OpenStreetMap training at first all-women university chapter of YouthMappers
Asian University for Women, situated at Chittagong in Bangladesh, is the first and so far only all women's university chapter of YouthMappers. AUW is an international university. This university and Texas Tech University, USA organized a training and mapathon on OpenStreetMap on 26 november 2016.
I am Ataur Rahman Shaheen, a youth mapper form Dhaka College YouthMappers chapter. I’m enrolled as honors in statistics at Dhaka College. GIS and RS Data Mgt specialist Ahasanul Hoque gave the opportunity to me and Tasnia Ahmed, another mapper from Independent University of Bangladesh to assist him in this training.
Due to final examinations the training was held for one day. 120 participants applied for the training and also attended the opening ceremony. Due to space limitation, the organizer selected only 25 participants. They will arrange another training in February of 2017.
The training schedule was divided in 4 sessions.
i. Opening ceremony, introduced to OpenStreetMap and YouthMappers
ii. Signup in OSM and editing with iD editor
iii. Editing with JOSM and mapathon
iv. Certificate giving and closing ceremony
At the end of the event, Rosie Bateson, Dean of Faculty, gave certificates to the participants. She was so much thankful to Ahasanul Hoque for giving his valuable time and effort to this event and YouthMappers chapter of this university. She said:
"Thank you, most warmly, for connecting with us and sharing such a wonderful experience with our students. I ... could feel the excitement and joy of all the students who took part in the workshop."
Participant and President of AUW YouthMappers, Paromita Basak, gave her full effort and did very hard work for this event. Dr. Harunur Rashid, teacher of this university and Ms Fatema Patel, CDIP staff also give their full support and help to makes this event successful.
One of the most interesting parts of this event was Iftekhar Chowdhury, one of the lecturer of this university and Ms Patel was participating in this training. Its shows that not only student but also teachers are interested in learning more about mapping. It’s a very good sign for OpenStreetMap. By those people's interest, efforts and positive spirit, OpenStreenMap will go forward successfully and the world will be more beautiful by mapping.