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Map-[A]ddiction has Rewards

Posted by tshedy on 16 July 2018 in English (English). Last updated on 17 July 2018.

I have been OSM mapper since February 2015 and got enthusiastic about the change I was making in #MapLesotho. Being the spatial planner I realised the importance of OpenstreetMap data and how it would be useful in my job.

Being number one mapper in Lesotho opened doors for me, and in September 2016 I won a scholarship to study in Ireland doing MSc in Spatial Planning at Dublin Institute of Technology. I adapted easily in Ireland & met Ireland OSM community and also continued training school kids to map, and also how to use different Phone Apps such as mapillary, OSM Tracker, street complete and maps.me.

I wanted to be able to map more than what #MapLesotho taught me, so simaltaneous to moving to Ireland for town planning scholarship and internship I started mapping Ireland. I adapted to different ways of mapping and started mapping things in Ireland that aren’t there in Lesotho such as the coast and heritage sites, different tags for different road uses, such as bicycle lanes, bus lanes, footpath etc. It was also fascinating to map high buildings because they are frequent in Ireland using maps.me and the sudden change when editing height of the buildings using the app was entertaining as well. Streetcomplete is another app that always got me curious because the more I used it the more I got different kinds of stuff to edit which I would say widened my experience with Tags also.

Being in a new country of course I wanted to get out and about, so I turned my curiosity into mapillary trips in all 32 counties and I became number 2 mapillary contributor in Ireland. The truth about me is when I do mapping stuff I make sure I do it well and conquer, hahah😊.

In June I became mapper of the month and that took me by surprise when I was contacted by a person I have never talked to before Marc Gemis because I never thought there are people out there who notice the effort and the changes I was making.

I know a lot of countries and places I have never been through mapping and I never want to stop. Anyday without mapping is a bad day for me. The mappers in the places I have lived know I show up and do my part and help others. I don’t disguise that I am also happy to map on my own and I like to help new mappers all the time. Vote for me if you are like me, or want there to be more of me. If I win this I will show it to others to inspire them to start mapping.

Comment from escada on 17 July 2018 at 11:15

I guess it is indeed fascinating to be able to map totally different objects on 2 different continents.

The great thing about being editor of Mapper of the Month is that via, via you get to know more and more great mappers. I got your name from David Corley awhile back. I had contacted David for an interview 2 years after seeing his kind responses on the Irish mailing list.

Via your interview (and the retweets and likes on Twitter) I got to know other mappers in Africa that maybe one day I will contact for an interview.

Enough about me, keep up the great mapping work !

Comment from Zverik on 17 July 2018 at 11:42

I am very happy that we as a community have something to offer to such dedicated mappers as you :) Good luck with the awards!

Comment from DeBigC on 17 July 2018 at 13:27

You are simply awesome Tshedy, you are obsessed :), but in the best way possible. Whether you win this or not you are the best mapper I know simply because you are very accurate and very good at showing others the need for that diligence.

Comment from Enock4seth on 17 July 2018 at 21:55

Simply put: You rock :)

Comment from Chetan_Gowda on 19 July 2018 at 09:03

@tshedy Thank you for being valuable contributor. Community is proud of your contributions!

Comment from Heather Leson on 19 July 2018 at 12:09

Great to read more about your contributions

Heather

Comment from Aaron Cullen on 19 July 2018 at 15:19

You taught me how to map and I am so graceful for that. You’ve created thousands upon thousands of pieces of data but through your teaching you’ve created millions. #H5Mapping

Comment from skorasaurus on 19 July 2018 at 17:05

Thank you for sharing your story; you’re inspiring.

Comment from notinblue43 on 19 July 2018 at 17:29

Thank you Tshedy for teaching me and countless others so many crucial mapping lessons. You are a role model and leader for us all!


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