OpenStreetMap project is an open source, editable mapping project. It is about more than mapping streets. OpenStreetMap has also been used by humanitarian organisations in disaster response, such as after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
We will start the session with an overview of the types of mapping and tools for editing OpenStreetMap and coordinating humanitarian mapping. The main part of the session will be hands-on mapping. For example, currently (end of March 2014) there is a need for mapping of Guinea, to support MSF response to an Ebola outbreak there. We will use the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) tasking manager, which divides a mapping task into smaller pieces that mappers can work on simultaneously. Mappers will digitize roads and other features from satellite imagery.
In the end, attendees will have better knowledge of how OpenStreetMap works generally, how it can be used for humanitarian responses, and what the workflow is, and how to contribute.