[Talk-gh] OSM in Ghana, Way forward
adjapongs at gmail.com
Wed Jun 22 18:13:28 UTC 2016
Wow , this is interesting, just last year as i sat with Enoch to draft a
proposal on mapping in education.
We can meet and have in-depth discussion on this but hey! guys, you can
read what we put down a year ago so we can get the conversation started.
Ideas worth sharing......Thanks
Sample of drafted proposal______________________
The School Mapping Project, Ghana (SMP, GH) is a non-profit initiative
co-founded and started by Sylvester Adjapong (Founder, MapOut Ghana) and
Enock Seth Nyamador (Openstreetmap Lead, Ghana). It is a project-based,
service-learning oriented program that provides students with skills and
technical know-how on the importance of mapping and how to contribute to
mapping their schools and environment using OpenStreetMap (OSM) and other
open source softwares to help contribute to the development of open data
and their communities and country at large.
At its heart, SMP, Ghana is a coordinated effort with Code for Ghana to
provide today’s students with a fun-packed educational atmosphere that
allows them to gain insight into their own abilities to acquire and use
mapping information, solve problems and develop valuable experience from
mapping and learning about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using
Our goal is to reach out to 100 schools in the 10 regions of Ghana by the
end of 2016 and as such your school has been selected based on our
This is just a sample of what we wrote for the proposal to send to schools!
*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 22 June 2016 at 16:56, Alert Bouterse <alert at bouterse.com> wrote:
> I love is when all things comes together 😉
> Thanks Bjoern for your reply and your offer to use your network, knowledge
> and scales.
> 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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