On Feb. 26, the Yale-NUS College Urban Studies Department organized the inaugural Yale-NUS Mapathon. 12 Yale-NUS students from Yale-NUS gathered at the Computer Lab to learn how to use geospatial technology to create digital maps. Their purpose was to contribute to the open-source Geographic Information System (GIS) called OpenStreetMap. Participants went through a two-hour long tutorial during which they were taught to use OpenStreetMap. The workshop was led by Urban Studies major Al Lim ‘19, with support from Serena Quay ’19 and Gertie Lim ’19. Participants were taught to recognize major features like buildings and highways from satellite imagery. These features were traced onto the digital maps in OpenStreetMap – a process which is similar to drawing a map on paper. 12 participants broke into six groups of two students each to map as many buildings and highways as possible in the district 261 Prioritas RPJMN Kota Malang (Indonesia), an area susceptible to floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters. This district is one of the 136 districts which the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) hopes to map to create disaster contingency plans.
Content: Dion Ho, Senior Writer, Octant, Yale-NUS College