[Talk-ug] Using OSM Mapping to solve land conflicts in Rural Areas

Douglas Ssebaggala douglas at mappingday.com
Wed Sep 24 13:33:53 UTC 2014


The (Google Android) ideos smartphones - which are no longer being  
manufactured - have G.P.S functionality, we often use them to collect  
waypoints and tracks for updating OpenStreetMap, and they have an  
accuracy of 2 metres.

It was made clear to the locals that OSM as it is will not be the  
ultimate solution to the Land wrangles, and we would not Survey thier  
land to give them titles as Professional Land Surveyors, but

OSM and mapping can, and is hoped to give them the ability to know  
thier community, environments, neighbours, plus the Mapping tools  
helping to reduce wrangles; as they will be able to make thier own  
digital maps, print, own, and use them for thier wishes and solving  
such, and more issues.

Quoting Carl Kigundu <c.kigundu at iee.org>:

> Also since these days GPS is about  4 metres accuracy at the best of  
>  times, recording these points would be
> futile where sub 30 cm accuracies are required to resolve a wrangle.
> Once you put a fix on a location at the best of times with an   
> accuracy of 4 metres, the next time you go there
> with a best of times accuracy again there is a good chance the point  
>  is up to 8 metres away from where you fixed it !
> With the march of tech, we could be at 10cm accuracy in 10 years,   
> but at those levels we would still have wrangles. !
> -Carl
> From: Thijs Kuiper [mailto:thijskuiper21 at gmail.com]
> Sent: 24 September 2014 14:45
> Cc: talk-ug at openstreetmap.org
> Subject: Re: [Talk-ug] Using OSM Mapping to solve land conflicts in   
> Rural Areas
> Hi,
> I'm not sure how OSM maps are valued in court during land issues.   
> Reinier mentioned the fact of OSM being open, meaning everyone can   
> change (manipulate) these maps to their advantage. I'd like a   
> lawyer's opinion regarding this subject. Does anyone know a lawyer   
> who specializes in land issues?
> Best,
> Thijs
> On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 11:19 AM, Reinier Battenberg   
> <reinier.battenberg at mountbatten.net<mailto:reinier.battenberg at mountbatten.net>>   
> wrote:
> Hi Geoffrey,
> OSM can help greatly in mapping the situation as-is. Where the roads, rocks,
> trees etc etc are.
> It can then be used to put the discussion about legal boundaries in   
> context of
> the real world. OSM, by nature of being open, is not suitable to actually
> manage disputes.
> just my 2 cents.
> Rgds,
> Reinier
> On Sunday 21 September 2014 21:47:59 Kateregga Geoffrey wrote:
>> During the recently concluded Mapping Day road trip in Eastern Uganda  we
>> met an NGO who would like to use mapping to help solve one of the biggest
>> problems in their community "Land Wrangles". What do you think is the best
>> way to use OSM / Mapping to solve this problem?
> --
> rgds,
> Reinier Battenberg
> Director
> Mountbatten Ltd.
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