WE DON'T JUST BUILD MAPS.
WE BUILD MAPPERS.
Capitalizing on web-based open geospatial technologies, and a network of universities around the globe, our mission is to cultivate a generation of young leaders to create resilient communities and to define their world by mapping it.
WHAT WE ARE MAPPING NOW
Open Mapping towards Sustainable Development Goals
Voices of YouthMappers on Community Engaged Scholarship
This collection amplifies the experiences of some of the world’s young people who are working to address SDGs using geospatial technologies and multi-national collaboration. Authors from every region of the world who have emerged as leaders in the YouthMappers movement share their perspectives and knowledge in an accessible and peer-friendly format. YouthMappers are university students who create and use open mapping for development and humanitarian purposes. Their work leverages digital innovations - both geospatial platforms and communications technologies - to answer the call for leadership to address sustainability challenges.
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LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES
The need for geospatial data goes beyond the urgency of disaster response or planning. YouthMappers are also contributing time and talents to creating data in places of extreme poverty, where USAID works, to help create fundamental data for programming that addresses chronic development problems.
LEARN HOW IT WORKS
Start a new university chapter or affiliate your existing campus student group.
Organize mapping activities, add needed data to OpenStreetMap, collaborate with other chapters, and share results.
Members of active chapters will be eligible to apply for leadership, recognition, and fellowships opportunities.
The United States Agency for International Development generously supports this program through a grant from the USAID GeoCenter under Award # AID-OAA-G-15-00007 and Cooperative Agreement Number: 7200AA18CA00015 Title: “YouthMappers® University Consortium: Building Open Spatial Data for Economic Development and Community Resilience” Arizona State University is the fiscal and administrative lead university. Founding universities are Texas Tech University, George Washington University, and West Virginia University. Data is added to OpenStreetMap in collaboration with the OSM community and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and other partners.