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Collaborative Mapping

About Crisis response mapping with tools and resources for Map-a-thons

Collaborative Mapping

Collaborative mapping is the aggregation of Web mapping and user-generated content, from a group of individuals or entities, and can take several distinct forms. With the growth of technology for storing and sharing maps, collaborative maps have become competitors to commercial services, in the case of OpenStreetMap, or components of them, as in Google Map Maker and Yandex.Map editor.
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OpenStreetMap (OSM)

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. The creation and growth of OSM has been motivated by restrictions on use or availability of map information across much of the world, and the advent of inexpensive portable satellite navigation devices.


Wikimapia is an online editable map - you can describe any place on Earth. Or just surf the map discovering tons of already marked places.

Field Papers 

Field Papers is a tool to help you create a multi-page atlas of anywhere in the world. Once you print it, you can take it outside, into the field, to record notes and observations about the area you're looking at, or use it as your own personal tour guide in a new city.


Youth Mappers​

Students and their faculty advisors in the US and in developing nations are invited to join YouthMappers, an international university consortium on Mapping for Resilience. The consortium organizes a global community of learners, researchers, educators, and scholars to create and use open geographic data that directly address locally defined development challenges worldwide.

Missing Maps

Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.


Tomnod is partnering with USA for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to use the power of satellite imagery and machine learning to improve shelter and protection for refugees living in camps around the world. This campaign maps 40 camps in Niger, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cameroon.

Talking Points Collaborative Mapping

ESRI's Crowd Source Reporter has been reconfigured and re-branded for use by the United States Forest Service as Talking Points Collaborative Mapping (TPCM). The TPCM application provides unique spatial and learning capabilities for receiving, analyzing, reporting and integrating public comments and photos.

Collaborative Mapping - Wikipedia article

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