Map Kibera has taken on a life of its own. For all the latest news, photos and details check out the Map Kibera site. Read on for some of the original ideas behind the project.
The idea for the Map Kibera project came out of the 1st WhereCampAfrica held in Nairobi in April 2009. Following the announcement by Google at WhereCampAfrica of generally availability of downloadable data for Kenya, the group came away with questions regarding the usability of street data and the impact of Open Street Map and Google Map Maker on local mapping.
This project has several goals including:
1) Raise general awareness of the living conditions in Kibera by mapping, as much as possible the extents of navigable streets within the informal settlement.
2) Catalyze a community and expand the capabilities local participatory mapping, expanding previous work and by coordinating mapping parties within Africa starting with Kibera.
3) Test the licensing mechanisms of multiple mapping platforms by making raw data freely available and uploading that data into:
By uploading field collected data into multiple platforms, the project can test in a very practical and real way, any restrictions over use and hopefully encourage a meaningful dialogue about the uses of community collected map data.
The Map Kibera team is reaching out to local partners to mobilize additional people. A planning wiki along with a Google group has been launched to help organize the project. The Wiki can be found Here. Also, please participate in the Google Group
Who do I contact for more information?
jharpster (at) agcommons (dot) org
mikel_maron (at) yahoo (dot) com