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my interest in mapping

Posted by IRDPYouthMapper3 on 21 November 2017 in English (English)

I became involved with mapping as I attended one of the seminars that was conducted at IRDP in August 2017 where I learned how to use maps me and open street map as at first I was interested on mapping through my G.I.S studies that made it more interesting for me and Also am interested on mapping as its I want to make the world a better place through mapping I believe all will be possible as mapping helps in addressing several development issue and through mapping development can be archived.

About Ramani Huria

Posted by dorica_mugusi on 21 November 2017 in English (English)

I joined HOT as a volunteer to Ramani Huria project 1.0 when I was a fourth year student at Ardhi University in 2015. I got an opportunity to learn data collection by GPS, JOSM and producing maps by using QGIS software. Later, I became one of the mapping supervisors and I regularly transferred mapping knowledge to university students and community members.There are details of this project here Am currently in charge of the data cleaning team in Ramani Huria 2.0. I attend mapping parties and am looking forward to attend State of Map Africa that will be held in December this year at Dar es Salaam. HOT is an organization that supports community mapping projects around the world and assists people to create their own maps for socio-economic development and disaster preparedness and I real want to support it in any way I can. I would like to participate in other community mapping projects in other regions apart from Dar es Salaam. I see a challenge of little knowledge on the uses of maps in solving socio-economic problems and I am ready to participate in creating awareness.

Location: Makuburi, Dar es Salaam, Coastal, 21493, Tanzania

About UDSM YouthMappers

Posted by mirajissa1 on 20 November 2017 in English (English)

It is my group that inspired me to join the OSM team, The group is found at University of Dar es Salaam So me as a part of a big OSM team up to now i would like to engage more and more in mapping activities as the part of solving problems, I have participated in many mapping events with Dar Ramani Huria and so on, it was wonderful moments to meet wit other mappers from different teams, exchanging ideas, enjoying etc., and hence mapping became my favorite task .

Shout out to my best Mapping Motivator Mr. Innocent Maholi

Location: Dar es Salaam, Coastal, KIPUNGUNI B, Tanzania

Rwanda Refugee Camps mapping Project

Posted by Ernest Ruzindana on 20 November 2017 in English (English)

Me as youthmapper I became interested and involved in mapping activies so that i can help HOT as volunteer to map the remote area and to elaborate the problem our sociery is facing in our days. As I am a Rwandan YouthMappers leader, and as a whole team, we expected to carry out the Rwanda Refugee Camps mapping project so that we can help the government of Rwanda to ensure the security and basic services to the refugees and to help UNCHR to provide their services to the target population in easy way. We are working hard with HOT so that we can achieve on our target. however we are still little, we are working too hard as committed mappers and kind volunteers.

I thought about carrying this project with referring to the experience i have got from the Uganda refugee camps mapping project that i have participated in with Mr. Deogratius kiggudde where i have mapped more tasks like: #hotosm-project-3346 #mapgive #MissingMaps #3346 - Adjumani District Part 1 (Task #126) #3346 - Adjumani District Part 1 Task #223 #3346 - Adjumani District Part 1 Task #224 #3346 - Adjumani District Part 1 Task #52 #3346 - Adjumani District Part 1 Task #152 #3346 - Adjumani District Part 1 Task #153 #3346 - Adjumani District Part 1 Task #127 #3346 - Adjumani District Part 1 Task #202


Posted by IRDPyouthmappers20 on 20 November 2017 in Swahili (Kiswahili)

The club in the institute of rural development planning has managed to open up new doors in my life,and inspite of that it has help me get answers of so many unknown questions in my head.

Thus i will be looking forward to participate effectively and efficiently, so as i can gain more knowledge and skills to be able to stand and influence others on the importance of mapping in their community.

Location: Area C, Dodoma, Central, Tanzania


Posted by IRDPYouthMapper4 on 20 November 2017 in English (English)

The first time to hear mapping issues is when i join my bachelor degree in URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT PLANNING at Institute of Rural Development Planning-DODOMA, i got few knowledge on QGIS from our modules but i didn't know where to get more and practical knowledge of mapping.Unfortunately Dr. Bashemela introduces Youth Mappers Chapter at our institute and i decided to join on the chapter. I thank Mr. Benedicto Hosea for the training on how to add points through app and how to edit some points by using Open street map and their importance which i didn't know before. Through the training am able to add and edit some points until now i have 21 points including points features like football play ground at Binza high school- Maswa district and 20 polygon features i.e. residential houses and shops at Mvomero district. Mapping is very important because it helps the community to get assist from neighboring country for any problem. We will continue adding and editing points especially linear features to make the rural Tanzania Known in the world.Many thanks to madam Janeth Chapman and their authority for this opportunity to me and i encourage women to work up and play with this opportunity, i will work very hard to make sure many points are added.

A wake up call to youth mappers.

Posted by IRDPyouthmapper21 on 20 November 2017 in English (English)

Mapping is seen to be advancing over the years with the introduction of spatial science and technology in developing countries which was rarely in use. This advancement should now help with the solving lot of local problems associated land in the Developing Africa. As i have said, 'local problems' .The frontiers for solving these problems should be the African youth. As an African,A mapper,member of IRDPyouth mappers, an Enviroment planner, i urge all my fellow youth to be not only members of OSM, but to do it with passionate to their Mamaland.

Location: Area C, Dodoma, Central, Tanzania

About UdsmYouth mapper chapter

Posted by HajraAli on 20 November 2017 in English (English)

For the first time, I became engaged in mapping training that was conducted by Ramani Huria University of Dar es Salaam 2017, while before that I had no any idea about mapping.

It was called mapping party , through the event we mapp Kyela mbeya region. Also eliminate malaria projrct

I start become aware of the mapping where the host of the party, Mr Innocent Maholi tald us about Udsm Youth mapp chapter and I became intrested so I join the community.

Use of "admin_level=10" in the United States

Posted by Yoshinion on 20 November 2017 in English (English)

While editing across the world, I noticed that France (among other countries) uses "admin_level=10" relations to mark administrative boundaries beyond towns. Should we use this in the United States? Feel free to discuss, as I'm not even sure on if we should use it here.

(P.S: With my name, I can only imagine a clone of the "Jake from State Farm" advert.

"It's Kurzov from Kannapolis." "Who is this at three in the morning?" "It's Kurzov. From Kannapolis."


Thank you for your input.

~ Kurzov

Mapping Financial Inclusions In Uganda

Posted by musawo on 20 November 2017 in English (English)

This project was carried out in February 2016 by UBOS in collaboration with HOT, It focused on mapping financial inclusions in Uganda. This project mainly involved university students with the aim of adding hospitals, schools, banks and mobile money centres on to the map which would change peoples' lives because they easily accessed these services. This inspired me to contribute to this project because it was transforming lives.The HOT team trained students on how to use the different tools and soft wares used during mapping for example JOSM, ODK collect, GIS which were used in this project. i was able to add various financial inclusions using these soft wares

700 East Stonewall charlotte NC

Posted by WEST5544 on 20 November 2017 in English (English)

Bob Walton Plaza

GERALD'S VIEWS"to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction"

Posted by IRDPYouthMapper8 on 19 November 2017 in Swahili (Kiswahili)

The field of Mapping is one among the few left or remained careers which still have chances of employment.As a comming Urban and Environmental Planner,I would like to encourage all youth mappers to master the softwares and the Applications we are using as this lead us to compete for the present Spatialdata based institutions for employment. As The Mipango Youth Mappers Chapter's President, Though challenges and difficulties are inevitable but Mapping must proceed especially through OSM .

Location: Nala, Dodoma, Central, Tanzania

nascar=* shenanigans

Posted by Yoshinion on 19 November 2017 in English (English)

It has been too long. FAR too long, since I have last been here.

(Yes, I'm Kurzov/Katav.)

Because of the NASCAR race this weekend at Homestead-Miami, I decided to come up with a way to tag elements of a track.

Here is an example of my proposed tagging schema:

...and here is the proposed schema's wiki page:


Posted by Jubaerorun on 19 November 2017 in English (English)



Posted by ‫حمزة الفيحان‬‎ on 19 November 2017 in Arabic (العربية)


Location: Тави-Абдуллах-эль-Ахмар, الرقة, سوريا


Posted by ‫حمزة الفيحان‬‎ on 19 November 2017 in Arabic (العربية)


Location: Тави-Абдуллах-эль-Ахмар, الرقة, سوريا

Metro Mapping Proposal (and what's wrong with proposals)

Posted by Zverik on 18 November 2017 in English (English)

Hi. I'd like to ask you to the Metro Mapping proposal page, read it in full and leave your vote below. The proposal mostly summarises subway and light rail mapping practices and introduces a few useful changes, listed in "What This Affects" section.

You will find many opposing votes there. You might be tempted to read only these comments and skip studying the material. It is simpler, and some of the authors are well-known in the community: they must know what they are talking about, right? And there are 8 screens of text, who would read that?

That is what I don't like in the current proposal system. It does not matter what the proposal actually contains, how deep an author knows the topic or if the features in questions are already mapped in a suggested way. What a great power you have when the voting starts — strike out weeks of work by writing a few words! You must be a fool not to excercise that power. And who knows what might happen if the proposal is approved? Everybody understands you cannot edit a wiki page after that. You would need to write your own proposal, and it might be rejected, so it is safer to just oppose.

For the first time in OpenStreetMap history I started actually using the data to route users through subways. And found out the tagging is insufficient: there was no sane way to map interchanges, and you could put thousands of members into some relations. For a mapper things also looked bleak: to map a subway properly, you would have to know how underground tracks go, and where underground platforms are located. No wonder that a beta version of a validator showed that the world had like three subway systems mapped good enough, out of nearly two hundred.

So I've put up this proposal page, that makes mapping subways simpler, and makes using the data easier. You could learn some things from it you've never thought about, like types of interchanges or the importance of colours. Then I wrote about the proposal to tagging@ and talk@ mailing lists, and in the course of a month got many great comments, that helped polish most sections, and rewrite some from scratch, adding more pictures and replacing blocks of texts with simple lists.

I have also finished my subway validator, that not only validates, but prepares data structures for metro routing and rendering. With it, I have been tidying up subways all over the world, finding a few flaws in the proposals, but mostly learning about regional specifics. I've done Moscow, London, Paris, Berlin (both U-Bahn and S-Bahn), Yokohama, Algiers, Lima, Pyongyang and dozens more cities. Their subways conform to the proposal, and I have not broken any external app that used these, or uploaded any extra tag. Well, except network:metro in Germany, since they have an interesting way of tagging networks (thanks Nakaner for the explanations).

With over 60 metro networks mapped, dozens of questions answered, most of which affected the proposal, after discussions in wiki, talk@, tagging@ and in changesets, I decided that the proposal is ready and started the voting. For a moment I thought the OSM community was reasonable. It's like in my seven years I haven't learned anything. Not after the turn lanes proposal, not after hate messages about the water=* proposal, five years after it's approved, not after stalled pull requests to the OSM website.

Very few people in OSM are willing to compromise. Especially people from Western Europe, who think they own the project. Because you cannot edit a wiki page without a proposal, I assume. Because no matter how many suggestions you've accepted, layer=-3 instead of -2 makes the whole work moot. It would ruin the PTv2 schema. Because despite "discussions on the Talk page" policy, when the voting starts, you can write a page of opposing arguments right into the proposal page, and nobody would turn to the Talk page to read answers, not even the person who wrote the arguments. Because it is easier to oppose than to approve: all arguments are already laid out for you, and finding answers to these in a 56-kilobyte Talk page is too hard. For one person, it's because I should have discussed the proposal in his 3-messages-a-month mailing list, not in talk@ and tagging@.

You don't even have to understand PTv2 schema to vote for its extension. Like people who +1'd the Carto'Cité comment about stations as nodes and did not even click on the Metros link to see that OSM wiki had already told everyone to map stations just as nodes. OSM is told to be a do-ocracy, but work does not matter anywhere here. You might have studied prior art and mapped hundreds of networks, but Carto'Cité has an authority over french mappers, so you bet all of them will come and vote against your proposal, even understanding that their arguments have nothing to do with the proposal and are inspired by a potential breakage of some of their inner closed-source tools. By the way, we've talked that over, I've converted the whole Paris subway network to the new way, and nothing broke.

The voting closes in a week, and there are more opposing votes than approving. Of course it would not matter after I have finished my work on tidying up metro systems: the changes will just go into wiki with the "not approved, but widely used" status, like highway=milestone. To help novices understand mapping subways, some of us will direct them to this possibly failed proposal, because the wiki has — and will have — nothing better. The only outcome of failing the proposal will be my continuing frustration of interacting with the OSM community.

So please, if you care about our data not only conforming to some proposals accepted 6 years ago without practical usage, but also being relatively easy to use, please go to the Metro Mapping proposal page and leave your approval. I assure you the OSM database won't go down in flames after that. Thanks.


Posted by nopporn แก้วไพร on 18 November 2017 in Thai (ไทย)


Location: สมุทรสาคร, จังหวัดสมุทรสาคร, ประเทศไทย

Grand ménage en cours sur le réseau de Bus de Cannes

Posted by Djam on 18 November 2017 in French (Français)

Le réseau de bus de Cannes était assez obsolète dans OSM. Le réseau Palm Bus a été fortement remanié il y a plus d'un an maintenant. Quelques modifications majeures (Lignes Palm Express) sont maintenant à jour, les arrêts sont en cours de révision.

Un wiki de suivi de l'avancement des lignes de bus du réseau d'agglomération, mais aussi de tout le département a été mis en place.

Location: Les Jardins de Babylone, Pierre Longue, Cannes, Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France métropolitaine, 06414, France

Vicent's Diary

Posted by mgema on 18 November 2017 in English (English)

For the first time, I became engaged in mapping training that was conducted by Ms Janet Chapman in January 2017, while before that I had no any idea about mapping and I sought several times what ways can I do to ensure that at least I am able to create one map about the districts, wards and villages where we are working with communities here in Shinyanga region. Exposure to the "OpenStreetMap" was a bit a solution and a new downy to me and helped us at least to come out with some of points where social services are located which currently we use for referral and support of our target groups. Additionally, mapping by using mobile phones (smartphone) became to simplify the exercise and I was able to map a lot of points within the same time and uploads the data. However, this I consider it to the great opportunity for me, community and national at large for locating various points including social services, buildings, infrastructure networks, landscapes and existence of various natural resources.

Location: Shinyanga, Shinyanga Urban, Shinyanga, Tanzania