Fingal and Lesotho

Posted by The Big C on 27 March 2014 in English (English)

Fingal County Council and The Kingdom of Lesotho have a memorandum of understanding which seeks to improve the profession of Planning in both territories. As part of an evolving relationship there is work underway to impove the spatial data analysis capacity of the Lesothan planners.

Given various considerations about this including cost, adaptability and sustainability mean that stimulating the (underpopulated) potential of Open Street Map is an important step. Planners themselves will get involved in populating OSM and will get involved in seeking others to do so. The ultimate objective would be to have a sufficient OSM community in Lesotho to sustain a detailed resource, free and available to all from which Planners can work optimally to create an evidence based decision making culture within their profession and system.

Planners require OSM projects for the areas in which they are most familiar. These initial areas are (subject to expansion):

town (district)

Maseru City and suburbs (Maseru)

Ha Foso (Berea)

Hlotse (Leribe)

Mafeteng (Mafeteng)

Qacha's Nek (Qacha's Nek)

Location: Letlapeng, Thaba-Tseka District, Leribe, Kingdom of Lesotho

Comment from Jean-Marc Liotier on 27 March 2014 at 16:45

"Planners require OSM projects"

What does that mean ? From whom do they require that ?

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Comment from DaCor on 27 March 2014 at 18:02

From me :)

Using HOT's Task manager, a few days ago i set up the first task to be done, Maseru City and suburbs, or rather the first part of it (its a big city). If you are interested in assisting with this effort, please take a task at here. The main items to be mapped are buildings & highways (tracks, walkways etc)

This weekend, I will set up the additional tasks for the other areas listed above and post a separate diary entry on those. I have held back from sending out a general call for assistance due to the Ebola mapping effort going on at the moment.

I've also started putting together the beginnings of information on the Lesotho wiki page available here

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Comment from The Big C on 2 April 2014 at 22:35

We also need to add Mohlakeng which is just to the south east of Maseru,_Lesotho

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Comment from DaCor on 6 April 2014 at 22:30

Hi Big C, I went to create the task manager job for Mohlakeng tonight, but ther wikipedia link you posted, when I look at the imagery I only see a tiny village, about 30-40 houses.

The wikipedia page leads me to believe that Mohlakeng is a large area that encompasses many villages akin to an Irish parish

Can you clarify if thats the case. If it is, its no big deal. I can add many groups of tasks within a single one

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