We have organized a first training in Chambéry for GIS officers, both on mapping tips & tricks and on our emergency procedures. This was an opportunity for 16 participants to find out more about our work, and potentially be deployed in the future!
The 16 participants and 3 facilitators had an appointment these 4th and 5th of September 2015 in “La Maison des Associations” de Chambéry. As part of our core funding activities, CartONG has organized a dedicated training on ArcGIS. There were 2 objectives to this training:
The first day of the training focused on data sources, where to find relevant data on the web with two dedicated sessions on how to export data from Wikimapia and using the OSM OverpassTurbo.
Who knew a full classroom could be captivated by data sources?
The second day was organized around ArcGIS and MSF. We have seen how to use the powerful tool Maplex to label and the advanced options given by ArcGIS for making beautiful maps such as how to represent crossing roads or how to make a readable legend in an automatic way.
Attentive classroom, while Donia gives tips and tricks on ArcGIS…
In order to give a first overview of the work done on a MSF mission by a GIS specialist, we were working on MSF templates.
Other trainings should be organized with a similar format and focusing either on thematic (e.g. how to work with epidemiological data), or on advanced technical tools such as dashboard or webmapping application.
We were very grateful to welcome 6 participants from London, sent by MapAction, British Red Cross, and the Missing Maps project. 4 participants have been directly coming from Switzerland, 1 from Nepal,1 from Burkina Faso, 1 from Haiti and 3 from France! Despite this diversity, the now famous restaurant Le Savoyard has been once again lived up to everyone's expectations… !