When disaster hits, maps become crucial tools for first responders and relief workers to get aid and resources to those affected. However, in many places in the Caribbean, Central and South America, and South Asia, and parts of Africa, regions are under mapped and buildings are often not shown on platforms like Google Maps (to read more on this, this article from CityLab provides a good background) and makes it even more difficult for relief workers to find those affected by disaster.
Along with several other colleges and universities, including our fellow campus Indiana University Bloomington, have been holding map-a-thons to map these missing buildings. IUPUI University Library is now joining the roster and hoping to aid disaster relief through our very own map-a-thon, "Mapping for Disaster Relief." On December 6, 2017, from 12pm-4pm, in UL 2120, stop by and help us map regions affected by disaster. Stay for as long as you want or can. No prior knowledge is needed and training will be provided on the spot and light refreshments will be served.
Questions? Contact Caitlin Pollock, Digital Humanities Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org
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