by Joelouis Anne A. Odquin
Posted on 2019-08-16 09:47:09
Dumaguete---St. Paul University Dumaguete participated in the Pista ng Mapa or Festival of Maps held at Foundation University on August 1 and 2.
The event was organized and facilitated by volunteer mappers from across the country with the common goal: to spread mapping outside the metropolitan.
“they really wanted to have an event so that we can share our skills, our experiences,“ according to Mr. Maning Sambale, a volunteer for Open Street Map Philippines and Open Source GIS. “…it should be a community event that is why we call it Festival ng Mapa or Pista ng Mapa. Very informal and hopefully this would be useful for the local community who attended,” he said.
Two students from College of Business and Information Technology namely: Christian B. Duran and Nathalie Palalon who are both a sophomore BSIT students and four students from College of Arts, Sciences and Education namely: Joelouis Anne A. Odquin, Carl Joel A. Tilos, Carla Gen R. Calumpang and Rosemharie Q. Servado, who are all a sophomore BSED Gen Science majors, together with Mrs. Irish Sequihod-Udtohan, Ms. Kateleen June Mariño and Mrs. Grace L. Alejado attended and actively represented SPUD in the said seminar-workshops through different simultaneous talks that revolves around the concepts of mapping and open source data were.
They were able to hear from the keynote speaker from The Asia Foundation, Mr. Rene Sanapo; the Principal of Foundation Preparatory Academy, Mr. Chris Calumba; Mr. Eugene Alvin Villar for Introduction to Open Communities; Ms. Arnalie Faye Vicario for Introduction to Open StreetMap; Mr. RK Aranas for the State of FOSS4G in the academe; Hivos for Open Contracting; Ms. Jinal Foflia for Open StreetMap and Grab; and Engr. Voltaire Tila for the High Accuracy-Low Cost Drone Mapping. In which all were held at the Sophia Soler Cinco Hall of FU in the morning of the 1st of August.
Lectures and hands-on activities were done at the FU CS Lab 1, 2 and IT Room. The participants were able to learn about: Data Story Telling with Open Contracting Data which allowed them to come up with their own data stories on public procurement; Introduction Workshop to OpenStreetMap, the basics and how to contribute in creating best free maps in the Philippines; Geo Data Science with Python through a hands on activity to the commonly used tools in implementing geo data science workflows; Human Experience Design for Maps through a short hands-on activity on how to use design thinking principles to create better maps; and Collecting street-level imagery for the commons using smartphone or action cameras, Mapillary or OpenStreetCam.
Lightning talks about different related topics coming from the other participants of the event shed light to the ideas on how to integrate mapping and technology to the academe and extending it to the community.
“There are schools already which are incorporating Mapping and Geospatial and Open Street Map into CWTS,” Mr. Sambale said. “For example, yung presentation ng Tamabayan sa Davao, very clear na may community sila na partner and nagtraining rin sila. Maybe your CWTS students can help the community to make their map. Para may impact, hindi yung nagmapa ka lang kung saan, wala namang impact,” he added.
There was also an OpenStreetMap Mapathon in which they were taught how to contribute to the existing data in the OpenStreetMap through a hands-on activity. A workshop led by the geoladies called When Women Map also paved way for the participants to share their traditionally created maps on where they usually go as a woman and why mapping is important for them. The participants from SPUD named their tribe (group) “Empowered SPUD” and shared their created drawn map of SPUD to the audience.
“Technology doesn’t really affect the life of everyone in a bad way. In fact if people use the technology for the goodness of everyone then I think the advancement of these things will never be a problem in our existence. Rather than complaining about the negative effect of the technology, how about we integrate it into our day to day life to make it more efficient for us. We should also consider the sense of honesty and legitimacy especially in handling open source data to make it more reliable and authentic,” said Christian B. Duran, a participant from SPUD- CBIT department.