A Call to Correct Narratives about Geospatial Work in the Philippines

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A Call to Correct Narratives about Geospatial Work in the Philippines

Eugene Alvin Villar
Hello all,

Last September 1, Amazon Web Services (AWS) released an episode of their documentary series Now Go Build which highlighted the work done by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team in the Philippines, especially in mapping the town of Guagua, in the province of Pampanga.

You can see AWS' video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqQwEOaKRas

Several members of the OSM-PH community however have observed that there are missing and problematic narratives in the video related to the story it tells of geospatial and humanitarian workers in the country.

Therefore, some of us have prepared and released the following statement: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/images/a/aa/A_Call_to_Correct_Narratives_about_Geospatial_Work.pdf

Regards,
Eugene

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Re: A Call to Correct Narratives about Geospatial Work in the Philippines

john whelan-2
I have noticed that HOT does tend to promote the idea that HOT mapping is bringing maps to areas that haven't been mapped before.  The emphasis is on enthusiasm and tapping into the mappers before they move on to something else.  This approach does get a fair bit of mapping done and the quality side is improving.

I suspect that mix that in with a journalistic approach that tends to be cost driven and simplify and the result is what you see.

There are some more serious HOT mappers and as you note quite a few contributions to OpenStreetMap come from trained professional mappers working for governments.

I think all we can do is recognise there is a range of contributors to OpenStreetMap but how you get this recognised I'm not sure.  Talk nicely to the BBC perhaps and ask them nicely to create a program on the subject?

Create a video?  To get a professional looking video is more complex that it might sound at first glance.

Cheerio John

On Fri, Sep 4, 2020, 10:08 Eugene Alvin Villar <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hello all,

Last September 1, Amazon Web Services (AWS) released an episode of their documentary series Now Go Build which highlighted the work done by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team in the Philippines, especially in mapping the town of Guagua, in the province of Pampanga.

You can see AWS' video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqQwEOaKRas

Several members of the OSM-PH community however have observed that there are missing and problematic narratives in the video related to the story it tells of geospatial and humanitarian workers in the country.

Therefore, some of us have prepared and released the following statement: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/w/images/a/aa/A_Call_to_Correct_Narratives_about_Geospatial_Work.pdf

Regards,
Eugene
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