[Talk-gh] OSM in Ghana, Way forward

Bjoern Hassler bjohas at gmail.com
Wed Jun 22 07:08:15 UTC 2016

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.
> Cheers,
> Sylvester
> *"That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power
> of God"  - 1 Corinthians 2:5 KJV*
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> 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.
>> Greetings,
>> 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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