Disaster Relief Mapathon at UM Libraries | How You Can Help


September 29, 2017 | 2-5 p.m. | Information Literacy Lab | Otto G. Richter Library, 3rd floor
University of Miami | 1300 Memorial Drive | Coral Gables, 33146

The University of Miami Libraries are continually looking for ways to provide any kind of disaster relief assistance to our neighbors in Puerto Rico and Mexico. Along with Columbia University, Rutgers University, Boston University, and Trinity College, UML will host an event using the OpenStreetMap platform to help provide the Red Cross and other emergency first responders with data needed for disaster response in Puerto Rico and Mexico.

How You Can Help

Contribute your time to open-source mapping and help trace buildings and missing roads to support relief organizations in damage assessment and needs for support. These very basic tasks are easy to learn and training will be provided at the beginning of the event.

RSVP to p.morgan@miami.edu

What You Need to Know

No mapping experience or knowledge of local geography is necessary. Limited laptops will be available so please bring your own device if possible.

Save time by creating a free account on OpenStreetMap prior to the event:
https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/new

While it’s not required that you stay for the full length of the event, we suggest that you contribute at least one hour of your time.

This event is organized by Paige Morgan from the UM Libraries Digital Scholarship Group in collaboration with Alex Gil at Columbia University.

 

About the UM Libraries Digital Scholarship Group

The Digital Scholarship Group, which includes GIS Resources, Digital Humanities, Data Services, and Data Management, focuses on helping users find, manage, interpret, and publish data. As part of the UM Learning Commons at the Otto G. Richter Library, the Digital Scholarship Group is available to help you learn specialized software and tools and develop your knowledge of GIS, digital humanities, qualitative methods, and statistics.