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Friday 16th February 2018

Mapathon Missing Maps

International charity organisations, such as the Red Cross and Médecins Sans Frontières use topographical maps to orientate themselves and as a base to perform various analyses in areas where humanitarian disasters have occurred. For example, the progress of vaccination projects is mapped.

Unfortunately, available data is often scarce and not up-to-date, which makes it unreliable. They are missing maps.

Missing Maps

The purpose of the Missing Maps project is to map the most vulnerable areas in the world.
The knowledge of the number of people in an area, which facilities there are (or not), and what the infrastructure is like, can help international and local organisations to help the people faster during a crisis or epidemic in the area.

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) developed tools to map these vulnerable areas, with the help of areal pictures.

This is the first step in the process. When streets and buildings have been mapped, local volunteers can state the exact function of each location, for example whether it functions as a school, a house, a doctor’s post, or something else. This way, the map is filled with information.

500px-Hot_logo_with_text.svgMissing Maps

Mapathon Missing Maps Wageningen

On Friday the 16th of February there will be a Missing Maps Mapathon in Wageningen on the Van Suchtelenweg 4, in a monumental building, one of the first buildings of Wageningen University, built in 1923.

During this evening, Koos Krijnders of the Red Cross organisation, will give us an introduction to the project and volunteers of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team will help us during the mapping.

After a short explanation about editing and drawing the maps, we will start! With help of recent satellite images you will map a certain region.

No experience needed, you will get it here! Bring your laptop, we will be waiting for you enthusiastically! The more people participate, the larger the area we can map together.

The region we have started to map in 2016 was: Benin

You can prepare for the evening here

When the maps are drawn, the Red Cross will add to this information and improve it together with local teams. For this purpose, they need financing. If you know a way to find sponsors and collect money for the Red Cross, please let us know!




Mapathon Wageningen


H. van Suchtelenweg 4
6703 CT Wageningen


16 february 2018


17:30 uur welcome

18:00 introduction
18:30 uur 20 min. pizzapause
18:50 – 21:30 uur mapping

Bring in

There is a room with 12 desktop PCs. Not enough for all participants. Please bring your own laptop.


Coffe, tea en drinks for free.


We will serve pizza.

Organised by

Activiteitencommissie MSc Geo-Information Science
Nieuwland Geo-Informatie
Rode Kruis
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team




Missing Maps Mapathon

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