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Apply to be a YouthMappers Visiting Open Data Scholar

DEADLINE: Applications are being accepted through this online form beginning January 27 until funds are expended. WHO MAY APPLY: Individual or small teams of students from any approved YouthMappers chapter in good standing (roster and reporting up to date). WHERE: Traveling from any country to any host country with a USAID mission. WHAT: YouthMappers is offering supplemental travel support of up to $500 per student to match sufficient other resources committed to a planned trip for either data collection, study abroad or research exploration, to add an activity to support the establishment of and data creation orientation for a new YouthMappers chapter in the host country or to provide local

What is your superpower?

Do you want to become more engaged in the global network of YouthMappers chapters? Do you have a special talent to share beyond the amazing things you are already doing on your own campus? Do you want to be part of the bigger movement of open mapping by youth? Do you want to add an important international experience to your work resume? YouthMappers is looking for a few leaders who are willing to help others around the world become engaged in the network and support quality mapping. Here are descriptions of the roles you might play: VIRTUAL AMBASSADOR - provides welcoming advice and encouragement to groups who are working to create a new YouthMappers chapter, or to new chapters seeking help

Announcing 2017 YouthMappers Chapter Awards

On behalf of the YouthMappers steering committee, I’m pleased to announce this list of 2017 YouthMappers Chapter Awards. From information submitted in annual chapter reports, and from our knowledge of these outstanding student-led and organized activities, we have selected a number of chapter groups for special recognition for their inspiring accomplishments over the past year. Campus Outreach Award For engaging many students across campus into the YouthMappers chapter, network and program activities, through training, workshops, seminars, mapathons, and GIS Day events. ROYAL UNIVERSITY OF BHUTAN Geographical Society and Department of Geography and Planning, Sherubtse College TRIBHUVAN UNIVE

The First International YouthMappers Exchange between Malawi and South Africa, Part Two*.

AN INTRODUCTION TO A NEW WORLD Unfamiliar… Yet so familiar. YouthMappers from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, who named their club Chanco Malawi Youth Mappers (CHAMAYOMA), went through training on OpenStreetMapping (OSM) in late October to early November 2016. One would admit, the training was one of a kind. The first phase of the training was conducted by Dr. Jamison Conley of West Virginia University. He was accompanied by Mr. Park Muhonda, a former student of Chancellor College, who is currently pursuing his PhD at West Virginia University. Upon arrival, Dr. Conley enjoyed a short tour of the College under the guidance of the club president Zola Manyungwa. He then took the c

Open Geographic Data for Local Government Disaster Response Agencies in Ghana

Mapping the greater Cape Coast metropolitan area was initiated as a learning exercise for University of Cape Coast students. Data will be used by students to promote the use and adoption of open geographic data among local government actors. The anticipated impact of this project is empowering the local government to better plan and maintain public infrastructure. A team of stakeholders made up of representatives from the NADMO, Ghana Health Service (GHS), Campus based radio station (ATL FM), Air Force Base, (Accra) Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), National Ambulance Service (NAS), Disaster Volunteers Group (DVG), Ghana Education Service (GES) and Tema Metropolitan Assembly were given tra

Disaster Preparation and Earthquake Response

In August 2015, Ecuador declared a state of emergency after Cotopaxi shot ash 7 miles into the air on August 2015. The volcano has since continued spewing ash and steam, causing continued concern for those living in the vulnerable areas nearby. USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance helped to increase the amount of OSM open spatial data for the region, since many high populated areas are located nearby – including the nation’s capital, Quito. Several YouthMappers chapters at US universities contributed data and exchanged information with counterparts in Quito. When the Earthquake hit another region in Ecuador in 2015, the team quickly shifted to map areas affected by the disaster. Tha

Food Insecurity in Bangladesh

This mapping project with Khulna University supported Feed the Future agricultural programs in the Khulna region of Bangladesh. Data on highways, Zilla roads, buildings, and water bodies were edited into OpenStreetMap and made available to the public. The data were created for USAID and its partners working with rural farming villages, especially women, to help communities in the Khulna District improve land management and increase agricultural production in order to improve food security and children's nutrition.

Basic Needs and Infrastructure in Angola

Angola's low level of human development is at odds with its potential for economic prosperity, considering the country's wealth of natural resources. Much of this paradox is explained by the social disruption and physical destruction caused by 27 years of civil war. Efforts are now underway to create open basemap data on roads and settlements, so that basic infrastructure programs and services can be delivered to those who need them most, particularly in rural areas. This effort was initiated by a YouthMappers student from Texas Tech University, born in Angola.

Hazards and Vulnerability in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is vulnerable and at risk to extreme shocks such as climate change. The country has widespread unmapped areas which create difficulty in fostering resilience. Due to monsoons, cyclones, and their low lying geography, the country is often inundated. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and YouthMappers are working with the USAID GeoCenter alongside students at Dhaka University in filling in spatial data gaps and building a strong community of students who are prolific data volunteers.

Food, Economy, and Health in Ghana

The intersection of access to adequate food, economic growth, and public health is a nexus that shapes the lives of West Africans such as those in vulnerable areas of Ghana. The large and active student organization of about 800 mappers in Ghana are working to support USAID-defined objectives while learning more about open source mapping platforms and open data creation. Students at the University of Cape Coast and Texas Tech University are collaborating on data efforts. Partners also include USAID GeoCenter and the OSM Ghana community.

Peace and Development in Colombia

In light of the historic peace process underway in Colombia, civil society, governments, and foreign assistance agencies are working together to build shared knowledge of areas that had been neglected during years of conflict. Locally defined needs for information such as roads and water sources informs a multi-university engagement to create spatial information. Students in various Colombian universities collaborated with Spanish-speaking students from US universities. The end-user of the data included the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives.

Lahar Hazard Risk Mapping in Colombia

Nevado del Ruiz is an active stratovolcano that is located between the Caldas and Tolima departments. Since becoming active, Nevado del Ruiz has had three major eruptions. These eruptions are known for their pyroclastic flows and massive lahars. The last major eruption occurred in 1985, killing 23,000 Colombians and destroying several towns. YouthMappers created and improved existing infrastructure data, with a focus on tracing buildings, roads, bridges, and inland water features for use by the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and USGS monitoring efforts.

At Risk Dams and Reservoirs in the Lower Mekong

The Lower Mekong Region is a diverse region that shares high vulnerability to flooding. Watersheds cross national boundaries and make planning for large potential disasters more complex. YouthMappers Virtual Interns working with the USAID GeoCenter supported NASA SERVIR's flood preparedness and prevention projects in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos. Experienced mappers assisted with data validation.

Volcanic Eruption Risk in Indonesia

Sinabung is an active stratovolcano that has had consistent activity since 2010. The volcano poses a significant risk to those living in close proximity. Recent activity includes eruptions in 2010, 2013, 2014. The latest eruption occurred May 2016, killing 7 Indonesians. This mapping effort focused on two cities east of the volcano: Berastagi and Kabanjahe. YouthMappers volunteers created and improved existing infrastructure data, with a focus on tracing buildings, roads, and inland water features, for the USAID GeoCenter and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.

YouthMappers mapping for PEPFAR

The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world and the largest commitment by any nation to combat a single disease internationally. PEPFAR is improving the availability of mapping data in areas affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in its program areas by leveraging resources and partnerships through YouthMappers. Students contributed to this open data initiative by mapping population clusters and to help program coordinators understand where communities are located and connected, a key component in determining if HIV/AIDS services are in the right place. Ultimately, the emerg

Malaria Mapping

Malaria prevention and control is a major U.S. foreign assistance objective and critical for ending preventable child and maternal deaths for populations suffering extreme poverty. Remote mapping onto OSM for these districts was completed by numerous YouthMappers chapters around the world so that USAID and Peace Corps Volunteers along with their counterparts on the ground could add local knowledge. The data improved the efficiency and reach of spraying campaigns for malaria prevention. The Presidents Malaria Initiative strategy works with supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and decrease malaria morbidity, towards the long-term goal of elimination. Data created f

Flooding Resilience

With support from the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction of the World Bank, the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, George Washington University, and other partners, researchers have developed an innovative approach to flood risk management downstream of hydropower dams, in the contexts of financial and data scarcity. The aim of this mapping project is to build knowledge on locations downstream of hydropower dams where partners can help to strengthen emergency preparedness plans. The researchers plan to capture all hydropower dams in OpenStreetMap and to map residences and other relevant structures likely to be affected by peak floods downstream of dams. YouthMappers engaged thro

Map the Philippines

Our friends at Map the Philippines (MapPH) have asked for our assistance in completing some very important tasks by mid-February, and they really appreciate your help. Map the Philippines (MapPH) is an international community working together with free mapping tools to help citizens, NGOs, business, schools, and government work better together to strengthen the resilience of our cities. The MapPH.com platform is a free and open source, open data platform that maps real time community needs, tracks public and private programs and services, and layers risk data within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We teach people how to map with free mapping tools and how to report pub

Promoting Forest Conservation - Corcovado National Park

Dr. Carlos Portillo-Quintero, Texas Tech University, has been using te donated Digital Globe Imagery as ancillary data for mapping anthropogenic features around the eastern area of the Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica using the TeachOSM platform. Along with Members and collaborators of the TTU YouthMappers chapter (Renan Dalmonech, Matthew Jackson and Nwasinachi Menkiti), they compare and use the imagery provided by services embedded in the TeachOSM iD editor tools (Digital Globe, ESRI World, Mapbox) to digitize features and interactively check each task project using the time series of imagery provided by Digital Globe Foundation in ArcGIS. They have digitized thousands of linear and pol

Saving Mothers Giving Life

Saving Mothers, Giving Life is a five-year public-private partnership to dramatically reduce maternal and newborn mortality in sub-Saharan African countries. Key partners include the governments of Uganda, Zambia, the United States and Norway as well as Merck for Mothers, Every Mother Counts, Project C.U.R.E. and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The partnership aims to test an integrated health systems approach that addresses delays in receiving quality health care associated with maternal and newborn deaths. The data that emerge from this mapping task will improve our knowledge of the relationships between access to and use of life-saving maternal & child health serv

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