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Co-Creating a Code of Conduct for OpenStreetMap Philippines (Part 2/n)

Posted by arnalielsewhere on 16 January 2021 in English (English).

See Part 1/n here.

We are happy to share the draft OSM Philippines’ Code of Conduct (CoC) made for and written by the OSM Philippines community members. It is now available for review and comments!

Based from the response on the Miro Board Workshop during Pista ng Mapa 2020, we categorized the “Expected Behavior” into four:

  1. Be Respectful
  2. Be open and constructively critical
  3. Be Inclusive
  4. Put the community first, but still prioritize our health

Other topics and questions that we want to consult with the OSM PH community stands: - What should be the consequences of violating the OSM PH CoC? - How do we approve the CoC? - How do we ensure that it is enforced? (One thing that comes to mind is to have an open feedback mechanism/form for members to express criticisms or report violation which should be managed by a committed group of people) - And many more…

The OSM PH CoC is one of the agenda for tomorrow’s 2021 OSM PH Annual Planning Meeting. We hope you can join us! If not, please feel free to comment on the draft. :)

Also, please message me for the google calendar invite for tomorrow’s planning meeting.

Join the OSM LoCos Telegram Channel and subscribe to the talk-ph mailing list for more updates and info!

Maraming salamat/Thank you!

2021 OSM PH Invitation Poster by Mikko

Location: Pinyahan, Diliman, 4th District, Quezon City, Eastern Manila District, Metro Manila, 1100, Philippines

Why WOMEN are pushing for a safe and inclusive space in OSM

Posted by arnalielsewhere on 10 December 2020 in English (English).

I would like to share a previous talk and an experience to relate WHY women are pushing for a safe and inclusive space in OSM, as well as a strong and enforceable Code of Conduct (CoC).

We all love maps right? Ok, here is a map for you showing two (2) routes. map

Imagine this scenario: It’s late at night and you’re walking home from point A point B. I would like to ask you, which route will you choose?

Is it Route 1 - a sidewalk outside a University Campus, along the road, with no lamp posts along the way, straight forward, and is a shorter walk

Or Route 2 - a footway inside the University Campus, with lamp posts along the way, have a bit of left and right turns, and is a bit longer compared to Route 1

To provide you mental images (actual pictures of the routes): routes

My (actual) experience:

This happened at night, I was with two male friends (2 of my favorite people!). We came from the mall (point A), and we decided to walk going to the place where we will depart from each other (point B). Friend 1 suggested we take the CP Garcia sidewalk (Route 1), while I suggested we take the footway (Route 2). We argued for a bit, Friend 1’s reasoning was that Route 1 is shorter and is more efficient to take. But I told them that it will be safer for us to take Route 2. Friend 1 wanted to argue more but we resorted to asking the Friend 2, he agreed to take my route (Route 2) if it makes me feel safe.

So which route did you choose?

Three points I want to raise:
  1. Depending on our priorities and experiences, we all have different motivations in choosing our own path. And it’s like apples and oranges, we cannot compare. What is important to you might not be important for me. Nonetheless, not one is more important than the other.

  2. The “sense of security” or “being safe” doesn’t leave women’s top priorities. Patriarchy, toxicity, misogyny, sexism - who suffers most because of these? Yesterday, Celine sent the A Call to Take Action and Confront Systemic Offensive Behaviour in the OSM Community to the talk and osmf-talk mailing list and Heather also shared it on a diary post. The replies are overwhelming! And the top and most responses (along with other threads/posts about different topics) confirmed the dominant voice / contributor in OSM: white, Western and male.

  3. As volunteers/contributors in OSM, we are sharing the same landscape. Do we really welcome diversity and inclusion?

Let us reflect, as individuals and as an OSM community with one goal - to make the best map of the world, which path do we choose to take?
Location: Loyola Heights, 3rd District, Quezon City, Eastern Manila District, Metro Manila, 1108, Philippines

Co-Creating a Code of Conduct for OpenStreetMap Philippines (Part 1/n)

Posted by arnalielsewhere on 9 December 2020 in English (English).

Thank you for your patience! :)

For this year’s Pista Ng Mapa (PnM), or Festival of Maps, Geoladies PH with the Ministry of Mapping (MoM) led a workshop on co-creating a Code of Conduct (CoC) for OpenStreetMap Philippines (OSM PH).

The Workshop aimed to gather and engage local community members of OSM and/or other open geospatial communities in the Philippines in co-creating a safe space for learning and collaborating, and the OSM PH CoC.

Background/Why form CoC?

Geoladies PH advocates for community diversity, collaborative participation, and affirmative spaces especially for women and under-represented communities in OSM and the local geospatial community/field. To achieve this, we believe that we should have a strong and enforceable guidelines or Code of Conduct in place; and we noticed that OSM PH or the local mapping community doesn’t have one yet. We were inspired by the MoM’s Code of Conduct and Kindness #Caretography and PnM’s Code of Conduct, as well as the works of GeochicasOSM, specifically @mapeadora’s talk/workshop at State of the Map 2018.

Initially, we applied for a 2-day or 2-sessions workshop, but there were lots of amazing talks and workshops. We were accepted for a 1-day workshop and were able to conduct Session 1; thank you Pista Ng Mapa for the opportunity!

Session 1 (during Pista Ng Mapa 2020): Building an inclusive/collaborative space for the OSM PH Community

In this session, we brainstormed on how to have a safe space for learning and collaboration in the OSM PH local community, either it be online or physical, through a participatory workshop using Miro and/or Google forms.

The Program was divided in three (3) parts:

A. 7 minute pre-recorded talk/presentation from Leigh (Feminist 101) and Hannah (Caretography)
B. 20 minutes interactive workshop via Miro with Cham

(Amazing Miro board created by Cham!) Amazing Miro board created by Cham!

A google form of the Workshop is available for those who wish to be anonymous/had difficulties in accessing the Miro board, and/or those who want to give additional inputs after the workshop.

(Numbers 1-2 quick are warm up questions)

  1. Maligayang pagdating (Warm welcome!) - We asked the participants to introduce themselves by uploading a photo/drawing their picture, write their aliases/name, and to greet fellow participants. Maligayang pagdating (Warm welcome!) Participants made their own tourist pass. Participants made their own tourist pass

  2. Taga-saan ka? (Where are you from?) - Participants were asked to drop pins of their location. Taga-saan ka? (Where are you from?) One participant dropped a pin in the ocean, and one even drew their country (outside of the Philippines) :D International participant/s even drew their own map (outside of the Philippines) :D

  3. Brgy. Paborito (Barangay Favorite) - We asked the participates to think of their favorite place/space; what emotions do they associate with it; and why is it their favorite? Brgy. Paborito (Barangay Favorite) Participants filled up a ‘boarding pass’ sharing their favorite place, why it is their favorite, and added an emoji relating to how they feel about it. Some of our favorites are our college universities, and the natural beaches and mountains of the country! Participants filled up a 'boarding pass' sharing their favorite place, why it is their favorite, and added an emoji relating to how they feel about it.

  4. Publico Park (Public Park) - Now, think of a (public) place/space where people gather together to collaborate and learn. What do you think are the characteristics of that (public) place that makes it conducive for learning/collaboration? Publico Park (Public Park) Participants filled up a thought bubble sharing a public place they like, its characteristics, and images/screenshots of the place. Most of the answers are (still) parks and spaces in our college universities; some answered were cafes and a restobar. ヽ(°〇°)ノ Participants filled up a thought bubble sharing a public place they like, its characteristics, and images/screenshots of the place.

  5. Virtual Place - Situate that place/space into a virtual space, what characteristics should it have? Virtual Place Participants filled up a postcard/s to share how they wish a virtual community for collaboration and learning should be. Read the postcards, heart-warming :) Participants filled up a postcard/s to share how they wish a virtual community for collaboration and learning should be.

  6. Lego building - What do you think we must do, we shall start/stop to do to create a space for learning and collaboration? Lego building Participants wrote down action points we can do to build a space that is safe and conducive for learning and collaboration on the Lego pieces. We asked the to complete the sentences: I will __, We should start __, We should stop __. Participants wrote down action points we can do to build a space that is safe and conducive for learning and collaboration on the Lego pieces.

C. Synthesis and discussion with MapmakerDavid

From mapmakerdavid

Because of overtime, we needed to wrap up quickly. MapmakerDavid gave a brief but meaningful discussion on why we need a Code of Conduct, and to shift our attention from expertise to community.

Non-verbatim: Basically I would like to propose, especially for those who get used to the system of toxic masculine culture in the Philippines, to decenter cartographic privilege. It means that we need to shift our attention from expertise to community; and for us to focus not just on the technical aspects of mapping, but see mapping as both social and technical. I believe that and the literature/researchers backs it… our knowledge and experiences are not just defined by what is in the wiki or the GIS layers… and this means that we need to improve our way of relating to each other, and we can do that by highlighting and foregrounding our interests, the power that we try to promote, desires, and purpose why we do this…Open the space for everyone to contribute, for everyone to have control over multiple sources and process..

He goes on to share this slide and highlighted that Filipinos, unlike other nationals who are more task-oriented, focus first on good relationships and team dynamics. “Out of that good relationships are high quality maps.”

Out of that good relationships are high quality maps. “Our islands and who we are… are part of a web of relationships… it takes good relationships to navigate a great ocean.”

Next steps / Session 2: CoC drafting/commenting (with inputs from Session 1)

Session 2 or the crafting of the OSM PH CoC which encompasses all online channels and activities relating to OSM PH, is still in process. The outputs from Session 1 will be inputs for the OSM PH CoC.

If you wish to be updated, send feedback and get involved in drafting the CoC for OSM PH, please subscribe to the talk-ph mailing list. We will update and share through the mailing list and other OSM PH channels once the CoC draft is available.

We chose to use the talk-ph mailing list channel since not everyone is on the OSM LoCos telegram chat, and because e-mail is the most used channel for communication.

Other topics and questions that we want to consult with the OSM PH community are: - What should be the consequences of violating the OSM PH CoC? - How do we approve the CoC? - How do we ensure that it is enforced? (One thing that comes to mind is to have an open feedback mechanism/form for members to express criticisms or report violation which should be managed by a committed group of people) - And many more…

With the CoC at place for OSM PH, we hope to abolish patriarchy and/or “rock stars” in our local geospatial community. It’s about time to create and ensure safe and inclusive space for collaboration in the OSM landscape.

PS. Here’s another Miro board (Wall of Places) made by Cham! We used this board as practice to have participants explore Miro and familiarize themselves with the board before the workshop proper :) Wall of Places by Cham

My entry… lol My entry...

Location: Central, Diliman, 4th District, Quezon City, Eastern Manila District, Metro Manila, 1100, Philippines

How I Met My Mapper

Posted by arnalielsewhere on 19 August 2020 in English (English).

In October 2016, I became part of Project NOAH’s ISAIAH (Integrated Scenario Assessment of Impacts And Hazards) that aims to map 17 provinces in the Philippines through OpenStreetMap (OSM). I was part of a team of seven (7) people who trained Local Government Units (LGUs) in the northwestern part of the country. It was a roller coaster ride for us as we experienced both unwelcoming and accepting remarks from the LGUs. Nonetheless, it was a fulfilling journey. The six (6) people I worked with have become close to my heart, we call ourselves the “dream team” at that time.

LGU Ilocos Norte with the “dream team.” We’re the ones sitting on the floor LGU Ilocos Norte with the “dream team.” We’re the ones sitting on the floor (photo from Feye Andal @feyeandal)

In ISAIAH, we mainly use Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s (HOT) Tasking Manager to organize mapping efforts and avoid duplication of data. Aside from training people, we also helped complete the building footprints of the provinces. We had a weekly report of percent completion of the tasks and “top mappers of the week.” I was always happy every time I saw my OSM username in the list.

It was heartbreaking when Project NOAH ISAIAH ended in February 2017. I had to leave the team and move on to another job.

In March 2017, I joined the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and in the succeeding year in 2018, we first conducted “MAPAbabae: OSM Workshop and Mapathon with Women and for Women”. Up until this year, we were able to conduct MAPAbabae during the Women’s Month (March). It is a beloved project for me, as inspired by Maning Sambale’s GeoLadies Meetup: How can We Change the Ratio in 2014. Along with five (5) other Filipina, we have decided to form the group, GeoLadiesPH, during Pista ng Mapa in August 2019.

Unity in diversity! (Photo credit: @GOwin)Photo from Erwin Olario @GOwin

Other than that, one of the most significant things that happened to me in 2018 was attending the State of the Map in Milan, Italy (I was granted a scholarship :). I’ve met lots of amazing people including HOT people (and fellow scholars) like Geoffrey, Wulan, and Rebecca, and learned more about the Organization (I only knew HOT because of the Tasking Manager). You can read about my experiences in my OSM diary.

What I didn’t mention in the diary was what happened off-conference. I will not write it in detail, but it was in Milan where I first met my mapper and it was on the next month after SotM 2018, during FOSS4G 2018 and HOT Summit, when I knew he’s my mapper. You can find Russell and me beside each other in the HOT Summit 2018 group pic, along with other OhSoMe people.

HOT Summit 2018Photo from HOT

This year 2020, I became a HOT Voting member. It became an interest for me to join HOT because I find that humanitarian mapping helps communities and governments to be prepared and to respond to disasters, among others (just like Project NOAH).

I am pleased to join an organization that not only cares about (and builds) the data, but also cares for the data users and data-makers, and builds communities on and off the map. This year also marks a decade of love through open mapping.

Happy 10th Anniversary, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team! Thank you for building communities (and families too! Haha)!

Happy 10years HOT!

PS. I haven’t watched How I Met Your Mother, but this is just a short story (and the beginning) of How I Met My Mapper.

PS2. Thanks to Iyan & mapmakerdavid for giving me the title idea! hahaha

PS3. I wanted to post this on the exact day of HOT’s birthday but I couldn’t find it so posting it today, August 19, 2020, since it is also #WorldHumanitarianDay! Thanks to my husband, the truth-finder, who helped me find out and suggested today. Love ya! Haha

PS4. ‪Post-reflection: It should be How I Met (My) Mappers hehe. Mostly about my humanitarian mapping journey (from NOAH to being a mamapper) and the people who inspired me. It’s your day too, humanitarian mappers! Have an amazing day! 🤗 🗺 💗

Location: Duomo, Municipio 1, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

MAPAbabae II: Mapping Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Desks and Centers

Posted by arnalielsewhere on 30 October 2018 in English (English). Last updated on 19 December 2018.

Last March, DSWD-ICTMS conducted a mapping workshop called MAPAbabae, a fusion of mapa (map) and babae (woman), to celebrate the Women’s Month.

Starting October 2018, we are having a series of mapathons entitled: MAPAbabae II: Mapping Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Desks and Centers. It aims to create a VAWC Desks and Centers Information Map which will be made accessible and available to everyone, to be launched during the 2018 18-Day Campaign to End VAW on November 25 to December 12, 2018. Through the Map, we want to raise public awareness that these facilities exist and they can always call for help.

VAW-free community starts with me! is the official theme for the 2016-2021 Campaign to End VAW. We encourage everyone’s participation in this mapping activity.

The first mapathon for MAPAbabae II was done on October 25, 2018 at the DSWD Central Office Boardroom, and attended by DSWD employees and IACVAWC representatives. We have mapped 74/82 Department of Health-Women and Children Protection Units (DOH-WCPU).

Participants of the first mapathon for MAPAbabaeII Mapping VAWC desks and centers with DSWD and IACVAWC representatives!

We had an extended mapathon through MapaTime! last Saturday, October 27 at Co.lab Pasig City. MapaTime! is an activity initiated by MapAmore Initiative, and happened every last Saturday of the month. We thank GeoLadies and Erwin of MapAmore for facilitating the event, volunteer mappers and lightning talks presenters, as well as PRC-VCAD for the venue! Through MapaTime!, we have mapped 122 VAWC facilities.

Participants of MapaTime! presents MAPAbabaeII pose for a #VAWfreePH MapaTime! presents MAPAbabaeII attendees pose for a #VAWfreePH. More photos here and Lightning Talks presentations.

Help us map VAWC facilities through MapContrib! Kindly read the instructions carefully. If you have any questions, you can message here or on telegram (@arnaliee). Thank you!

Map for a #VAWfreePH!

Edit: We had a mini-mapathon last November 7-9 at Chalet Hotel, Baguio City. This was an extra activity during the our GIS Training with DSWD FO CAR. We have mapped a total of 56 facilities in CAR.

Location: Bagong Silangan, 2nd District, Quezon City, Eastern Manila District, Metro Manila, Philippines

Ingklusibiti sa State of the Map 2018

Posted by arnalielsewhere on 7 August 2018 in Tagalog (Tagalog).

Ang Agosto ay Buwan ng Wikang Filipino sa Pilipinas. Kaya naman ang OSM Diary na ito ay isinulat ko sa aking lokal na wika. Ang Ingles na bersyon ay mababasa dito.

Noong nakaraang taon, namangha ako sa konsepto ng “inclusive mobility o inklusibong pagkilos” at nagsimulang gawin itong adbokasiya. Para sa akin, ang inklusibong pagkilos ay isang kalagayan kung saan lahat ay malayang nakakakilos saan man sa mundo at nakakagamit ng anumang uri ng transportasyon, at lahat ng kalye at tulay ay nadaraanan

Nakakahangang makita at maranasan ang mga kalsada sa Milan. Naniniwala akong naabot na nila ang estado ng inklusibong pagkilos kung saan lahat ng sasakyan at ang mga pedestriyan ay naisasaalang-alang sa proseso ng pagpaplano.

Pagpunta sa SotM 2018 sa Politecnico di Milano…

Ngayong taon, ang SotM ay ginanap sa Politecnico di Milano. Maraming paraan upang makapunta dito. Gamit ang, nagmumungkahi ito na maaring sumakay ng kotse, maglakad, gumamit ng bisikleta (maraming bike-share programs sa Milan ngunit hindi ko ito nasubukan :() o sumakay ng tren (ang mungkahi ay paggamit lang ng subway at hindi ng tram). Sa unang araw ng SotM 2018, nahuli ako ng gising kaya walang akong kasabay papunta. Nabigyan naman ako ng instruksiyon ng aking mga kasama kung paano makarating doon (Salamat Geoffrey at Tima!). Sumakay ako ng subway mula Republicca patungong Piola. Pagbaba sa Piola, naglakad ako ng halos 40minuto dahil mali ang lokasyong na-pin ko sa mapa. Alam kong naliligaw na ako kaya nagtanong na lang ako sa isa sa mga nakasalubong at nakarating rin sa Politecnico.

Hindi ko na naabutan ang unang bahagi ng SotM Day 1. Buti na lang at nairekord ang buong aktibidad at nailagay sa Youtube.

Pagsasama-sama (ingklusibiti), pagkakaiba-iba (daybersiti), at pangangatawan (representasyon)…

Bago ko to sinulat, pinanood ko muna ang Unang Pagsasalita nila Kate at Heather. Ibinahagi ni Heather ang limang sangkap ng pagiging “open” o bukas na organisasyon/komunidad na tinalakay ng OpenOrg. Isa dito ang inclusivity o pagsasama-sama na binigyang diin niyang isa sa mga mahirap na parte ng pagiging bukas na organisasyon.

Keynote Address: OpenStreetMap - Now and Into the Future by Kate and Heather

Ang ingklusibiti o pagsasama-sama ay nangangahulugan na ang lahat ng tao, anuman ang kasarian, lahi, relihiyon, estado sa buhay, etc, ay kasakop at naikokonsidera. Relatibo dito ang konsepto ng pagkakaiba (daybersiti) at pangangatawan (representasyon). Kailangan ng pagkakaiba-iba o daybersiti sa mga taga-mapa sapagkat bawat isa ay mayroong iba’t-ibang perspektibo, pagpapahalaga at paniniwala. Ang mga perspektibo, pagpapahalaga at paniniwala ay kumakatawan o nagrerepresenta sa sektor kung saan sila kabilang.

Sa pamamagitan ng OSM, tayo ay konektado at nabubuklod ng isang bisyon na malayang paggawa at pag-eedit na mapa ng mundo. Ito ang ating shared landscape o lupaing pinagsasamahan.

Kaya natin hinihikayat ang pagkakaiba-iba at pagsasama-sama upang matiyak na lahat ay may representasyon at makikita sa mapa.

Kaya naman para sa akin, ang pagsasama-sama o ingklusibiti sa OSM ay kung saan lahat, saan man sa mundo, ay malaya at maunlad na nagmamapa.

Mga lumahok sa SotM2018

Pagsasama-sama sa SotM 2018

Naniniwala akong mahusay ang pag-organisa upang gawing inklusibo ang kagaganap lang na SotM2018. Narito ang ilang sa mga obserbasyon at kwento ko ukol sa ingklusibong SotM 2018:

  1. Mula sa 56 na bansa ang mga lumahok. Ito’y higit pa sa ¼ ng lahat ng bansa sa mundo!
  2. Nagkaroon ng livestreaming ang mga sesyon para sa mga hindi nakapunta, ito ay nailagay rin sa Youtube pagkatapos
  3. Ang edad ng mga lumahok ay mula bata (nakilala ko si Austin na 18 taong gulang at may nakita rin akong bata na mga nasa eda 9-12 taong gulang) hanggang sa mga matatanda!
  4. Napakalaki rin ang nasaklaw ng mga presentasyon at talakayan ukol sa konsepto ng pagsasama-sama/ingklusibiti (sa tingin ko’y lahat naman ay may kinalaman at nahikayat ang pagiging inklusibo). Ito ay ilan lamang sa mga pangkalahatang paksa na aking narinig: * Pagkakaiba-iba ng kasarian: Open Gender Monologues by Heather Leson (OSM) and The road towards diversity in OSM still needs to be mapped by Celine Jacquin (Geochicas) * Iba’t-ibang kakayahan ng mga tao: mga may kapansanan, mga batang taga-mapa o youthmappers, mga nalipat/tumakas na komunidad, at mga mahihirap * Pag-iinterpoleyt ng numero ng mga tirahan * Mga diskusyon ukol sa inklusibong pagkilos! (Napakarami nito at marami rin dito ay hindi ko napuntahan ☹ ) * Mga gamit at pamamaraan sa pagmamapa para sa lahat! * Iba’t-ibang interpretasyon ng mga imahe at datos ng OSM mula sa iba’t-ibang lente/sektor! * OSM para sa pangangalaga ng kalikasan! * Academic tracks o mga akademikong pananaliksik ay naisama rin!
  5. Isa ako sa mga nabigyan ng Iskolarship ng OSM Foundation. Pantay ang bilang ng lalaki at babaeng nabigyan ng iskolarship mula sa iba’t-ibang bansa! Kudos sa OSMF sa pagbibigay ng pantay na oportunidad!
  6. Nakakalugod rin ang paghihikayat na magsulat ng OSM diary gamit ang sariling lenggwahe. Woohoo!

SotM 2018 Scholars. Maraming salamat OSM Foundation


Nais kong pasalamatan at batiin ang OSM Foundation (higit kila Rob at Dorothea), Wikimedia Italya at iba pang mga nagtaguyod, mga boluntaryo (Polimappers), mga nagbigay pinansyal, mga tagapagsalita, taga-pasilidad at mga nanalo ng OSM Award pati na ang iba’t ibang organisasyon at lokal na komunidad ng OSM at lahat ng dumalo ng SotM 2018. Ang aktibidad at karanasang ito ay hindi magiging matagumpay at kaaya-aya kung hindi dahil sa inyo.

Mabuhay ang OSM at malayang pagmamapa para sa lahat!

I-empower ang mga lokal na komunidad

PS. Mayroon akong naisulat sa Twitter ukol sa mga bagay na napamahal/nagustuhan ko sa Milan.

Narito rin ang ilang mga litrato ng mga presentasyon at mga nakasama sa Milan.

Maraming salamat sa pagbabasa! :)

Location: Bagong Silangan, 2nd District, Lungsod Quezon, Eastern Manila District, Kalakhang Maynila, Pilipinas

Inclusivity at State of Map 2018

Posted by arnalielsewhere on 6 August 2018 in English (English). Last updated on 7 August 2018.

August is the Philippines’ National Language Month. So I took the time to translate this diary in my local language, Filipino/Tagalog, which can be found here. _________________

Late last year I’ve been fascinated with the concept of and started advocating about “inclusive mobility.” For me, inclusive mobility refers to a state where everyone and everybody are free to move everywhere and have access to all modes of transit, and all roads and bridges are passable.

It was amazing to see and experience the streets of Milan. I believe they have reached the state of inclusive mobility where both automobiles and differently-abled pedestrians have been taken into consideration in the transport planning process.

Getting to SotM 2018 at Politecnico di Milano…

For this year, SotM was hosted at the Politecnico di Milano. There are a lots of ways to reach the venue. suggests either by car, walking, cycling (bike share programs are available in Milan but I wasn’t able to try it :( ) or train (but no tram?). In the first day of the conference, I traveled alone because I woke up late and I didn’t want my mates to wait. But they instructed me how to go there (thank you Geoffrey and Tima!). I opted to take the subway from Republicca to Milano Centrale to Piola. At Piola, I found myself walking towards the wrong pin location and walking around the area for 40 minutes under the heat of the sun! I was so lost that I decided to ask a stranger to point me in the right direction (thank you!).

So yeah, I missed 1/4 of SotM Day 1. But good thing there are recorded videos of the whole conference which can be found in Youtube.

Inclusivity, diversity and representation…

Before writing this diary, I watched the keynote address by Kate and Heather which I missed. Heather discussed the 5 components/values of being an “open” organization/community by OpenOrg. One (1) of it is inclusivity, which she stressed to be one of the hardest part.

Keynote Address: OpenStreetMap - Now and Into the Future by Kate and Heather

Inclusivity means that we cover or include all regardless of gender, race, age, religion, income status, etc. This brings us to the topic of diversity and representation. We need diversity of mappers because each of these sectors have different perspectives, values and beliefs. These perspectives, values, and beliefs are representations of the sector they belong to.

Through OSM, we are connected and bound by the same vision which is to create a free and editable map of the world. It is our shared landscape.

This is why we promote diversity, include and encourage the youth and the young at heart, etc, to make sure everyone is well-represented and visible on the map.

So for me, inclusivity in OSM is where everyone and everybody from all parts of the world are free and empowered to map.

SotM 2018 participants. Credits to OSM

Inclusivity at SotM 2018

I believe the SotM2018 organizers had put their best effort in making the conference an “inclusive” one. Here are some of my observations and stories regarding inclusivity at SotM 2018:

  1. Participants came from 56 countries, that’s more than a fourth of all the countries in the world!
  2. SotM organizers livestreamed the event for those who couldn’t come personally; and uploaded the videos on Youtube afterwards
  3. Participants’ age range varied! I met Austin, who is 18 years old (I hope Heather was able to meet him too!), I also saw a young kid, maybe around 9-12 years old!
  4. A wide range of talks and panel discussions presented the concept of inclusivity (I believe all talks have somehow touched the subject of and promoted the concept of inclusivity) Here are some of the general topics: * Gender diversity: Open Gender Monologues by Heather Leson (OSM) and The road towards diversity in OSM still needs to be mapped by Celine Jacquin (Geochicas) must be noted * Differently-abled persons: persons with disabilities, youthmappers, displaced communities, and low income setors * Interpolating number addresses * Talks on inclusive mobility! (There were many talks on transportation that I wasn’t able to attend ☹ ) * Mapping tools and techniques for everyone! * Interpretations of OSM imagery and data for all ages, sectors and background! * OSM for Environmental Protection! Even trash should be visible in the map! * Academic tracks were included at SotM 2018! I find this very interesting especially as someone who is still a student in the uni. Lol
  5. I was part of the Scholarship program and we have a 50:50 men to women ratio, and came from different regions of the world. Kudos to OSMF for giving equal opportunities!
  6. It is also great that we’re encouraged to write OSM diaries in our own languages!

SotM 2018 Scholars. Thanks to OSM Foundation

A word of thanks…

I would like to express my deep gratitude and congratulations to the OSM Foundation (especially to Rob and Dorothea), Wikimedia Italya and other organizers, volunteers (Polimappers!), sponsors, speakers, facilitators and awardess, as well as the different OSM organizations and local communities and all the participants of SotM 2018. This conference would have not been great and successful if not for you.

More powers to OSM and open data/mapping!

Empower local communities ___________________________

PS. I posted a thread on twitter on the things I love most about Milan.

Here are some photos of the talks.

And photos of the wonderful people whom I met in Milan.

Thanks for reading! :)

Location: UP Campus, Diliman, 4th District, Quezon City, Eastern Manila District, Metro Manila, 1101, Philippines

Spatial and special data

Posted by arnalielsewhere on 20 July 2018 in English (English). Last updated on 7 August 2018.

The workshop: Orientation and Consultation on Geographic Information System (GIS) and its Applicability to Social Welfare and Development of the DSWD GIS Unit was conducted on July 18-20, 2018 in Quezon City. It was attended by the Planning Officers and Technical Staff from the Central Office, Field Offices and Attached Agencies of the Department.

The program consisted of several talks from various resource speakers of different sectors (academe, social/community development, environment, Indigenous Peoples, disaster response, and private sector).

Being one of the main sources of free spatial data, OpenStreetMap was briefly presented by OSM mapper advocate, Ms. Jen Ayco (@jenjereren). She encouraged the participants to sign up for an account to increase visibility of each of their communities, and raise diversity (gender, ethnicity, PWD’s) on the map. Surprisingly, few participants were already mapping volunteers of OSM! :)

During the afternoon break, I found myself surrounded with the three women mappers/resource speakers we invited. They’ve shared experiences in the field of GIS and discussed the importance of an integrated and free geographic data source in the country. There is an existing one though,, but still needs to be populated and updated.

Ms. Kail’s remark on this topic was something to ponder about: “No one owns spatial data. Nobody can have copyrights on your location.”

Maybe the act of gathering location information (purchasing of tools and investing effort) gives data collectors the right to own it. Giving proper credits to data collectors would facilitate sharing of data. And there are still privacy issues. It’s still a case to case basis. And maybe, spatial data can be also be tagged as “special” data depending on its purpose.

On the last day of activity, we asked participants to identify data which can be translated spatially. Data were classified as data for internal use or data for sharing. It’s great to know that they’ve appreciated how GIS can be applied to their work. Not only for mapping/visualzation purposes, but also for planning purposes such as attending to the needs of vulnerable sectors in times of disaster by building inclusive evaculation centers and other gaps on social facilities.

Indeed, transforming their special data to spatial data to communicate and serve the peolple better.

Participants and organizers of the GIS Consultation

Location: Hardin ng Rosas, 3rd District, Quezon City, Eastern Manila District, Metro Manila, Philippines

MAPAbabae: OSM Workshop and Mapathon with Women and for Women

Posted by arnalielsewhere on 25 March 2018 in English (English). Last updated on 20 July 2018.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development-Information and Communication Technology Service (DSWD-ICTMS) joined the celebration of Women’s Month with “MAPAbabae: OSM Workshop and Mapathon with Women and for Women” last March 22, 2018, Thursday, 1:30-5PM.

MAPAbabae aims to map women and child-friendly spaces/facilities (as well as other mapping priorities of women) in the country through a collaborative (OSM) and gender-inclusive (not limited to women partcipation!) approach.

The program started off with an Opening Remarks from Dir. Noy Castro, mentioning the importance of having an integrated georaphic information system (GIS) in the Department with emphasis on mapping locations of facilities and resources for vulnerable sectors i.e. women, children, PWDs and senior citizens. We had two (2) speakers, Mike Labrador and Jen Alconis-Ayco, who shared their mapping experiences with women and for women, and another two (2), Gellie Apolinario and Dianne Bencito, who discussed about and demonstrated OSM. This was followed by a mapathon and sharing of mapping experience by the participants, then closing remarks from Andi Tabinas, our OIC-Division chief (wooo!).

Organizers and participants of the first DSWD-ICTMS #MAPAbabae workshop. (Photo credit: @GOwin)

Most of the partcipants are new mappers and they learned about collaborative community mapping through OSM. Based on their feedback, they are very willing to make use of the technology and contribute to it, either be it for work or volunteerism! :)

We used the hashtag #DSWDMAPAbabae as changeset comment and as of now, we have 446 map changes! I will be posting the mapping priorities and tags to use once finalized.

My takeaway: Mapping is an inclusive and powerful tool, let’s exhaust its capabilities. Right now, there is a disproportion on men and women mappers (97/3, Lechner 2011). So why should women map? As Ate Jen mentioned on her presentation, “(Men and women have) different perspectives in a shared landscape.”

Empower a women today by encouraging her visibility on the map!

Unity in diversity! (Photo credit: @GOwin)

(All photos from @GOwin)

Location: Bagong Silangan, 2nd District, Quezon City, Eastern Manila District, Metro Manila, Philippines