Hi folks. I’m developing a training path for IFRC disaster responders that deploy for UAV operations. For image processing we want to train on ODM. Would love any recommendations for training materials. A colleague found this Udemy course on Getting Started with Open Drone Map (ODM) but I’m looking for additional options. Nothing against the professor behind that course, but bonus points for suggestions that more directly support ODM ecosystem maintainers.
Hey @danbjoseph - this is something I’ve considered doing for a long time, although always found myself short of time to develop. I do have some material for flying in hard places (no gcps, no automated planning possible) - which could extend to denied areas (no ground access possible) I could turn into a course - but nothing ready right now. What’s your timeline? Does IFRC have budget to help develop material which can then be open to everyone? If it helps to have a chat, drop me a DM
I’m leading the development of IFRC level policies and procedures for deployment of drone capacity to large disaster responses. Right now, the training and equipment is up to individual National Societies that want to maintain the capacity. For now, they just need to meet certain requirements and be able to complete certain drone use cases. I’m also working on the proposal for the addition of drone capacity to the American Red Cross international disaster response roster. The learning path and associated trainings will be for us, and though we will offer it to our global network, it’s not guaranteed that it will be taken up.
We are likely targeting less than 10 people on our roster with the training, so it will be hard to get budget allocation for training development. It would make more sense to pay a registration fee for each trained person when possible for various competencies. That way we also don’t have to worry about updating the training ourselves as software updates come out, etc.
After there is more formalization around the use of drones, investments in training creation might be possible. Perhaps in a cross-cutting manner that allows it to be used for drone mapping in other activities outside of response, such as Enhanced Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (EVCA).
This is worthy of discussion and something that fits well under
We have done a bunch of one-offs, but it would make more sense to deploy this and provide updates, and that is part of what forming the org is intended to formalize. As there is nothing community driven that I know of yet formed, do you have a timeline?
I am hoping to have our 1st cohort of roster members trained within the next 9 months. I think I could do an okay job pulling together some basic materials and teaching about how to process with ODM, so it’s not a blocker for that immediate initiative. I think the materials would be useful in multiple contexts. If it becomes available I can start pointing people towards it and leveraging it to make drone mapping with open source friendlier. If it doesn’t become available, at some point I may get lucky and be able to fund it as part of a larger project.
9 months is good lead time and helps us prioritize a resource like this in the interim.
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