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Tigers Vs. Gamecocks: A Map Battle for the Ages

For the first time in YouthMappers History, Clemson and University of South Carolina faced off in a Map Battle to see which school could commit the most edits in a two-hour window. Long time rivals, as the two major football schools in South Carolina, the University of South Carolina YouthMappers Chapter first issued the challenge via Instagram and Twitter. Quick to respond, Clemson Mappers accepted the challenge and set the date for April 20th between 12 and 2 PM. Based on input from the USAID GeoCenter’s Chad Blevins, the two schools chose Task 4147 in Akure, Nigeria where a YouthMappers member created a task to map informal trash disposal sites. The day of the Map Battle dawned clear and

Introducing the 2018 YouthMappers Research Fellows!

We are very excited to announce the 2018 YouthMappers Research Fellows! These seven teams were carefully selected to participate in a 9-month program designed to enlist, enable, and showcase the contributions of open geospatial data for research on resilience of vulnerable populations around the world. Over the life of the program, the teams will have the opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with the other teams from around the world! This summer, they will take part in customized technical training sessions, engage in scientific discussions, and share about successful data and analysis practices during the research symposium hosted by The George Washington University in Washington, D

USAID’s 2018 Youth Innovation Event in Washington, D.C.

Throughout my college career, the most gratifying learning experience I have had is with mapping and its practical uses for humanitarian assistance. After several geography and GIS classes as well as a switch in declared major, I started getting involved with the YouthMappers chapter on my campus at The George Washington University, the GWU Humanitarian Mapping Society. Being surrounded by like-minded people who saw open source mapping as an opportunity to aid and raise awareness to those who might otherwise be forgotten was truly inspiring. This prompted me to apply for the Virtual YouthMappers/ USAID GeoCenter Internship this semester to take the next step in my involvement in the mapping

Surveying and mapping in Crisfield, MD

GeoMC, the Montgomery College chapter of YouthMappers, made the three-hour drive to Crisfield, Maryland, to map the town over the course of three days. We were eager to take the skills we’ve been learning in the Applied Geography program at our college and gain in-the-field experience surveying the region, which was then unmapped on the OpenStreetMap (OSM) portal. Our team totaled nine people; our task was to take a complete inventory of all of the building and industrial stock in the span of our trip. Crisfield is a remote town on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay in the state of Maryland. We learned that Crisfield's land is largely man-made and that the city used to be the second lar

Using GIS Applications outside the Classroom: Community Health Scan

For most of my college career, I was undecided, unsure how I could possibly choose a major or minor that encompassed all of my interests. Once I chose major that favored my interests in international health, I found a class that complemented my studies and allowed me to explore the intersection between health, social injustice, the environment, urban planning, and much more! The class was called Community Health Scan, where I explored how GIS applications can inform the health of a community. Our study site was Skid Row, an area in South Los Angeles that is synonymous for homelessness, poverty, and poor health outcomes. The research framework consisted of three parts: primary data collection

Clemson "Drones 4 Good" Program Educates Students On Drone Uses and Applications

As different industries progress further into the technologies currently becoming available there is one area of potential that is rapidly being tapped into by a variety of industries in drone applications. With drones becoming cheaper and more available, it is becoming more and more necessary to know how to pilot and use this technology. Unfortunately, many of those wanting to own and pilot drones for both personal and professional use do not know both the significant legal restrictions surrounding drones and the vast range of applications for drone technologies. This is why colleges and universities need to push for education of drone technologies and their use. Since the knowledge of dron

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