Mapping for Better Infrastructure

My name is Bruce Duane, and I am a civil engineering major at Clemson University. During the spring of 2017, I have had the privilege of being a YouthMappers intern with the US Agency for International Development's GeoCenter. My experience with YouthMappers has been one that I very much stumbled upon, yet one that I have greatly appreciated. I wanted to study civil engineering with the intention of using my technical skills to serve others. With that in mind, I joined a humanitarian engineering organization at my university called Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC), which primarily serves the people in the Central Plateau of Haiti. My first semester I was involved with the In

Bringing Mappers from South Korea

Learning how to digitize maps through Open Source Mapping platform was one of the most meaningful and surprising moments while studying abroad here at the George Washington University. I always have enthusiasm to make a good use of my knowledge for society, and OSM gives a perfect opportunity for everyone to make a small contribution to the world. Because of the easiness of the tools and the good-intended projects, platforms such as HOTOSM was absolutely stunning for me personally. My home country, South Korea, obviously has geographic attention globally, and its information technology infrastructure is surely one of the best throughout the world. Korean people are early adopters, fast learn

Students from Fifteen Universities serve as Leadership Fellows to Fill Data Gaps in the World's

KATHMANDU, NEPAL; WASHINGTON, DC — More than ten million changes have been made recently to the world’s free, editable public map, OpenStreetMap, by YouthMappers, a network of university students who have united to create and use open spatial data to directly address development challenges in the most impoverished countries on the planet. Twenty (20) of those students from 15 universities in 11 countries have been selected as Leadership Fellows, to participate in a workshop and community building event in Kathmandu, Nepal this May. Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any field at an institution of higher education that has a YouthMappers chapter were invited to apply to become a

Disrupting the Classroom

Is it possible to offer truly meaningful global learning experiences through a technical mapping course? Is it reasonable to think we might help build a socially engaged citizenry while we teach and learn about technology? As the spring semester wraps up at Texas Tech University, I would answer yes, it is. I am at my core an educator, a geography professor, in addition to being co-founder and director of YouthMappers, so many of my hopes and vision for helping to grow and nurture this amazing network of faculty and students come from experiences in the classroom, made meaningful by engaging with undergraduates and graduates who inspire and impress me. This semester, for the third time, I tau

History Makers

Hello all! YoLani here, giving a big a shout out from the Mason Mappers chapter at George Mason University! We’ve had a whirlwind of events going on from workshops to map-a-thons, but there’s been one project we’ve been working on that’s shown us that history never ends. No matter how long the stretch of time—and Fairfax County, VA makes sure to capture every minute of it. Located throughout the county are historical markers showcasing areas that have carved special moments in time. As Fairfax County nears its 275th anniversary, the Fairfax County History Commission decided to remake the map of the county’s historical markers. The society reached out to faculty from the geography department

Teaching the World with Open-Source Mapping

Hello everyone, my name is Nick Altizer! I am a first year graduate student at the University of Central Florida pursuing a Masters in Sociology. Over the course of this past semester I have also been a virtual intern through the USAID GeoCenter. I was first introduced to YouthMappers a little over a year ago when my university took part in a multi-school mapathon. Shortly after that I assisted in forming a YouthMappers chapter at my university. Since then I have taken part in events ranging from mapathons to educational workshops. My knowledge of GIS has centered primarily around Esri and their suite of tools from ArcMap to ArcOnline. Being a part of the USAID GeoCenter internship has shown

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