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The New England chapter of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (NEURISA) in conjunction with Clark University held a mapathon during its virtual NEURISA Day 2020 event. About 20 mappers teamed up to map for the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) which has been very busy mapping various places throughout the world in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The NEURISA mapping team worked on mapping buildings in the Palapye District-01 of Botswana in the greater Gabarone area. This was requested to be mapped by the Botswana Institute of Geomatics (BIG) for the purpose of providing a basemap for COVID-19 monitoring efforts.
The mapathon was organized by Jay Metzger, president of NEURISA, and managed by Clark University students Emily Evendon, Miles Van Denburg, and Noah Berkowitz. Emily gave a tutorial to all the mapping participants to help them get started and answered questions via zoom during the mapathon. GISCorps Program Coordinator Holly Torpey and Core Committee members German Whitley and Troy Wirth helped by answering questions and providing real-time validation of mappers’ work during the mapathon.
All in all, the mappers performed 52,373 edits to the map and completed 198 squares during the mapathon.