All events will take place in Plaza B, Hilton Hotel, Lobby Level

Wednesday, March 30th

8:00AM – 9:40AM

Panel session

Mapping Secondary Cities for Resiliency and Emergency Preparedness

This session focuses on a U.S. State Department initiative that addresses the critical planning needs of secondary cities around the world. Secondary cities are the fastest growing areas in developing countries, experiencing unplanned growth and development. These cities are unique environments that have generally been poorly mapped with limited data and information on infrastructure, land tenure, and planning. Mapping Secondary Cities for Resiliency and Emergency Preparedness builds local capacity in using open source geospatial technologies, strengthens international partnerships, and creates new data in secondary cities that are frequently data-poor, under-resourced, and lagging behind in the provision of infrastructure and essential services. Mapping these cities is an essential activity in building resiliency and devising robust emergency management plans. Panelists are demographers and urban specialists who will discuss the major issues facing secondary cities and the way forward to address these challenges.

Organizer: Melinda J. Laituri

Moderator: Debbie L. Fugate

Panelists: John R. Weeks - San Diego State University, Melinda J. Laituri - Colorado State University, Luis M. Bettencourt - Santa Fe Institute, Mark R. Montgomery

Link to AAG session posting

10:00AM – 11:40AM

The Impact of Mapathons: Welcome to the AAG Mapathon

This is the official kick-off session for the first AAG Mapathon. Organizers will introduce the three-day agenda and AAG participants will have an opportunity to learn about how to provide data for humanitarian OSM projects. Volunteers will help first-time mapathon participants to overcome any obstacles. Come and join the large mapathon crowd!

Be introduced to Drishtie Patel and Alex Barth from the OpenStreetMap US team and listen to their perspectives on the impact of Mapathons.

Sven Fuhrmann (George Mason University) and Alenka Poplin (Iowa State University) will present cutting edge research on mapping and emotions. This presentation will also invite all mapathon participants to submit a short online or paper-based survey.

Silvia Loeffler is an independent artist, researcher and educator based in Dublin, Ireland. She will encourage all participants to take part in a deep mapping exercise that invites participants to reflect on spaces they travelled to.

Mikel Maron will explain the exciting ecosystem of actors that are supporting mapping in OpenStreetMap and working together.

Steven Johnson will present on TeachOSM and how OpenStreetMap can be integrated into classrooms.

Link to AAG session posting

11:40AM – 3:00PM


Keynote Speaker: Michael Goodchild

Keynote Speaker: Michael Goodchild – Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will formally kick off the AAG Mapathon. Introduction from Lee Schwartz – Geographer of the United States.

Dr. Melinda Laituri – Principal Investigator of Secondary Cities Initiative will introduce the mapping project.

mapping project: U.S. State Dept GGI Secondary City Project – Mekelle, Ethiopia

Link to AAG session posting

3:20PM – 5:00PM

Panel session

Case studies on Mapping Secondary Cities

Panelists are regional experts who are participating in the State Department’s Mapping Secondary Cities project. They will highlight the specific issues and challenges of their particular city. Panelists will describe their approach, tools, techniques, and preliminary outcomes of their activities. They will discuss their insights about these mapping projects with recommendations for future projects.

Organizer: Melinda Laituri, CSU

Panelists: Kirstin Miller - Ecocity Builders, Melinda J. Laituri - Colorado State University, Nama Raj Budhathoki - Kathmandu Living Labs

Link to AAG session posting

5:20PM – 7:00PM

Map Jam: Map with fellow Geographers

Map Jam We will be going a case study derived from a real field mapping project. We will be discussing cartographic principles and visualization. Use the latest and greatest web-base software to make a powerful map with OpenStreetMap data. This is hands-on workshop so bring your computer and follow along!

Organizer: Drishtie Patel

Link to AAG session posting

Thursday, March 31st

8:00AM – 9:40AM

Morning Mapxercise

Bring your computer, a coffee, and start mapping! Get moving: This is the second day of the AAG mapathon and our mapping goal has not been reached. Volunteers will help first-time mapathon participants to overcome any obstacles. Come and join the large mapathon crowd!

Link to AAG session posting

10:00AM – 11:40AM

Paper session

Understanding OpenStreetMap: Current-, Historical-, and Meta-Data Analysis

Revealing the crowd behind OpenStreetMap using geovisual analytics Sterling Quinn Abstract link
A Review of OpenStreetMap Data Analysis, Incorporating Historical Edits Indy Hurt Abstract link
A Real Need for Real-Time OpenStreetMap Analytics Jennings Anderson Abstract link
OpenStreetMap past(s), OpenStreetMap future(s) Alan McConchie Abstract link

Discussant: Patricia A. Solis

Link to AAG session posting

11:40AM – 1:20PM


Disaster Preparedness and Response

Introductory Speaker: Nama Budhathoki, Kathmandu Living Labs

Dr. Budhathoki is the director of Kathmandu Living Labs and is also a consultant to the World Bank. He plays a critical role in developing an OpenStreetMap community and creating an ecosystem around open data in Nepal.

mapping project: U.S. State Dept GGI Secondary City Project – Pokhara, Nepal.

Link to AAG session posting

1:20PM – 5:00PM

Disrupt Geo

new ideas from the front lines of maps, mobile, and big data

More info and full Disrupt Geo schedule

5:30PM – 7:00PM

Happy Hour

Join us to talk Open Mapping, Humanitarian Work, and Education.

Open Mapping projects like OpenStreetMap are driving collaborations across academia and humanitarians, to address our world's toughest problems. On Thursday after the AAG Mapathon, we will raise a glass to the mappers! Head on over right after the mapathon for drinks and snacks and lots of friends at Mapbox.

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Friday, April 1st

8:00AM – 9:40AM

Mapping, Analyzing, and Communicating Crowdsourced Data

Crowdsourcing and the advent of spatial data, analysis tools, and maps to cloud and mobile environments are changing what and how geographers and the general public can gather and map data, and expand the audiences who can work with and understand that data. Join Esri Education Manager and Geographer Joseph Kerski as we explore the following topics: How can I map crowdsourced data? How can I spatially analyze crowdsourced data once it has been mapped? How can I communicate the results of my completed analysis?

Presenter: Joseph Kerski, Esri

Link to AAG session posting

10:00AM – 11:40AM

Paper session

Partnering to Grow the Humanitarian Mapping Crowd

A growing number of governmental and non-governmental organizations have realized the positive impacts and benefits of volunteered geographic information. Citizen volunteers work together towards creating and extending open geodatabases in OpenStreetMap for humanitarian response and sustainable development efforts. These volunteer contributions bring numerous benefits and open spatial data to developing countries and vulnerable cities. Through public mapping initiatives such as the State Department's MapGive initiative, smaller and larger institutions can provide mapping support by sponsoring resources and increasing education, awareness, and outreach to address mapping gaps. There are numerous opportunities to foster a platform for local, regional, national and international stewardships in this field. The session will present several case studies from various organizations that demonstrate the success of these mapping initiatives as well as present examples of successful partnerships and future paths towards collaboration.

Organizer: Tom Gertin

Presenters: Tom Gertin, MapGive State Department; Sven Fuhrmann, GMU; Chad Blevins, USAID GeoCenter, Drishtie Patel, American Red Cross/Missing Maps; Cristiano Giovando, World Bank GFDRR

Link to AAG session posting

11:40AM – 3:00PM


Health and Infectious Disease

Introductory Speaker: Carrie Stokes, USAID GeoCenter and Mapping Session: Health and Infectious Disease

Carrie Stokes is the director and founder of the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) GeoCenter, a major initiative dedicated to applying geographical analysis to international development programming. Ms. Stokes will highlight the efforts of the USAID GeoCenter and provide an introduction to today's mapping theme.

mapping project: (USAID) GeoCenter - Mozambique

Link to AAG session posting

3:20PM – 4:30PM

Panel session

Youth Mappers University Consortium

Learn more about this new international university consortium, aiming to consolidate a growing global community of university students, faculty, and scholars who create and use open spatial data for geographic analyses that address locally defined development challenges worldwide. The program was founded in 2014 by Texas Tech University, George Washington University, and West Virginia University. With support from the USAID's GeoCenter, we will offer leadership and fellowship opportunities for students around the world, facilitate exchange on joint collaboration, conduct activities to support female mappers and provide a network for building opportunities in this growing revolution. In this panel, we will share how students and faculty can participate in this platform to enhance research and teaching related to open geospatial data and analysis that address well-identified needs in the developing world.

Panelists: Patricia A. Solís - Texas Tech University, Guofeng Cao - Texas Tech University, Jamison F. Conley - West Virginia University, Brent McCusker - West Virginia University, Chad Blevins - USAID GeoCenter, Nuala Cowan - George Washington University, Carrie Stokes - USAID GeoCenter

Link to AAG session posting

4:30PM – 5:00PM

Opportunities and Challenges: The future of the Open Mapping Community

This final half hour of the panel session wraps up the set of sessions and activities organized for the 2016 AAG Mapathon. Panelists representing event organizers will summarize the week’s results and then reflect on the outcomes of these encounters. We will make note of some of the opportunities discovered for collaboration and advancing mutual goals more broadly. In light of this, we will also speak to the challenges that lie ahead for the open geospatial mapping community. How can participation be scaled up? How might data quality of volunteered information be improved? How could we increase the uptake in use of the data created for purposes of meeting the needs of society? How can tool development continue sustainably in an open context? What mid to long term needs exist and how could we innovate towards meeting those needs?