Summary of Activities: Interactive Map

2015 marks the AidData Summer Fellows’ first foray in the Philippines. This summer proved quite productive for creating connections and establishing ourselves in country. The AidData Summer Fellows participated in 18 events this summer including six trainings, six presentations, four meetings, and two consultations. For a spatial look at our work this summer please follow this link to our interactive map of activities. (Please Follow the link! It’s more fun than reading a play by play of what we did 😛 )

 The AidData Summer Fellows had the opportunity to take part in six trainings over the course of two months, resulting in over 200 individuals trained. For some of these trainings, the Fellows provided assistance to the principal trainers, and in others they directed the training themselves. To begin, we were involved in two OpenStreetMap Trainings held by Map the Philippines. The first training, held for 5 days at Far Eastern university trained a total of 40 students; of those, 30 also learned JOSM and 25 participated in field mapping. Over the course of the week we made 30,069 total changes to the map, including 14,059 nodes, 170 highways, 2,259 buildings and 3,010 ways. The second OSM training, held at Visayas State University, trained 30 individuals from the local government, NGOs, the general community and the University. This two-day course aimed to bring these stakeholders together to increase knowledge on mapping in Leyte, an area extremely damaged by Typhoon Haiyan.

 Additionally, the AidData Fellows created their own hybrid workshop curriculum and held two Spatial Thinking workshops. The first workshop was created for the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (ANSA) and focused on integrating OSM and geocoding into the institution’s projects. The second was at Passerelles Numériques. The goal of these workshops was to introduce members to the ideas and breadth of spatial thinking, including (but not limited to) OpenStreetMap, humanitarian OSM, how to use the data they created and how to visualize this data on online mapping programs. By the end of the workshops, we had trained 12 ANSA staff members and over 100 students at Passerelles Numériques.

 Finally, AidData Fellows held two geocoding sessions during the summer. The first was held with Project NOAH staff and University of the Philippines students from the Geodetic Engineering Program. 25 students and staff participated in a brief training session. On August 10, the Fellows will hold a training session at University of the Philippines again for graduate students and members of the Department of Health.

 Reflecting at the end of the summer I am happy with the number of trainings we held. However, I wish we were able to hold more trainings at the beginning as many of these final trainings have taken place in the past month. Organizing and holding trainings taught me a lot. I didn’t realize how introduction, persuasion, and follow up it would take to get people excited about training. However, part of working in the Philippines is it takes a while to gain traction here.

 Additionally, fellows participated in six presentations during the summer where they spoke about AidData’s work, the Summer Fellows program, and our work in-country. These presentations include: a presentation to the Major of BayBay and staff (~20 people), the Tech4Resilience Pitch Competition sponsored by Making All Voices Count (~40 people), the Map the Philippines Unconference (~80 people), a Data Journalism Conference hosted by the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (~40 people) and finally a UP Geodetic Department Seminar (~20).

 The Summer Fellows also supported Celina Agaton in four important meetings this summer. These meeting include: initial conversations with the dean of Far Eastern University, planning conversations with Sandy Javier Major of Javier, and two meetings with Project NOAH staff and head researcher, Alfredo M. F.A Lagmay.

 The Fellows also held two consultation sessions with members of the community. The first consultation center was with the Japan Foundation to collaborate, brainstorm and prototype the best ways to visualize art collaboration in the Philippines. We met with Marc Ocampo five times to teach him about OpenStreetMap, add galleries and other locations to the map, work with QGIS to map the connections and finally begin to teach him QGIS. The second consultation was with Randy P. Camilotes, MPA of the Olango Fire Station in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu Philippines. Randy is a new OpenStreetMapper who we collaborated with during our training in Cebu City. He has been tracking fire hydrants around Lapu Lapu City for fire prevention. We were able to help him add his GPS traces of these hydrants to OpenStreetMap and discuss other fire prevention amenities that he could track and make open for public good.