Organizer Majd al-Shibabi is giving a presentation at the beginning of the mapathon. (The Daily Star/HO)
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On a rainy afternoon, 15 people gather in Beirut for a "mapathon". Their goal: to help improve a historic map of Palestine. The open maps project started when Ahmad Barclay, a member of Visualizing Palestine, found the digitized versions of historic maps of Palestine that were created during the British mandate.Barclay brought the 150 small maps together into a single large one and uploaded it.Every Palestinian settlement is marked, as well as what happened to it: If the settlement still exists, if it was depopulated or if an Israeli settlement was built upon it. Barclay, who received a fellowship from AUB, is now connecting 800 landmarks mentioned in the interviews in the oral archive about daily life in Palestine with the places on the maps.
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