[OSM-talk] Surveying OpenStreetMap in Africa

M. Peterson petersonmaxx at googlemail.com
Thu Jan 22 05:23:09 GMT 2009


cool, are the people from africa joining a OSM mailiglist?
What about a OSM conference or workshop initiated in africa?
Are there any contacts to the governments to support OSM?

On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 4:47 AM, Mikel Maron <mikel_maron at yahoo.com> wrote:

>  I receive an inquiry from a colleague at the UN Office for Outer Space
> Affairs on the current state of OSM in Africa,
> and I wrote up this brief survey in response. For certain many cool
> activities are missing, so please fill in the blanks.
>
> The results will be shared with UNOOSA directly and blogged.
>
> Cheers
> Mikel
>
>
>
> OpenStreetMap is growing rapidly across all of Africa.
> Mapping is spreading through local mappers, mappers on
> vacation, foreign nationals, and remote mapping using
> satellite imagery. A recent comparison judged the OSM
> had the most comprehensive coverage of Africa among
> web mapping services, especially in cities.
>
>
> http://blog.fortiusone.com/2008/12/12/openstreetmap-vs-googleteleatlas-street-coverage/
>
>
> * Wiki Projects *
>
> There are active wiki projects in Algeria, Burkina Faso,
> Burundi, Cameroon, Congo-Kinshasa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana,
> Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa,
> Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia .. and other places no doubt.
>
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Category:Africa
>
> Particularly interesting is a project to map the entire Nile.
>
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_Nile
>
>
> * UN *
>
> Bo Robert Pederson of UNICEF has been informally mapping
> Accra and Nairobi to comprehensive levels, and will be
> investigating bringing OSM more directly into UNICEF's
> activities. There's strong interest in East Africa in
> OSM as a component of the EA-SDI.
>
> In cooperation with the UNJLC, Neil Penman and other
> volunteers from IBM importing UN data sets for Southern
> Sudan into OSM. We continue to explore opportunies for
> collaboration there.
>
>
> * Conferences and Mapping Parties *
>
> In September 2008, the FOSS4G conference was held in
> Cape Town. Open Geographic Data and OpenStreetMap emerged
> as main themes of the conference. Very successful mapping
> parties were held in conjunction, including mapping in
> townships.
>
> http://porcupinealley.com/entries/2008/oct/09/township-mapping/
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OpenMappingAfrica2008
>
> Local mappers in Cape Town recently negotiated the release of
> all street data held by the Cape Town metropolitan region,
> to supplement the already stellar OSM coverage there.
> This link is a quick rendering of the newly freed data.
>
> http://adrian.frith.co.za/slippymap/
>
>
> In July 2008, Wikimania (the Wikipedia conference) was
> held at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt. OSM was presented
> to great reception. A mapping party was held in Cairo, and
> over the last six months Egypt's maps have grown extremely
> rapidly.
>
>
> * 2009 *
>
> Already a strong start to 2009, with new initiatives to promote
> and use OpenStreetMap in Africa.
>
> DC Based technology consultants Development Seed have active
> humanitarian mapping projects using OSM in Zimbabwe, Somalia,
> and the DRC; And they are seeking interns to help with the
> effort.
>
>
> http://www.developmentseed.org/blog/2009/jan/15/developing-countries-mapped-good-detail-open-street-map
>
> http://www.developmentseed.org/blog/2009/jan/16/spring-2009-gis-humanitarian-relief-team
>
>
> The OpenStreetMap Foundation will be distributing donated GPS
> units to mappers in developing countries.
>
> http://foundation.openstreetmap.org/gpstogo/
>
>
> Not yet formally announced, the "Mappers Without Borders" project
> will be providing OSM mapping assistance to humanitarian response
> and development projects, particularly in Africa. (As a still
> informal entity, we've recently been active in mapping the Gaza
> Strip.)
>
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