Hypothetical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Mission: application of GIS tools

This summer, along with other students and volunteers, I joined an Arizona State University (ASU) design instructor and certified drone pilot on a course designed to qualify individuals to become UAV pilots for commercial purposes. I specify “commercial purposes” because unlike recreational use of drones, commercial use require a pilot certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). One can become a certified pilot after passing Part 107 exam of FAA regulations. I was able to do the exam and receive my pilot certificate after doing many flight missions here in Arizona. My favorite flight was one that we did in Mescal, AZ, a movie set town outside of Tuscan. The site was huge and

Don't just read science but do science: A tale on illegal mining activities in Birm, Ghana

Hard work they say pays. Being invited by the MEL Manager of SERVIR West Africa, Mr. Moussa Sayo Issoufou to participate in the SERVIR West Africa (WA) workshop was a great pleasure. I was thrilled when I received the invitation after we met at the Africa Geospatial data and Internet Conference 2019. Michael Batame with Mr. Moussa Sayo Issoufou at CERSGIS. The workshop was a collaboration between GLOBE and SERVIR West Africa to train participants from countries such as Ghana, Niger and Senegal. This workshop was hosted by University of Ghana Center for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (CERSGIS). The training was on GLOBE Water Quality Measurements Protocol held from October

Happy #ValidationFriday From the YouthMappers Validation Hub!

On Friday, October 25th, the YouthMappers (YM) Validation Hub hosted a validation party at the Spatial Analysis Lab on the George Washington University (GW) campus. Students, faculty, and professionals attended the event and were taught about the importance of data quality, the validation process using the advanced editing tool Java OpenStreetMap (JOSM), and the Hub’s recent priority task. Figure 1. Attendees of the Hub’s #ValidationFriday event posing with the GW Geography alien mascot, Geoid. What is the YM Validation Hub? The YM Validation Hub was created in summer 2019 by the team at GW. The Hub formed to ensure a high standard of data quality in OSM, to enhance validation techniques, an

Mappers Under One Roof: An Experience Story from YouthMappers

Wow! We are still in awe that we got to be a part of the HOT Summit 2019. Through this blog, we, a group of YouthMappers, present to you a tale of that unforgettable and wonderful event. Even though the amazing geospatial conference has ended, the memories are still alive. The HOT Summit is a conference organized by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and it brings together people from around the world working to make open geographic data available to improve the welfare of people living in vulnerable and disaster prone areas using OpenStreetMap (OSM). This year’s HOT summit took place on 19-20 September in Heidelberg Germany and brought together OSM enthusiasts from all around the world and

Why OSM? Or, why not?

For the common folk, questions may arise as to why people who depend on maps use varying platforms to explore geographic locations. Why use Google Maps, for instance, when looking for the best sushi restaurant, the closest Uniqlo store? Why not use crowd-sourced OpenStreetMap? Or what about ArcGIS? There are no easy answers and correct answers to such questions. But it is interesting to note, all these geographical platforms mentioned enable the user to utilize geographic data for their purposes with accuracy. Yet there seem to be legit evidence pointing to an order as to which software to pick depending on the job at hand. Why such codification? It maybe rational to point out that although

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