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YouthMappers reaching out to untapped potential in Western Uganda

Uganda has one of the biggest numbers of YouthMappers chapters per country. A majority of these are located in Eastern Uganda (Busia, Mbale, and Kumi), the other two are dispersed in Kampala and Gulu. Some of the Inaugural chapters established in 2016 (Yellow star), New Chapters in Fortportal and Mbarara (the two Blue circles in western Uganda) These chapters are university-student led initiatives where members of each chapter determine leadership structures and mapping activities that are to be done according to their own calendars. They also get involved in other OpenStreetMap campaigns, mapathons, events and initiatives both in the field and remotely. They participate in the global networ

Why should we let girls map?

In actual sense, the world has realized the danger of relegating women and the girl child, so I for one appreciate this chapter, LionMappersTeam-Enugu Campus, for the opportunity to create a platform where girls will be ready to contribute to a global mapping and humanitarian service that helps to respond to resilient communities. I was so excited seeing that girls can contribute to fighting their course though YouthMappers activities and especially, the task projects created for “Saving Mothers, Giving Life’’ shown to us during our recent training. As a Surveyor in the making, having gained admission recently into Geoinformatics and Surveying Department, I am beginning to appreciate more th

SOTM-US 2017: A conference to remember

The State of the Map US conference which was held in Boulder, Colorado, was the 7th of its kind with very many people coming in from different parts of the world to share their work using OpenStreetMap (OSM). The three day conference was held from the 20th October 2017 at the University of Colorado. It had an extensive program which included talks, workshops, hacking, mapping parties and meetings, all about OSM. Different fields were tackled ranging from tools and analyses all the way to education, humanitarian and government applications. It was a wonderful opportunity and I would specially like to thank YouthMappers and the SOTM-US team for facilitating my opportunity to attend. The first

Ever Changing Urban Maps and Environment

Introduction Over the past twenty years the world has seen an explosion of computing technology that is influencing the daily aspects of modern life. In that time, the use of GIS, GPS, Navigation software, and smartphone usage has climbed exponentially throughout the world. During the last twenty years, the cities of the world have seen their populations increase as the world population continues its upwards growth of not only population but the percentage of those living in urban environments has risen. With all this change happening it can be difficult for the general populations of the area to be able to follow directions from years past and for visitors poorly updated data can cause issu

Geographers Encounter Challenges in Fieldwork - GWU senior fieldwork at Mason Neck

A couple weeks ago, the geography department at the George Washington University organized the annual fieldwork trip to Mason Neck State Park in Virginia. Professor Lisa Benton-Short and Professor Joseph Dymond took 30 senior students from in the GWU geography program and made the trip both a fun and educational experience. With the fire and amazing food prepared by Michael Rowson, who is a camping expert, the whole class had the opportunity to get to know each other outside of the classroom and everyone had an unforgettable time. This was my first camping experience so everything was new to me. The firewood, the cabins, and simply being in the state park made me feel that I have never been

The future of GPS and its potential affect on society

Global Positioning Systems, or GPS technology, as we know it is still in its infancy. Even though we have GPS systems in our smart phones and can access maps within seconds this is only a taste of what GPS has to offer, especially to the public. Global Positioning Systems are a technology that falls under the Geospatial Information Systems umbrella, a science and technology field that covers any and all geolocation technology. GIS along with Nano technology are two of the fastest growing technology fields in the United States. These two fields create the possibility of a combination that opens up the opportunity for micro-gps units that could be available within only a few years. After the R

Mapping in Rochester - a collaboration between Monroe Community College and SUNY Geneseo

This past Thursday (Nov 16), over 25 spirited students and faculty gathered at the beautiful, new Downtown Campus at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, New York for our second annual Mapathon! We were joined by 3 enthusiastic YouthMappers from SUNY Geneseo’s GIS Association who helped to facilitate the event. Our efforts focused on delineating roads in Kyenjojo, Uganda in support of the Saving Mothers Giving Life project to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in sub-Saharan African countries. Following our mapping, we shared pizza and celebrated our accomplishments and new friendships. Future plans include holding a Mapathon every semester, starting a new student organization, an

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