OpenStreetMap Basic Training for Civil Society Organization


Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Indonesia got a chance again to give training onOpenStreetMap. In this opportunity, HOT cooperate with  United Nation Office for the Coordination Human Affairs (UNOCHA) to held OpenStreetMap Basic Training for Civil Society Organization. There were various civil society organization invited as participants in this training. These organizations are American Red Cross, Oxfam, USAID, Qatar Charity for IndonesiaDompet Dhuafa, Indonesia Compact Global Network, Persatuan Penyandang Disabilitas Sleman, Wanadri, etc.

Peserta tampak serius dalam mengikuti pelatihan
Participants looked serious to follow the training

This training aims to give basic knowledge on using OpenStreetMap as Spatial Data Collection tools which is related to participant’s daily work. The training was held in December 3rd, 2013 at UNOCHA’s Office. In accordance with the aim of this training, the materials that were given to participants are :

  • Map Digitization Concept

Training was started by introducing digital map concept to the participants. Since the participants come from various organization, therefore not all of them already know about digital map. The purpose why this concept was given to the participants is to make them understand what digital map is, so that they would understand OpenStreetMap.

  • OpenStreetMap Introduction

After the participants had given about concept of digital map, the next material is OpenStreetMap introduction. Participants were given description about what OpenStreetMap is, what are the benefits from using OpenStreetMap and how they can contribute through OpenStreetMap. There are also demonstration about how to edit OpenStreetMap in OpenStreetMap Website using iD Editor. This is the second time HOT Indonesia taught people how to use iD Editor. In general, the use of iD Editor and Potlatch 2 is not much different but iD Editor interface is more flexible and more user friendly for new user.

  • GPS and Field Papers

The next material is about using GPS and Field Papers. The purpose of this material is to introduce the tools for data collection in a field survey. The participants also taught how to do data collection in the field. This is important to teach because other than mapping the area using satellite imagery, we also need to go to the field to check the ‘real’ condition and also to do data validation.

  • Data Input (iD Editor and JOSM)

After the participants know how to collect data using GPS dan Field Papers, the participants were taught to input the data into OpenStreetMap using iD Editor and Java OpenStreetMap (JOSM). iD Editor is an editor used to edit or to input the data into OpenStreetMap website, whereas JOSM is desktop application that you can download here and then you can install it in your computer/laptop.

  • Tasking Manager

The next step is to teach them how to work as a team or a group to map an area in OpenStreetMap. Tasking Manager is a tool provided by HOT so that the participants can map an area together where it is not possible for two or more people working in the same area at the same time.

  • Hot-Export

This is additional material from HOT due to high enthusiasm from participants who want to know more about OpenStreetMap and its further use. Hot-Export is a website developed by HOT which allow users to export the data in OpenStreetMap to other data format such as shapefile, KMZ, sqlite, GPX, PostGIS, etc.

HOT Trainers while delivering the materials to participants
HOT Trainers while delivering the materials to participants
HOT Trainers and participants group picture
HOT Trainers and participants group picture

These are the source website of the materials :

In addition, if you want to know more about the material used in OSM Basic Training To Community Organizations, the module can be downloaded  here and the presentation used in the training can be downloaded here