YouthMappers CURAT and OpenDCH

My name is Guy Pacome Adingra I am a PhD student at the University Center for Research and Application in Remote Sensing (CURAT) at the University Felix Houphouet Boigny of Abidjan. I am a member of OpenStreetMap Côte d'Ivoire (OSMCI) and in 2017 I founded the YouthMappers CURAT chapter and I am the current president. We had the honor this year to participate in the Open Data Center for Health Project (Open DCH) in which we have played an important role since the implementation of the data collection methodology and the training of collectors to the field phase and validation. The OpenDCH project is a project to create an open geospatial data platform in the field of health in Côte d'Ivoire.

The Rise of Drones and Open Source Programming

The world we inhabit today is changing faster than it ever has before. We are riding a wave of technological advancements that can seem overwhelming at times. The cell phones we are using today can become obsolete next year and the hottest tech gadgets going from rare luxury items to commodities within months.The drone market is no exception to this pattern. According to Goldman Sachs there were only around 450,000 consumer drones sold in 2014. By 2020 there will be an estimated 7.8 million consumer drones sold on the market. In 2014 drones were mostly in the hands of government agencies, militaries, and corporations compared to today where anyone can purchase a drone at a moderate price. Dr

Introducing the 2019 YouthMappers Leadership Fellows!

Next month, the 2019 Leadership Fellows will convene at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa for a nine-day workshop. Twenty-two fellows were carefully selected as finalists because of their leadership potential, technical abilities in open mapping, and good communication skills. The YouthMappers Leadership Initiative is a 6-month fellowship program for undergraduate and graduate students who are members of YouthMappers chapters with plans for activities and innovative ideas to promote leadership in YouthMappers that address the themes of youth leadership, open mapping techniques, data visualization, science communication, inclusive community participation, capacity building,

The Importance of Open Source in The Global Mapping Community

Open source software can generally be defined as software that anyone can freely access and modify the source code for [1]. Many popular software packages have source codes that may only be modified by the people which who created it, this can be defined as “closed source” or proprietary software. However, the term “open source” is often used colloquially to describe software that is accessible for free. The Open Source Initiative, an advocacy organization for open source software, provides additional open source guidelines. In addition to the accessibility of the source code and ability to modify, the guidelines include the licence of the software having free distribution, the license must

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