For the last few years, George Washington University’s upper division GIS class has integrated OpenStreetMap assignments into the course curriculum. This past semester, the class worked closely with the International Services Division at the American Red Cross to map disaster prone communities in Columbia and Indonesia. These efforts were in conjunction with the National Red Cross chapters in these countries that are using the data toward disaster mitigation efforts. The students loved the assignment - contributing to real data.
Nuala and Richard are interested in formalizing the workflow developed to assign, operate, and grade this type of assignment for undergraduate classes. The result would be a small module that could be used in any undergraduate class (not just GIS or Geography) that promotes the collective creation of open source data. This session will discuss experimentations with various editors, task managers, and desktop GIS software to achieve this module, and will open the floor up ideas from you on how to make this better, more concise and more accessible.
State of the Map US - San Francisco 2013