Form discussion around open geospatial education, and eliminate barriers including high monetary costs, outdated or obsolete materials, and legal mechanisms that prevent collaboration among scholars and educators. This session will feature a panel of speakers who believe everyone in the world should have access to high-quality educational experiences and resources, and are active in the open geospatial education community. The panel will highlight currently available educational resources, and determine areas where additional resources are needed.

For a full list of Mapathon sessions, please visit the Preliminary Program and search "Mapathon" under Group/Theme.