[HOT] Buildings and HOT's reputation in OSM

ralph.aytoun at ntlworld.com ralph.aytoun at ntlworld.com
Tue Dec 12 00:31:06 UTC 2017

I am not sure what you are trying to say, but to help you understand “Microgrants” I can explain some of them to you.

I am helping the WAMM (West African Motorbike Mappers) who are in Sierra Leone. The lead for this was Ivan Gayton from Medicins sans Frontieres and Rupert Alan (A regular attendee at The London Missing Maps Mapathons). 

They have supplied equipment and are training local people to travel around Sierra Leone (at present they are working their way through the Eastern Province and they have completed Kailahun District and almost completed Kenema District) visiting every town, village, hamlet and isolated dwellings taking gps readings to supply coordinates for the names of each of these places, with data such as the presence of a water pump, local market and health facilities. They download this information onto a spreadsheet and I have been checking their work and adding these names and data to OSM. This field work is continuing with local people even though Rupert has moved on to Uganda https://africamotorcyclemapping.org/2017/11/11/exciting-new-job-motorcycle-mapping-refugee-settlements-uganda/ and Ivan is in Tanzania with Rumani Huria.

Another that I have been involved in is Janet Chapman (also an attendee at the London Missing Maps Mapathons)  with Crowd2Map  in Tanzania where she is training the local people to draw the maps themselves and add more information and detail with local knowledge. Along with the help of the Crowdsource community they have done an amazing job of helping to add to the basic infrastructure of Northern Tanzania https://crowd2map.wordpress.com/  

These projects have gained a foothold in very poor areas where technology is nowhere near as advanced as you are used to, they have started the process and they are quite keen to keep the momentum going. The result will be a dedicated group in each country that will continue the work, train more local people and expand the mapping community. Even Katmandu Living Labs was a small group in the beginning.

And for your information Rebecca Firth is another one who attended the London Missing Maps Mapathons. So Mapathons are a valuable way of finding people who are prepared to get more involved and actively improve OSM locally and elsewhere and not just about bad mappers. It is well worth the effort even though many attendees do not return or even continue mapping. 

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