Last Friday, 18th March, Carolin Klonner and Melanie Eckle of the GIScience Research Group were invited to give a workshop on “Crisis Mapping with OpenStreetMap” in scope of the DFG Graduate School “Natural Risk in a Changing World” Spring School at the University of Potsdam. The PhD candidates were introduced to current research and practices regarding Volunteered Geographic Information within crisis management.
After a theoretical introduction, the participants gathered first experiences in remote mapping in a hands-on exercise. The students hereby contributed information to a Missing Maps task located in South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The remote mapping exercise was complemented by a local mobile data collection. The gathered information was used to design evacuation plans for the Potsdam Campus within a specific disaster scenario.