Innovation in teaching: the PoliMappers Collaborative and Humanitarian Mapping course at Politecnico di Milano
2021-10-01, 08:30–09:00, Academic

Collaborative projects imply a wide variety of skills, ranging from technical abilities to teamwork and problem-solving attitudes. Innovative teaching programmes focused on the use and promotion of open-source geospatial tools represent a key element in developing and fostering such transversal abilities, involving learners with diverse backgrounds in challenging activities.

OpenStreetMap (OSM), with its constantly growing community of contributors from all over the world, brings into play open and collaborative dynamics that build a critical ecosystem where single contributions are part of collective intelligence. In this way, everyone willing to be part of the project is enabled to produce the so-called Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) but also to use them as a valuable source of innovation and development for empowering communities. This initiative, combined with the need to address the lack of open geospatial data in many contexts, led to the foundation of structured OSM contributors groups such as PoliMappers, the first European YouthMappers chapter based in Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and devoted to the promotion of geospatial technologies through dedicated training and workshops.

Authors and Affiliations

Gaspari, Federica (1)
Stucchi, Lorenzo (1)
Bratic, Gorica (1)
Jovanovic, Dina (1)
Ponti, Chiara (1)
Biagi, Ludovico Giorgio Aldo (1)
Brovelli, Maria Antonia (1)
(1) Politecnico di Milano, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 20133 Milano, Italy






2 - Basic. General basic knowledge is required.

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Graduate Research Fellow at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Italy). Co-founder and faculty advisor of PoliMappers, YouthMappers chapter based in the same university.