State of the Map Asia (SotM-Asia) is the annual regional conference of OpenStreetMap (OSM) organized by OSM communities in Asia. First SotM-Asia was organized in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2015, and the second was organized in Manila, Philippines in 2016. This year’s conference, third in the series, was organized in Kathmandu, Nepal on September 23 – 24, 2017 at Park Village Resort, Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal.
We brought nearly 200 Open Mapping enthusiasts from Asia and beyond to this year’s SotM-Asia. The event provided an opportunity to share knowledge and experience among mappers; expand their network; and generate ideas to expand map coverage and effective use of OSM data in Asian continent. We chose ‘from creation to use of OSM data’ as the theme of this year’s conference, emphasizing on the effective use of OSM data. We also brought together a government panel from four different countries in this year’s SotM-Asia. We believe this event will deepen the bond and enhance collaboration among OSM communities across Asia.
More information about the conference can be found on: http://stateofthemap.asia.
Perejil (Spanish name)
Leila (Moroccan name)
Building & Correcting
GPS Use &
American Geographical Society – Bowman Expeditions, 2005-Present
BOTTOM UP vs. TOP DOWN
User defined; Platform and Software agnostic;
Partnerships, participatory, community-
based, local knowledge, ownership,
Imagery-to-the Crowd (IttC)
Imagery to the Crowd: A History
2010 2011 2012 2013
HIU, NGA, and HOT
FEB: Consensus @
RELIEF meeting that
could benefit from
SEPT: Launch of
OSM TM v1
effort to agree on
IttC workflow @
RELIEF / Camp
test of IttC over
Horn of Africa
OSM TM v2
refinement of IttC
for OSM TM
Secondary Cities Projects
Mapping human geography
Habitat III - The New Urban Agenda:
Geospatial data are required, at the appropriate scale, collected by
local stakeholders, to allow them to better understand, explain,
manage (and map) their own urban environments.
Secondary Cities: Pokhara, Nepal:
Planning for Emergency Preparedness
- Rapidly growing urban areas.
- Under-examined places.
- Lack of geospatial data for
mapping and planning.
- Regional node of economic
activity or development.
- Defined by function, not size.
Collaborative Approach: Pokhara
What is a Secondary Cities Project?
• Unique partner-provided and partner-created datasets.
• Complements imagery-based methodologies with participatory mapping .
• Government, University, NGO triad.
• Project duration 1-2 years, sustainable.
Schools, Medical, & Government Buildings
Progress of humanitarian mapping in Nepal
In the three days following the April 15, 2015 earthquake in Nepal,
thousands of volunteer mappers launched into action to fill in gaps in the
map of Kathmandu. In addition to the 3960 previously mapped miles of
roads and 182,706 buildings, more than 2000 mappers recorded 13,199
new miles of roads and 110,681 new buildings in just three days,
primarily in the more rural areas surrounding Kathmandu.
We just published this letter of thanks and I wanted to give you a heads-up. I'll keep
this message short, but what HOT does would simply not be possible without your
personal effort and that of ITTC and MapGive.
Satellite Imagery – Support for Natural
2010 Haiti Earthquake
640 volunteer mappers
1.4 million edits
2013 Typhoon Haiyan (Philippines)
1600 volunteer mappers
4.5 million edits
2015 Nepal Earthquake
7000+ volunteer mappers
10.6 million edits
How do we best get, and use, good open map data?
➢Ground up vs. Top Down. Use appropriate scale for the task.
➢Current /Accurate vs. “Authoritative” Data (Big vs. Good)
➢Data need to be “Useful, Useable, and Used.”
➢Partnerships are key for VGI, Participatory GIS and, Community-
➢Open Data “Projects” can work with triad of Local Government,
NGOs, and Universities. (Universities as “Islands of Stability”).
➢Innovation is increasingly from VTCs and private sector.
➢Need QA/QC plus tools to automate, verify, analyze.
➢Communication is important to build sustainability.
➢Need to incentivize volunteerism. (Role of champions. Imagery).
➢The next generation of Open Mappers is here.