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Shashish Maharjan, OSM Lalitpur | Nepal Session | SotM Asia 2017


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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.

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Shashish Maharjan, OSM Lalitpur | Nepal Session | SotM Asia 2017

  1. 1. Making Kirtipur Visible SOTM Asia 23 September 2017 Shashish Maharjan Geospatial Analyst (CIMMYT International) 1 Photo: Sunil Maharjan
  2. 2. WHY? 2 Source: Kathmandu valley E. Schneider, F.
  3. 3. How? 3
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  8. 8. Our focus • Roads and place with local names • Public open spaces • Heritage sites (Street Shrines, temples, endagnered traditional windows) • Water sources • Medical stores • Etc.. 8
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  14. 14. Contributors • Total 331 • 37 local mappers • Active more than 1 day: 19 • Active mapper in 2017: 8 14
  15. 15. Motivation “No detail information about our place in a map, not even in google map. Since OSM is free and easy to use we started OSM mapping” “We could get information of different place and at the same time, we could update the places and routes we know; the important thing is we could feet ownership of the data we feed and have a feeling like its ours.” “The reason I participated to contribute in OSM is that when other people visit my place, they feel comfortable in using maps and need not ask people for directions.” 15
  16. 16. Challenges • Internet Bandwidth • Poor satellite imagery quality • Retaining and motivating mappers • Tagging guidelines • For local amenities like Cooperatives, 16
  17. 17. Way Forward • Communicate with local mappers before and after remote mapping • Collaborate to validate mapping projects • Constructive feedback to new mappers • Encourage local mapping parties 17
  18. 18. Thank You Twitter: @shashish Email: 18