We all know Wikipedia, well there is a similar project for maps, OpenStreetMap. Currently most of the western nations have good coverage on both OpenStreetMap and other maps, but when we go to the poorer and underdeveloped parts of the world there are no maps. Not on detailed scale that is actually useful.

The Missing Maps project has set itself the target of getting the these parts of the world mapped.

And we in the west can directly help with this, by helping to create the base maps that local people then add to and correct. By creating open map data we are making the world accessible

In the talk I will show how you can directly help, and what open source technologies are doing to create the worlds open mapping resource.


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Inspiring talk about the "Missing maps" and how mapping the rest of the world can aid disaster response. Practical advice about how to get started with OSM and learning how to map.

Terence Eden at 15:36 on 20 Oct 2019

Thanks for sharing MapSwipe with us. Looks like a great way to get involved.

Jason at 16:06 on 20 Oct 2019

An excellent overview of the project and it is a real eye-opener that decent maps are still so hard to choose me by in this day and age.

Andrew Ford at 13:29 on 21 Oct 2019

A well presented talk with practical advice about how to get involved.