State of the Map Asia 2016

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State of the Map Asia 2016


State of the Map Asia 2016 is the second State of the Map Asia regional conference for Asia. The venue was the National Institute of Physics, UP Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines in October 1-2 2016.

Opening session

By the numbers:

  • 2 days of presentations, workshops, and talks (punctuated by snacks and meals)
  • 186 participants, from 21 countries (15 Asian states represented)
  • Women made up 40 % of the attendees
  • 80% of the total were between 15-34 years old, while 17% were between 35-54 years old
  • 73% has edited an online map before the conference (OSM, Google Maps, etc.)
  • 42% found out about the conference from social media
  • 92% joined because of the program content

Code of Conduct

This was the first SotM Asia conference that formalized a Code of Conduct for all participants:

The State of the Map Asia 2016 team is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks.

Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Exhibitors or similar actors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns that you are unable to satisfactorily resolve amongst the person(s) involved, please contact a member of conference team immediately. Escalation to, and incident reporting by a small subset of conference team leaders will ensure that repeat offenders do not go unnoticed.

The conference team will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events.


Day Time Auditorium Function Room
1-Oct, Sat 08:00 Registration
08:45 Session opening
09:00 Opening Keynote: Kate Chapman
Chairperson, OpenStreetMap Foundation
09:30 State of the Country Talks - Part I
Japan by Taichi Furuhashi
India by Srividya Bharadwaj
Taiwan by Jui-Lin Chen
Indonesia by Adityo Dwijananto
10:15 Break
10:30 OSM for capacity building to strengthen disaster resilience
Kuo-Yu “Slayer” Chuang, GeoThings
COMET e-Jeepney and maps
Fred Tinga, President, Global Electronic Transport
11:00 Meet the supergirls from Marunda who utilize OSM to build their

community resilience map
Wulansari Khairunisa, HOT Indonesia

Making the map navigable
Abhishek Saikia, Mapbox
11:30 Development of a disaster-resilient campus land-use plan

of Bicol University using Open Source software
Michael T. Cobilla, Bicol University

The necessity and effectiveness of mapping

road incidents in policy-making and building

better and safer roads in the Philippines

12:00 Break
13:00 Keynote: Nama Budhathoki
Executive Director, Kathmandu Living Labs
14:00 Project NOAH and OpenStreetMap: The role of science

and crowd-sourced mapping in DRR
Ervin Malicdem and Dinnah Feye Andal, Project NOAH

Mapillary: Street-level photos for richer map editing
Edoardo Neerhut, Mapillary AB
14:00 Mapping for flood exposure with OpenStreetMap

— the Sri Lanka experience
Robert Banick and Srimal Priyantha Samansiri, World Bank

Local knowledge is king –
Eugene Lisovsky,
14:30 Building a Data Team in the open
Maning Sambale, Mapbox
OSM, ODK and OMK, Oh my! Mapping and surveying in

Habitat for Humanity’s Nepali earthquake response
Robert Banick and Ewan Oglethorpe, Habitat for Humanity

15:00 Group Photo / Break
15:15 Map the Philippines initiative
Celina Agaton, MapPH
Improving map data through customer feedback
Nikhil Prabhakar U, Mapbox
15:45 Share local knowledge with Lowiki and OSM
Pomin Wu, OSM Taiwan
Run your own Taginfo instance
Yogesh K S, OpenStreetMap India
16:15 Validating the map
Chethan H A, Mapbox
Significance of Open Source in participatory

vulnerability mapping
Melvin B. Purzuelo

16:45 State of the Country Talks - Part II
Sri Lanka by Srimal Priyantha Samansiri
Philippines by Eugene Alvin Villar
Nepal by Nama Budhathoki
Indonesia by Adityo Dwijananto
Bangladesh by Ahasanul Hoque
17:30 Closing, Day 1
18:00 Commute to Social Event via GET/COMET E-jeepney
2-Oct, Sun 08:45 It’s time to fly with your drone!
Taichi Furuhashi, MAPconcierge
Mapbox Studio workshop
Srividya C,
09:00 Asia Resilience Forum

Moderator: Jun Amanto, BeGood Cafe

10:00 Act locally, change globally

Jun Amanto, BeGood Cafe

10:15 Break
10:30 Micro-satellites and UAVs: Challenges in

processing and distribution

UP Department of Geodetic Engineering

InaSAFE workshop

Adityo Dwijananto, HOT Indonesia

11:00 Remote sensing, satellite, and UAV panel

Moderator: UP Department of Geodetic Engineering

12:00 Break
13:00 Keynote: Taichi Furuhashi

President, MAPconcierge

13:30 Local Chapters congress

Moderator: Maning Sambale, OpenStreetMap Philippines

Mapillary workshop

Edoardo Neerhut, Mapillary AB

15:00 Break
15:15 Lightning Talks
  • Hackdays at Mapbox Bangalore by Maning Sambale, Mapbox
  • OSM 3D development by Chethan H A
  • Personal exploration with OpenStreetMap by Michael Wood
  • Mapping the Cordillera Great Traverse Hiking Trail by Leonard G. Soriano
  • Wikimedia and OpenStreetMap collaborations by Eugene Alvin Villar
  • OpenStreetMap data for Navigation guidance and Trekking by Ervin Malicdem
  • Updating and validating health facility locations in OSM by Nate Smith
  • Building a Developer Community with Containers by Rex Tsai
Mapathon and OpenStreetMap basics

Project NOAH

17:00 Closing keynote: Dr. Mahar Lagmay, PhD

Executive Director, Project NOAH


The conference was made possible with the support of numerous people, and organizations:

  • Co-event partner - VISIONS Asia Resilience Forum
  • Co-operation partner - BeGood Cafe and the Global Environment Fund (Japan)
  • Sponsors - Mapbox, Mapillary
  • Supporters - PHL Microsat, Department of Geodetic Engineering (UP Diliman), GET Philippines
  • Organizer - OpenStreetMap Philippines led by messieurs Eugene Villar (@seav), Maning Sambale (@maning), and Win Olario (@GOwin)

The State of the Map Asia network's website is:


Some of the photos from the event.

The hard-working volunteers who worked behind the scenes to ensure the success 2016 SotM Asia.
(2013) · 2014 Thailand · 2015 Indonesia · 2016 Philippines · 2017 Nepal · 2018 India · 2019 Bangladesh· 2020 Asia· 2021 Srilanka