[Talk-gh] OSM in Ghana, Way forward
alert at bouterse.com
Wed Jun 22 16:56:40 UTC 2016
I love is when all things comes together 😉
Thanks Bjoern for your reply and your offer to use your network, knowledge
My knowledge of editing maps is not too deep yet, more basic. But the
reason why I was thinking about SHS, is the sometimes complexity of editing
the details. I have not even found a good leaning book about making OSM
maps. also courses are difficult to find. But maybe the JHS can start with
simple things as making the streets, giving the streets a name and placing
landmarks. With a educational paper / workbook, I think it should be
possible. than SHS schools can maybe dig deeper, like nodes, buildings,
What does the other mappers think about this?
Hope to hear you soon.
2016-06-22 9:08 GMT+02:00 Bjoern Hassler <bjohas at gmail.com>:
> Hi Alert, hi Sylvester, hi Enock, hi all,
> Good to read your posts. About me: I am in Ghana part time, to support the
> www.t-tel.org programme. T-TEL is a government of Ghana programme that
> supports the 40 GoG Colleges of Education, with some 1,800 tutors and 40k+
> students. My role is to support professional development of those tutors,
> to improve education outcomes for student teachers, and ultimately for
> pupils. Our outputs are Open Educational Resources under CC BY-SA, see
> It could be interesting to do something aimed at tutors, to support them
> in teaching their education students. The student teachers will teach in
> primary and JHS, but there is still scope for mapping. If you're interested
> in SHS, I've also got some contact with the science centres that work with
> More generally, "mapping in education" would be a good area in my opinion.
> Maybe we could collaborate on creating some documentation in the first
> place, perhaps on the OSM wiki? For example (despite good technology
> background) I struggled in finding the right tags, and building the right
> relationships between objects. It would be good to e.g. have a guide called
> "mapping your school", that explained what nodes/ways/relationships to use.
> Ideally this would use a range of editors (online, tablet based, desktop
> Another guide that would be useful is "creating printable maps". For
> example I tried to create a map of the 40 colleges. The best option seemed
> to be overpass, but export is limited to png. Of course e.g. Field papers
> can produce an atlas, by not sure about configuration options. In my view
> it would be desirable to have a guide that shows how
> teachers/tutors/lectures can easily produce printable maps, configured to
> show elements relevant to the lesson taught, such as environmental features
> (e.g. rivers and wetlands) vs. political features (e.g. districts) vs.
> infrastructure (e.g. power stations and power lines)... It's not clear to
> me how to do that (if indeed it's possible), and at least a clear tutorial
> is needed.
> Once we have this, we could trial the documentation in education
> institutions, and work with teachers/tutors/lectures on "lesson ideas",
> that can be written down and used to engage more teachers/tutors/lectures.
> I'd be very happy to contribute to writing/testing and the education side
> in general. It would be good to have some people with in-depth OSM
> experience on board too, so we can recommend the right tools.
> All the best,
> On 21 Jun 2016 5:03 am, "Sylvester Adjapong" <adjapongs at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Alert Bouterse,
>> Thanks for your feedback, OSM Ghana has a project coming up that aligns
>> with your idea stated.
>> We will keep you posted if anything.
>> *SYLVESTER ADJAPONG © 2016*
>> *"That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power
>> of God" - 1 Corinthians 2:5 KJV*
>> On 20 June 2016 at 22:47, Alert Bouterse <alert at bouterse.com> wrote:
>>> Dear mappers,
>>> I have I idea already for years, how to enlarge the group of mappers. It
>>> starts with the youth. I wass thinking about contacting schools ( SHS) as a
>>> guest lesson (Geography) about awareness of a needing good map and teach
>>> them how to edit there own environment. Starting with paper prints and
>>> filling the details. And then as a next step, how to edit the map. My only
>>> problem is that I don't live in Ghana. That way you can make the youth
>>> enthusiastic about our goal and let the number of volunteers grow.
>>> I saw some material to use to teach on http://learnosm.org/en/
>>> Hope to hear you're vision on this.
>>> Alert Bouterse
>>> Op 18 jun. 2016 23:46 schreef "Enock Seth Nyamador" <kwadzo459 at gmail.com
>>> Good Evening Mappers,
>>> Hope this finds you all in good health. I can say we're almost 30+ on
>>> this list and is because of a common goal; Open Geodata through
>>> OpenStreetMap platform and beyond.
>>> OpenStreetMap as I know is not all about the map data but also
>>> community; the people who make the maps, this got me into sending OSM
>>> messages to users who have mapped in Ghana.
>>> Over this week, myself and other mappers have been thinking out how to
>>> we can grow OpenStreetMap Ghana as a community and whole. As a community
>>> what do we need or need to do; organize mapathons, projects, what problems
>>> can we solve with data from OSM, etc.
>>> Which organizations to partner with? I believe there are companies and
>>> users in Ghana who use data from OSM but just don't know how to give back
>>> not that the're not willing.
>>> Communities needs leaders (not political as in Ghana :D).
>>> Let's keep the discussion going.
>>> OSM Regards,
>>> - Enock
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