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MapSh: Open-defecation Free Mapping and Mobile Verification Tool


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MapSh is a free mapping and mobile verification tool created during the global Sanitation Hackathon 2012 and winner of the New York City competition. While the government of India already collects data on gram panchayats (villages) in India that have achieved open-defecation free (ODF) status, this data is difficult to access and modify. MapSh liberates and visualizes this data as well as make it easy to access a crowdsourcing tool where everyday citizens can verify or dispute reports.

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MapSh: Open-defecation Free Mapping and Mobile Verification Tool

  1. 1. MAPPING OPEN DEFECATIONSTATUS IN INDIA Sunday, December 2, 2012 Flickr user Kyle Lease’s photo under Creative Common license
  2. 2. TeamIndian Bunnies>> Sarah / Jessica Rabbit />> Thomas / Bugs Bunny />> Juan / Bionic Bunny />> Dan / White Rabbit / 2
  3. 3. PROBLEM STATEMENTIndias Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation is rewarding local governments for achieving open defecation free status. However, this data, while publicly available, remains easily overlooked and partly unverified. 3
  4. 4. Proposed solution 4
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  10. 10. End Users Flickr user Sustainable sanitation’s photo under Creative Common license
  11. 11. End Users>> General Public>> Media / Advocacy Groups />> Policy Makers>> Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation 11
  12. 12. Challenges
  13. 13. ChallengesData start in an annoying format>> Manual scrapingBig geocoding services dont support India well>> Less precise but more accurate geocoding methodUnderstanding mSewage API>> Skyping with the main developer in CanadaStaying awake and focused>> Coffee + Soul Music 13
  14. 14. Next Steps>> Better geocoder (Geonames)>> Overlay more health and population data for UNICEF>> Send to Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation 14