In State of The Map

State of the Map Africa 2019 Conference Tickets Now on Sale!!!

The State of the Map Africa (SoTM Africa) is an annual regional conference that celebrates the culture of open mapping, open data, GIS and its impact across Africa. The first SoTM Africa conference was hosted by the OSM community in Uganda in 2017. This year’s conference will build on a new strategy envisioned for OpenStreetMap Africa as a renewed, strong, and growing network, and as part of the global open mapping movement.

 State of The Map Africa 2019

 More Info 🛈: About SoTM Africa 2019
Theme ✅: Transforming lives through mapping
Venue 🌍: Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast ( Cote D'Ivoire)
Date 📆: 22-24 November, 2019
Tickets 🎫:
                     Conference Tickets (Early Bird fee)
                      African $ 50.00
                      Rest of the world $ 100.00
                      Business $ 350.00 

                            ✸✸✸ Click Here To Buy Tickets ✸✸✸

SoTM Africa is organised by OSM Africa.
OSM Africa is a regional community of contributors, users and supporters of OpenStreetMap from countries within the African continent. This includes mappers, scientific researchers, humanitarians, NGOs, government agencies, small business and global companies having and/or supporting work within the continent.The network is aimed at growing and producing a complete and well detailed map of Africa on OpenStreetMap in order to advance the quality, completeness and sustainability of geospatial data in Africa.

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In GIS News New Release

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) releases OSGeoLive 13.0

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What is OSGeoLive?

OSGeoLive is a self-contained bootable DVD, USB thumb drive or Virtual Machine based on Lubuntu, that allows you to try a wide variety of open source geospatial software without installing anything. Simply put, OSGeoLive is a Linux operating system based on Lubuntu specially made for the geospatial industry. It is composed entirely of free software, allowing it to be freely distributed, duplicated and passed around. 

It provides pre-configured applications for a range of geospatial use cases, including storage, publishing, viewing, analysis and manipulation of data. It also contains sample datasets and documentation.

It includes:
  • Close to 50 quality geospatial Open Source applications installed and pre-configured
  • Free world maps and sample datasets
  • Project Overview and step-by-step Quickstart for each application
  • Lightning presentation of all applications, along with speaker’s script
  • Translations to multiple languages
Homepage: ​

What's new in OSGeoLive 13.0?

Highlights of this new release include:

  • New applications ​MapCache, ​GeoExt, ​t-rex, ​actinia.
  • Additional Python modules like Fiona, rasterio, cartopy, pandas, geopandas, mappyfile.
  • Improved documentation and four new translations, now supporting: English | Deutsch | Español | Suomi | Français | Italiano | 日本語 | Hungarian
  • Version ​updates to many of the included packages.
Watch the OSGeo team's presentation at the FOSS4G 2019 for an in depth exposure.. (video above)


 Download the OSGeoLive 13.0 image at ​

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In Personal

Participating in Open Cities Africa (Accra) Project: The journey so far...


Accra, the capital of Ghana, is a city that is beleaguered by perennial flooding, with peaks during the rainy season during June and July. In June. 2015 for example, a heavy rain, an explosion and a fire occurred at a petrol station in Accra, reportedly killing over 250 people, many of whom had gone there to take shelter from the flooding and rain. Devastating floods hit areas around Accra and claimed the lives of a number of persons after heavy rainfall from 18 June 2018. The floods occur year in, year out.

In an attempt to resolve this menace, the World Bank through its Greater Accra Resilience and Integrated Development (GARID) Project is working to support resilient, clean, and inclusive development in the entire Greater Accra Region.

Open Cities Accra Project...

The World Bank Group, Open Data for Resilience Initiative (ODRI) and Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDDR) initiated the Open Cities Africa  Project in which Accra is a beneficiary city, hence, Open Cities Accra.

Open Cities Accra is to support the GARID project through the creation of map data to inform participatory solid waste management, and informal settlement upgrading, in these flood prone areas. The focus of the Open Cities Accra project is on Alogboshie, Akweteyman, Alajo and Nima.

My experience...

In July 2018 I traveled to the capital city from Kumasi to participate in the Open Cities Accra Project. I based at the offices of Mobile Web Ghana. I was eager to start so I probably arrived quite early. 

The following week after I arrived, other interested volunteers were invited to an interview and subsequent selection to participate in the project. Thereafter, we underwent a week long training. We were introduced to OpenStreetMap and Geographical Information Systems in general. Enock Seth Nyamador (OSM Ghana) took us into details about OpenStreetMap and how to contribute remotely using the iD Editor and JOSM. I supported in teaching the beginners because I was well grounded in that, I had been mapping over a year by that time.

We also had David, a HOT representative from Uganda, who came to train us on the field mapping exercise. We learnt how to use Open Data Kit (ODK) Collect and Open Map Kit (OMK) to collect OpenStreetMap data offline, had experimental sessions mapping buildings (adding attributes), drains, and Points of Interests (POIs).  We fine tuned the rough edges, dotted our Is and crossed our Ts and off to Alogboshie having done with remote mapping of the area.

David (HOT) making his presentation

At Alogboshie we collected attribute data on all buildings, drains, shops, schools, kiosks. Almost everything. I noticed that, as a matter of necessity, people living in the area which was mostly affected by flooding had adapted mechanisms to reduce their vulnerability to floods. Most of the buildings in that area had raised their foundations a few meters above ground level. Astonishingly, people living in wooden kiosks had raised their abodes about about 3-4 feet above ground level like Nzulezu without the water. Why don't they just abandon such a place?

We completed the field mapping in about 10 days of work. For most of the mappers their work had come to an end, mine wasn't. It was time for data cleaning to ensure quality assurance of the data we were going to upload to OpenStreetMap. The tediousness in that work? The least I said the better.

It was through the data cleaning exercise that I noticed some of the challenges we faced during the remote mapping and field mapping. They were:

 1. Omission: Some of the buildings in the area were not mapped. They were either covered by a tree or they had no roof so the remote mapper couldn't notice there was a building.

 2. Homogeneity: There was a lack of uniformity in the data collected and that had to do with the names of places. Different mappers could spell the name of a place differently based on their own conception of how they think it should be spelt. One mapper could also give different spelling for the same place. Typical example 'ABC Benjilo' (abc/ A.B.C Benjilo/ABC bengilo/etc)   and 'Begyewahome' (you can only imagine the variations of this).

3. No name: This was also quite a challenge. You'll come across a tailor, provision store, or any other shop and it has no name. Amenities without names.

In January 2019, the same team of mappers went to Akweteyman where we only mapped POIs and the drains.

The Open Cities Accra project so far has been a tremendous adventure and a great learning experience which has increased my capacity in the creation of geographic data. It has also given me the opportunity to meet amazing people and made new friendships out of the lot. - Samuel Darkwah Manu

The Open Cities Accra Team

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In Maps

Regional Map of Ghana: Map of Ghana's New 16 Regions

In February 2019, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo concluded the constitutional mandate of creating six new regions, bringing the number to 16 in the country.

The six new regions were created out of the Volta, Brong Ahafo, Northern and Western regions. The Oti Region was carved out of the Volta Region. Bono East and Ahafo were created out of the Brong Ahafo Region, while the former Brong Ahafo Region now becomes the Bono Region.

North East Region and Savannah Region were carved out of the Northern Region. Western North Region was also created out of the Western Region.

Above is a map of Ghana depicting the new regional demarcations.

Let me know your views in the comment section below👇

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