Saturday 19 October 14:00 - 17:00

K4U.12 - King's College London
Strand
London
WC2R 2LS

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Palestine Open Maps Mapathon: King's College London

Community & Culture

Help us extract data out of Mandate-era maps of Palestine, and learn about open mapping tools

We will be at the K4U.12 room

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We found archival maps of mandate-era Palestine (from 1923 to 1948), including details of 500+ ethnically cleansed villages and towns. We have made them available through PalOpenMaps.org. Now we are working on extracting the data out of the maps, in order to make them useful and accessible to artists and researchers. All the data that we produce is licensed under an Open Data Commons Attribution License for anyone to use.

In this event, we will introduce the project, show you how to extract data out of historic maps (this is called "vectorizing") using open mapping tools (OpenStreetMap/osm-seed), and we will spend the rest of the session exploring the maps and vectorizing sections of it.

No previous mapping experience is necessary. All you need is a computer, curiosity and a desire to help. Please bring a laptop if you have one. If not, then you can still help by pairing up with another attendee. The more eyes the better!

This will be a relaxed Saturday afternoon, we will provide light snacks and drinks.

Palestine Open Maps is a project supported by Visualizing Palestine and the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fund.

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We strive to create an inclusive environment in all Palestine Open Maps activities. All event participants are required to abide by the Palestine Open Maps Code of Conduct, which can be viewed here. The shortest version is: Be good to your peers.

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Many thanks to King's College for hosting us!

Above is the visualization of the data that we have vectorized so far!

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