Dear mappers and members,
Hope the 2016 was a nice year for you with the various events that life given to to you. For OpenStreetMap Bangladesh it was also an eventful year that already nicely summarized by Tasauf. 2016 was special because of the formal academia involvement with OpenStreetMap though I tried to do this in 2014 through world Bank but couldnt do due to the political turmoils in country but finally made it happen in last year by the extension of #Data4Action Project by Bangladesh Red Crescent Society(BDRCS) and YouthMappers program funded by #USAID in Bangladesh. But still it needs more actions to make openstreetmap sustainable in Bangladesh. Hope is more Government and Non Government universities are interested now to join with the initiative and we are now draining deep the knowledge to the community, the new osm leaders from BDRCS are disseminating the knowledge among the community level disaster response team. The local Government leaders also got interested and taking the vibe to show their competitiveness horizontally and to central authority like Mayor. I am sticking with government departments to make them convinced to through their own project countrywide using OSM data and lagging this with the Open Government Data initiative of prime ministers office and A2i what is badly needed for the sustainability of OSM in Bangladesh because without govt monitoring vehicle none of the project rarely sustain in Bangladesh. We are also thinking for a big initiative to make this happen in more organized way. We are already using the OSM data as layer in Government Geospatial data sharing platform where any one can download the OSM data using Overpass turbo and upload as well as a independent layer with feature info.
The thumb rule for data is , "Data have no meaning if there is no use"; so we need to create more use cases for the OSM data being produced with time in Bangladesh otherwise all the initiative will be in vein. We shouldnt wait for disaster to use this data only, therefore we need to use the OSM data in research and innovation. Though very few research are ongoing but not significant.
So, dear community members and mappers, Let me recite the quote of Abraham Linchon "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other ". please think and create more use cases of the OSM data we all are producing for Bangladesh. Make the OSM as your own resolution first.
May the new year that follows be the best you have ever had. Have a blissful new year! Happy 2017 to you and your family.