About Map-a-thon

The SSSI National Bushfire Recovery Map-a-thon was held on Sunday, 9th February, 2020. Over 600 people registered to participate from all over the world. 

SSSI is thankful to the surveying and geospatial community for reaching out to assist with the bushfire recovery effort and for the continued offers of assistance from individuals and businesses from within Australia and globally.

How do I know the data I am collecting will be put to good use? 
SSSI has reached out to government, academia, professional bodies and allied associations to understand how best the surveying and spatial professionals can respond and can create value for the communities impacted by recent fires. This Map-a-thon provides a way we can all contribute to the information needed by agencies delivering recovery services and those researchers and data analysts looking at future preparedness scenarios.

What areas will the Map-a-thon be focusing on?
This map-a-thon is focusing on areas that have been devastated by the recent bushfires. OpenStreetMap will be used for data collection in conjunction with government data and imagery. The Map-a-thon aims to collect information relating to burnt infrastructure (homes, outbuildings, facilities, fences and power poles etc). The information is intended as a guide for recovery efforts to supplement authoritative data sources where no data exists. This information will be validated and verified at a later date. 

How can I participate?
You are able to participate in the Map-a-thon in three ways (and from anywhere in the world):

  1. Individually - from the comfort of your own home/office or any preferred location
  2. As a team - form a team with family, friends and colleagues and map from the comfort of your won home/office or preferred location
  3. In person at one of our seven locations (Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart) around Australia  (please check ticket info prior to selecting this option)

For those who have registered, information on how to link to the Map-a-thon will be emailed a few days prior to the event.