Following the sensitization presentation on OpenStreetMap, Kathmandu Living Labs was invited to give OpenStreetMap hands-on to students at Institute of Crisis Management Studies (ICMS), Dhumbarahi. The 3-hour long hands-on was a part of the crisis mapping course delivered to students pursuing Master of Arts in Crisis Management.
The goal of Monday’s evening workshop was to equip the participants with OpenStreetMap mapping skills; to train them how to capture data, upload the data to www.openstreetmap.org and use these data in crisis situation. To start with, the participants were first split into four groups of four each, five in one. Facilitators from Kathmandu Living Labs led each group and introduced the data collection tools: osmtracker app in android phones and GPS devices to collect tracks and waypoints, and fieldpapers to navigate maps. Participants then marched on the field—an area stretching along Baraha Marga starting from Dhumbarahi chowk to the Ring Road—and collected data of their interest, data important from crisis management perspective-gallis, transformers, wells, pharmacies, etc. On returning from the field, these data were added and uploaded to OpenStreetMap. Participants not only uploaded the data collected in the field, but also added features that they were familiar with, features that could be identified and traced from the imagery.
The workshop was concluded with a participant from each team reflecting the field experiences. Participants discussed about the implications of OpenStreetMap in normal as well as crisis situations, stressing on the fact that real data can add value to people’s lives in crisis situations.