Open Data Socialisation Workshops

These workshops are one of three events OSM Fiji will be hosting this year. This workshop aims to introduce open data, and highlight the benefits of open data and complimenting open source systems, software and tools. OSM Fiji will be spotlighting guest speakers who will provide industry examples of open data creation, use and open tools and systems. We hope to relay the benefits that open data can play in a local geospatial context, as well as highlight the importance of these datasets for humanitarian decision making.

Due to the current COVID-19 Outbreak in Fiji, these workshops have been moved virtually, please follow OSM Fiji on Twitter or on Facebook for event news.

Open Socialisation Workshop 2: 27th July 2021

Maika Daveta, National Project Coordinator Forest and Landscape Resotration Project – FAO

Speaker Bio: Maika Daveta is from Toki village, Ovalau Island. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science majoring in Biology and Chemistry (University of the South Pacific) in 2011 and Postgraduate Diploma in Biotechnology (University of the South Pacific) in 2012. In 2014, he was awarded the Erasmus Mundus Masters Exchange program in Biology where he had spent 10 months at KU Leuven, Belgium, doing short courses ranging from Molecular biology to Ecology. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Biology as a part time student with the USP, with a topic on the use of native bacteria and fungus for improving survival of seeds/seedlings/cuttings used for restoration/replanting programs. Maika Daveta joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN in 2016 as the National Project Coordinator for the Action Against Desertification Project and currently holds the National Project Coordinator for the Forest and Landscape Restoration project working in the Yasawa and Mamanuca on dry forest restoration and community development. Prior to joining FAO, Maika was the ACIAR/USP Graduate Scholarship officer at the faculty of Science, USP from 2012 – 2014, before joining the Ministry of Forestry Silviculture Research Division as Forestry Officer (Tree Improvement) 2014- 2016.

Maika continues to engage and participate in various capacity building, research and community development programs related to natural resource management. He is also affiliated to various groups including  being a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Conifer Specialist group amongst others.

Presentation Title:  Assessing Land Use Change using Collect Earth Open Foris – Naviti and Malolo District

Open Socialisation Workshop 1: 29th June 2021

Nicholas METHERALL, Senior Advisor for Remote Sensing and Carbon Modelling – Global Evergreening Alliance (GEA)

Speaker Bio: Nick is the Senior Advisor for remote sensing and carbon modelling for the Global Evergreening Alliance (GEA). He is currently enrolled through a joint program with the University of the South Pacific and the Australian National University. Nick’s background is in hydrology and he has spent a lot of time in rivers in Australia and Fiji often preferring the latter since there are less crocodiles! For Fiji, most of Nick’s research has been focused on monitoring sources of coastal pollution from extractive industries in Fiji in Ba and Tailevu. 

Presentation Title:  Seeing the forest for the trees: vegetation monitoring through open access and open source datasets.  

Riparian vegetation is integral to ensuring streambank integrity, filtration of runoff to maintain water quality, rates of erosion and further act as a sink for carbon stocks in vegetative biomass. One of the key measures for spatial prioritization in environmental monitoring of ridge-to-reef programs in the Pacific is the status of riparian vegetation and forest cover. For agroforestry and carbon credit projects, measurement reporting and verification through GIS and remote sensing, vegetation and forest inventories are crucial.  

Clearly, there are a range of applications for monitoring vegetation for both terrestrial and marine ecosystems. But where can we find useful open access and open source datasets to support our work in this space?  

This presentation shares a range of old and new, tried and true datasets, platforms and tools and software as well as real life application to case studies and projects from the field. Examples include, WRI, Global Forest Watch (GFW), the NICFI initiative, Restor, Collect Earth, the Global Restoration Monitor, InVEST models, FullCAM and Earth Engine datasets. The methods and datasets include a combination of field-measurements, GIS data, remote sensing earth observation imagery. Case studies to include Fiji, Solomon Islands, Australia, Kenya and Ethiopia

Lebaiatelaite GAUNAVINAKA, Technical Expert – CommonSensing Project Fiji

Speaker Bio: Leba Gaunavinaka is UNITAR’s technical expert for the CommonSensing Project in Fiji with over 15 years experience in GIS & Remote Sensing applications in natural resource management, land administration, DRR and climate change. A strong advocate in developing Fiji’s Geospatial Industry, she supports open data initiatives such as OSM Fiji that strengthens local capacities and leverages technologies that help Fiji achieve its sustainable development goals. Leba is also a volunteer with OSMFiji and a Board Member of the Pacific GIS and Remote Sensing Council.

OSM Fiji Mapathons

OSM Fiji is hosting (and co-hosting) a number of mapathons virtually via the Tasking Manager. Currently OSM Fiji is slowly building the foundation of knowledge and skills for local mappers, through the adding of buildings. We aim to build these local mappers confidence and will in future add on more attributes such as roads, rivers, settlement areas and release more tags in later workshops. Mobile data has been provided to attendees to help facilitate attendance.

OSM Fiji Mapathon 2: 30th June 2021

Tickers are available for this mapathon via humanitix

OSM Fiji Mapathon 1: 26th May 2021

OSM Fiji’s first virtual mapathon brought local and international attendees to the event. Attendees were separated into rooms they felt most suited their skill and contributed to one of three active HOT Tasks.

These tasks mapped buildings only and as of the 28th of June there have been over 12000 edits made from these three projects.

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