OLPC hosting global mapmaking event (Dec 27-31)

Holt holt at laptop.org
Tue Dec 7 10:30:15 EST 2010

Beyond Boston's olpcMAP Sprint / Summit itself (previewed below, 
beautifying the 2-month old http://olpcMAP.net built entirely by 
volunteers) also watch for:

     * How to Mash Up olpcMAP(s) into Your Own site/app
     * Integrating OLPC/Sugarservice learning volunteers into Your Own 
     * 20-30 confirmed participants (RSVP required) from around the US 
and beyond: http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OlpcMAP#Attendees
     * Connecting with the actual OLPC/Sugar volunteers who coordinate 
in over 50 countries, each doing "God's Work" in their own way
     * Deployments' facts+photos you've never seen, and how CMU Nick 
Doiron created this map now unleashing them
     * New API & Data Model evolving: 
     * Web 2.0 interfaces emerging: http://olpcMAP.net/community
     * Marina Dzobnova's professional survey asking deployments, 
children, parents and teachers how THEY want themselves & their schools 
visually getting to know each others' accomplishments, on http://olpcMAP.net

Subject: 	OLPC hosting global mapmaking event
Date: 	Tue, 7 Dec 2010 00:38:48 -0800 (PST)
From: 	Nick Doiron <ndoiron at andrew.cmu.edu>
To: 	CrisisCampBoston <crisiscamp-boston at googlegroups.com>

One Laptop Per Child's office in Cambridge is hosting an olpcMAP
Sprint / Summit from December 27th-31st.

           [http://saigonolpc.wordpress.com  ]
          [http://wiki.laptop.org/go/olpcMAP  ]

Topics will include:

* Digital mapping with the OLPC laptop, including offline maps
platform supporting GeoRSS and KML (formats of Ushahidi and Google

* Use ofhttp://olpcMAP.net  to map and network schools which use OLPC
laptops and the Sugar operating system.  The website and the laptops'
software are free and open source.

* Using the online map as a medium for photos, storytelling, and
updates from local communities around the world

OLPC has shipped two million laptops to schools around the world,
including Haiti, Afghanistan, and other crisis-stricken regions.
Educating students about the power of mapmaking and creating a
communications / content portal serve the long-term interests of
CrisisCommons.  There has also been discussion of adults using the
laptops to run Ushahidi and Sahana on a low-cost, low-power, and
resilient system.

Please RSVP if you would like to attend part of our map sprint.
Content-creation is going to be a major focus of December 28-29
events, so it would be great if some of the crisis mapping community
could be there.

Nick Doiron
Civil Engineering Class of 2011
Carnegie Mellon University

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