Mapping Refugees with Open Data in National Geographic Magazine

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Mapping Refugees with Open Data in National Geographic Magazine
Presenter: Riley Champine, National Geographic Magazine
The Bidibidi refugee settlement in Uganda is a makeshift home for a quarter million people fleeing South Sudan. Armed with smartphones, some refugees led by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team are building an extensive database of schools, businesses, water sources, and more, in an effort to map their virtually uncharted new home. To tell the story of Bidibidi, National Geographic utilized the same database and created a map that provides a close-up look at a new city built by refugees. This presentation will discuss both the technical and creative process of mapping a refugee settlement with data collected by its inhabitants.