On 12th November, Mr. Victor Sunday sent me the registration link for the State of the Map 2021 conference, which I promptly registered for. On the first day of the conference (19th November, 2021) I attended the following sessions. -Beyond mapping! Reusing OpenStreetMap Data and FOSS4G -The Emerging Flood Vulnerable Building footprint in OpenStreetMap Nigeria: Metrics -Mapping Remote Nepal for Emergency -Preparedness and Disaster Response -Best Practices for Meaningful Online Sessions with Open Geospatial Communities -Community mapping to improve Flood preparedness in Nigeria -Growing OSM in Eastern and Southern Africa - Challenges and Opportunities -Student internship model as an innovative way to enhance skills During the sessions, I was able to gain more insights into how OSM data is being used, why people should continue to map on the OSM platform, and the fantastic work that several OSM communities in Africa are doing. I also learnt more about open source software from the “Beyond mapping! Reusing OpenStreetMap Data and FOSS4G” session and people’s perception of virtual meetings from the “Best Practices for Meaningful Online” session. On the second day of the conference (20th November, 2021), I attended the “OSM Africa November Mapathon: Map Ghana” training session and participated in mapping Project 9313. On the third day of the conference (21th November, 2021). I joined the Bridging YouthMappers through the Pandemic: Opportunities and Challenges session but unfortunately had to leave after a while due to in being in an inconducive environment. The aftermath of the conference is that I am psyched to contribute more to the OSM community. Tomorrow (22nd November, 2021), I will be participating in the “Citizen Science Mapathon for Vulnerable Flood Communities in Nigeria” or organized by the UniqueMappers Network. Later this week I would be attending a six-day training spread over three weeks (24, 25th of November, 1st,2nd,8th and 9th of December, 2021) organized by Key to the city YouthMappers in conjunction with UNMappers.

Comment from vicksun on 23 November 2021 at 15:58

Great !!! Looking forward to your impact at local community levels with this exciting experience !!!

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