This quarter, YouthMappers contributed an average of
over 60,000 
OSM edits monthly!

....Read more in our Quarterly 2019 Newsletter...

Our YouthMappers network of university chapters continues to grow and includes  163 universities in  43 countries ! We are inspired by your enthusiasm for mapping the world a better place. To learn more about our chapters, visit the 
chapter profile map   on our website.

Join us in welcoming the newest chapters approved by the YouthMappers Steering Committee this quarter:
  • Netrakona Government College, Bangladesh
  • State University of Bangladesh, Bangladesh
  • State University of Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, Ethiopia
  • ASA University Bangladesh, Bangladesh
  • Daffodil International University, Bangladesh
  • Purdue University, USA
  • Government Hazi Abdul Aziz Khan Degree College, Bangladesh
  • Kyambogo University, Uganda
What the network has been working on  

YouthMappers has launched the 2020 Research Fellowship Program and invites applications for the 9-month program designed to enlist, enable, and showcase the contributions of open geospatial data for research on resilience of vulnerable populations around the world.
Research Fellowship teams will include a university faculty mentor together with one undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled in any field at an institution of higher education that has a YouthMappers chapter in good standing. Over the life of the program, the teams will participate in a Research Methodology Symposia held in Washington, D.C. and have the opportunity to exchange ideas with other teams working on research topics related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with an emphasis on the role and use of open geospatial data in addressing global challenges. Deadline is 1 November 2019.

The 2019-2020 YouthMappers Regional Ambassadors have successfully wrapped up their first quarter. In their first four months, the Ambassadors largely engaged in outreach to identify students and faculty interested in creating and officially registering YouthMappers chapters on their university campuses. Through a combination of phone calls, in-person meetings, mapathons, and remote trainings, Regional Ambassadors in Bangladesh and Uganda added 8 new chapters, growing the network to 163 chapters across 63 countries. In addition to providing direct support to students and faculty organizing and applying to join the network, Regional Ambassadors represented YouthMappers at FOSS4G in Bucharest, Romania, State of the Map - US in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the African Green Revolution Forum in Accra, Ghana, the 2019 Geomatics Research Conference, and at the 2019 RCMRD International Conference.

Ataur Rahman Shaheen held a training at  Govt Hazi Abdul Abdul Aziz Khan
Degree College in Bangladesh, recently affiliated to YouthMappers this quarter.
What our chapters have been up to

Community Flood Mapping Activity in Bwaise and Kalerwe, Uganda Ingrid Martha Kintu, Makerere University

UZMappers team: I map, I save, Cyclone Idai Mapathon Tafadzwa Bere, University of Zimbabwe

My Experience Joining the YouthMapper's Validation Hub Grace Donovan, The George Washington University

Rapport d'activite from YouthMappers UAO YouthMappers UAO, Alassane Ouattara University

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The world is a handkerchief... Maria Fernanda Peña Valencia, YouthMappers Regional Ambassador

YouthMappers ASU x UCR Visit: Exploring VGI Use in Official GI Vivian Arriaga, Arizona State University

Resilience of Vulnerable Groups in Tarkwa Mining Community Rubaina Chalpang Adam, University of Mines and Technology

The process of making Rwanda YouthMappers more gender inclusive Erneste Ntakobangize, University of Rwanda

What We Have Been Mapping
UP Resilience Institute YouthMappers has a project "Building Resilient Communities in Bohol Through the Use of OpenStreetMap (OSM)" funded by TELUS International Community Board, with the goal of improving the structures dataset to produce municipal-level risk maps in Bohol.   UPRI YouthMappers help in mapping the structures (building footpri nts and roads) in Bohol through the  HOT  Tasking Manager project #6212

GWU Geography launches the YouthMappers Validation Hub!

This past June, a small cohort of validators began reviewing projects and edits made by YouthMappers on OpenStreetMap (OSM). The primary focus of the validation hub is to retroactively validate YouthMappers mapping activities and create a strategic workflow for monitoring #YouthMappers tasks moving forward. Through this effort we aim to ensure that data produced by YouthMappers chapters if is of high quality. Learn more about what it's like to work as YouthMappers Validator from the blog post My Experience Joining the YouthMapper's Validation Hub.
Partnership Corner
YouthMappers at the 2019 HOT Summit & State of the Map in Heidelberg, Germany, 18-23 September. Read their blog post here.

YouthMappers Global Challenge winners from chapters in Bangladesh, Colombia, Ghana, Nepal, Rwanda, Uganda gave presentations on #LetGirlsMap: YouthMappers Growing Female Open Data Leaders and building inclusive environments for youth participation in The Next Generation of Mappers: Learning from YouthMappers

YouthMappers Regional Ambassadors Maria Fernanda Pena Valencia, Chomba Chishala, and  Laura Mugeha participated in the 2019 FOSS4G conference in Bucharest, Romania this past August.

YouthMappers from the Tobler Society (University of Chicago) and YouthMappers FUTA (Federal University of Technology in Akure, Nigeria) at State of the Map - US!

QUARTERLY SPOTLIGHT: YouthMappers in Action
YouthMappers from the University of Cape Coast participated in the African Green Revolution Forum held in Accra, Ghana September 3-6, 2019. UCC YouthMappers conducted demos in the USAID Feed the Future Classroom on the use of  digital, open technologies in agriculture. They showcased successful chapter projects including their work with the Soybean Innovation Lab on mapping the soybean value chain in Kumasi, Ghana. Read their blog post on the experience here.

UCC YouthMappers in photograph: Bert Manieson, 2017 YouthMappers Leadership Fellow; Kingsley Kanjin UCC YouthMappers Treasurer; Gladys Adjei, 2019 YouthMappers Leadership Fellow; Prince Kwame Odame, YouthMappers Regional Ambassador

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