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Putting research on the map

Burnet Institute

15 June, 2018

Up-to-date maps are critical for our researchers and front line health workers to provide life saving health care for women and children, and reach people affected with malaria.

Burnet Institute is embarking on a special map-building project to support our Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies (HMHB) program and malaria research in Papua New Guinea, and we need your help to make it happen.

Because of a lack of detail, the usefulness of the best existing maps of our HMHB and malaria project sites in East New Britain province is limited.

So we’re collaborating with the Global Health Alliance Melbourne, MapTime Melbourne and the Nossal Institute for Global Health to use digital platforms to map roads and relevant infrastructure that can inform better project design.

That’s where you can help. We need a team of participants to help build these much-needed maps.

We’ll be showing you how to add buildings and roads to the map using OpenStreetMap, the ‘Wikipedia of maps’, which takes data from manual inputs and other sources.

No prior mapping experience is necessary, as we will walk through all the basics in the beginning.

You will need to bring your own laptop to participate, as it is a hands-on workshop. A mouse is highly recommended as well, as it makes map editing a lot more efficient.

This initial event, to be held in Melbourne on the evening of Wednesday 20 June, will focus on a Humanitarian OpenStreetMap task in the town of Keravat on the island of New Britain.

Pizza and drinks provided!

This is a great opportunity to provide some practical support to our Papua New Guinean research team who are working hard to improve the health of women and children in PNG.

Due to a limited number of spots, participants are required to register here.

Called The Malaria Mapathon, the project is an initiative of the Global Health Alliance Melbourne.

MapTime Melbourne is a project to map vulnerable communities around the world in an accessible and open source framework.

Contact Details

For more information in relation to this news article, please contact:

Doctor Michelle Scoullar

HMHB Principal Investigator; PhD candidate

Telephone

+61385062383

Email

michelle.scoullar@burnet.edu.au

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