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Reported on OpenStreetMap Training (22-24 August, 2016) at Dhaka College, Bangladesh

Posted by Sawan Shariar on 26 August 2016 in English (English)

OpenStreetMap(OSM) is the greatest invention of modern mapping system in this digitalized world. It is a great source of open data. It is more helpful and informative from any other online Map. In this MAP we get specific data. It is very helpful for peoples. By this map anyone can get information about his queries. Anyone can upload data and also can use data in their necessity. It is also helpful for the organizations that help vulnerable peoples. In this map we get the information about vulnerable area, way of passing, important point, water point etc. that is necessary for any kind of search and rescue operation in disaster. In this map data is free, so it is granted by everyone. It is easy to upload information in this map so anyone can contribute with the information from anywhere, anytime. OSM data is helpful for Vulnerable Capacity Assessment (VCA). By using this data different NGO, Government and International organizations can continue their relief operation. It is also helpful for research work. After all we can say, OSM data is very helpful for people for society as well as country. OSM data is very helpful for disaster risk management. In this map we get the data about identification of vulnerable places, way of passing, important key indicator as building condition, material, and structure by research this information govt. or relevant authority will identify the vulnerable places and take necessary steps to reduce the vulnerability, to reduce the damage of any kind of disaster. By using this data Bangladesh Red Crescent Society or this type of voluntary organization or Government organization like fire service, civil defense can plan their search & rescue operation.

I am Sawan Shariar from Bangladesh. I am an OpenStreetMap mapper and working since 14th May, 2015. I have done field level Mapping using GPS device, FieldPaper, OSMAnd, OpenMapKit, OSMTracker, Mapillary, MapSwipe and OSM Contributor. I upload data by using ID Editor, JOSM Editor and Potlatch 2. My complete mapper profile can be found at Sawan Shariar. I have done mapping for “Data for Action Project” and assisted in various OSM training with Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and continuing as a Super Mapper. I successfully completed The “Training for Trainer: OpenStreetMap” Training from Bangladesh Red Crescent Society supported by American Red Cross.

I am a volunteer of Bangladesh Red Crescent Society. And now I am working as Youth Chief of Red Crescent Youth, Dhaka College Unit (RCY,DCU). After successfully completed the Training for Training: OpenStreetMap I realize that, this training will be very useful for the volunteers of RCY,DCU. So I tried to understood my teachers and principal, how it’s effective and importance. And I successfully done that.

Red Crescent Youth, Dhaka College Unit is a voluntary organization, it started its journey in 2 may, 2004. It’s motto is serve the people. In its long journey it conducted many search & Rescue operation in different disaster. When the authority learn about the necessity and importance of OSM in disaster. They decided to arrange Training for the volunteers. In 22-24 August 2016, OpenStreetMap (OSM) training was conducted at Training room, Red Crescent Youth, Dhaka College Unit. This training was started sharp at 09.00am and it solely attended by the 26 volunteers of Red Crescent Youth, Dhaka College Unit.

Opening session was presided by Sheikh Sabbir Ahmed, Associate Professor of Dhaka College and Teacher In Charge of Red Crescent Youth ,Dhaka college Unit. As Chief guest there was present the pioneer of OpenStreetMap in Bangladesh [Ahasanul Haque] (https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/aHaSaN), Geospatial Data Management Consultant in World Bank Bangladesh. He gave his pleasant speech about OSM that inspires the Participants. Then the training Session started. The Training was conducted by Sawan Shariar, [Atikur Rahman atik] (https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Atikur%20Rahman%20atik) and Manjurul Islam and assisted by Diluar Jahan & Atikul Islam.
On the first day training session was divided into 4 sessions, which were

  1. Introduction of OpenStreetMap

  2. Introduction and use of ID Editor in OSM

  3. Introduction and How to prepare Field Paper.

  4. Field work: Collect data using field papers

The practical session started with opening an account in ID editor, a web-based mapping tool and it always needed to be connected to the internet. Then all the students made their own OSM account using ID editor before the training session. The participants were learned how to configure the background layer and how to do basic edit with ID editor along with knowing additional information and custom tags. Data that used in editing in this session was specially the home address of the individual participants.

After the lunch break, the participants were introduced to the Field Papers website. The participants were taught how to create a printable map Atlas for anywhere in the world. They were learned how to print and add notes to the field papers. At last participants were paired into 13 team and sent to field for data collection. The first day of the training session was ended with the horizontal development with the shores of knowledge as well as the fervent smiling faces of the participants.

Second Day the training started with its full swing at the same place at the same time like the day before. The Second day of the training, the practical session divided into 5 sessions, which were-

  1. Review on previous day.

  2. Edit Upload data of previous day’s field work.

  3. Field work: Collect data using field papers

  4. Introduction and the Use of JOSM in OSM

  5. Upload collected data using JOSM Editor by participants.

The Sessions started with review on previous day works and upload data of previous day’s field works. After that, participants went outside again to collect data by using field paper. After the lunch break, the participants were introduced with JAVA Open Street Mapping (JOSM). They learned about interface of JOSM, activate imagery providers and upload data. After that they learned how to use JOSM offline by saving the important files for editing. And finally the second day’s training session ended up with uploading their collected data by using JOSM Editor.

Third Day the training started with its full swing at the same place at the same time like the first day. The Third day of the training sessions divided into 6 sessions, which were-

  1. Review on previous day.

  2. Field work: Collect data using field papers

  3. Edit & Upload their collected data

  4. Introduction in HOT &Teach Tasking Manager.

  5. OSM android apps & how to collect data by using it?

  6. Feedback & closing ceremony.

This day’s session started with Review on previous day works and upload data of previous day’s field works. After that participants sent outside to collect data by using field paper and after lunch participant edit & upload their collected data.

In the second session , the participants have instituted by the Humanitarian OSM Team collaborative mapping tool which is known as Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Tasking Manager and Teach Tasking Manager. Participants also taught how to edit the maps both in teach and hot tasking manager not only editing by ID editor but also editing by JOSM. After that participants were introduced by many maps editing Mobile apps. The mobile apps are Mapswipe, OSM Tracker for Android, Map ME, Vespucci, Mapillary and OSMand.

The training was successful. The credit goes to The Honorable Principal Professor MD. Muazzom Hossain Mollah of Dhaka College. I am grateful to Sheikh Sabbir Ahmed & Farjana Islam, Associate Professor of Dhaka College and Teacher-in-charge of Red Crescent Youth, Dhaka College Unit. I am also grateful to [Ahasanul Haque] (https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/aHaSaN), The Pioneer of OpenStreetMap in Bangladesh and Geospatial Data Management Consultant in World Bank Bangladesh.

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