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Attending the 2018 State of the Map

The feeling was unparalleled, and it still is. Receiving an email notification that I had been awarded a scholarship to attend the 2018 State of the Map conference in Milan, Italy marked the beginning of the rest of my life. It would be my first for so many things, and boarding a plane merely scratches the surface. My focus was on learning and sharing my experiences, beliefs, but most of all passion about open data. It had been a rough journey, but the sheer hard work and commitment had started paying off. Over 400 developers, cartographers, data scientists, tech evangelists, open data enthusiasts, and students from 54 countries were in attendance, all with a common interest: to create a fre

The Role of Geospatial Data in Research and Policy Development: Sharing our Experience as YouthMappe

Everything, absolutely everything, is location based. Nothing on our planet exists without possessing spatial attributes. Whether it is a stadium (polygon feature), a pair of socks (point feature), it bears a unique spatial identity (geographic coordinates). Therefore, mapping offers individuals the opportunity to collect, analyse, store, and share data for development. Thus, a mapper’s purpose is defined through mapping. It is for this reason that University of Ghana YouthMappers focuses on developing the mapping capacity of its members. The Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Program organised by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Accra, fr

Let’s Map: OSM Training 2018

With a vision to make the first year students aware of OpenStreetMap and knowing its growing use, Geomatics Engineering Students’ Association of Nepal (GESAN) organized two days training running through June 1st and 2nd 2018 at Pashchimanchal Campus, Pokhara. The trainers for the programs were primarily faculty professors and senior students. OpenStreetMap(OSM) is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. First created in 2004, OSM now has over 2 million registered users, who can collect data using manual survey, GPS devices, aerial photography and other free sources. OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data emphasizing on t

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