Crowdsourced mapathon seeks to direct humanitarian aid for Puerto Rico

Inspired by efforts at Columbia University in the City of New York, DUSP doctoral student Lily Bui and Chaewon Ahn along with DUSP GIS instructor, Eric Huntley, and Daniel Sheehan, a senior GIS specialist in the MIT Libraries, organized a volunteer 'mapathon' to help develop a thorough map of Puerto Rico's built environment prior to the2017 hurricane season. Leveraging the OpenStreetMap platform, a diverse group of volunteers was able produce professional-detail maps of areas in Puerto Rico to help aid workers and organizations target their efforts for maximum impact.

To learn more about how these maps help aid organizations, read the full MIT News Story.