This formula provides – in addition – a live workshop with the lecturers. The workshop takes place in a virtual room: you need a good Internet connection, a mic and a webcam. The workshop lasts 2 hours and allows the participants to interact with the lecturers for sharing experiences, tools, additional insights, a Q&A session, etc.
The possibility to provide and share a quick answer to the increasing humanitarian emergency events, as well as to support local economic development, is strictly linked to the availability of detailed and frequently updated geographic data. Over the last few years, Humanitarian Mapping has developed many powerful and accessible tools due also to the confirmation of open source philosophy; these tools have a user friendly interface and are deeply related with OpenStreetMap that represents the most important and shared worldwide geographic information database.
This training course is designed to illustrate the most relevant and open tools and freely available products as well as methodologies. Module 2 will threaten the procedures to contribute and/or coordinate humanitarian mapping activities in different situations, illustrating the most important actors and the more relevant open data sources. Module 3 will focus on how to create and share geographic information both supported by mobile devices or just with a GPS and the Field Papers tool. Module 4 and 5 will focus on the coordination procedures, through the HOT Tasking Manager tool and on the procedures for reviewing and validating the data entered.
At the end of the course participants will have acquired the following skills:
- Modify/create OpenStreetMap data and use them in QGIS
- Support (Humanitarian) OpenStreetMap and on the Missing Maps program activities
- Validate, integrate and export geographic data with mobile devices and dedicated online tools
Target and required skills
Technical staff and coordinators of International Cooperation programmes, who are interested in knowing and editing Humanitarian Mapping open tools that can be also used for improving local economy in developing countries through acquisition of detailed geographic data. NGO operators and associations that have to collect, analyze and manage geographic data for work and quick actions in emergency situations. Development Cooperation students who want to be trained in the use of Humanitarian Mapping.
Module 1 - Introduction to Geomatics
Module 1: Introduction to Geomatics
What is a GIS and how it is used in Humanitarian Mapping activities, main data types to be loaded, queried and visualised in GIS, GIS open source software and open data, dedicated plugins to link GIS software and OpenStreetMap data.
- Introduction to GIS
- Vector and Raster data
- Open Source software and OSM dedicated plugin
→ Test to access Module 2
Module 2 - OpenStreetMap
Module 2: OpenStreetMap (OSM)
Introduction to OSM and legal frame to use its data, how to create your OSM profile and start contributing to geographic data, OSM data standards and structure, most important tools for OSM data online editing, main procedures to look for data that best fit your needs and download them for external use.
- OSM: what it is, open data, standards and available platforms
- Online data editing (ID and Potlatch)
- Search, filter and download tools for available OSM data
→ Test to access Module 3
Module 3 - Java OpenStreetMap Editor
Module 3: Java OpenStreetMap Editor
How to create your OSM data both from field survey as well as from analysis of remote sensing data through JOSM software and mobile app. Analysis of dedicated tools to quickly draw buildings and take care of other topological aspects. Enter data attributes in a proper way according to OSM tags specifications.
- Introduction to JOSM
- Vector and attribute editing
- Editing and plugin. Data validation and upload to OSM
→ Test to access Module 4
Module 4 - Field Data Collection
Module 4: Field Data Collection
Additional open tools for field data collection according to different situations and availability. Create your own dedicated field forms according to OSM standards. Perform field survey without mobile device and load results into OSM for further analysis.
- Mapping GIS
- Mobile data collection Apps
- Field Papers
→ Test to access Module 5
Module 5 - Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
Module 5: Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
Introduction to HOT and it structures, activities, working groups and implemented, tools. Methodologies to start, manage and coordinate Humanitarian mapping activities in emergency situations. Tools to validate and improve OSM data through on field survey and remote support.
- HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team) Tools
- HOT Tasking Manager
- Tools for data validation
→ Final test