[Talk-gh] Ghana New Regional Boundaries Import

Rexford Nyarko rexfordnyrk at gmail.com
Mon Jun 8 07:48:39 UTC 2020

Good Day all,

I trust we're all doing well and staying safe.
Following up on the above subject, please i would like to know if any
progress has been made towards it. Have we been able to get access to the
"official data" nad made the imports  or we are still waiting? Has any
attempts been made at all? If yes what's the status on that? If no what has
to be done to get the import, its getting to a year now.

I am working on a project that needs this data(shapefiles for the 16
If I can help in anyway to get the current boundaries and import then
please let me know. Even if it means going to GSS myself. Thanks

In the mean time @sammy  can you kindly share your shapefiles with me?
Thank you.

Warm regards,
Rexford Nyarko.

On Fri, 30 Aug 2019, 6:41 pm Enock Seth Nyamador, <enockseth at gmail.com>

> Hello Samuel,
> Thanks for bringing this up. The last time I checked from Ghana
> Statistical Service (GSS), these boundaries are still been validated. Let's
> give it sometime to be completed. We can then write to GSS officially for
> the data to be released for import into OpenStreetMap under appropriate
> license.
> Until then let's allow the 10 existing regions to enjoy their freedom. :)
> Le ven. 9 août 2019 à 09:36, Winfred DOTSE-G <winfredotse at gmail.com> a
> écrit :
>> Hello Samuel and the OSM gang,
>> Just to share my opinion on the admin levels shapefiles.
>> I would like to know the source of your new boundaries.
>> Although OSM uses a participatory approach in developing its system and
>> collecting spatial data, I am of the opinion that administrative boundaries
>> should be official and accurate.
>> Thus, it should not be based on ones personal digitisation of what they
>> think the extent of districts, regions, ea's and other boundaries are.
>> For instance, to the best of my knowledge, some communities in Volta/Oti
>> in the Hohoe Municipality are not yet sure which region they belong to.
>> Where do these communities fall within the file you hold? Who determined
>> these boundaries?
>> If these are from Government i.e Ghana Statistical Service or the agency
>> responsible, that is awesome! Else, I am of the opinion that we should not
>> be in a haste to update the regional files. However, if we do update it, we
>> should include clear metadata that these are not official boundaries.
>> I hope the statistical service or any agency responsible for this gives
>> us a solution soon. I am aware that there are some strong geography
>> departments assisting the gss towards the next census. I am sure such
>> issues might be sorted promptly.
>> Regards,
>> Winfred.
>> On Fri, 9 Aug 2019 at 10:10, Samuel Darkwah Manu via Talk-gh <
>> talk-gh at openstreetmap.org> wrote:
>>> Hello OSM Community,
>>> I hope this email finds you all well.I write this email in respect of
>>> the above stated subject. For those who may not be aware,
>>> Friday, 15th February, 2019 the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa
>>> Akufo-Addo, concluded the constitutional mandate of creating six new
>>> regions
>>> <https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/new-ghana-map-with-16-regional-capitals.html>,
>>> bringing the number to 16 in the country.
>>> However, since that time the number of regions in Ghana on OpenStreetMap
>>> remains to be ten (10). I have recently acquired the shapefiles of the new
>>> regional boundaries (16 regions) and would like to consult and collaborate
>>> with the OSM Community to safely update the regional boundaries through an
>>> import.
>>> Looking forward to your responses on this matter. Thank you
>>> Best wishes,
>>> Samuel
>>> Links in the message (1)
>>> Know the 16 regional capitals of Ghana
>>> <https://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/new-ghana-map-with-16-regional-capitals.html>
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